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Creativity Tip: The Power of “What if…”

Every life contains pivot points. These arrive in different ways, some that involve choice and others that do not. I’m interested in the moments when we stand at the crossroads and wonder “what if…” William and Mary or Ohio State? Suitor A or suitor B? Tell the lie or tell the truth? Move back to Ohio …

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Traveler’s Vision: The Link Between Travel & Creativity

My Muse LOVES to travel, so it’s fortunate I was born with a traveler’s heart. After being grounded for five long years due to a clotting disorder, I was recently cleared for long-distance air travel. Hurrah! Last month I went on a work trip to Miami, Florida. I got up early and I stayed up late to …

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The Creative Rituals of a New Project: Prayers and Underpainting

Creativity Tip: Create your own ritual to mark the start of a new creative project. It’s a simple way to celebrate your creative practice. Most of my rituals involve prayer; yours should include whatever helps you find your voice and celebrate the beginning of something fresh and new. Is it the singing of a specific song? The …

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On Inspiration: Art Museums and Agape Love

Three days. Three cities. Three art museums. Three special exhibits. 300,000 shiny ideas. When I travel, I love to visit art museums. And when I say love, I mean equal parts deep, intellectual excitement and exuberant, jump-up-and-down-and-clap-your-hands love.  Art and community service restore me…if that’s not inspiration, I don’t know what is. Art museums inform …

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Following the Joy (or Watching for Magnolias)

Sometimes life falls apart and you’re left questioning everything about everything. Are you worthy of love? Is your art any good? Do you have any talent? Should you throw in the towel and spend your extra time volunteering? Is it all just navel-gazing bull shit? I’ve been struggling with all of these questions (and more) …

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