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San Francisco, April 2011 (Installation View) - Installation featuring an original poem written in gouache on the gallery wall. Found Chair.

Things to worry about


On August 8th of 1933, author F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote the following letter of advice to his 11-year-old daughter, "Scottie," who was away at camp.

(Source: F. Scott Fitzgerald: A Life in Letters ; Image: Fitzgerald with both his daughter, "Scottie," and wife, Zelda, via.)

La Paix, Rodgers' Forge
Towson, Maryland

August 8, 1933

Dear Pie:

I feel very strongly about you doing duty. Would you give me a little more documentation about your reading in French? I am glad you are happy — but I never believe much in happiness. I never believe in misery either. Those are things you see on the stage or the screen or the printed pages, they never really happen to you in life.

All I believe in in life is the rewards for virtue (according to your talents) and the punishments for not fulfilling your duties, which are doubly costly. If there is such a volume in the camp library, will you ask Mrs. Tyson to let you look up a sonnet of Shakespeare's in which the line occurs "Lillies that fester smell far worse than weeds."

Have had no thoughts today, life seems composed of getting up aSaturday Evening Post story. I think of you, and always pleasantly; but if you call me "Pappy" again I am going to take the White Cat out and beat his bottom hard, six times for every time you are impertinent. Do you react to that?

I will arrange the camp bill.

Halfwit, I will conclude.

Things to worry about:
Worry about courage
Worry about Cleanliness
Worry about efficiency
Worry about horsemanship
Worry about. . .

Things not to worry about:

Don't worry about popular opinion
Don't worry about dolls
Don't worry about the past
Don't worry about the future
Don't worry about growing up
Don't worry about anybody getting ahead of you
Don't worry about triumph
Don't worry about failure unless it comes through your own fault
Don't worry about mosquitoes
Don't worry about flies
Don't worry about insects in general
Don't worry about parents
Don't worry about boys
Don't worry about disappointments
Don't worry about pleasures
Don't worry about satisfactions

Things to think about: 

What am I really aiming at?
How good am I really in comparison to my contemporaries in regard to:

(a) Scholarship
(b) Do I really understand about people and am I able to get along with them?
(c) Am I trying to make my body a useful instrument or am I neglecting it?

With dearest love,


Test Your Stress Level

Don't be bested; get your stress tested. Photo by  Ashley Campbell/flickr/CC 

Stress can enter one's life in many forms — an intense mother-in-law, a to-do list the length of a roll of toilet paper, and final exams are some classic examples. But stress can strike whenever there is an exciting carousel of activity. In these moments, you may feel your health has been affected somehow and wonder how big a role stress plays in overall well-being.
Technically, stress refers to the sum of the physical, mental, and emotional strains on a person. Feelings of stress appear when you perceive your environment as exceeding your adaptive capabilities and threatening your well-being. In popular terms it is also associated with time pressure, like with uncontrolled to-do lists and strict work deadlines or exam dates.
The immediate consequences of stress often take the form of sleepless nights and a moody new disposition, while long-term stress can cause serious health problems, weaken your immune system, induce depression, and increase the chance of developing heart disease or asthma complications. Even if every person responds differently under stress, most people would prefer to go without it.
If you suspect stress is keeping you down, there are a few devices and techniques you can use to quantify your stress and convince yourself — or your boss — that you need to slow down.
This article was written by Pilar Carreras, a researcher in Biomedical Engineering at CCNY.