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Creative Virtues

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Creativity is not learned. If anything, it’s remembered from childhood and kept alive by a need for innovation and problem solving throughout our lives. It has always been a driving force in us since birth. It has allowed us to grow and learn and develop all the necessary tools to become the individuals we are…

Come on in, the water is fine

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As a kid, I remember being at the YMCA and standing on the diving board over – what I was sure was – freezing water. I stared down at my reflection nervous not about the jump, but the cold water. The shock of having my entire body suddenly engulfed by the sudden cold was enough…

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We are all moved and inspired by the things we are exposed to, things we hear and experiance around us. I only know what I know and only react to what I have seen or felt. We are all involved in the sharing of information that is used in this way. So it’s obvious that…

If you have a pulse, you have a purpose

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Descartes takes his date, Jeanne, to a posh restaurant for her birthday. The waiter hands them the wine list, and Jeanne asks to order the most expensive bottle on the list. “I think not!” exclaims an indignant Descartes, and *POOF* he disappears. “What is the meaning of life?” Many people have spent a lot of…

A little chat with my 17 year old self

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I was asked a question on social media after changing my profile picture to me at 17 years old. My friend Raymond asked, “What advice would the current you give the young cat in the current profile picture ???” So I figured I’d answer in this blog. __________________________________________ You’re not as deep as you think. Although…

The Wild Garden of our Childhood

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Take a moment before reading on and draw a picture of a person you love as best you can in 60 seconds. Then continue reading this blog. “Everything is ceremony in the wild garden of childhood.” – Pablo Neruda We get comfortable in our mediocrity when we grow old. We lose that wide-eyed wonder that…

The Failure Flag

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A topic that always seems to come up with high school kids I talk to is the concept of failure. I try to convince them that failure is your friend. Failure is not something to fear or avoid. Failure helps us define our capacity as people. It plants a flag in the ground and says,…

My day on a creativity panel at Comic-Con

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When I was a young, avid reader of comic books, we didn’t have any comic conventions. And even if they did, I would never have been able to go to one. But if there was, and if I had, I’m sure my brain would have collapsed into itself due to the artificial gravity caused by…

Our Relationship with Life

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Some days I get hooked on an idea that I can’t shake. I like to dive into metaphoric concepts and see where they take me sometimes. It’s a big part of my creative process. I began to think of the sea. I think that the ocean is a pretty commonly used metaphor for life. It’s…

Falling Upward

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We take in our days with the familiarity of comfort. We believe in our predictions. We depend on the consistency of our survival while forsaking exposure to a deeper consideration. We tell ourselves that there is little hope in chance even while we take it. But all of us have wandered. All of us have…
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