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Last day of summer by Misha Lyuve

Sep 10, 2015

Last day of summer, don’t be so sad;

Inevitable you’ll be back.

My fingers are sticky with juices of peach,

They smell of your body and beach.

Not for long….

Children art effortlessly by Misha Lyuve

Aug 1, 2015

A “chill” out trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art on a hot August day

Oh happiness by Misha Lyuve

Jul 25, 2015

Oh happiness,
I am making love to you now
as if we had eternity ahead.
Why don’t you just stay?
Why don’t you marry me
instead of your usual sudden running off,
as you swoosh at me with your precious behind
disappearing afar?

Premature opinionation and three considerations on how to deal with it by Misha Lyuve

Feb 15, 2014

Woody Allen glases

This posting is not about Woody Allen’s child molestation accusations. It is about me. And maybe you.

I liked some of the Woody Allen’s movies. After reading the recent letter of his adoptive daughter accusing him of sexual abuse, without much questioning I silently joined the public outrage. I “liked” scornful Facebook commentary and vowed to never watch another Allen’s movie again. The guilty verdict was irreversibly apparent.

Then I read “Woody Allen’s Allegations – Not So Fast” by Robert Wiede, who produced and directed a documentary about Allen. Not only did I not know much about the man, but even what I thought I knew was not true. For instance, I was sure that Allen had married his adoptive daughter, and that made me cringe profusely (especially now as a father of two adoptive daughters), while in reality Soon-Yi was adopted by Mia Farrow and one of her previous husbands. Among other facts the article shed light on aspects of Mia and Woody relationship as well as the investigation that came out from the original accusations back in the 90′s.

After having read the article I became very clear about one and only one thing: I had no idea what Woody Allen did and what he didn’t do. And as I mentioned earlier, this posting is not about Woody Allen. The disturbing behavior that I had to face is my own.

There was a moment, literally a point in time, when without much deliberation I jumped into a judgement (see also A judgmental jerk) and formed an opinion about the matter. Let’s call this phenomenon premature opinionation. I didn’t have much information about the topic; I didn’t do any investigation on it nor was I going to research it in the future. Moreover, I didn’t plan to take a single action based on my opinion (e.g. counsel sex abuse victims or bring peace to Allen-Farrow family). In other words, my opinion was for the sake of the opinion, purely.

The humanly natural process of creating opinions, even premature ones, would be merely entertaining, if we didn’t relate to our opinions as the Truth. And should one person fall into a trap of premature opinionation, it would be a non-event, but imagine what kind of a mess we end up in when this happens with hundreds, thousands of people, including TV hosts, radio personalities, celebrities and maybe even you.

So before you ever become a victim of premature opinionation, here are three considerations to keep in mind:

1. Before forming an opinion, pause and ask yourself: “What if I don’t come up with an opinion now?” If you think that the world order will stay intact, just give yourself time

2. If you feel utterly compelled to form an opinion right now, allow yourself to do it. But if there is more than 1% chance that it is premature, keep it to yourself for now – do more research, sleep on it, give it time

3. If you consider sharing your opinion, a good questions to ask: “Who really cares about what I think about this topic?” Just be honest here. Remember that even those who get into a dialogue with you about your opinion most likely care about their opinion way more than about yours

Clarity, confusion + Magritte by Misha Lyuve

Oct 26, 2013

Art evokes the mystery without which the world would not exist.” – René Magritte

Clairvoyance by Magritte

"Clairvoyance" by Magritte

“I want to be confused,” says no one. Instead we adamantly strive for clarity. We thirst for it in communication with our bosses, customers and spouses. We long for it looking for the direction in our lives and prioritizing our goals and aspirations. We rely on it to solve business problems and figure out the shortest most efficient paths to meet business goals. We want it all – transparent, unpacked, devoid of ambiguity or confusion – and we want it now.

Confusion, however, is an ambiguous phenomenon. One one hand, it is the state we prefer to avoid all together. We relate to it as to a flu and try to suppress its symptoms – uncertainty, disorientation and contradiction. On the other hand, it is confusion that generates new ideas, fertilizes creativity and fosters innovation. In fact, the path to clarity lies through confusion. And it is precisely the balance between clarity and confusion that is missing in our lives.

But given that we live in clarity obsessed society, let me share of a secret safe place to indulge in confusion – ART. Specifically I recently visited René Magritte’s exhibition “Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary” at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

Magritte’s talent is in his ability to interrupt the expected clarity of mundane. When you look at his art, don’t worry about liking or disliking it, because it’s not the point. Instead allow yourself be puzzled, confused, stimulated. There is a mystery of our existence that can be found there; it cannot be trivialized or broken down to clarity.

"Attempting the Impossible" by Magritte

"Attempting the Impossible" by Magritte

"The Eternally Obvious" by Magritte

"The Eternally Obvious" by Magritte

Happiness by Misha Lyuve

Sep 24, 2013

“All people wish to be happy; only a few understand that real happiness cannot be obtained with restlessness that is created by constant searching”

I-Ching, The Book of Changes and the Unchanging Truth, Hua-Ching Ni
Hex 27, Providing Nourishment

ARE WE READY – introduction by Misha Lyuve

Mar 30, 2013

Director and editor: Zao Wang

ARE WE READY – it is a question and not a question…

All profits from album sales go to Worldwide Orphans Foundation. Be generous

“Happiness” video + Haiti + another show by Misha Lyuve

Mar 3, 2013

There is so much to share, my friends.

- On Wednesday I am heading to Haiti with Worldwide Orphans Foundation (WWO) to see firsthand the work they are doing in the country and report back to you. You can follow me real-time through Facebook and Twitter.

- On Monday March 11th, two of my friends, talented singers and songwriters Jesse Rube and Ayo Awosika are joining me at a Worldwide Orphans benefit at legendary (le) Poisson Rouge. Now there is something to look forward for you on Monday. If you are in New York City, join us and bring your coworkers and friends – this is a perfect group outing opportunity. You can print the full size flyer for your office, building where you live or your hobby place. Buy your tickets!

- The last but not the least – we premiered the “Happiness” video at the release party – and now it is out in the world.

Directed by Patrick Aubert & Damian Siqueiros

Cinematography: Simon Lamarre-Ledoux

Choreography: Bobby Thompson

Dancers: Bobby Thompson & Roxanne Dushesne-Roy

Editing: Liliana Ortiz

Master of human connections: Alexander Lembert

Full list of contributors

Read about How we shot “Happiness”

Love song video! by Misha Lyuve

Feb 8, 2013

Watch it! Love it! Share it!

Song is written by Misha Lyuve. Performed by Misha Lyuve and Misha Tis. Accompaniment Alexander Alabin. Video mastermind and editor Zao Wang.

We are available to bring the love song to your in person for your public and private occasions. All proceeds go to Worldwide Orphans Foundation (WWO) – contact

Amour by Michael Haneke by Misha Lyuve

Feb 8, 2013

Beautiful, intense, confronting life and death, love.

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