Category Archives: Creativity

MINDFULNESS AND CREATIVITY

NOTE: This post was first published in February 2015. “Mindfulness” is everywhere these days, sometimes in unexpected places. My friend and photography teacher, James Martin, forwarded two excellent, short video conversations with Jay Maisel, the acclaimed photographer. What Maisel said … Continue reading

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BOOK-SHAMING

Have you ever been ashamed of a book you are reading? In an ideal world, we would not care what others may think of our book choices. In an ideal world, we wouldn’t judge others by what they are reading. … Continue reading

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COOL CATS

I don’t know when the word cats came to apply to jazz musicians. I’m not even sure it’s still in use. Current terminology or not, last week I spent several hours with two of the coolest cats around—Jimmy Cobb and … Continue reading

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OLIVER SACKS

Oliver Sacks, M.D. died yesterday, Sunday August 30, 2015. I have written here:  March 16, 2015 about Dr. Sacks’ resolve when he learned he was terminally ill but I was still shocked at his passing. I wondered if he expected to … Continue reading

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WABI SABI AND THE GIANT PEACH

This is all about wabi sabi and has nothing to do with a Giant Peach–it’s just that the term “wabi sabi” sounds to me like the title of a children’s book. Or someone making fun of the Japanese language. I … Continue reading

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I’M ALL EARS

I had big ears as a child—great big, stick-outie ears. My kindergarten picture shows an enthusiastic five-year-old with the biggest ears in the class. Those ears were a source of misery for me through eighth grade and then I forgot … Continue reading

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“TIME FOR TIME” IN THE NEW YEAR

Last Sunday morning, I spent my time writing a draft blog of Ten New Year’s Resolutions. It was intended to be both serious and amusing because (1) I am serious about these things and (2) I think some of them are … Continue reading

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Bipolar Disorder and Creativity

Robin Williams’ suicide has led to a greater public discussion of Bipolar Disorder. This mental illness, which affects 2.4% of the worldwide population, includes many of the most intelligent and creative people in their societies. Last week I promised I … Continue reading

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You Will Never Be Bored If You’re a Writer

When I speak with young writers, this is the first thing I tell them. It’s true that you won’t be bored and that fact has gotten me through standing in a hundred lines, waiting for the gas tank to fill, … Continue reading

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Teaching Young Writers at Our Sisters’ School

Last week I spent an hour at Our Sisters’ School in New Bedford, MA talking to young writers about storytelling. What I wanted them to understand about writing can be said in ten minutes or ten hours. There are lots … Continue reading

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