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December 14, 2023 | Creativity

Creative Play Newsletter – Thwarted Journeys

I have been having some crazy dreams lately and I don’t know why. (I haven’t been drinking, so that’s not it.) But, my dreams this week have all had an interesting theme – thwarted journeys. I’ve been with a pirate who was the sole remaining crew member when his galleon …

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November 10, 2023 | Creativity

Creative Play Newsletter – Move Forward

How were your experiments in inspiration? Did trying some new activities, foods, or new perspectives invite inspiration in? Are you inspired and ready to move ahead? My inspiration experiments worked better than I expected. I didn’t really step outside of my box that much because I felt too busy with …

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September 14, 2023 | Creativity

Try Out the New You

I have no illusions that after one month of thinking about what it would mean to be able to create freely and another of trying to understand the pain that may be holding you back that you’ll suddenly find yourself sharpening your back-to-school pencil and getting ready to show up …

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February 10, 2022 | Creativity

Creative Play Newsletter – Why?

I have been writing this newsletter for more than five years now, exploring the nature of creativity, exhorting the value of play and experimentation, and mapping the creativity journey. But why? Why does any of this matter? Because our creativity is at the very core of who we are as …

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December 10, 2021 | Creativity

Creative Play Newsletter – It’s Time

Yesterday was a blur.  I was back in my cube for the first time since March 13, 2020, and my day was full.  But, there is one thing from the day that stayed with me. I was listening to a podcast during my morning commute (not at all happy about …

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April 11, 2021 | Creativity

Creative Play Newsletter – Spring Cleaning

Spring is coming roaring in like a lion this year for me. Work is crazy busy; my personal life is crazy busy; and I feel like I am in the middle of a swiftly moving river being swept away to whatever is next. The river rarely takes me to the …

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February 11, 2021 | Creativity

Creative Play Newsletter – Create Light

We have a print hanging in our daughter’s room by illustrator Peter H. Reynolds that says “There is more good than bad in the world, more light than darkness and we can make more light – together.” Our friends live near Reynolds’ bookstore The Blue Bunny and they gave our …

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January 14, 2021 | Creativity

Creative Play Newsletter – A Fresh Start

So far, 2021 is just as much of a dumpster fire as 2020, but nonetheless, I am feeling hopeful. The year is over and there is a vaccine on the horizon so I am choosing to embrace 2021 as an opportunity for a fresh start. I’ve ripped up my goals …

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September 10, 2020 | Creativity

Creative Play Newsletter – Finding Surprises

A dear friend of mine sent me a calendar this year that has inspirational quotes on it. This month, there’s a quote from Leo Buscaglia that says “Boredom arises from routine. Joy, wonder, rapture, arise from surprise.”  Dr. Love clearly never lived through a global pandemic; boredom is part of …

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