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Three Hundred Fifty Nine: The Importance of the Arts

“A broad education in the arts helps give children a better understanding of their world…We need students who are culturally literate as well as math and science literate.”  – Paul Ostergard

“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. And the reason they were able to do that was that they’ve had more experiences or they have thought more about their experiences than other people. Unfortunately, that’s too rare a commodity. A lot of people in our industry haven’t had very diverse experiences. So they don’t have lots of dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solution without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one’s understanding of the human experience, the better design we will have.” – Steve Jobs

Friday, December 26th

Today was the first time that my children attended a ballet. The Nutcracker. And it blew their creative little minds.

I sure need all the help in keeping my school-aged daughter inspired by the arts. She and two of her 1st grade friends claim they hate art. My husband and I know that she appreciates it; she always has a crayon, paper, and an idea in her hand. We strongly suspect that she does not like the art teacher. Linear. Explaining too many techniques for little minds that just need the free space to explore media.

Although ballet is a product of endless structured classes and many practices, the mix of live orchestral music, choreographed dramatic dance, and lore is a wonder to a young child. It was a spectacle, and I honestly took more joy in watching the children than watching the stage. My son kept leaning over to his Dad and I and saying, “DID YOU SEE THAT?” or “WOW! THAT WAS COOL!” A mind full of wonder is a powerful thing.

I have one and a million goals for the upcoming year, but exposing my kids to more diversity within the arts is definitely high on my list.

What would your world be like without the arts?


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One Hundred Eighty Six: The Importance of Art

“True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist.” – Albert Einstein

Saturday, July 5th

My sister-in-law is one of those people who has a completely open and compassionate heart, so much so that she lets in the pain of the world along with all the sweetness and joy. For years she has struggled in finding her true calling. There were times when it seemed obvious which direction she should take, but she didn’t move in that direction. And then one day, she made a leap. On her own. And she landed right where she needed to be.

Today she welcomed family to view her first art show. We all walked into the venue together and it was amazing. She had taken a casual space and made it into something light, airy, and ethereal. Her work is impressive and she has been able to create a collection of works through following this muse. She asked for the inspiration and it came to her.

What would it mean if you asked for the inspiration you needed and got it? Would you follow it?


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One Hundred Forty One: Make Someone Something Rad

“I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.”  – Vincent van Gogh 

Wednesday, May 21st

My sister-in-law is turning 40 on Friday. She has all that she could ask for, so shopping for a gift for her has proven to always be a challenge. Husband reminded me that the best thing we could give her was a gift from the heart.

I’m pretty good at making those. When my friend turned 40 back in March, I made a retrospective slide show of her years of friendship with “the girls”. Last year, I did the same for my mother-in-law as she turned 60. I couldn’t very well make a third slide show for my SIL, so I opted for a groovy little short film about her life. Using a phone app, I was able to stitch together short video clips into a mini-biography. It’s fun and I think it reflects my SIL’s sweet sentimental and whimsical spirit.

I heard recently that giving something to someone else makes us happier than if we kept it for ourselves. I agree! I love putting my creativity to the challenge to come up with something new for someone I love. To me, it’s a sincere way of showing someone what they mean to me and letting them know that they really mean something.

Could you use your skills to create a unique gift? Who would you give it to?


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Twenty One: Big Picture


“If you’re reading this… Congratulations, you’re alive. If that’s not something to smile about, then I don’t know what is.”  – Chad Sugg

Over the last few days, I have had a fulfilling email conversation with a dear friend. She has been questioning inspiration, knowledge of Self, and how to deal with change. This is the good stuff, People! I found myself awake in the middle of the night to write an uninterrupted long-winded response. It felt so good to sit down and write my stream of consciousness to take stock of where I really am in the big picture, with the hope that it might help a friend on her own process of discovery.

I still wasn’t feeling well, so I jumped back into bed and put in Tom Shadyac’s “I AM” – a documentary on a Hollywood director’s mental breakdown and subsequent ideological shake-up of what really matters in life. He comes up with two answers he poses to several prominent thinkers: What’s wrong with the world? What can we do to change it?  The synchronicity between the film and my conversation was uncanny which left me with an elated feeling: I’m doing okay in life, my priorities are in the right place, and yes, it all comes down to love, compassion, and connection.

How does art (film, theatre, literature, visual art) inspire you and connect you to others?


Altered photo from Flickr Creative Commons, “Globes” by Ian McLellan Photography

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