Quiet Leadership: The Crayon Whisperer

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How Your Writing Wants to Change You

​Today is International Biographers Day. In recognition of biographers and sharing our stories, I have a story to tell. “Where do you get your ideas from?” Sometimes I get asked where my ideas come from. My best answer is that life is a writing prompt. Creativity is like reading in the darkness. Imagine that you … More How Your Writing Wants to Change You

Recovery: This is Your Assignment…

​No matter what happens today, the one thing you can do is focus ____ How you express yourself is your creativity. Your creativity may be a path to recovery. For me, writing is a significant way that I am working through my own healing journey. I believe that creativity has the power to recreate you. … More Recovery: This is Your Assignment…

Healing and the Spirituality of a Tattoo

The semicolon declares that what you have experienced is not the end, but just the beginning of your story. ___ I have a semicolon tattooed on my right forearm. It reminds me that each day is part of a new story, part of a better future. The semicolon is a radical declaration that your story … More Healing and the Spirituality of a Tattoo

The Necessity of Living Unnecessarily

Unnecessary things are like USB ports.  They are reminders, mementos, inspirational pointers that allow you and I to time travel… mental triggers of vacations past, adventures forward and unlived dreams. Unnecessary things are the seeds of a wild imagination and they make life worthwhile. Todd Henry talks about Unnecessary Creating in a recent Accidental Creative Podcast. After … More The Necessity of Living Unnecessarily

The Artist and The Bully

“Nobody’s Special!” “Nobody’s Special!” The Bully poured these words over a Grade 2 student at my daughter’s school. Verbal lava. Tears marched down her cheeks and into her soul. My daughter could see the little girl crying, but older students are not allowed to go into that part of the playground. I am proud to say that my … More The Artist and The Bully

Boredom and the Beautiful Mind

  So what did you do this weekend? Sometimes I lie when I answer that question. It is not very popular to say I was bored and I liked it. I like being busy, I like to go places and I enjoy people. But I also like quiet (see my posts on the Quiet Leader … More Boredom and the Beautiful Mind

50 Shades of Grey Matter

  Changing your socks and changing your mind I like changing my socks. When I change my socks I can look back and see what I have changed. As a parent, you can spend an exhausting night on homework and dishes and still get the Glare when you remind The Kid that it’s bed time. … More 50 Shades of Grey Matter

The daily semicolon: The rest of your story

Semicolon – A punctuation mark (;) used to join two independent clauses in a sentence. The semicolon shows that the ideas in the two clauses are related: “Jack really didn’t mind being left without a car; he had the house to himself.” “The semicolon is like a marriage counsellor, trying to unify two partners who prefer … More The daily semicolon: The rest of your story

How to Be More Creative 

Everyone is born creative; everyone is given a box of crayons in kindergarten. Then you hit puberty they take the crayons away and replace them with books on algebra, etc. Being suddenly hit years later with the creative bug is just a wee voice telling you, “I’d like my crayons back, please.” Hugh MacLeod For … More How to Be More Creative