As we have embarked on a few new house projects, painting our rooms have been the easiest to tackle first. Painting has really provided time for me to unwind while listenening to the podcasts that have been building up in my library. The most recent TED talk on the concept of originality really struck a chord. They pose the question: when is copying flattery, when is it thievery and when is it sheer genius? Just because we, as humans, tend to borrow, riff or sample ideas from others does not make us unoriginal- it actually makes us innovators. It’s a novel concept since we (I) have grown up with the belief that the inherent nature of using someone else’s work is morally wrong.