Sunday, August 5, 2012


"When the social network of a rhesus monkey grows so does its brain"
-from United Academics, Social Network Size Affects Brain Size
via here

via here
The Proportions of the Head
Leonardo da Vinci

This week last year, I published my first post.  That post included Da Vinci's studies of the heart.  The first post of this blog's second year focusing on the brain.

*full disclosure-this post is all about me*
I promise to only do this once a year...or, um...never again

This time last year, my brain was...well, small.  The few years prior had been consumed by birth to them, caring for them and surviving them.  Not only affecting my world was suddenly small as well. 

And so came another birth...this blog.  Living in a small town, albeit a great one, can be limiting.  Inhibited by geography, accessibility to cultural pursuits and exchange of ideas. So I turned to technology.  To expand my horizons by expanding my social network. This blog is intended to be a conversation...a shout-out, for lack of a better term, to the blogosphere with the purpose of seeking out kindred spirits with common interests from which I can learn, find inspiration and exercise my brain.

I've met some great virtual (virtu-REAL) friends this past year.  Virtual yes, but very real.  Thank you to all who have joined the conversation.  

My new header image is a visual "about me" profile.  A collage of items...defining my interests, chosen with a purpose, and all kin to my blog's subtitle "children and art."

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"The study shows once again that the brain is very flexible.  And apparently the size of a social network affects the brain"

Indeed, it does...looking forward to year two

-Thank you SB, BS, and MK-
for reminding me last summer how important
adult interaction with your tribe can be


Anonymous said...

Oh Jennifer, happy anniversary to you and In The Studio!
I've so enjoyed watching you and your baby blog grow and flourish this past year, and can't wait to see what you have in store for us.
Behave now, no terrible twos - haaa!
Love and admiration,
PS: Adore your new header image :)

Jennifer C. Webb said...

The terrible twos, haaaa! MK: Thanks for being the first commenter...on very first post and for first post of second year

Crissy @ House of Marlowe said...

Congratulations Jennifer! I can certainly relate to your motivation to start blogging as well as the benefit of making virtu "Real" friends like you! You are so talented and I've enjoyed getting to know you and your sweet family thru your posts. Love your new profile image. Thank you for sharing your creativity with us!

Jennifer C. Webb said...

from small-town South Carolina to Switzerland...I suppose my desire to expand my world has worked ha!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on a great first year. I'm always interested to see the interesting quotes, beautiful pictures of my nieces, your amazing art. So glad somebody got some artistic genes in the family! Love, Caroline

Woodside Park said...

Happy Anniversary! I am delighted to be a reader and blog friend. Congratulations, Jennifer.
Cheers from DC,

Jennifer C. Webb said...

Thanks Caroline....and thank you to Charlie for giving Mischief and Mayhem their blog handle

Gail, in northern California said...

Left a message earlier but it did not get posted. Maybe I did something wrong. Anyway, I wanted to try again so that you would know how much I enjoy my daily visit to your site. I enjoy hearing and seeing everything you take special pleasure in doing -- gardening, entertaining, traveling, decorating, working at home in your lovely studio with Scarlett, Mischief and Mayhem constant companions. I don't know how you do it all.

I'm currently reading "Emily Whaley's Charleston Garden" and enjoying her constant references to everything southern. Were it not for you, I would have had to look up the word "jessamine".

Thank you, Jennifer, for sharing your world. It might be tiny but it packs a lot of punch.

Jennifer C. Webb said...

so glad you tried again...would hate to miss your lovely comment. I'm still in the studio...late, I guess that's how I do it ha

So glad you are enjoying Mrs. Whaley...a peek into another time and a genteel way of living. Heading to Charleston at the end of this always recharges my battery

Always enjoy your thoughtful comments so much!

Jennifer C. Webb said...

Loi: your home, gardens and shop are such inspirations...just what my brain needed. Thank you

Woodside Park said...

Thanks, Jennifer! BTW, delighted we are Pinterest friends too :-)

I Dream Of said...

Happy "bloggiversary," Jennifer! So happy to have been able to have the opportunity to "meet" you out here in blog world. Looking forward to many more posts! XO

Jennifer C. Webb said...

likewise IDO, inspired by your work and your courage to follow your passion

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