Life consists not simply in what heredity and environment do to us but in what we make out of what they do to us. — Harry Emerson Fosdick   I’ve always been a bit of a creative.  Ever since I can remember I was creating something — casting plays, writing stories, fabricating fanciful things. When


Evening architecture

  An orb weaver spider who has taken up residence in the open area just outside my condo.  I’ve been watching it over the last week, and I am utterly amazed by what this industrious arachnid accomplishes on a daily basis.  (I’m not a real big fan of spiders overall, but this one’s pretty cool.)

person with pen

Just a person with a pen

  I find that I write best in public. Preferably in the park on a warm summer’s day, but the back patio will do in a pinch. On rainy or cold days a bookstore or coffee shop will do. There’s something about the anonymity of public spaces that makes it easier for me to get


Finding your “inner Michelangelo”

Why don’t more people paint? Because they’re afraid they’re not talented enough; because they’re afraid they’ll do it wrong. In reality there is no “wrong” way to do paint. Just ask my son. Heck, just go ask Jackson Pollock for that matter. First let’s start with the materials — you’ll need paint and something to


Creativity: 4 quick ways to get it in gear

As promised in my last post, I’m giving you 4 ways you can shift your creative self into “drive” when you feel like you’re stuck in “park.” Timed writing The hardest part of writing for most people is getting started. So let’s make this easy — start anywhere.  Decide how long you’re going to write (10-15