Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Creativity Tips: Every Word Matters

I had lunch yesterday with a group of dear friends and, during the course of our conversation, one of them commented that she, "had only run one marathon."

Out of curiosity, I raced over to Google. According to the stat I found, 0.5% of the U.S. population has ever run a marathon. Zero. Point. Five. Percent.

In other words, my friend is a complete amazing unusual outstanding rock star.
Only she doesn't know it.

Every word matters, and words like only and just needlessly minimize our accomplishments and weaken our sentences. Today's tip: Run right past those nasty qualifiers. I'm 100% sure you can do it!

Photo credit: Kate Harness

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

What the world needs now ...

... is love, sweet love.

Watch the video. Buy the song. Love each other. 
And appreciate the positive power and energy 
creativity unleashes when people put egos aside. 

Friday, June 3, 2016

Friday Fun: Don't Act Your Age

Tom and I recently visited Crystal Bridges in Arkansas -- one of my all-time favorite museums. Fabulous collection, gorgeous grounds. In our wanderings, we found the children's area, so naturally I went in.

Among the other interactive goodies, I found a loom for making potholders. To encourage little artists, I started a potholder -- left it part way done, in hopes that would inspire someone else to either finish it or rip it out and start their own.

Funny thing was: I loved the few minutes with the kid's loom. So, when we got home, I bought one. And then I played:

I have to tell you: Making this potholder was one of the funnest* creative activities I've had in a long time. Instant gratification. And, for someone who spends way too much time with words, it was a real creative boost to play with color. And to make something -- complete! -- in just a few minutes.

It's like baking. You start with nothing but ingredients, and you put them together and voila! Cookies. It's magic.

Go make some magic this weekend. And don't act your age.

*Yep. Not a word. I can make words up. I's a writer.

Random P.S.: This would have been my dad's 98th birthday. May his memory be a blessing.