Archive for March, 2012

This could be the Start of something Good!

Me and the 20/20 mag crew, photo taken by James Spina, EIC.

I officially served as Guest Editor in Chief at the 20/20 magazine offices today! Had a great time seeing everyone again and spending the day together. I even got to help with some editing for the April issue which was cool for me since I usually only self-edit or look over what other editors changed in my own articles. It was an awesome experience! And it doesn’t end here, I have 4 more days to hang with the 20/20 mag staff at Vision Expo. I will also be writing 3 more articles for 20/20 ‘s May, June and August issues! Yay!

Over the next four days I am taking continuing education classes at Expo on everything from Botox to Glaucoma to Diabetes to Contact Lenses. Not to mention I will be interviewing Lisa Loeb! Exciting days ahead! I am definitely tweeting a ton, I will try to blog as much as possible on here too. Off I go, wish me luck!


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"Extra! Extra! My first time published in print! 'Hit Me with Your Best Shots' for 20/20 magazine, hot off the presses!"

In February I “clocked in” as 20/20 magazine’s Guest Editor in Chief for the very first time. They invited me to one of their sun wear photo shoots and it was a blast! While there, James Spina (the actual EIC) told me if I would like to write a quick 200 word piece on my experience at the shoot, he’d publish it for their March issue and I jumped at the chance! You can read the piece entitled ‘Hit Me with Your Best Shots here or in print! He told me to have it for him by Monday but I found myself so rev’d up I wrote it that night and had it in the next morning.

I find that writing comes easier when you are enthusiastically inspired and I was! The people at 20/20 rocked! Literally! From the moment I walked in, I knew I was going to have a great time. Everyone was really nice. The atmosphere oozed creativity and outreach, people flipped through magazines for trend spotting and tweet-pic’d as much of the shoot as possible so readers could see things through their eyes. They danced to their favorite tunes pumping out of the stereo and openly shared ideas and insights on what adjustments needed to be made to showcase the eyewear and models with their best fashion and faces forward.

I am grateful to get to see this side of the eyewear industry that I might have never experienced otherwise. I wanted to share with you my essay, at first I was hesitant but I spoke with everyone at 20/20 about it and they said I could and should and so I will. I really look forward to visiting the offices of 20/20 magazine at the end of March and spending the day in their shoes. I also can not wait for Vision Expo! Here it is:

Out with the New, In with the Old: Styles return us to Innocence

by Cheryl Murphy

Do you remember when people would ask each other ‘how was your day today?’ instead of scrolling through status updates? When tweeting was something only birds did? When ‘words with friends’ literally meant having a conversation with your friends, face to face, in person, instead of on Facebook? When diaries were kept instead of blogs? When you didn’t go to the computer to check the news and weather for the day, you went to the paper on your front door step?

Technology has brought us many cool gadgets and conveniences. It’s expanded our knowledge and made it all easier for us to stay connected to one another and to the world but yet, something seems missing. There is a certain warm nostalgia that seems lost, ‘the good old days,’ a simpler time when things went a little slower and everything seemed a little more pure.

Little reminders and glimpses of yesteryear can be spotted in the comeback of the Cat Eye, Horn-Rimmed, and geek-chic glasses. I love that these have rebounded back into pop culture. It helps me to recognize the times have changed, but the hearts of people haven’t. 



Accompany me on my journey as I “take over” 20/20 magazine at the end of this month, follow me on twitter and facebook and here as I may even do some live blogging?? Would you guys like that?

Thank you for all of your kind congrats and support! I plan to make the most of this amazing opportunity!

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Music can change (the way we see) the World

Photo by Frank Padrone, Full Circle Photography; all rights reserved, do not copy.

Do you see the world through rose colored glasses or want it painted black? Would you believe it’s possible your vision can be influenced by your playlist?

Here is my article on Scientific American today  discussing how a study in the Netherlands found that subjects’ visual perception changed depending on the mood of music they were listening to. This topic was especially fascinating because I think music is something we all connect with on a very deep and personal level. It can comfort us when we are feeling blue and helps us to jump up and dance when we feel like celebrating but do we really understand all of the ways it can affect us? Apparently not, we have much to learn.

This was such a fun topic to read about and research and it will definitely be on my “one to watch” list. I’ll look for more studies in the future which may reveal more clues about how music affects our vision and the way we see the world. In the meantime, the next time you hit PLAY, don’t forget to switch it up a little (some upbeat tunes should be mixed in there). If all of your music has a sullen, sad tone, it may cast a shadow on how you visually perceive things. Perhaps Bobby said it best, “don’t worry, be happy.”

Head over to Scientific American online to read it now! Enjoy!

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