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Seeing a new world

The task of art is to transform what is continuously happening to us into something that lasts, giving it a shape. ~  John Berger I was recently listening to a conversation about the Overton Window. That’s a technical political term that is basically a model for how societies change over time and accept previously acceptable […]

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Learning through overwhelm

You’re supposed to feel overwhelmed. It means you’re learning. … Give your mind time to adjust. ~ Dan Koe I recently read the above quote and thought how true that can be. It can be overwhelming to learn something new – it can feel like the proverbial firehose coming at us. It can also feel like […]

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More than one

To be creative means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty, you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it. ~ Osho I was recently chatting […]

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Right size for now

Creativity doesn’t wait for that perfect moment. It fashions its own perfect moments out of ordinary ones. ~ Bruce Garrabrandt I’ve been carrying around a pocket knife and bit of wood so that I can whittle during breaks on the go. If I have a few moments, I can shave off a few slivers and […]

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Consistency is a superpower

The days can be easy if the years are consistent. You can write a book or get in shape or code a piece of software in 30 minutes per day. But the key is you can’t miss a bunch of days. ~ James Clear I recently ran across the idea that the only superpower known of […]

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A game of millimeters

Inch by inch, life’s a cinch. Yard by yard, life is hard. ~ John Bytheway I recently read an article about exercising. The author tried a new exercise and found it much easier than anticipated. After reviewing the process, they realized that they weren’t quite doing the exercises properly. A small adjustment, and the exercises […]

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Creativity can be hard

Creativity takes courage. ~ Henri Matisse I recently read something that basically said – creating is hard no matter what tools you use. I’m under no illusions that were a mystical device to materialize in front of me that it would remove any of the fundamental barriers to creating that we all deal with every […]

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What you pay attention to – expands

The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts. ~ Marcus Aurelius As an un-planned follow-up to last week’s email about praising children for what they’ve done in a literal manner, here’s a bit more parenting advice. “Don’t constantly point out when a child is behaving badly,” the advice goes. “Instead, try […]

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The importance of playing with art supplies

Art has the role in education of helping children become like themselves instead of more like everyone else. ~ Sydney Gurewitz Clemens Some parenting advice I heard talked about praising a child for something they’ve done. In both examples, they kiddo has just finished their latest painting. The first example has you saying, “Oh, what […]

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Easing into the new year

There is virtue in work and there is virtue in rest. Use both and overlook neither. ~ Alan Cohen I had a grand plan of talking about sketchbooks and goals and what-not as we transition into 2024. However… Instead I’m going to recommend not taking this week so seriously. (Perhaps next week we can chat about […]