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My Top Ten Books of 2010

10. The Rembrandt Affair — Daniel Silva Silva continues to write dashing adventures for those of us with an artistic bent. His subtle layers of hatred of radical Muslim terrorists reads oh so clearly. Escapist fiction at its best. 9. The Devil In The White City: A Saga of Magic and Murder at the Fair […]

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Jars of Clay Create A Masterpiece in “The Shelter”

I rarely do an album review post. But…this album has grabbed me. Lyrics such as: “It’s out of my hands, it was from the start…” “In our weakness let us see, that alone we’ll never be…” The central idea of finding shelter within community grabs me at this pivotal time in my life.  “Sometimes the […]

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The Power of Perceptual View—Why We Must Travel

Listening to artist Makoto Fujimura brilliantly answer questions from Belmont University students last night caused me to see once again the power of perceptual view. Fujimura had the distinct advantage of growing up and attending school in both Boston and Tokyo. The perceptual view afforded him by the divergent philosophies of the East and the […]

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10 Power Questions for Personal Creativity and Fulfillment

1. When am I most naturally myself? What people, places and activities allow me to feel most fully myself? 2. What is one thing I could stop doing, or start doing, or do differently, starting today that would most improve my quality of life? 3. What is my greatest talent? 4. How can I get […]

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The Rhythm of Creativity

“An artist must possess Nature. He must identify himself with her rhythm, by efforts that will prepare the mastery which will later enable him to express himself in his own language.” -Henri Matisse To ensure your creativity survives in this world of radical discontinuity, a healthy understanding of rhythm is essential. Radical discontinuity is a […]

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A Creative Cruise To the Beautiful Caribbean

As I alluded yesterday, hanging out with creative people is a bittersweet joy. It seems there is never enough quality and fun time together. That’s why I dreamed up the Creative Caribbean Cruise. First, I booked a ship aboard my favorite cruise line – Celebrity and ship – Century Second, I picked a destination and […]

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My Top 5 Tools For Better Creativity

1. Running – My best life-changing ideas occur while running. I rarely take headphones, preferring to let my mind wander into “free thinking,” as Dr. Stephen Sample teaches in The Contrarian’s Guide to Leadership Inevitably I have a creative idea. Free thinking means loosing your mind from the restrictions of common sense and envisioning seemingly […]