Happy Holidays!

NMP Winter 2022 Newsletter

Happy Holidays!

We are officially in the middle of the holiday tidal wave. With Halloween and Thanksgiving under our belts, we stare down the challenge of Christmas and get ready to face off with 2023!

There is a new "normal" settling over the holidays for me. Family is gathering, but in little bits here and there instead of the great gatherings of pre-pandemic times. It's a little easier to handle smaller groups after being apart for so long. At least, that is what is happening in my world. I hope your holidays have been enjoyable so far.

The little holly sprig above is a colored pencil piece from 2006 that has enjoyed regular appearances around Christmas in various letters and publications ever since. It is 16 years old—begs the question, is it a classic or is it time for an update?

Cue up The Holly and The Ivy song if you like, but for me a little holly related poetry:


Blow Blow Thou Winter Wind

by William Shakespeare
Blow, blow, thou winter wind,
Thou art not so unkind
As man's ingratitude;
Thy tooth is not so keen
Because thou art not seen,
Although thy breath be rude.
Heigh-ho! sing heigh-ho! unto the green holly: Most friendship is feigning, most loving mere folly: Then, heigh-ho! the holly! This life is most jolly.
Freeze, freeze, thou bitter sky, Thou dost not bite so nigh As benefits forgot: Though thou the waters warp, Thy sting is not so sharp As friend remember'd not.
Heigh-ho! sing heigh-ho! unto the green holly: Most friendship is feigning, most loving mere folly: Then, heigh-ho! the holly! This life is most jolly.

Poetry courtesy of Poetry Soup and, of course, William Shakespeare.

Featured Artist - Angie Stevens
Featured Artist - Angie Stevens
Artwork above "Shelter" posted on Doodlemum.com November 27, 2022. If you have a little time to spend on a website blissfully free of advertising, but packed full of wonderful art, do yourself a favor and visit doodlemum.com the website of illustrator Angie Stevens. Her work is consistently loose and sketchy (in a good way), and there is so much expression in her art. She uses a limited palette of color, but has a keen sensitivity to creating the right mood using those few colors. The pets' behaviors are captured perfectly! She's been posting her artwork for a while...ahem. Enjoy!
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Have You Set an Outlandish Goal for 2023 Yet?
We've weathered some very hard years recently, and we may or may not be through with them—only time will tell. We do all seem to be leaning toward streamlining our purpose, work, and values to cut the slack or wasteful parts of our lives. If, upon reflection, you would like help with a single project or find yourself in need of a Designer-on-Demand—perhaps not all the time, but every once in a while—reach out to NMP.
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It Was a Great B2B Expo!
It Was a Great B2B Expo!
It is safe to say NMP will be a regular vendor at the Expo. It was a great way to cement some relationships in the community, and have for some fun conversations. Ideas were floated, and hopefully will bear fruit in the new year. Nan, what's with the ancient Mac?!? 101 Uses for Old Computers, # 96 "Screens for Expo videos!" If you haven't seen the NMP highlights reel yet, click the button!
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Watch the Lecture!

This morning I spent time watching this presentation, and came out of it a little more optimistic about humanity's future. He stresses the importance of intergenerational efforts, community, and openness to old and new ideas.


"Mustafa Santiago Ali discusses opportunities to address environmental justice and the climate crisis as part of the Kim and Judy Davis Dean’s Lecture Series and Harvard Radcliffe Institute’s focus area on climate change."


Read more about Dr. Ali: https://www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/event/2022-mustafa-santiago-ali-lecture


After his presentation he sat with Stephanie LeMenager for a Q&A session.


His presentation starts at 7:54 into the video if you are pressed for time.


Harvard Radcliffe Institute offers many of their presentations to the public, and anyone can sign up to receive their newsletter of upcoming and past presentations.

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Have a Happy and Safe New Year!
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