Thursday, July 31, 2008
I bet you look at your next meal in a whole new light.
P.S. He's such a lame duck, I'm not even going to make a joke.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
But you shouldn't miss this, just because the Web has. It's not a short poem, but it is a quick read. And it's beautiful. (Unfortunately, I wasn't able to replicate here the imaginative spacing Jon Silken created -- he had varying indents on each line.)
A Space in the Air
by Jon Silken
The first day he had gone
I barely missed him. I was glad almost he had left
Without a bark or flick of his tail,
I was content he had slipped
Out into the world. I felt,
Without remarking, it was nearly a relief
From his dirty habits. Then, the second
Day I noticed the space
He left behind him. A hole
Cut out of the air. And I missed him suddenly,
Missed him almost without knowing
Why it was so. And I grew
Afraid he was dead, expecting death
As something I had grown used to. I was afraid
The clumsy children in the street
Had cut his tail off as
A souvenir of the living and
I did not know what to do. I was fearing
Somebody had hurt him. I called his name
But the hole in the air remained.
I have grown accustomed to death
Lately. But his absence made me sad,
I do not know how he should do it
But his absence frightened me.
It was not only his death I feared,
Not only his but as if all of those
I loved, as if all those near me
Should suddenly go
Into the hole in the light
And disappear. As if all of them should go
Without barking, without speaking,
Without noticing me there
But go; and going as if
The instrument of pain were a casual thing
To suffer, as if they should suffer so,
Casually and without greatness,
Without purpose even. But just go.
I should be afraid to lose all those friends like this.
I should fear to lose those loves. But mostly
I should fear to lose you.
If you should go
Without affliction, but even so, I should tear
The rent you would make in the air
And the bare howling
Streaming after your naked hair.
I should feel your going down more than my going down.
My own death I bear everyday
More or less
But your death would be something else,
Something else beyond me. It would not be
Your death or my death, love,
But our rose-linked dissolution.
So I feared his going,
His death, not our death, but a hint at our death. And I shall always fear
The death of those we love as
The hint of your death, love.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Angela, you commented recently that: "Social media is changing other art forms; it's amazing." I think this is another example of that!
Thanks to site-seeing-superstar Leslie for today's link!
Monday, July 28, 2008
For all of you who also tried, I apologize.
I have now tried, tried again, and have posted a "subscribe via email" link. I've tested it. It seems to work. Let me know if it doesn't work for you.
FYI, if violent kittens attack when you try to subscribe, it's not working.
P.S. to Barb ... I think this is the blog feature you requested months ago. I live to serve you. I just don't serve very fast ...
P.P.S. The creativity tips? Ask for what you want. And if you know I've messed something up, let me know. I tend to assume I'm perfect. :-)
Friday, July 25, 2008
And when I'm too tired to read, I can still play! Here's to a great weekend, filled with fabulous words.
(By the by, I'm currently reading Armageddon in Retrospect by Kurt Vonnegut. Great intro by his son Mark, who also wrote a wonderful book, The Eden Express.)
Thursday, July 24, 2008
One of the younger members of the Creative Instigation team is my friend Abby, who has a fashion blog that I find inspirational and instigational. She generously agreed to be my first guest blogger.
Here's her tip on Designing a Phrog:
In my spare time I like to design clothes. Although I cannot sew too well, I LOVE doing the sketching. I created my own clothing line (hopefully when I’m older it can actually work) called PHROG. I call it this because my family loves frogs, even though my parents revolt against getting even close to one. We have a pond in our backyard with colossal amounts of frogs. So you can see where I was going with the title.
Anyway, I enjoy creating my very own characters. They can have blonde hair or brown hair. They can wear plain clothes or ones that are OUT of this world.
I think if you can draw and you – like me, you have an obsession with clothes – you might want to try designing sometime!
P.S. from Jan: If you don't have kids in the house for inspiration, borrow one now and then. Seriously. And some of the ideas on Abby's blog could jumpstart your creativity today!
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Which made me wonder: What's your favorite dessert?
I'd have to go back to yesterday's post, and some of my grandmother's baking. She made butter cookies that were beyond delicious, and always made a "J" shaped cookie for me, an "H" for my brother Harry and an "E" for my sister Eva. I can still remember the fun of searching for my special cookie.
P.S. Yes. I read GQ. Surprised?
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Sophie could cook and bake better than anyone I've ever known. She created her own recipes, and they are amazing. She was also a poet and a tailor and the only woman the men allowed in the weekly family poker game.
She was, quite simply, the best.
Here's the iced coffee tip I learned from her -- and it's a bit of creative genius. Nanny, as we called her, would make ice cubes out of black coffee, so she could cool hot coffee without watering it down. It also works great for iced coffee, a true summer treat for me and my fellow caffeine fanatics.
P.S. No, it's not a real bull. But why let reality get in the way of a great photo?
Monday, July 21, 2008
OK, two simple requests. (I said I was easing. I never said I was easy.)
- Mike Brown and I are preparing a Creative Instigation workshop, and want your input. Please take a second to vote on the survey Mike has posted.
- Mark your calendars now! Plan to join us at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 12, at the Greater KC PRSA meeting. I'll include a location and sign-up link as soon as the info is posted online.
- Heck, let's go for the magic of three. One more request: Have a spectacular week!
Friday, July 18, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Hmmm. Based on my experience as a mother, that could be a false assumption. So here's the deal. You can doodle this outside, or on a clean sheet of paper.
Doodle your name. Doodle it twice. Doodle it different.
I'm going to doodle Janet because it's more fun than Jan.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
It's creative brilliance. Instead of playing the we've always done it that way game, they made their own rules.
Take a lesson from the teens. Don't follow mindless rules. You'll be hoppier. (Sorry, couldn't resist.)
Monday, July 14, 2008
If you already have sidewalk chalk, you're my hero.
Then, go doodle outside. If you're not comfortable doodling on the sidewalk in front of your house, try the patio out back. Or doodle in front of the neighbor's house. Just keep it friendly.
My inspiration? Mary and a friend decorated our driveway and sidewalks this weekend. Which brings to mind a creativity tip, to go along with the exercise. Keep art supplies handy, and they'll get used!
Friday, July 11, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
But here it is: When your brain starts in with that hideous self-talk, telling you how stupid and talentless and useless you are, visualize a stop sign. See it. Say "STOP!" to yourself. (I recommend doing this silently, or people twitch.) Then, force your brain to go to a happy place.
Back in my radio days, I periodically made mistakes on the air. Hard to believe, but true. I would use this technique to stop beating myself up. It took a while, but it finally worked. Now, when the negative self-talk starts, I stop it. Fast.
Never let a bad wizard win.
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Again, as I mentioned yesterday, tools matter.
(OK, I can hear the groans from my designer friends. Relax, I'm playing. I don't scream every time you write a headline, do I? Oh, yeah. I do ....)
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
In baking -- and in other creative venues -- the right "tools" make a difference.
Monday, July 7, 2008
Don't know a foreign language? Don't know anyone who speaks a foreign language? You need to get out more often. But, for today, don't worry. Just leave a post here in Pig Latin, and I omise-pray to espond-ray.
Friday, July 4, 2008
Thursday, July 3, 2008
If you haven't read the Zanders' book, I strongly recommend it. And, as a reminder of our first three "Don't" rules:
2. Don't just do it.
3. Don't miss a chance to celebrate.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
If my memory is right, today is Angela's birthday. Along with recent birthday girl Leslie, Angela was one of the "early adopters" of this blog. She's also brilliant, fun, and extremely adorable in those shades.
Celebrating is one of the things creative teams should always take time for, so ... join me in saying:
Here's to a wonderful year, Birthday Girl!
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Now, we'll move on to:
2. Don't just do it.
Beginning today, take better care of yourself. Protect your creative energy for projects that really matter to you. How? It's simple. When someone asks you to do something you don't really want to do, smile and say, "No." No excuses, no alibis, just no.
It's a lesson I'm starting to embrace. And, if I can do it, I know you can do it! Or, not do it ... as this case may be.