For those of us who adore our daily forms of labor, work doesn't stop when the office closes. Mohammed Fairouz makes the case for obsession, and work as prayer and mystery and play.
Being a published writer, especially of books, is a celebrated marker of accomplishment in our culture. But is it the only way to leave our mark? Courtney Martin with some helpful advice for the struggling writer, or for uncovering a better channel for our creative drive.
Poetic expression is a character with many personalities, much like one's favorite pet dog. A new poem from Mary Oliver on the playfulness of writing verse.
We often think of "genius" as a belonging to individuals, not as something nurtured by community. Courtney Martin challenges this idea, thinking back on the writers group that continues to inspire her work today.
In an age of iPhone and Instagram ubiquity, we capture and curate in ways unimaginable only a few decades ago. And this connects us in unexpected ways. But, it also can have a cost, one that pulls us out of the moment.
Mysteries of an expanding universe and other ties to what makes a life worth living.
When the crush of a beige cubicle and endless meetings deaden creative impulses, a newborn baby girl prompts an explosion of creativity — and the celebratory, enthusiastic person the author's dream job had taken away.
So often in the West we believe that the most genius works of art are created with suffering and torment. But, the Dalai Lama might say happiness is the foundation of great creativity of all kinds.
When we get too attached to habits, we risk losing our sense of wonder and our potential for catalytic experience. Courtney Martin's encouragement for the job of being alive: “May I see what I do. May I do it differently. May I make this a way of life.”
To be human is to live with paradox and hold it in our hands. Parker Palmer offers some grounding advice on creating more spaces to do so gracefully — and a poem by May Sarton.
Pairing this photo of a modernist architectural wonder with words from Pritzker Prize-winning architect Thom Mayne, who instructs us to pursue our creative instincts.
Parker Palmer draws inspiration from the words of Wendell Berry on celebrating one's obstacles and the impeded stream that sings.
A musician serendipitously gets reacquainted with an old track while listening to physicist Brian Greene talk about our lack of free will.
On this Mother's Day weekend, a time to celebrate the women in our lives and be real about parenting. Along with art on happiness, brainstorming reactions, and emerging forms of spirituality in Ireland.
A retired exec-turned-woodturner follows his compass to reveal the inner beauty of felled trees in massive, delicate works of art.
What’s the line between utter brilliance and incalculable madness? Maybe it’s not a line but a shifting spectrum. Video from the World Science Festival with leading researchers James Fallon, Kay Redfield Jamison, Susan McKeown, and Elyn Saks discussing new studies showing that people with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia tend to possess higher creativity and intelligence.
In this lecture for Westmont College’s series titled “Beyond Two Cultures: The Sciences as Liberal Arts,” string theorist Jim Gates offers his thoughts on the complementary natures of science and the liberal arts — and how the human mind formulates “systems of belief” in both disciplines.
A fine list of rules from creativesomething to consider and contemplate on this gorgeous Saturday winter morning. Non?
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How many times have you heard someone say — I can’t draw, I can’t sing, I can’t dance — with the case-closed authority of Solomon? Probably dozens of times, more if you yourself happen to be an artist blessed with the painting, flamenco, or woodworking gene. But have you ever heard anyone sheepishly confess, as they backed away palms up from an evergreen tree, Oh, not me — I can’t decorate Christmas trees?