Tag Archives: creativity
Posted on May 12th, 2014 by in Words from the Wise

The Blank Page

By Dani Shapiro An excerpt from Still Writing: The Perils and Pleasures of a Creative Life Michelangelo saw a statue in every block of marble, “shaped and perfect in attitude and action”—an angel waiting to be released. The woodworker George Nakashima believed that when a true craftsman brought out the grain that had been imprisoned […]

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Posted on May 10th, 2014 by in Healthy Living

The Brain-Body Connection

by Tresca Weinstein We all know that regular exercise is good for your body—turns out it’s good for your brain, too. A new study compared the creative thinking ability of participants who had just exercised with a control group who hadn’t, and found that those who’d worked out came up with more possible solutions to […]

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Posted on March 6th, 2014 by in Conscious Living

Melting Writer’s Block

By Madelyn Kent “In Sense Writing, you follow the end of your pen, the tips of your fingers, the nerve endings in your body—the place where you end and the world begins is a fuzzy place full of possibility and story.” —Jean Rhode, Sense Writing student Often, the way we have been taught to learn […]

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Posted on February 6th, 2014 by in Conscious Living

Living a Creative Life

When I was growing up, my mother encouraged me to watch old black-and-white movies with her. None of my peers was familiar with Rebecca, Mildred Pierce, or All About Eve, but I was. Mom would also play Broadway show tunes in the house, from musicals like Mame and Cabaret. I remember going to the art […]

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Posted on November 20th, 2013 by in Conscious Living

Playing With Scissors

by Lara Tupper Not long ago, I found a sad, peat-colored mug in Mom’s cupboard and remembered: In junior high, I loved Art Club for the plain joy of making a mess and doing something crafty with my hands. My glaze was off-color, my papier maché was lumpy, my seashell mobile tilted, but no one […]

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Posted on November 2nd, 2013 by in Conscious Living, Creative Corner

The Five Stages of the Creative Path

For a long time now, a handful of my close friends have been telling me that I should write a book. “You’re such a good storyteller, Portland,” my friend Molly frequently says. “You’ve got a book in you,” my friend Eden often reminds me. “I wish you’d write your stories down.” But I haven’t. I’ve […]

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Posted on September 21st, 2013 by in Life Lessons

What Nature Can Teach Us About Happiness

by Dakota Sexton How often do you spend time in nature? There’s always something else we need to do inside: laundry, e-mails, housecleaning … and the list goes on, forever. But getting out into the wild is worth prioritizing: An unparalleled amount of research in the last decade shows that a walk in the woods […]

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Posted on June 3rd, 2013 by in Outside Our Walls

The Healing Power of Art

Krupa Jhaveri, guest blogger I am the founder and director of Sankalpa: Art Journeys, an organization in south India offering art therapy and creative empowerment programs to village youth and women. Sankalpa means intention, affirmation, willpower, and determination. Our mission is twofold: To provide a safe and supported space for open creative expression, encouraging self-awareness and […]

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Posted on May 25th, 2013 by in Words from the Wise

The Gift: Living a Life of Purpose and Meaning

Each of us is born with a unique gift—and a sacred duty to fulfill its promise. Do you have a clear sense of your purpose in life? I’m asking all my friends this question these days. I guess I’m preoccupied with it because I’m going through a phase—at midlife—of wondering about my own life. You’d […]

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Posted on May 4th, 2013 by in Conscious Living

Weaving a Life

by Danna Faulds, guest blogger For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to weave. I made dozens of potholders as a kid, weaving colored loops of fabric on a small, square, metal frame someone gave me as a gift. Those potholders sparked an abiding interest. I knew―with that gut-level certainty reserved for […]

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