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  • 6 Ways to Eliminate Stress This Week

    How to focus
    Ebony Barber
    21 Jul 2015 | 1:25 pm
    So you know this week is going to be huge. You’ve got a million things to do, the deadlines are due, the social events are on and it’s going to be work hard, play hard. But how can you really get everything done without feeling like a nervous wreck by Sunday? Here's 6 tips to eliminate stress in your life this week... The post 6 Ways to Eliminate Stress This Week appeared first on How to focus.
  • For Every 10 Hours of Haters, Spend 50 With Your Cheerleaders

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    stephkaptein
    24 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    By Jim Tsinganos. Psychologists have long known about the “negativity bias”—the notion that our negative comments and moments have an outsized impact on our psyche. This means even a single online comment or snide remark from a friend has a profound effect on us. And, if we’re not careful, those comments can infiltrate our own thinking. When freelance writer and lifestyle blogger Melissa Sonico started her line of mixed-material necklaces, she discovered it was her friendships that burdened her passion: To put it short, I’ve really learned who my friends are in this process and,…
  • What happens after you’ve ignited your creative spark?

    Creativity at Work Blog
    Linda Naiman
    17 Apr 2015 | 1:58 pm
    What happens after you’ve ignited your creative spark? I received an interesting newsletter from Marshall Goldsmith today, about being the optimist in the room. He says, “When people initiate a personal campaign to […] Creativity at Work [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How Vacations Boost Creativity

    THE CREATIVE HOME - Creative Home Reader
    Donald Rattner
    22 Jul 2015 | 5:45 pm
    I recently read a profile of Amazon’s Jeff Bezos that suggested he thinks work-life balance is for people who don’t like their work. It’s a maxim that American business culture validates. You’ve probably found yourself talking about “working until 8 last night” or “heading into the office Sunday” in a slightly bragging tone. When you work long hours, after all, you prove that you’re the most committed, the most invested, and the most valuable person on the team. We are the no-vacation nation, and we’re proud of it. I’m sure Jeff Bezos works a lot. And I’m sure he likes…
  • Beatrix Potter, Mycologist: The Beloved Children’s Book Author’s Little-Known Scientific Studies and Illustrations of Mushrooms

    Brain Pickings
    Maria Popova
    28 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    “Imagination is the precursor to policy, the precondition to action. Imagination, like wonder, allows us to value something.” Beatrix Potter (July 28, 1866–December 22, 1943) is one of the most beloved and influential storytellers of all time. The Tale of Peter Rabbit and her other gloriously illustrated children’s books tickle the human imagination through the fantastical aliveness of nature and its creatures, in a spirit partway between Aesop and Mary Oliver, between Tolkien and Thoreau. At a time when women had no right to vote and virtually no access to higher…
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    Brain Pickings

  • Beatrix Potter, Mycologist: The Beloved Children’s Book Author’s Little-Known Scientific Studies and Illustrations of Mushrooms

    Maria Popova
    28 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    “Imagination is the precursor to policy, the precondition to action. Imagination, like wonder, allows us to value something.” Beatrix Potter (July 28, 1866–December 22, 1943) is one of the most beloved and influential storytellers of all time. The Tale of Peter Rabbit and her other gloriously illustrated children’s books tickle the human imagination through the fantastical aliveness of nature and its creatures, in a spirit partway between Aesop and Mary Oliver, between Tolkien and Thoreau. At a time when women had no right to vote and virtually no access to higher…
  • Albert Einstein’s Love Letters

    Maria Popova
    27 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    “How was I able to live alone before, my little everything? Without you I lack self-confidence, passion for work, and enjoyment of life — in short, without you, my life is no life.” Under the tyranny of our present productivity-fetishism, we measure the value of everything by the final product rather than by the richness of the process — its rewards, its stimulating challenges, the aliveness of presence with which we fill every moment of it. In contemporary culture, if a marriage ends in divorce — however many happy years it may have granted the couple, however…
  • The World We Live In: An Extraordinary Reality-Check

    Maria Popova
    26 Jul 2015 | 11:30 pm
    The chilling human story behind an almost-statistic. “You’ve got to tell the world how to treat you,” James Baldwin told Margaret Mead in their magnificently prescient 1970 conversation on race. “If the world tells you how you are going to be treated, you are in trouble.” And yet the most pernicious seedbed of trouble is a world in which some people, but not others, are routinely told how they deserve to be treated, then routinely treated that way, based on criteria of visible difference that have nothing to do with the invisibilia of who they are. For, as a…
  • A Zen Master Explains Death and the Life-Force to a Child and Outlines the Three Essential Principles of Zen Mind

    Maria Popova
    26 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    “Zen practice … requires great faith, great courage, and great questioning.” If death is so enormous a mystery that we remain unable to wrap our grownup minds around it, despite comfort from our great poets and consolation from our great philosophers, how are tiny humans to make sense of it all? Although there exist some exceptional children’s books about loss and grief, explaining death to a child remains one of the most challenging tasks for a human being to undertake. Because the language of Zen, holding great complexity of experience in great simplicity of…
  • Amelia Earhart on Sticking Up for Yourself, in a Remarkable Letter of Advice to Her Younger Sister

    Maria Popova
    24 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    “Adult human beings owe as much to themselves as to others, for by asserting individual rights, the baser natures of those who have them are held in check.” Amelia Earhart (b. July 24, 1897) endures as one of the most beloved cultural figures in history — a trailblazing aviator, a model of the modern independent woman, and an icon of the spirit of adventure, her myth made all the more alluring by her mysterious disappearance. From the out-of-print treasure Letters from Amelia: An Intimate Portrait of Amelia Earhart (public library) — which also gave us her lucid and…
 
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  • Do Fewer Things, More Often

    Allison
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    By Michael Lester Entrepreneur and VC Mark Suster lives by this rule: “Do Less. More.” In a time when you could fill an entire work day just staying apprised of what’s happening in the Twittersphere, or devote more time to cool conferences than to being at your desk getting things done, the key to productivity is doing less, better and more often. Here’s what that actually means: Do less. And do the things that you ARE doing better and with higher quality. Have a shorter to-do list with more things that are in the “done” category. Do fewer business development…
  • For Every 10 Hours of Haters, Spend 50 With Your Cheerleaders

    stephkaptein
    24 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    By Jim Tsinganos. Psychologists have long known about the “negativity bias”—the notion that our negative comments and moments have an outsized impact on our psyche. This means even a single online comment or snide remark from a friend has a profound effect on us. And, if we’re not careful, those comments can infiltrate our own thinking. When freelance writer and lifestyle blogger Melissa Sonico started her line of mixed-material necklaces, she discovered it was her friendships that burdened her passion: To put it short, I’ve really learned who my friends are in this process and,…
  • Starting a Freelance Career Doesn’t Mean You Have to Work for Free

    99uteam
    23 Jul 2015 | 11:27 am
    Sometimes it’s our peers next to us in the trenches that we can learn the most from, and not just the legendary figures with trophies already gathering dust. Going freelance involves a lot of unglamorous beginnings: doing work for cheap to build up your portfolio, working part-time jobs to pay your bills, and trying to build connections out of scratch are just a small part of any freelancer’s early journey. Monika Kanokova believes that some of the best practices we can learn are from other creatives who are still climbing their way to the top of the mountain. In her…
  • Use Deadlines & the Eisenhower Matrix to Make Long-Term Goals Accessible Today

    Allison
    22 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    By Caba Kosmotesto for the Noun Project There’s a difference between a task or project being “urgent” and it being “important.” Urgent things have to be done immediately; like returning a critical email, handling a top client request, or meeting a deadline. Important things, on the other hand, contribute to a long-term goal. For example, the book you’ve always wanted to write or the website you’ve long thought about launching are important, not urgent. In the quest for meaningful work, it’s important (so to speak) to distinguish between urgency…
  • What Your Survival Instincts Know About Pitching Ideas

    99uteam
    21 Jul 2015 | 8:43 am
    So you have a big idea—or maybe your team does—and the time has come to put it to the test. Specifically, the test of The Pitch, that distressingly concise opportunity to walk into a room with a blueprint, and walk out with a real foundation, be it funding, client sign-off, or even a simple thumbs-up from your boss. But despite the exciting chance to transition your idea from concept to reality, the prospect of having to sell that idea can generate feelings far less pleasant. After all, how the hell do you sell? In certain industries, there are prescribed answers to that question, and all…
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    Creative Something

  • Latest episode of Creative Something Podcast is up!

    22 Jul 2015 | 12:18 pm
    Listen to the Creative Something Podcast here. If you haven’t yet subscribed to the Creative Something Podcast, now is a good time. In this episode we talk about what makes a good idea good, and bad ones not so much. Plus more. You can subscribe in your favorite app, or get the podcast right from iTunes.
  • The mental states that make meditation help or hinder creative thinking

    20 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    I’ve always said that when it comes to improving your creativity, it’s not enough to simply read advice columns or books on the subject, but rather: you must find what works for you, personally. One such creative method I’ve found to be personally powerful for me is meditation, or meditative-like walks. But, as research has shown, mindful meditation might actually produce the opposite effect in a small percentage of individuals who try it. In a recent (2014) study, researchers Yi-Yuan Tang, Rongxiang Tang, and Michael Posner, conducted research to determine whether or not…
  • Ideas from your personal adjacent possible

    16 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    What you can do with one thing is limited, but add one thing to another and you multiple the possibilities. Add yet another thing to those and the possibilities multiply dramatically. For every dot you add to a network, the network grows in complexity. You can do a few things with a plain single sheet of paper, for example. You can fold it in various ways, tear it, wad it up, etc. But when you add a pencil to the mix, suddenly you can do all of those things and a great deal more: you can draw, take notes and create poetry, add expressions to origami animals, capture thoughts, etc. Add tape to…
  • "What’s the point of doing big, commercial projects and making enough money to have a little bit of..."

    15 Jul 2015 | 12:21 pm
    “What’s the point of doing big, commercial projects and making enough money to have a little bit of freedom if I’m just going to fuck up that freedom by sitting on the couch watching TV? There’s shit to do.” - The Great Discontent interviews artist slash designer Mike Perry.
  • It’s hard to tell good ideas apart from bad ones when they...

    14 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    It’s hard to tell good ideas apart from bad ones when they first burst into our mind. Good ideas are rarely initially viewed as such, and bad ideas are too easily mistaken for worthwhile ones. So we either feel conflicted, like our ideas aren’t worth more than writing down (if that), or we feel certain that the ideas that are really worth anything will simply resurface at some point in the future. But the occurrence of an idea isn’t any indication for how valuable it can be. The only way to determine whether an idea is good or bad is to explore it, either by intentionally ruminating on…
 
 
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    Creative Every Day

  • Creative Every Day Check-In: July 27 – August 2

    Leah
    26 Jul 2015 | 10:01 pm
    This weekly check-in post is a place for Creative Every Day Challenge participants to share their creative activities.  Join in the Challenge: You can sign-up for the 2015 Challenge here! Ways to share: Once you've signed up, you can leave a comment on this post and/or use the "Mr. Linky" widåget below to link to a blog post(s) or flickr image of your creative activities during the days of 7/27/15 - 8/2/15.  The widget below is an optional method of sharing your creativity that makes it easier for others to check out what you're…
  • Creative Every Day Check-In: July 20 – 26

    Leah
    19 Jul 2015 | 10:01 pm
    This weekly check-in post is a place for Creative Every Day Challenge participants to share their creative activities.  Join in the Challenge: You can sign-up for the 2015 Challenge here! Ways to share: Once you've signed up, you can leave a comment on this post and/or use the "Mr. Linky" widåget below to link to a blog post(s) or flickr image of your creative activities during the days of 7/20/15 - 7/26/15.  The widget below is an optional method of sharing your creativity that makes it easier for others to check out what you're…
  • Creative Every Day Check-In: July 13 – 19

    Leah
    12 Jul 2015 | 10:01 pm
    This weekly check-in post is a place for Creative Every Day Challenge participants to share their creative activities.  Join in the Challenge: You can sign-up for the 2015 Challenge here! Ways to share: Once you've signed up, you can leave a comment on this post and/or use the "Mr. Linky" widåget below to link to a blog post(s) or flickr image of your creative activities during the days of 7/13/15 - 7/19/15.  The widget below is an optional method of sharing your creativity that makes it easier for others to check out what you're…
  • Creative Every Day Check-In: July 6 – 12

    Leah
    5 Jul 2015 | 10:01 pm
    This weekly check-in post is a place for Creative Every Day Challenge participants to share their creative activities.  Join in the Challenge: You can sign-up for the 2015 Challenge here! Ways to share: Once you've signed up, you can leave a comment on this post and/or use the "Mr. Linky" widåget below to link to a blog post(s) or flickr image of your creative activities during the days of 7/6/15 - 7/12/15.  The widget below is an optional method of sharing your creativity that makes it easier for others to check out what you're…
  • Creative Every Day Check-In: June 29 – July 5

    Leah
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:28 am
    This weekly check-in post is a place for Creative Every Day Challenge participants to share their creative activities.  Join in the Challenge: You can sign-up for the 2015 Challenge here! Ways to share: Once you've signed up, you can leave a comment on this post and/or use the "Mr. Linky" widåget below to link to a blog post(s) or flickr image of your creative activities during the days of 6/29/15 - 7/5/15.  The widget below is an optional method of sharing your creativity that makes it easier for others to check out what you're…
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    The Art of Non-Conformity

  • What Happened at WDS 2015? Unfiltered Attendee Reviews, Round I

    Chris Guillebeau
    24 Jul 2015 | 12:44 pm
    Every year after WDS we receive hundreds of blog posts, reviews, and writeups from attendees. Here’s the first round of unfiltered opinions on a variety of topics related to the whole event. Check them out and decide for yourself what WDS is all about! How WDS Changed My Life (by David Ryan) The Hit List – World Domination Summit 2015 (by Theresa Reed – The Tarot Lady) Finding My Voice at WDS 2015 and Part 2 (by Julie Spezia) World Domination Summit 2015 (by Melissa Feineman Suzuno) Thank You for WDS and My Favourite Notes from WDS (by Christine Westermark) Words of Wisdom from…
  • Sometimes It Doesn’t Work, But You Still Have to Try Anyway

    Chris Guillebeau
    24 Jul 2015 | 9:27 am
    You always hear about the people who took a chance that paid off. You always hear the try, try again stories—those case studies of overcoming what seems to be an insurmountable challenge. You know how the story goes: so-and-so encountered failure a dozen times, but on the thirteenth attempt, they made it! Then so-and-so says, “Thanks, everyone. I’m so glad I kept going. Victory was never guaranteed, but look at me now.” Sometimes, though, you head into a situation knowing that there’s a high likelihood of failure. I’m not talking about the possibility of failure, I’m…
  • “There’s Nothing You Could Have Done … But What If There Was?”

    Chris Guillebeau
    20 Jul 2015 | 7:45 am
    Last week I wrote about the unexpected loss of my brother, Ken. I mentioned that when terrible things happen, people tend to say, “It will all be okay,” but unfortunately this isn’t always true. What’s okay about a premature death? There’s no way to bring back a loved one, and that’s just not okay. Another thing people say is “There’s nothing you could have done.” But just like saying, “It will be okay,” this isn’t necessarily true either. When you come to a situation you can’t change, it’s only natural to look back and think, “What if?” Maybe there really was…
  • Limited Time: New 80,000 Points Signup Bonus for Marriott Card

    Ashley Mudra
    18 Jul 2015 | 5:30 am
    Link: 80,000 Points for Marriott Card While I was on blog hiatus and then hosting WDS, a big new offer landed that I haven’t had a chance to write about. Fortunately, there’s still time! Marriott isn’t my favorite hotel program (that would be Starwood and Hyatt), but this new offer is worth a look for the free nights you’ll earn right away. They used to provide 50,000 points upon signup, but for a limited time—we don’t know for how long—you can earn 30,000 additional points for a total of 80,000. 80,000 points can put you in one of their nicer hotels or resorts worldwide…
  • A Story of Friendship and Values

    Chris Guillebeau
    17 Jul 2015 | 8:46 am
    Note: I found this in the wilds of the internet and don’t know the original source. I didn’t write it, but I liked the story. -cg Two friends were walking through the desert. During some point of the journey they had an argument, and one friend slapped the other one in the face. The one who got slapped was hurt, but without saying anything, wrote in the sand: TODAY MY BEST FRIEND SLAPPED ME IN THE FACE. They kept on walking until they found an oasis, where they decided to take a bath. The one who had been slapped got stuck in the mire and started drowning, but the friend saved…
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  • Hugh MacLeod’s Illustrated Guide to Life at Microsoft

    Laura Viberti
    27 Jul 2015 | 3:50 pm
    For the last wee while, Gapingvoid has been working with Microsoft, to create a body of work that expresses the company vision under its new CEO, Satya Nadella. The Microsoft Stories cartoon series “Hugh MacLeod’s Illustrated Guide to Life at Microsoft” launched today during OneWeek 2015! The team and I have traveled to Seattle for Microsoft OneWeek. I will be giving two talks: one on Creativity, as an update to “Ignore Everybody“, and another on Company Culture as the key to being happy at work. We’ll be premiering the new work there. Windows 10 is also…
  • Employment UX is a visceral experience

    Valerie Urso
    10 Jun 2015 | 7:27 am
    (purchase here) Back in the nineties, I used to have a corporate job in a big office on the 26th floor, in downtown Chicago. The office had a certain smell. Not a bad smell, just the usual, clean, synthetic corporate office smell. When I was new there, and still terribly excited to have such a blue-chip organization to call my own, I loved that smell. Every morning when I’d walk into the office, the smell would ignite my senses and I’d immediately get all excited to have a well-paid corporate job. It was a chemical trigger. Then as time passed and my career at the company tanked, the job…
  • Some new thoughts on Brand Storytelling

    Valerie Urso
    1 Jun 2015 | 3:05 pm
      [Content marketing: One of the @Rackspace cartoons I drew recently for Robert Scoble’s weekly newsletter A decade ago, my buddy Tom Foremski quit his high-status job in journalism as the tech correspondent for the London Financial Times, to go become one of the first professional tech bloggers out there. Back then there was no Techcrunch or Re-Code, there was no proven business model, it was just him and his laptop. It was a very brave, pioneering move for the time. Around the same time, I was doing a little bit of pioneering myself, being one of the earliest content marketers to use…
  • What matters

    Valerie Urso
    8 May 2015 | 8:04 am
    [visit the store]   Every now and then I’ll do a pretty random cartoon. This one qualifies. I’ve always liked churches and religious architecture in general. They’re like constant spiritual reminders in the landscape. Here, I imagined being somewhere in the desert in the Levant. Maybe Israel or Syria or even further East, and seeing an ancient holy place… A church, mosque or temple of some sort. The actual religion doesn’t matter so much. What matters is the “A-Ha!”.
  • If you’re waiting in line for a career, you’re doing something wrong

    Valerie Urso
    29 Apr 2015 | 12:50 pm
      [get the print] Back when I lived in London in the ‘Nineties, I vaguely knew this Irish journalist, call him Simon. He was a flatmate of an old school friend of mine. Simon wasn’t famous or anything, but he was always working. He was pretty successful. He drove a nice car, ate in fancy places and seemed to enjoy his life. Of all the journalists I knew personally, he was by far the most self-assured. What was his secret? It wasn’t that he was smarter or a better writer than the other journalists. There are plenty smart people who can write well in that trade. What made him…
 
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  • A Simple Little Strategy For Getting Twice As Much Done

    Naomi Dunford
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Yesterday, we talked about looking at your typical business activities and testing to see if they’re getting you the results you want. Today, we’re going to talk about getting more stuff done. One of the reasons we don’t get things done is because we think that tasks will take too long to do. Think of a few things you do on a fairly regualr(ish) basis that you tend to resist, avoid, or put off. Starter ideas could be: blog posts, invoicing, replying to emails, setting up a new “about” page, whatever. (This could also include clearing all that crap off your desk…
  • This Week’s Assignment

    Naomi Dunford
    26 Jul 2015 | 2:21 pm
    As you kick off this business week, I have a little assignment for you which I hope will move you a little faster along the growth track. I’d like you to look at the things you’re doing today – on your average Monday – and ask yourself if they are truly getting you the results you want. And if they’re not, how you might change things up. Humans have a tendency to keep doing the same things the same way without checking to see if it’s working. Here’s a simple example: Let’s say you kick off your Monday morning by tackling your inbox so you can…
  • How To Manage Client Requests That Add Up

    Naomi Dunford
    22 Jul 2015 | 7:52 pm
    Fresh from the Ask IttyBiz mailbag: “My recording clients contact me with small requests and follow up queries after they’re done with their paid work – small things like ‘I forgot to ask you for a version of of my track without backing vocals could you just run one off’ and ‘I just got an offer to cowrite – what do you think? Here is a link to the song …’ This week it has averaged 4-5 of these little asks per day. Up till now I have just done the tasks – but the work is really adding up. I love my clients and want to treat them in…
  • What Is Dark Social?

    Naomi Dunford
    21 Jul 2015 | 8:46 pm
    Welcome to “I Don’t Get It” Wednesday, where we take a marketing-related topic that everybody’s talking about and explain it using short words. In today’s edition, we tackle “Dark Social.” What Is Dark Social? The term “Dark Social” arrived on the scene in 2012 via Alexis C. Madrigal, a senior editor at The Atlantic. The article in question discussed the then-shocking discovery that a large portion of the traffic going to many websites was coming from undefined, untrackable sources. In some cases, over 60% of social shares were coming from…
  • Planning For The Next Stage Of Your Business

    Naomi Dunford
    20 Jul 2015 | 5:49 pm
    Presumably, five or ten years out into the future you do not want your business to look like the business you have now. You may want to grow to a multiple of your current sales.  You may want to have expanded into new mediums or new offerings. You may also want to not be doing the thing you’re currently doing to pay the bills. Sometimes to keep afloat in the here and now, you have to take on work that does not remotely match up with your real goals. Or, in less dire circumstances, maybe you’re just doing one particular thing now, and you’re looking forward to evolving it…
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    Belmont Club

  • Honor is Whatever You Can Still Betray

    Richard Fernandez
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:14 pm
    Everything old eventually becomes new again.  Time Magazine begins its description of the “no fly zone” the Obama administration will implement over Syria by recalling how the same concept was implemented over Iraq from 1991 to 2003.   Wikipedia notes  ”the Iraqi no-fly zones were a set of two separate no-fly zones (NFZs), and were proclaimed by the United States, United Kingdom, and France after the Gulf War of 1991 to protect the Kurds in northern Iraq and Shiite Muslims in the south.”  Though Time doesn’t mention it, readers may recall…
  • Ringed By Fire

    Richard Fernandez
    26 Jul 2015 | 6:13 pm
    In recent article,  George Friedman called Turkey a country ringed by conflagrations: “four major segments of the European and Asian landmass were in crisis: Europe, Russia, the Middle East (from the Levant to Iran) and China.” Sitting at the center of these crisis zones is a country that until a few years ago maintained a policy of having no problems with its neighbors. Today, however, Turkey’s entire periphery is on fire. There is fighting in Syria and Iraq to the south, fighting to the north in Ukraine and an increasingly tense situation in the Black Sea. To the west,…
  • Round One

    Richard Fernandez
    24 Jul 2015 | 5:20 pm
    Something is setting the cat among the pigeons. The New York Times reported that a “Criminal Inquiry Is Sought in Clinton Email Account” in connection with the mishandling of classified material.   A reproof from the Clinton campaign caused the New York Times to issue what it called a correction. In a correction appended to the Times article online, editors acknowledged having “misstated the nature of the referral” related to Clinton’s email use, which the paper had described as “criminal.” Though a Department of Justice official initially told reporters the referral…
  • Dependence Day

    Richard Fernandez
    23 Jul 2015 | 4:57 pm
    This argument between Ted Cruz and Code Pink’s Medea Benjamin over the Iran deal is an interesting contrast in logical styles.  Cruz reasons the deal is bad because it gives Tehran $100 billion that it will use to continue its war against America.  By contrast, Benjamin says that since Obama and all the right thinking people think the deal is good then it must be.  How can you, Ted Cruz, think differently from all these super-smart people? The debate reflects the age-old conflict between an argument from reason and an argument from authority.  It’s a real contest because while…
  • Agent Provocateur

    Richard Fernandez
    23 Jul 2015 | 6:13 am
    The secret to understanding Donald Trump’s appeal may lie in understanding Bernie Sanders’. The problem that political pundits are trying to explain is why Trump, who in their judgment should be anathema, is doing so well in the polls. Chuck Todd thinks it’s style. He’s “a refreshing figure who is unafraid to fight back”. But style doesn’t entirely explain why voters are willing to forgive his very real missteps. The Wall Street Journal’s Dante Chinni attempts to formulate a theory for his popularity in Iowa. Iowa, home of the first presidential nominating…
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    Idea Sandbox

  • How To Drive Sales – The Basics

    Paul
    22 Jul 2015 | 11:19 am
    Ah… “Drive Sales.” Is there a company that doesn’t have “sales driving” as a key strategy? It can’t be much simpler than a choice of three levers. (1)Find New Customers Create a New Market with a new product or service, or Go deeper with your existing targets (2)Increase Frequency – Get existing customers to use your business more often. (3)Increase Average Ticket – Get existing customers to spend more when they use your business. While simple doesn’t mean easy. It helps to know that these are your three launching points. When…
  • Childlike Creativity

    Paul
    15 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    At Idea Sandbox we talk a lot about being childlike and using your imagination… how solving problems is about creativity and how creativity is driven by your ability to imagine new ideas… I found this interesting bit about being more like a child in Rob Eastaway’s book, “Out of the Box: 101 Ideas for Thinking Creatively” Adults are often overly concerned about thinking and saying what they’re expected to think rather than what they really think. Young children have a refreshing honesty about them, and divert their energy to new things that excite them. He…
  • Begin At The End, For Better Strategy

    Paul
    8 Jul 2015 | 11:00 am
    One of the best starting points for a strategy session is at the end of it. Starting by clearly expressing what the end results should be, serves as a clear target for participants to aim for. I’m talking about more than the objective, but what the experience will be for customers and employees. The sketch below was in my planning notes for a series of sessions I led for Starbucks Coffee some years ago. We were building their annual marketing promotional calendar and each promotional season needed to be thought through. I needed the team to think through the eyes of the customer. How…
  • How To Be The Champion

    Paul
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:00 pm
    As my high school history teacher Tom “Moto” Pile used to challenge we students: He used to goad… Do you have what it takes? Do you have MOX….ie?! Are you gonna suck it up, or are you too LA…zy!? You gotta have GUMP…shun! You gotta want it! In re-telling, he sounds mean. But, it was actually good, tough love. Moto taught history class the same way he coached his winning baseball teams at Edwardsville High School… With energy, moxie, and pushing students further than they knew they could. Moto knew some of us had it in us. These were some of my early…
  • 5 Clever Business Lessons From The Sport Of Orienteering

    Paul
    24 Jun 2015 | 10:25 am
    Ever heard of Orienteering? Orienteering is an outdoor sport where you have to figure out where to go based on figuring out where you are. Running a business in today is a lot like Orienteering. I figure there are Orienteering lessons we can apply to Marketeering. Here’s what I found… In Orienteering, competitors race through unfamiliar (and often rugged) terrain with the use of map and compass. The object: be the fastest to traverse to each pre-marked checkpoints. Participants use natural and man-made landmarks to understand where they are, and where to head next. There is no set…
 
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    Creativity at Work Blog

  • Awaken your senses to spark creativity

    Linda Naiman
    7 Jul 2015 | 2:37 pm
    Awaken your senses to spark creativity A fun way to ignite your creative spark is to awaken your senses by listening to music and painting what you hear. I’ve created workshops based […] Creativity at Work [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Age of Insight

    Linda Naiman
    24 Jun 2015 | 12:41 pm
    The Age of Insight The Age of Insight: The Quest to Understand the Unconscious in Art, Mind, and Brain, from Vienna 1900 to the Present If you are fascinated […] Creativity at Work [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Let the Elephants Run: Book review

    Linda Naiman
    19 Jun 2015 | 2:40 pm
    Let the Elephants Run: Book review Unlock Your Creativity and Change Everything If you are interested in unlocking your creativity, you will love David Usher’s new book Let the Elephants Run. You […] Creativity at Work [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Arts & Health Infographic

    Linda Naiman
    24 Apr 2015 | 4:05 pm
    Arts & Health Infographic Want to learn more about the connection between the Arts and Health? This infographic by Arts Health Network Canada, provides some of the highlights of a […] Creativity at Work [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • What happens after you’ve ignited your creative spark?

    Linda Naiman
    17 Apr 2015 | 1:58 pm
    What happens after you’ve ignited your creative spark? I received an interesting newsletter from Marshall Goldsmith today, about being the optimist in the room. He says, “When people initiate a personal campaign to […] Creativity at Work [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Moving at the Speed of Creativity

  • Indeed You Are Powerful – Digital Screen

    Wesley Fryer
    25 Jul 2015 | 10:32 pm
    Has anyone else noticed how powerful the allure of digital screens is? I’ll hazard a guess the answer is a resounding “yes.” We can’t go anywhere these days without seeing people glued to their smartphones. Why is this the case? There are many reasons, but I assert a primary one is that digital screens offer almost irresistible interactivity and brain stimulation. I’m thinking this would make a great science fair experiment using DIY EEGs like my friend, Bill Casebeer, demonstrated at a NYC Maker Faire in 2013. Compare measured brain activity when reading…
  • Furniture Quest for a Collaborative Classroom

    Wesley Fryer
    25 Jul 2015 | 9:11 am
    I’m in the Dallas, Texas, area this weekend (in Allen, specifically) serving as a chauffeur for my in-laws, who are visiting family. I’m also, however, on a furniture quest for my wife, as she seeks to create more spaces in her elementary classroom for collaboration and engaged learning. Yesterday I spent a couple hours at IKEA, and today I’m visiting Nebraska Furniture Mart (NFM) as well as returning to IKEA to make some purchases. Both spots are about 20 minutes away from the hotel where we’re staying, and offer FAR more furniture choices that what we have in…
  • Podcasting Options with WordPress

    Wesley Fryer
    21 Jul 2015 | 10:16 pm
    Next Monday night, on July 27th at 7 pm, I’m going to share a short presentation at the monthly OKC area WordPress User’s Group meeting. This is a free meetup at Oklahoma Christian University the last Monday of each month. The title of my presentation will be, “Podcasting Options with WordPress.” In addition to discussing the benefits of podcasting, podcasting workflows, and apps which make podcasting much easier (Opinion and Spreaker) I’ll highlight the benefits of three WordPress plugins for podcasting: PodLove Player, Blubrry PowerPress, and PodLove Publisher.
  • Cautiously Optimistic About Iran and United States Relations

    Wesley Fryer
    16 Jul 2015 | 10:52 pm
    I’m cautiously optimistic about Iranian and United States relations in the wake of the July 14th announcement by President Obama of the Iranian Nuclear deal and his hour long press conference yesterday focusing primarily on that accord. We live in the day of 140 character information bites, but I encourage you to fully watch both these videos in the coming days or weeks and to consider sharing them with your students. The titanic changes which this agreement seems likely to usher into geopolitics and the relationships among nations (specifically in the Middle East) deserve both our…
  • Podcast428: Student News Media Project Ideas

    Wesley Fryer
    11 Jul 2015 | 12:52 pm
    This podcast was created on July 11, 2015, in a Storychasers workshop in Oklahoma City focusing on Student News Clubs and Classes at school. Wes, Rebecca, Kristi, Jolene, and Sarah created a “podcast show lineup” following the example provided by Bob Sprankle in his video from 2005, “Room 208 Vodcast.” They discussed the Lakeview Elementary Storychasers project from a few years ago in Yukon, Oklahoma, experiences with Tablet PCs in the classroom, and project ideas for using Storychasers and radio shows with students in the classroom. Check our podcast shownotes for…
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  • how do I trust it will all work out?

    lindsey
    17 Jul 2015 | 3:12 pm
    Today’s question is: How can I trust it will all work out? This is one I get a lot and one I just LOVE. Today I’m going to share with you the most important thing I learned about trusting and how you can implement it in your own life. You can watch the video here. If reading’s more your jam, the transcript is here Will it Work Out? If you’re like me and so many other people, at some point you begin to wonder if what you’re creating will work out, if what you’re dreaming of will come true. You might even wonder if you’re crazy to think that it will. More Than Manifesting…
  • how do you define success?

    lindsey
    27 May 2015 | 3:37 pm
    Is this You? Do you feel caught up in the busyness of life, without joy or fulfillment? Are you getting run-down and resentful? You’re not alone. I’ve been there. Many of my clients have been there. In my experience, busyness without joy or fulfillment and getting run-down and resentful is often a side effect of not slowing down enough to ask what success really means to us. What’s important? Why are we doing what we do? Does it matter? What does Success Mean to You? Coach Robert Holden asks some powerful questions about success. 1. What is success? 2. What is success in…
  • One Day Urban Wellness Retreat with me and 5 other heart centered coaches

    lindsey
    20 May 2015 | 11:06 am
    Connecting Your Body, Mind & Spirit We are binging the wellness retreat to you. Right here in the heart of our beautiful city–Vancouver. Join me and five other heart-centered coaches and learn simple tools & techniques to feel recharged, reconnected, and re-energized! This 1 day experience is for you if you are craving relaxation and freedom space to breathe a deeper connection to yourself and others to be present and in the moment to learn how to listen to your body to be inspired and re-energized to have fun and play to have a guilt-free getaway in the city This retreat will…
  • sometimes your only available transportation is a leap of faith

    lindsey
    22 Apr 2015 | 9:49 am
    Related posts: keeping the faith. 5 ways to keep the faith in the face of fear Inspiration: Practice, Faith inspiration: feed your faith
  • three things you need to know when you want to trust the universe

    lindsey
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:19 am
    You know those moments when you feel like you’re working really hard and nothing’s happening? Those moments where the thing–you know, the thing you’ve been calling for, and has been calling you–just isn’t happening? And you keep hearing that you just gotta trust the universe, trust that it will all turn out, that the money will come. You say to yourself: “I’ve been trusting. I’ve been trying to be patient, and letting go of the outcome, while at the same time holding my vision…” And still…crickets. Here’s 3 Things…
 
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    latest solar news

  • Solar-powered ‘treehouse’ has 360-degree views, Wi-Fi and refrigerated beer

    26 Jul 2015 | 4:21 pm
    Real treehouses are a thing of the past. In 2015, the ultimate off-the-grid pad is here and don’t worry, it has Wi-Fi, beer, 360-degree view from its transparent walls and plenty of options for mood lighting. Dubbed ‘The Skysphere’, the innovative elevated room has been designed by plastics engineer and graphic designer, Jono Williams who wanted to build an elevated room with a view that could sit virtually anywhere in the world not just where large trees grow. The Skysphere is located in Linton, New Zealand, the structure is a circular single room accessible by a ladder in its base…
  • What Is a Solar Bird Bath Fountain?

    26 Jul 2015 | 8:15 am
    A solar bird bath is a type of water source is solar powered. The collected energy is stored in batteries or used immediately to operate the filter system and pump and control the water flow. If there is enough sunlight a solar birds drinking fountain is easy to install and run. Adding a water fountain in the courtyard can provide a variety of benefits for the lawn and garden. These are some of the most beneficial reasons to install this feature garden: Easy to install: An important quality of solar systems is the ease of installation and use. This type of function garden is fully autonomous…
  • In the Know About Solar Roof Panels

    25 Jul 2015 | 2:59 pm
    Solar panels usually work by harnessing the sun’s energy and convert it into a form of energy that can be stored and used. This special type of solar panel is designed to be placed on the roof of a structure for photovoltaic energy. This type of energy is produced when sunlight is converted to energy using solar cells. Energy becomes a ceramic heating method or electrically. Two types of solar roof panels, which are: • construction of solar thermal collectors by simply absorbing this energy in a liquid medium that will later be used as thermal energy • Module-this type of…
  • Japan’s Abandoned Golf Courses Are Being Transformed Into Solar Power Farms

    20 Jul 2015 | 2:42 pm
    The Kyocera Corporation is transforming an abandoned golf course into a solar power farm, with ambition to partner and repeat the same sustainable work elsewhere in Japan. An abandoned and bankrupt golf course is being transformed into a solar power station by the Kyocera Corporation. Last week, the business announced it would turn the former golf course in Kyoto into a 23-megawatt solar farm; the artist’s rendition is shown above. Once the solar power farm is finished and online (in 2017), it will generate enough electricity to power 8,100 homes. 
  • World First Solar Powered Fashion Show

    10 Jul 2015 | 12:06 pm
    Jessica Minh Anh is no stranger to extraordinary catwalk in the best places. The July 17, 2015, the model and the contractor will be history making 10th generation in the middle of the solar power plant Gemasolar win in Seville, Spain. Unlike previous fashions Jessica at the Eiffel Tower, the Tower Bridge in London, Grand Canyon Skywalk, and One World Trade Center, J Summer Fashion Show 2015 not only presented a combination of art, architecture, culture and fashion, but also celebrate the best of advanced technology and environmental preservation. With backdrop of famous film central tower…
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    SA CREATIVES

  • Creative Circle launches Champions of Creativity Award.

    SA Creatives
    28 Jul 2015 | 12:24 am
    The creative industry is pretty good at patting itself on the back. Let’s face it; you’d be hard-pressed to name another industry with so many award shows on the calendar! Don’t take this the wrong way; nobody is knocking award shows. They keep us sharp, they keep us competitive, and they keep us creating. And we know that’s good news for our clients. But the reality is that no one can create great work without a great client. It’s for this reason that the Creative Circle launched Champions of Creativity in 2014 – an award that recognizes the clients who recognise the value of…
  • Beats of the Antonov wins big at Durban International Film Festival

    SA Creatives
    27 Jul 2015 | 2:27 am
    Beats of the Antonov was a big winner at the 36th Durban International Film Festival, taking home both Best Documentary and the freedom of expression award. The uplifting documentary is a celebration of the people of the Blue Nile and Nuba Mountains in Sudan, who fought with the South for independence but now remain trapped in a civil war in the North. The jury awarded Beats of the Antonov R25 000 for Best Documentary “for its story, characters, relevance and visual interpretation,” and for a “story told with grace, while honouring the integrity of the people who gave them access as…
  • SOURCE NAMED AS CURATORS OF JOHANNESBURG’S NEW INNER-CITY CREATIVE RETAIL CONCEPT

    SA Creatives
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:35 am
    WORK I SHOP I NEW I TOWN, the groundbreaking design-driven local retail concept set to open in Johannesburg’s CBD in November 2015, will be curated by SOURCE, the South African design company run by Trevyn and Julian McGowan of Southern Guild, GUILD and Design Network Africa. The dynamic couple, who are also the curators behind the hugely successful V&A Waterfront’s Watershed project, have been selected by Atterbury Property Group to enhance its award-winning Newtown Junction, through WORK I SHOP I NEW I TOWN, a 1 200-square-metre design destination that will be situated adjacent to…
  • Durban International Film Festival Announces Award Winners for 2015

    SA Creatives
    27 Jul 2015 | 12:31 am
    The Durban International Film Festival announced its award-winners tonight (July 26) at the closing ceremony of the festival’s 36th edition at the Suncoast Cinecentre, prior to the screening of the closing film, The Prophetdirected by Roger Allers. The festival officially closes tomorrow (Sunday) evening after a successful ten days of 255 screenings at 13 venues around the City of Durban, with many sold out houses. The international jury this year was led by former Manager of the DIFF and current Director of the Sydney Film Festival, Nashen Moodley and included prolific and award-winning…
  • Matching everyday objects with Pantone colour swatches in a creative way

    SA Creatives
    24 Jul 2015 | 1:10 am
    Texas-based graphic designer ( Inka Mathew) and owner of Green Ink Studio, matches tiny, everyday objects with their corresponding Pantone colour swatches.       Source
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    The Creative Mind

  • Art Is Being In The World

    Douglas Eby
    26 Jul 2015 | 12:10 pm
    What is art? Where do you make it? Where do you show it? How you think about those questions can impact how you see yourself as a creator, and what you do about being one. Artist Robert Irwin, a pioneer of the Light and Space movement, in 1970 abandoned his studio practice. In a recent interview, he comments: “Philosophically, I had taken the whole thing apart and realized one day that I was doing certain things that were very simple — and I realized that’s not how we see the world. “We don’t see the world in a frame. And pretty much my understanding of the history of modern…
  • Meditation, Stress and Being More Creative

    Douglas Eby
    19 Jul 2015 | 4:15 pm
    Why bother with meditation? Aren’t we too busy trying to get stuff done? “My morning meditation is like taking a shower for my brain.” Emily Fletcher What do you think meditation is? Maybe a retreat into nature by yourself? That, of course, can be one form – and there are many others. But what value can it have? Author Orna Ross comments: “Even if you’ve never formally practiced meditation, you are likely to have experienced the meditative state – perhaps when walking in nature, or during sex… “Perhaps when relaxing in the bath or when looking…
  • Are All Creative People Insecure?

    Douglas Eby
    9 Jul 2015 | 8:36 pm
    Even people with exceptional creative talents and accomplishments can feel insecure. Meryl Streep, for example, has said, “I have varying degrees of confidence and self-loathing…You can have a perfectly horrible day where you doubt your talent… Or that you’re boring and they’re going to find out that you don’t know what you’re doing.” Over the years of reading biographies and doing interviews with many highly talented and creative people, it has often struck me how many of them talk about being self-critical, and feel insecure at times. In her article How to turn insecurity…
  • Use Your Imagination

    Douglas Eby
    3 Jul 2015 | 6:48 pm
    In her Harvard Commencement Address, author J.K. Rowling spoke about the “uniquely human capacity to envision that which is not” as “the fount of all invention and innovation.” She also noted the power of our imagination for understanding other people’s challenges. She worked for a time for Amnesty International, and says she used some of that experience in creating her ‘Harry Potter’ books. But she also commented that “many prefer not to exercise their imaginations at all. They choose to remain comfortably within the bounds of their own experience, never…
  • Fear and Your Writing

    Douglas Eby
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:38 pm
    “It scared me sometimes when I was writing it; at times I had to stop—I frightened myself.” That is an admission by novelist A.M. Homes – see more of her quotes below. If an aspect of your creative work scares or upsets you, should you change that part of the painting, or modify that design element in your performance, or stop exploring what that character is doing in your novel? Janet Fitch teaches a graduate fiction seminar in the University of Southern California, and is author of White Oleander and Paint it Black. She notes about writers experiencing strong…
 
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    Farnam Street

  • The Ten Golden Rules of Leadership: Classical Wisdom for Modern Leaders

    Shane Parrish
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    How many of today’s problems are the result of leadership? What’s lacking, the author of The Ten Golden Rules of Leadership argue, is the lack of real leadership. Here the problem may lie with a lack of deeper, broader insights, the kind of insights that technical skill alone does not confer— the ability to see the big picture, to connect with members of the organization, to foster a meaningful and productive work environment, and to steer the corporate ship through the challenges of highly competitive markets and new technologies. What is leadership? The authors define the…
  • Rory Sutherland Offers 4 Interesting Reads

    Shane Parrish
    23 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    I asked Rory Sutherland (Vice Chairman: Ogilvy & Mather) what books stood out for him last year. I’ve had the privilege of chatting with Rory a few times now and I think you’ll agree, like most farnamstreeters not only is he exceptionally smart but he’s an awesome person. I think you’ll enjoy his reply: Gerd Gigerenzer’s Risk Savvy: How to Make Good Decisions is a wonderful book; the concept of defensive decision-making which he describes within it is alone worth the cover price. As an additional bonus, you get a very valuable lesson in the interpretation of…
  • Billy Beane on Making Better Decisions, Challenging Entrenched Thinking, and Avoiding Biases

    Shane Parrish
    21 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    Billy Beane was put in the spotlight when Brad Pitt played him in the movie rendition of Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game.  Sports fans, however, knew long before Moneyball that Beane was special. He’s the guy largely credited with taking a low budget team and turning them around by challenging the fundamental notions of a sport that had been around 150 years. In this fascinating interview given on stage at the RSA conference in April, Beane offers an interesting perspective on decision making, challenging established norms, and using data to make decisions. When…
  • How Situations Influence Decisions

    Shane Parrish
    20 Jul 2015 | 4:30 am
    Michael Mauboussin, the first guest on my podcast, The Knowledge Project, explains how our situations influence our decisions enormously in Think Twice: Harnessing the Power of Counterintuition. Mistakes born out of situations are difficult to avoid, in part because the influences on us are operating at a subconscious level. “Making good decisions in the face of subconscious pressure,” Mauboussin writes, “requires a very high degree of background knowledge and self-awareness.” How do you feel when you read the word “treasure”? Do you feel good? What images come to…
  • The Difference Between Prodigals and Misers

    Shane Parrish
    16 Jul 2015 | 4:30 am
    Gustave Flaubert, the keen observer of human nature, looked at the hidden motives that lead people to act in accordance with their nature. This passage from The Letters of Gustave Flaubert is worth reflecting on. From the idiot who wouldn’t give a sou to redeem the human race, to the man who dives beneath the ice to rescue a stranger, do we not all seek, according to our various instincts, to satisfy our natures? Saint Vincent de Paul obeyed an appetite for charity, Caligula an appetite for cruelty. Everyone takes his enjoyment in his own way and for himself alone. Some direct all activity…
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    Cultural Weekly

  • The Blues Are Alive and Well in NorCal’s Upper Lake

    Cultural Weekly
    26 Jul 2015 | 10:32 am
    The Blue Wing mascot – an 1947 Ford Truck . The Tallman Hotel and Blue Wing Restaurant in Upper Lake, California, are getting ready to present what has become one of the most charming local blues festivals that you’ll find in the western United States. Now in its ninth year, the Blue Wing Blues Festival is ready to take flight August 7 – 9, and also on Labor Day, September 7. Headliners this year include the Ford Blues Band, with special guest Volker Strifler; Harriet Lewis and the Family Band; Alligator Records recording artists Rick Estrin and the Nightcats; and the Nancy…
  • 3 1/2 Minutes, TEN BULLETS — A Mother Stands Her Ground

    Sophia Stein
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    In 3 ½ Minutes, Ten Bullets, each of us becomes a member of the jury as Michael Dunn stands trial for the murder of Jordan Davis, the seventeen year old Black teenager, who died tragically when Mr. Dunn became enraged over the volume of the rap music coming from the car next to him and, as a result, fired ten shots at Jordan and his friends. In the state of Florida, the Stand Your Ground law, also know as the “Line In the Sand” or “No Duty to Retreat” law, provided the pretext for Mr. Dunn’s defense in shooting the unarmed African American teenagers. Ironically, because no…
  • Misty Copeland & Under Armour

    Sarah Elgart
    22 Jul 2015 | 10:12 pm
    When Misty Copeland became the first African American to be made a principal dancer in the seventy-five year history of American Ballet Theater this past week, it marked a small but significant step forward in the world of classical dance and a tiny step towards leveling the playing field. Long the stuff of fantasy for young girls with its pink ribbon ballet slippers, frilly tutus, and sparkling diamond tiaras, classical ballet has fed directly into the fairy tale princess aesthetic perpetrated by Disney and other mainstream conglomerates – a place held historically on all fronts –…
  • Coming Home to Pinter

    Sylvie Drake
    22 Jul 2015 | 9:33 pm
    Some people say that criticism is a lot easier to write than a play. Of course it is. It’s also better if it’s lucid, which a play does not have to be. A play can be dense, suspicious, indirect, gripping, make no sense and still be wonderful. So writing a lucid critique of a non-lucid play gets complicated. These thoughts are brought on by that wordmonger and delightfully rude and wise curmudgeon Harold Pinter. Sitting through The Homecoming at Pacific Resident Theatre and watching a strong and clear (not lucid) revival of that play last Sunday afternoon was intriguing enough. But to…
  • On the Street

    Alexis Rhone Fancher
    22 Jul 2015 | 8:56 pm
    Los Angeles sizzles in summer, its denizens favoring bright colors, tropical beverages, and long, languid days by the pool. For those of us living downtown, there’s the lure of the streets with their splashes of crazy and preference for everything “cool.” Here’s my take on July… Break Time Aluminum Recycler Park at Own Risk Break Time #2 Mean Streets Mean Streets #2 Stylin’ Homeless in Chinatown 93 In The Shade Ground Effect Skateboard Mean Streets #3 The post On the Street appeared first on Cultural Weekly.
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    Cronin's Castle

  • When we can’t help

    kel789@yahoo.com
    6 Jul 2015 | 8:56 am
    There are many days when every pet we see are those that we cannot help.  These are pets with ongoing problems or problems caught far too late.  We watch amazing, caring, loving owners cry themselves to the car and we know we cannot help or make things better.   Days like this make it all the more difficult to swallow the tough times when we have a pet in front of us that could easily and sometimes inexpensively be fixed. I have been often on the receiving end of a mad owner in some of these instances.  I completely understand that things happen when finances are the most stretched.  I…
  • Inherent vs. Apparent Work Ethic

    kel789@yahoo.com
    6 Jul 2015 | 8:26 am
    I have the opportunity to work with a variety of managers. All of them are good managers. Some of them are great managers. Good managers complete their managerial tasks and run a tight ship.  They work hard to manage the myriad of duties associated with this difficult position. Good managers have an inherent work ethic.Their work ethic is inherent meaning that it exists in something as a permanent, essential, or characteristic attribute. In order to run a clinic well, good managers have to work hard and consistently to manage pricing, ordering, staffing, client service and the multiple fires…
  • The Real Cost of Veterinary Continuing Education

    kel789@yahoo.com
    5 Jul 2015 | 6:16 pm
    When you look at the benefits we offer our teams in veterinary medicine, we have a fairly large variance from clinic to clinic. It is becoming fairly commonplace to offer health insurance and 401Ks. Even some of the least generous clinics offer pet health benefits. The irony is that many of our clinics do not give consistent continuing education benefits. CE benefits are the only benefits that give back. -CE benefits enrich the clinic There is no better place to learn tips and tricks than from a continuing education event. -CE benefits make an impression on future hires I always open the…
  • For Those who Fail

    kel789@yahoo.com
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:57 pm
    photo courtesy of   http://my.shopcgb.com/godmadevettechs It is a depressing title and a depressing subject. I am a bit depressed for you and certainly reliving the pain of my failures with you. Empathy is the right word, but “engrossing, mind numbing deja vous” is more appropriate. I am talking of course about the veterinary technician specialist boards for emergency and critical care, but I could be talking about any technician specialist test.  They all make you want to cry and drink or just roll into a fetal position and watch The Walking Dead until you know longer see…
  • Pet Sitting March Madness

    kel789@yahoo.com
    4 Mar 2014 | 5:29 pm
 
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    i heart creation

  • Create Transparent Text with GIMP’s Xach Effect

    I'm the universe
    19 Jul 2015 | 2:44 pm
    There are times when you add solid text on to an image and the beauty of the image is hidden. Especially the pictures of Nature or a beautiful artwork with detailed intricate patterns and engravings, you don’t want them concealed by solid text. The solution to get around this is to create transparent text by using Xach effect in GIMP. I like transparent text, it is like water you can see thru it. There are complex tutorials with tedious steps showing you how to make the text transparent by using masking layer, that is not needed. You can implement this cool effect in few easy…
  • GIMP’s Xach Effect for ink-saving stencils

    I'm the universe
    19 Jul 2015 | 2:03 pm
    I happen to be a not-so-active member of an online GIMP forum, a user had this question. I have shared my answer there. But, then I felt the need to share the answer here as well, incase anyone wants to apply this effect. This blog seems like a good broadcasting platform for sharing this type of stuff. My first response would be to urge everyone to manually draw the letter by hand without opting for a stencil, however if one is inclined to use a graphic editor tool for this task, I would suggest using GIMP to accomplish this. Here’s how continue>> Read more….
  • Please have some papad!

    I'm the universe
    23 Jun 2015 | 12:38 pm
    Today I share with you how to make papad. Papads are thin, crispy, savory disc shaped accompaniments to meals. There are different styles of papad depending on the ingredients used in their making. Papad (also refered as papadum in the west) has many varieties like, urad, moong or besan(chickpea flour) etc. Please enjoy some papad with raita and khichdi! continue>> Read more….
  • Please have some cucumber raita!

    I'm the universe
    22 Jun 2015 | 8:56 am
    Today I share with you a recipe for cucumber raita. It’s a great ayurvedic, sattvic and vegetarian side dish. No special culinary skills are needed to make this dish. It is very simple and easy, anyone can make it.  It’s a delicious and wholesome side dish for summer season. Cucumber raita is a cool dish for hot weather. It is served as an accompaniment to basic Indian meal. Here, please have some with khichdi. Enjoy! continue>> Read more….
  • Please have some khichdi!

    I'm the universe
    20 Jun 2015 | 9:16 am
    Today I share with you mung dal khichdi. It is an ayurvedic vegetarian recipe. It is a simple, easy to digest sattvic delight. Though not a staple food, people enjoy eating this all over India. It is sometimes served as prasad in temples or gurdwaras, it is also offered to people who are sick as their metabolism slows down and khichdi is their food of choice because it is easy to digest. More often than not, a heavy meal is followed by khichdi at a later time of the day, as a light alternative. I make khichdi on occasions when I want to cook something easy with minimal effort and few…
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    Lucy Chen Fine Art

  • Want to Draw a Selfie in Oil Pastel?

    Lucy Chen
    6 Jul 2015 | 9:53 pm
    I wish I can oil paint all the time. But being a single mother with two little toddlers, there are days I’m a bit too pressed for time. I still need to practice on a daily basis.  I’ve used soft pastel in my life drawing classes, it’s great for both drawing and using color.  But I didn’t want the dust in my studio, which is also our family room.  So I picked up some oil pastel. Here’s a video of me experimenting with it.  It’s a new medium for me.  Hope you’ll still like it.
  • When Is Our Heart Pure?

    Lucy Chen
    14 Jun 2015 | 9:44 pm
    Life Drawing in Soft Pastel, by Lucy Chen In “The Lord of the Ring: the Fellowship of the Ring“, Elrond said that the race of men had failed when Isildur refused to throw the ring into the fire of Mount Doom to have it destroyed. I wonder, what if it was Elrond who was holding the Ring. Would the elf have enough strength against its seduction?  Did he fully understand the nature of the Ring? And what about myself? When I said that my parents were quick to be negative, that my former landlord was difficult?  Did I fully understand their situations? But I do know that my heart is…
  • How to Paint an Alla Prima Portrait in Two Hours or Less

    Lucy Chen
    2 Jun 2015 | 1:27 am
    You saw this painting titled The Promised Eternity in an earlier post, and we even discussed what “eternity” meant for each one of us. Thank you for sharing your personal stories and openly talked about our “faith”.  It is often overlooked, but I think takes courage to be open about who we are, and what we believe. The Process It just flowed, and I finished it in under two hours.  Don’t we wish it’ll always be the case? The Palette Using a limited palette helped to keep it simple: White, Viridian, Ultramarine Blue, Yellow Ochre and Magenta. When in doubt,…
  • My Story with Flat White

    Lucy Chen
    19 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    my one-hour still life study. oil on board. Standing in a queue to make my first American coffee order in a cafe in San Fransisco, I kept reminding myself, “don’t say ‘flat white”, they do not have that in America.”  But guess what I said when the barista asked what I wanted.  Yeah, I said “soy flat white, please”. The first time I saw the name “flat white” was in the cafeteria of the University of New South Wales, during the first semester of the first year of my B.Commerce degree.  Its name was so curiously intriguing.  Was it really…
  • What Grandmas Can Do with an Artist Grandchild

    Lucy Chen
    10 May 2015 | 1:58 pm
    What do you do after dinner in the evenings? Do you watch TV? Do you read a book?  Do you consciously choose what you do? My dad, step-mum and grandma have come to visit us from China since March.  What grandmas can do while staying with their artist grand-daughter is to be her model.  The photo above shows me sketching her portrait in ink. But one week was all they could bare staying in my house before they all moved to live in my mum’s place.  Can you guess why? Why my grandma could not bare living with me My grandma needs to watch TV from 5.30am to 9.30pm, and I do not have a…
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    Creativity Tech

  • In a World of Streaming Music Criticism, YouTube Always Gets a Pass

    Gordon Platt
    23 Jul 2015 | 8:48 am
    As music streaming has grown in popularity with consumers, so has the criticism from artists of some of its main platforms. YouTube Channel (Photo credit: Wikipedia) At the top of the food chain, Spotify, Apple Music, and especially the rate-eroding force of Pandora have all come under attack. At the other end of the spectrum, services without significant market share raise questions as to whether musicians should make their songs available on any and every platform that offers a free trial. The upshot is that we’re moving into a more mature streaming market, in which creators are…
  • In NYC, One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Back-Up Wi-Fi

    Gordon Platt
    17 Jul 2015 | 12:59 pm
    If you’ve ever felt like throwing your wireless router in the trash when the Wi-Fi drops out, you may soon thank that same trash can for providing you with an alternative connection. Massachusetts-based waste management service Bigbelly wants to make the ambitious addition to its solar-powered refuse receptacles around Manhattan, retrofitting the cans with hotspots that could open up connections with speeds approaching 75Mbps. That’s significantly more than most free connections dotted around the city, and Bigbelly points out that it could expand the service to neighborhoods…
  • Amazon Is Celebrating 20 Years of Discounts (But Authors Are Not)

    Gordon Platt
    15 Jul 2015 | 11:38 am
    Amazon is a more-than-familiar face on the digital sales scene nowadays, to the extent that it’s hard to recall life without the e-commerce giant. Nonetheless, the company celebrates only its 20th anniversary today, with characteristic deep discounts and an attempt to lure even more members into its subscription model with Prime Day.   View image | gettyimages.com   Yes, the company that started out as a digital bookstore two decades ago has today morphed into a monolith that caters to our every online shopping whim. From books to baby gear to bulk grocery shopping,…
  • Playlists and Payoffs: Streaming Opens Up Unorthodox Revenue Streams

    Gordon Platt
    8 Jul 2015 | 1:34 pm
    It’s fair to say that nobody knows quite where to place streaming media in the music and movie business models. From artists railing against certain services as they embrace others, to studios that strive for wider digital availability that still respects global markets, the transition to always-on digital markets has been challenging to say the least. Streaming music and movies has developed quickly, from a minor market segment of tech-savvy users a few years ago to an almost mainstream activity today. With last week’s introduction of Apple Music, the big guns are truly out and…
  • Swift Apple Music Reverse Shows Beggars Can Be Choosers

    Gordon Platt
    22 Jun 2015 | 8:11 am
    What a difference a weekend makes. We had barely finished hitting the ‘Publish’ button on last week’s article about Apple Music’s inequitable free trial terms, which both indie artist collective Beggars Group and pop star Taylor Swift pushed back on immediately, and Apple has already responded. In a significant demonstration of artistic influence, the Cupertino company this weekend reversed its initial decision not to pay artists for music streamed during their three-month trial period. In response to Swift’s open letter-style Tumblr post, “To Apple, Love…
 
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    Make Creativity Pay

  • 10 – What To Do When You Have Scattered Creative Interests with Pam Slim [Podcast]

    Leanne Regalla
    22 Jul 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Subscribe to the podcast on Stitcher or iTunes, rate, and leave a review to let me know what you think! iTunes helps me share this podcast with more people based on your feedback. When you rate and leave a review, it helps your fellow creatives to find the show. Thanks for spreading the word!   Subscribe on Stitcher Subscribe on iTunes Follow on Soundcloud   And as always, please share if you know someone who needs to hear these interviews.   Show Summary In this episode of the Make Creativity Pay Podcast, I talk to Pam Slim, author of Body of Work and Escape from Cubicle…
  • How to Get People Pounding Down Your Door to Buy Your Creative Work

    Leanne Regalla
    3 Jun 2015 | 7:12 pm
    [Read to the end of this post to learn how you can take advantage of my best coaching offer ever…] How would you like to find your band of loyal followers? You know, those people who will love your writing, art, music, or other creative work so much that they’re the first to buy whenever you release something new? The people who open your emails as soon as you send them. The folks who tell all their friends how much they love your work. The fans who buy multiple items you’ve made or several tickets to your shows to give as Christmas gifts. Maybe you’re trying on your own to attract…
  • Struggling to Sell Your Creative Work Online? You Might Be Missing This Key Ingredient

    Leanne Regalla
    19 May 2015 | 8:40 am
    So, you’re trying to sell music, books, jewelry, or art from your website. You’re religiously sharing on Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Maybe you’ve even got a presence on Amazon, iTunes, Fine Art America, or Etsy. But you’re not getting great results – and you’re not sure why. After all, you’re doing what “they” advise – posting three times a day, asking interesting questions, and sharing funny memes. But still… all you hear is crickets. First off, let me assure you that’s very common. Also? It’s not your fault. See, the problem is that no one’s…
  • 08 – Becoming Confident Handling Taxes & Accounting for Creatives with June Walker

    Leanne Regalla
    7 May 2015 | 11:21 am
    Subscribe to the podcast on Stitcher or iTunes, rate, and leave a review to let me know what you think! Your feedback helps others to find the show.   Subscribe on Stitcher Subscribe on iTunes Follow on Soundcloud   And as always, please share if you know someone who needs to hear these great interviews.   Show Summary In this episode of the Make Creativity Pay Podcast, I talk to June Walker, author and tax advisor to the self-employed, about understanding deductions, deciding on a business structure, guarding against being seen as a hobbyist, handling liability, and finally…
  • 09 – Moving Past Fear to Creative Invincibility with Josh Pais [Podcast]

    Leanne Regalla
    9 Apr 2015 | 12:01 pm
    Subscribe to the podcast on Stitcher or iTunes, rate, and leave a review to let me know what you think! Your feedback helps others to find the show. Subscribe on Stitcher Subscribe on iTunes Follow on Soundcloud And as always, please share if you know someone who needs to hear these great interviews. Show Summary In this episode of the Make Creativity Pay podcast, I talk to actor, director, writer, and teacher Josh Pais about moving past fears and anxiety to get your best work out into the world. [ I did this interview a while back, but it’s one of my favorites and I hope you’ll…
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    THE CREATIVE HOME - Creative Home Reader

  • How Vacations Boost Creativity

    Donald Rattner
    22 Jul 2015 | 5:45 pm
    I recently read a profile of Amazon’s Jeff Bezos that suggested he thinks work-life balance is for people who don’t like their work. It’s a maxim that American business culture validates. You’ve probably found yourself talking about “working until 8 last night” or “heading into the office Sunday” in a slightly bragging tone. When you work long hours, after all, you prove that you’re the most committed, the most invested, and the most valuable person on the team. We are the no-vacation nation, and we’re proud of it. I’m sure Jeff Bezos works a lot. And I’m sure he likes…
  • How To Display Art In Your Home: An Infographic

    Donald Rattner
    15 Jul 2015 | 5:30 pm
    Hanging wall-mounted art in your home can be a tricky proposition, and raises lots of questions. How do you make decisions as to what goes where, what goes with what, and where do you place it on the wall? Is there a rational basis for addressing these issues, or should you just use your gut and your eye, to name just two possible body parts that come into play? To answer this last question, it's probably best to approach the problem of hanging artwork just as you might any design decision: ground your actions in conscious reflection and best practices, then adjust your decisions based…
  • What's Inside the Homes of Global Creatives?

    Donald Rattner
    8 Jul 2015 | 2:21 pm
    With features like half-pipes and superdesks, the offices of companies in the "creative industries" are designed to spur invention (or at least keep workers at work longer). But creative thinking isn't confined to the address on your business card. Work, inevitably, follows us all home. Whether you're a work-at-home freelancer or, like most of us, your work and home lives just sort of blend into one tech-enabled continuum, your home is your office. And even if you observe a strict me-time ethic once you arrive at home, your casa is both creative canvas and source of inspiration. In the pages…
  • Creative Cools Tools for Making Cooking Fun

    Donald Rattner
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:09 am
    One of my most distinct memories of childhood is the experience of unwrapping the silver foil around a Nestle's Crunch Bar. This is the chocolate bar that embeds what I always imagined were Rice Krispies in your everyday milk chocolate. Of course, the real thrill was actually eating the thing. Something about the crunchiness of that extra ingredient lifted this particular delectable above all others in my impressionable mind. That's all changed, of course. In adulthood Nestle's products became synonymous in my mind with all the downsides of sweets – weight gain, tooth decay, temporary…
  • I'm Speaking at Creative Mornings in Boston

    Donald Rattner
    22 Jun 2015 | 1:46 am
    Good news! I've been invited to give this month's talk at Creative Mornings in Boston. So now I'm inviting you to be my guest at the event. It's all happening starting at 8.30am on Friday, June 26th 2015 at District Hall, an stunning new space designed by Hacin + Associates that's positioned itself to be "a new home for innovation in Boston." It couldn't be a more appropriate venue, because the title of my talk is "Creativity in Residence: Revolutionary Techniques for Transforming Home Into an Incubator of Innovation." The talk explores the intersection of design and creativity, and…
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    BrainDirector

  • How To Go Out And Meet Women

    The Writer
    24 Jul 2015 | 1:06 am
    In this article some of the best pickup artists will be sharing their personal tips and techniques to go out and meet women. Let’s get started. John Alanis On How To Go Out And Meet Women I’ve always said that the reason that you want to go out and meet women is to build equity in your life, not just for romance, but you’ll never know when some female friend who is attracted to you could bring you opportunity, or the woman commits in your life for it, so the first thing is to get clear on that. The second thing is to make it your business to be around women and hang out…
  • How To Stop Letting Your Emotions Control You

    The Writer
    23 Jul 2015 | 4:13 am
    The way we act on a daily basis is often based on mindlessness. Most people don’t stop to think too much about what they say or do; rather, their words and behaviors are based on patterns or habits, as well as on the emotional state they’re in at the time. Ending this “automatic pilot” behavior, however, will not only help you feel better about yourself but will also improve your relationships and reduce conflict and misunderstandings. This article will introduce you to some skills that will help you reduce the intensity of your reactions, thereby improving your ability to…
  • How Up-and-Down Emotions Fuel The Relationship Roller Coaster

    The Writer
    21 Jul 2015 | 10:43 am
    You can’t really learn how to improve your interactions with others without learning at least a bit about how to manage your emotions in healthier ways. This is because your emotions can have such a huge influence on your behavior, and of course your behavior is going to have consequences for your relationships. So in this article, you’re going to learn some skills to help you manage your emotions. We’ll look at the importance of being able to name the emotion you’re feeling, with a focus on the main emotions that often get in the way in social situations; the functions your…
  • How to Get What You Want (Communication Skills)

    The Writer
    20 Jul 2015 | 6:51 am
    Because communication is such a big part of relating to others successfully, and often causes such problems for people when they’re interacting with others, we’re going to look at this area next. In this article, we’ll look at four different ways of communicating. You’ll have an opportunity to assess your own communication style, and then we’ll look more closely at the healthiest, most balanced way of communicating. As we do this, though, remember that you need to continue practicing mindfulness and developing your self awareness regarding the way you interact with others.
  • Looking At Your Relationships And Applying Mindfulness

    The Writer
    19 Jul 2015 | 7:27 am
    So how have you done so far? Are you paying attention to yourself? Are you noticing things that might be getting in the way of having the relationships you’d like? Especially if you’ve been practicing the skill of being mindful that you learned in previous article , you may have gained some insight into and awareness of what’s preventing you from being effective in your relationships; but if you haven’t had any aha moments yet, don’t worry—in this chapter we’re going to take a closer look at what some of those problems might be. Hopefully you’ll be able to relate to some…
 
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    The Artist Myth

  • Sell The Outcome, Not The Art

    Mike Roy
    6 Jul 2015 | 1:21 am
    It’s easy to get wrapped up in the product we are creating, at the expense of recognizing its end result.What sells is not pixels, posters, or paint. What people want is the outcome.In sales circles, they frequently talk about a person selling drills. To sell a drill, you don’t talk about the noise it makes, the rechargeable battery, or the heft of its handle. You talk about the hole it makes. Because you’re really not selling a drill… you’re selling holes.Similarly, in marketing circles, they talk about selling the benefits, not the features. Benefits…
  • How Everyone Can Benefit From A Charity Art Auction

    Mike Roy
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:20 am
    This is, quite literally, what a stampede for art looks like. (Click the video below.)This depicts the scene at a recent art event called Canvas For A Cause, benefitting the Children’s Medical Center of Dallas. The annual art auction was held at ReelFX Creative Studios in Dallas, Texas, and it raised more than $22,000 for the little tykes over at the hospital, which receives over 360,000 patients each year. The Medical Center treats all kinds of pediatric conditions ranging from simple eye exams to specialized treatment in areas such as heart disease, hematology-oncology, organ…
  • Rich Artist, Poor Artist

    Mike Roy
    22 Jun 2015 | 3:39 pm
    Do you have a rich mindset… or a poor one?I wasn’t born a natural entrepreneur. I had to be trained. ~ Robert KiyosakiA few years ago I read an amazing little book. You may have heard of it. The book is called “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” by Robert Kiyosaki.Robert makes it very clear at the outset that he is not the best writer in the world. But there’s something very special about this little book… maybe it’s the lack of fluff that makes it easy to read. Maybe it’s the compelling story of the contrast between two foundational influences in his life, his two “dads”.His…
  • The Luck Myth

    Mike Roy
    15 Jun 2015 | 11:26 am
    It never ceases to amaze me how we are so fascinated by the concept of luck.It’s fickle, unpredictable, and cantankerous. And yet an entire city, Las Vegas, has been built on the very concept of it. Millions of dollars change hands in lotteries, horse races, and poker games. People may go through elaborate rituals in an attempt to both avoid bad luck and obtain good luck.I hadn’t had much experience with games of chance in my life, until one day when I visited a casino while shooting a commercial there. My producer gave me ten dollars to play with and encouraged me to try it on some of…
  • The Passion Myth

    Mike Roy
    4 May 2015 | 7:23 am
    How many times have you heard the following phrase related to not just creative endeavors, but just about any venture that requires human effort and will to accomplish?“All you need is passion.”Hearing this phrase always causes me to scratch my head. Because the way I understand passion, giving it control of any aspect of your life is like driving on a narrow road with a cliff to one side… and then giving the steering wheel to a crazy person.What is Passion?Passion is basically defined as a very intense emotion towards a person or thing.It has served as the catalyst for a…
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    Tone Movement

  • Fear and Loathing in Nashvegas

    Logan Tabor
    17 Jul 2015 | 1:40 pm
    “This is your captain speaking, ahhhh… …looks like we have ahhhh mostly clear skies today for our flight to Nashville.  Just want to let everyone know ahhhh, this is a pretty old plane and sometimes she makes some loud and strange noises throughout the flight but ahhhh no need to worry…” I leaned slowly towards my comrade… “Are you f@!#$%& kidding me?” The man let out a toothy laugh, gave his eyebrows a raise and pushed a ten-dollar pair of ear buds into his head.  This was it.  I was all alone.  My only associate had disappeared into…
  • Where There’s a Phil, There’s a Way

    Logan Tabor
    21 May 2015 | 12:28 pm
    Out the window and through the wooden fence, a band of horses gamboled over a brilliant green hill.  We were to convene with Phil Bradbury of Little Walter Tube Amps — a man I had heard many things about and had even had the pleasure of speaking with over the phone, but had never chanced to meet.  It was down a lightly winding road wrapped around a network of foliate knolls ending in a shallow, pine-crowded dell where we first shook hands. I entered the workshop and was greeted by a stoic group of amps and cabinets.  In addition to his amp display there was a ton of other great…
  • A Silent Goodbye

    Logan Tabor
    23 Apr 2015 | 9:02 am
    A lazy slant on Route 301 guided the mix of fallen snow and ice to the side of the road in a mangled grayscale.  The trip was over.  We now struggled to outrun the steady pace of the errant ice storm at our heels.  It was as if the crooked hand of the Chesapeake Bay and its many tributaries were pushing us southward — a cold and malevolent finger occasionally sweeping the friction out from under our tires.  The wilted scenery tipped its hat and sneered in the rear view as we passed cautiously over the Potomac. “how appropriate…” …I thought to myself.  These…
  • Trust Your Ears, But Be Aware That They Can Fool You

    Logan Tabor
    10 Apr 2015 | 6:30 am
    Given the amount of equipment and product in the shop at Cage Amplifiers, the environment was surprisingly clean.  There were racks and shelves stocked with an encyclopedic selection of tubes, capacitors, resistors, brackets, nuts, screws and anything else one might need for a build. There were notes of Dewey Decimal-esque classification here…but I had not the time to document the evidence… The tidy shop in Damascus, MD, smelled like the inside of an old Hammond mixed with the melted transformer wax of an AC30.  All the woodwork was done right there in the shop, a job that…
  • Assorted Sea Critters

    Logan Tabor
    12 Mar 2015 | 1:16 pm
    I sat across from Hanan and his beautiful fiancé, Molly, in a quaint sushi parlor in Cliffside Park, NJ.  Hanan and I had exchanged emails and phone calls numerous times in the months prior, but had never met face-to-face. After completing a stiff nine-hour drive over highways littered with furious 18-wheeled monsters, my editor and I were in desperate need of raw food and good conversation.  We entered the restaurant with a familiar quickness and began saying our hellos. after a few brief formalities… …the four of us settled into casual chatter.  I had been following…
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    How to focus

  • 6 Ways to Eliminate Stress This Week

    Ebony Barber
    21 Jul 2015 | 1:25 pm
    So you know this week is going to be huge. You’ve got a million things to do, the deadlines are due, the social events are on and it’s going to be work hard, play hard. But how can you really get everything done without feeling like a nervous wreck by Sunday? Here's 6 tips to eliminate stress in your life this week... The post 6 Ways to Eliminate Stress This Week appeared first on How to focus.
  • Treat Yourself (without blowing the budget)

    Ebony Barber
    12 Jul 2015 | 12:55 am
    Whenever I accomplish a mini goal along the way to my bigger goal, I take time to treat myself with something that feels rewarding and strengthens my inner sparkle. Celebrating the little steps along the way is a great way to boost your productivity, your motivation and your energy to keep focused on living your best life. The post Treat Yourself (without blowing the budget) appeared first on How to focus.
  • We don’t watch TV. Television is overrated.

    Ebony Barber
    5 Jul 2015 | 1:10 am
    Everything changed when my husband and I decided to put our TV in the cupboard, FOR REAL. I know, right? You probably think we're crazy. Maybe we are crazy. But before you skip this post, hear me out – because it was by far THE BEST decision of our lives. I didn’t write this post to be popular. The post We don’t watch TV. Television is overrated. appeared first on How to focus.
  • Why We Procrastinate Series – Reason #2 Fear of Failure

    Ebony Barber
    23 Jun 2015 | 1:38 am
    What would you attempt to do if you knew you couldn’t fail? The greatest lesson I have learnt in life is that my fear stems from my imagination. It is my mind that creates the worst case scenarios. The fear of failure is born in our mind when we let our imagination focus on the wrong path. The post Why We Procrastinate Series – Reason #2 Fear of Failure appeared first on How to focus.
  • The Power of Small Wins – Celebrate Progress

    Ebony Barber
    22 Jun 2015 | 1:24 pm
    Big wins are great—but they're not going to happen everyday of our lives. So what is the best, most powerful way you can keep momentum channeling into your beautiful, grand, purpose driven goals? The answer is celebrating small wins. Here's how... The post The Power of Small Wins – Celebrate Progress appeared first on How to focus.
 
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    Global Harmony Crew

  • Follow Your Joy and Discover Your Purpose

    P
    26 Jul 2015 | 11:10 am
    *12 minute read* Previously I have shared a way to create a safety net to keep you from getting into a downward spiral. With that as a foundation I now want to share a practical way of empowering yourself, to help you soar into ever higher frequency thoughts and states of being. Creating your dream life. […]
  • Balanced Spirituality – From Division to Oneness

    G
    21 Jul 2015 | 9:06 am
    This 8-minute read is about finding the balance between your spiritual pursuits and living the everyday human experience. It is about coming to terms with everything. Lack of Balance Humans have a tendency for excess – To go overboard. We find our new hobby and we go all in for a little while. The lack of […]
  • 1 Effective Way to Transform Through Self-Love – About Trolls and Acceptance

    P
    13 Jul 2015 | 7:17 am
    Today I will share with you a visualization for healing yourself through self-love and acceptance. I am also going to talk a bit about trolls. I know your thoughts are now probably something along the lines of: “Yeeeess, finally!!” Oh, and did I mention John Lennon shows up? Lets skip right to it! Once upon a […]
  • 6 Ways to Be Immersed in Beauty

    G
    9 Jul 2015 | 9:03 am
    “I believe there’s beauty in all dimensions, from the electromagnetic spectrum to cells in flowers.” – Richard P. Feynman Beauty pulls you out of your head and puts you in an instant state of wonder and happiness. It shreds apart all the thoughts your mind plays over and over of how you’re failing or the […]
  • 1 Simple Act That Fills Your Life with Love

    G
    5 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    In this article I want to give you a key into a life filled with love. It is really quite simple, like most things. It is about taking the chances people give you to love them. But, how do we know they just gave us a chance to love them? I believe that every time […]
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    CreativInn

  • CuriousZed: Capturing the Light of the Soul

    Louis
    23 Jul 2015 | 4:59 pm
    Light is key in Zdenek Sindelar’s fine art pieces and photography. Indeed “Curious Zed”, as he is known in the art world due to his keen and avid nature, expertly toys with both natural and modern lightning techniques to achieve near-perfection in his artwork. Apart from giving his photographs a unique sensation, his “light-work” conveys […] The post CuriousZed: Capturing the Light of the Soul appeared first on CreativInn.
  • How you could be part of the contributors to recover the lost history of the world.

    Olivier
    19 Jun 2015 | 9:00 pm
    History is not only written by historians, it is a collective story where all kind of people around the world play their part, whether they are ordinary tourists who just took a random photo on the street, or an engineer recording for a future construction work, they could be helping everyone else to witness the […] The post How you could be part of the contributors to recover the lost history of the world. appeared first on CreativInn.
  • Warren Lynn: One Dream, One Story, One Man

    Louis
    12 Jun 2015 | 6:51 pm
    When I see art pieces for sale that I find interesting, I ask myself four series of questions to see if I should buy it or not. Is the art piece nice and do I really want to buy it? Does it fit well anywhere in my house?” (I indeed wouldn’t want to buy a […] The post Warren Lynn: One Dream, One Story, One Man appeared first on CreativInn.
  • Joe Bloch, the creative Brüklyn artist you have to discover !

    Louis
    5 Jun 2015 | 6:29 pm
    All paths can lead to creativity, teaches us the story of Joe Bloch, an artist and creative director. Joe specializes in highly textured acrylic paintings and a mix of impressionism, surrealism, and street art on canvas. Joe Joe Bloch started his creative career when he joined RIT and received a BFA to study anatomic illustrations. […] The post Joe Bloch, the creative Brüklyn artist you have to discover ! appeared first on CreativInn.
  • Crowdfunding could bring your dream alive, and here is why

    Olivier
    17 May 2015 | 7:47 am
    You have a dream It is a unique idea that could possibility bring you a fortune and let your creativity blossom. This creative dream could be starting your own fashion brand, or to develop a new tech gadget that could beat the next iPhone. You have also summoned a team of experts, who would back […] The post Crowdfunding could bring your dream alive, and here is why appeared first on CreativInn.
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    Modern Artifacts

  • So Damn Tuff

    The REAL Urban Empire
    22 Jul 2015 | 9:22 pm
       Life is filled with these trials and tribulations that can randomly happen at any second.  Ups. downs and letdowns are the norm of the human life chain.  One day on the planet Earth can be like Hell and back and another can be as if you are in a state of everlasting bliss.  If one would measure the … Continue reading So Damn Tuff
  • A champion knows what it takes to be one or to stay one

    The REAL Urban Empire
    16 Jul 2015 | 6:01 pm
    When the biggest sporting event platform (the Super Bowl) of America concluded earlier this year, we were left in the summer to ponder what will come next season and who will become the next champion. Who has the guts to be a champion?  A champion knows the feeling, determination, satisfaction, and sacrifice it takes to be one … Continue reading A champion knows what it takes to be one or to stay one
  • Yes, Their Loss is your GAIN

    The REAL Urban Empire
    12 Jul 2015 | 4:54 pm
            As the days pass by us, most of us tend to miss what lessons and parables these periods are constantly offering us.  Just yesterday, I was running the streets, riding bikes, playing handball, chink, and running up and down the neighborhood playground running ball. Fast forward and we are adults in the middle … Continue reading Yes, Their Loss is your GAIN
 
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