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    33 Ways to Stay Creative
    Creativity makes life interesting. StumbleUpon, a website that bills itself as a giant collection of the best pages on the Internet has published a great list of ways to stay creative during the long winter months.Make ListsCarry a notebook...
  • Snow on Cholla Cactus
    Inspiring juxtapositions in natural Tucson, Arizona
    Nature offers wonder and beauty in both the anticipated and the unexpected. Astonishment is an innate joy as well as an essential element of creativity. It ripples outward as poet Mary Oliver intoned, “Be astonished. Tell about it.”...
  • Kwanzaa 2014, Day 6, Kuumba means creativity or turn off that television!
    Kwanzaa 2014, Day 6, Kuumba means creativity or turn off that television!
    Call: Habari Gani?! (What's going on?)Response:Kuumba! [koo-oom-bah]Seemy previous article about Kwanzaafor an explanation of the call and response.Today is the sixth day of the Kwanzaa celebration, and it is focused on creativity.In our...
  • Adventures in Theater: Milwaukee’s most daring performances of 2014
    Adventures in Theater: Milwaukee’s most daring performances of 2014
    Going to live theater is like stepping onto Bilbo Baggin’s road: you never know where you might end up. Milwaukee theater artists most often perform contemporary dramas in which we are supposed to accept the characters and situations as ...
  • Creative Expression
    Creative Expression
    Every day we slaughter our finest impulses. That is why we get a heart-ache when we read those lines written by the hand of a master and recognize them as our own, as the tender shoots which we stifled, because we lacked the faith to believe in...
  • Fish
    How to connect with your "good" self
    1. It's the real you. Realize that deep down inside we all have a need and a desire to be good. It's a driving force in all of us. If you ignore this part of you, it will gnaw at your insides like a rabid dog.2. If you're bothered and...
  • Creativity in ADHD children
    Children with ADHD may have more creative brains
    ADHD is a label that is running rampant and seems to be used much too freely in today's society. As parents, teachers, school administrators and mental health professionals we need to be diligent in how we are labeling our children. First of...
  • Jeff DeGraff
    How to Jump-Start Radical Change in Your Company
    When Steve Jobs developed the iPod in 1997, he assembled a diverse group of thinkers with different points of view and areas of expertise. They didn't invent something new. Rather, they brought together disparate technologies that no one had...
  • Calm down.....
    Letting Go of the Little Stuff
    The small frustrations and irritations manipulate such power over us because they pickpocket us of the illusion that we are always in control. It has been suggested that every problem is a potential teacher—a confusing situation is an...
  • Pixar's Rules
    A crash course in creativity
    In honor of the National Novel Writing Month (www.nanowrimo.org), in which we are all challenged to write a 50,000 word novel in a month, I wanted to put together a very quick crash course in creative writing. I can tell you having finished my...
  • Basic Mandala
    A mandala
    Have you ever heard of a mandala? If not, you’re missing out on a miraculous wonder. We find mandalas in nature, within the swirling design in a snail’s shell, in the beauty of an aerial view of a flower, in the universe and in much of...
  • There are many options for Halloween costumes and some can be made at home.
    3 Halloween costumes you can make yourself
    Costumes are an essential part of Halloween. Whether trick-or-treating, attending a dress-up party, or marching in a parade (like the famous NYC Village Halloween Parade) , choosing the right costume is an essential part of celebrating the holiday...
  • Bright ideas
    Improving personal creativity
    When starting a project like, say, repainting the living room, does the whole concept appear in a flash? Or does it come in bits and pieces? Is it planned step-by-step or improvised along the way? Does the final product appeal to every need or...
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    The art of not knowing what you're doing
    Twenty-five years ago when I was a first year PhD student, a friend talked me into attending a creative writing workshop. Since I'd never done anything like that before, I had no prior expectations, but I was totally unprepared for what happened....
  • How to Create Better Ideas Faster
    How to Create Better Ideas Faster
    The four F’s of effective brainstorming.Have you ever tried to get your team to brainstorm a breakthrough idea for a product or service only to find the process mostly yields extensions of existing ideas?Research on creative thinking gives...