Why This Is Awesome: Two years ago yesterday, I returned from my first — but hopefully not my last — trip to Paris. Not surprisingly, my Instagram reminded me of those days of hopping on an Icelandair plane and traveling to the City of Lights […]
I’ll give you the whole secret to short story writing.
Here it is. Rule 1: Write stories that please yourself.
There is no Rule 2.
— William Sydney Porter (aka O. Henry), American short story writer, speaking of the storytelling genre he mastered like no other
Why This Is Awesome: One of my first lotus moments here on the blog was of a ceiling fan in a local coffeehouse in my hometown of Indianapolis. I went there to read, write and people watch — you know, the typical coffeehouse behavior — […]
Nature gives me my model, life and thought; the nostrils breathe, the heart beats, the lungs inhale,
the being thinks, and he feels and has pains and joys, ambitions, passions and emotions. These I must
express. What makes my Thinker think is that he thinks not only […]
It’s been a year or two since I’ve shared my plans, forecasts, resolutions, whatever you would like to call them, for the New Year. I’ve never liked creating resolutions in the traditional Western timeline because January is always a hectic time for everyone, and I’m […]
The art of acceptance is the art of making someone who has just done
you a small favor wish that he might have done you a greater one.
— Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., American civil rights activist and orator
I am my own muse, I am the subject I know best. The subject I want to know better.
— Frida Kahlo, Mexican artist, activist and feminist icon
Why This Is Awesome: I’ve heard quite a few people lament about not feeling the spirit of the holidays lately. Whether it’s due to the political landscape, news of social injustice, financial stress, or just plain not feeling it, I think a number of people […]
Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes and having fun.
— Mary Lou Cook, American author, artist and activist
The real aim of art is not to create beautiful objects. It’s a method of reflection,
a means of understanding the universe and finding one’s place in it.
— Paul Auster, American novelist, screenwriter and director