Ananda@16thandU: A Lifestylista in Love with DC

Apr 13

Happy Sunday from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center!  I had a great day working with military families on creative projects. They reminded me of how grateful I am to do work I love as an artist-in-residence for Smith Center for Healing and the Arts.

Happy Sunday from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center! I had a great day working with military families on creative projects. They reminded me of how grateful I am to do work I love as an artist-in-residence for Smith Center for Healing and the Arts.

Apr 05

My Saturday began with two invigorating writing workshops at John Hopkins University’s (JHU) Conversations and Connections, a day-long conference for writers. It was held at JHU’s Dupont Circle campus in DC. The first workshop discussed how to stop making excuses and start being productive. I enjoyed the writing prompt exercise because it helped me move into what I want to write about in my memoir about turning 50. I also gained some valuable tools about character development in a group exercise that I can use in my second novel.  The second workshop exposed me to experimental forms in nonfiction. It was LIBERATING to learn how I can use recipes, lists, obituaries, dictionary entries, text messages, Facebook and Twitter posts, blog entries, and other forms that are not traditionally used in storytelling to write my next memoir. During the lunch break, I took a walk and ended up at Pop ‘n’ Stop, one of my favorite tea and creativity havens. Honey ginger tea kept me company as I reread my notes from the writing workshops. What a spring creative day I’m having.  How are you spending your day?

My Saturday began with two invigorating writing workshops at John Hopkins University’s (JHU) Conversations and Connections, a day-long conference for writers. It was held at JHU’s Dupont Circle campus in DC. The first workshop discussed how to stop making excuses and start being productive. I enjoyed the writing prompt exercise because it helped me move into what I want to write about in my memoir about turning 50. I also gained some valuable tools about character development in a group exercise that I can use in my second novel. The second workshop exposed me to experimental forms in nonfiction. It was LIBERATING to learn how I can use recipes, lists, obituaries, dictionary entries, text messages, Facebook and Twitter posts, blog entries, and other forms that are not traditionally used in storytelling to write my next memoir. During the lunch break, I took a walk and ended up at Pop ‘n’ Stop, one of my favorite tea and creativity havens. Honey ginger tea kept me company as I reread my notes from the writing workshops. What a spring creative day I’m having. How are you spending your day?

Apr 04

#sync2014 presenter Sandra Houston says healthcare is shifting to value-based, collaborative,  and accountable care model.

#sync2014 presenter Sandra Houston says healthcare is shifting to value-based, collaborative, and accountable care model.

#sync2014 attendees are chatting about their top 2 concerns in changing healthcare environment.

#sync2014 attendees are chatting about their top 2 concerns in changing healthcare environment.

Listening to Sandra Houston’s #sync2014 presentation on sustainability.

Listening to Sandra Houston’s #sync2014 presentation on sustainability.

#sync2014 question and answer period with Tom Kean of C-Change is enlightening!

#sync2014 question and answer period with Tom Kean of C-Change is enlightening!

#sync2014 session on Leading Through Changing Times with Tom Kean of C-Change at SYNChronicity has started.

#sync2014 session on Leading Through Changing Times with Tom Kean of C-Change at SYNChronicity has started.

Listening to presentation on changing HIV service delivery landscape by Michael Shankle of HealthHIV at #sync2014.

Listening to presentation on changing HIV service delivery landscape by Michael Shankle of HealthHIV at #sync2014.

Andrew Forsyth from the Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy is giving SYNChronicity attendees an update on data collection efforts along the HIV Care Continuum.  #sync2014

Andrew Forsyth from the Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy is giving SYNChronicity attendees an update on data collection efforts along the HIV Care Continuum. #sync2014

Listening to opening remarks of Brian Hujdich, Executive Director of  HealthHIV at SYNChronicity #sync2014 today.

Listening to opening remarks of Brian Hujdich, Executive Director of HealthHIV at SYNChronicity #sync2014 today.