Ambition by ATB
Art, essay

Ambition: Make It Work for You, Not Against You

I've been thinking a lot about ambition lately, for a few reasons. I've just turned 40. Twenty-twenty has come to a close, and we're at the start of a new year. It's a time to think about new mountains to climb, starting with clear intentions. I've been ambitious since I was a kid. When you're… Continue reading Ambition: Make It Work for You, Not Against You

Garden Buddha ATB
Art, essay, garden

Garden Buddha

We bought a Buddha statue from a local chain store called Rups Big Bear (fun and useful finds at great prices!) about a year ago, and it's been a wonderful edition to our yard. I used to display it in a corner of our pool, imagining that it watches benevolently over our surroundings. I've since… Continue reading Garden Buddha

mountain ATB
Art, essay

The View at 40

Illustration by Aileen Torres-Bennett I turn 40 this month. The official start of middle age. Wow. It's a milestone. A good time to take stock, as I typically do on my birthday. I give the last year a thumb's up. I aim to make progress on at least one thing every year, and in my… Continue reading The View at 40

Genius at Work ATB
Art, design, Products

Design: Genius at Work

Illustration by Aileen Torres-Bennett I finally did it. I created my "Genius at Work" design. I've been joking around that I'm a "genius at work" in my home office, and doing an illustration has been in the back of my mind for a few years. Why a pig? Because I may be slim and trim,… Continue reading Design: Genius at Work

John Prine by Aileen Torres-Bennett
Art, essay, Music

Ode to Music Legend John Prine, R.I.P.

John Prine is dead. He died on April 7, due to complications from COVID-19. He was 73. This is an incredible loss for the music world and all those who look to his songs for comfort, consolation and wisdom, as well as an artistic ideal. He was a musical and lyrical genius, and his influence… Continue reading Ode to Music Legend John Prine, R.I.P.