Source: iStock PhotoOver the past several years I have maintained a small presence on the web to dispaly my creative interests waiting for this domain to become availalbe. Today, I will begin the process of posting my readings, pursuits, interests, hobbies, and thoughts. It will take a while to gradulally move the photos and media from the other site. I will try to maintain this on a regular basis going forward. I am moving from Wordpress to Squarespace for their excellent reputation and infrastructure management. I hope we can all journey together.

Wendell Berry: Ten Hopes

In 1989, Wendell Berry delivered a Commencement Address at the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine that included not Ten Commandments but ten hopes.

  1. Beware the justice of Nature.
  2. Understand that there can be no successful human economy apart from Nature or in defiance of Nature.
  3. Understand that no amount of education can overcome the innate limits of human intelligence and responsibility. We are not smart enough or conscious enough or alert enough to work responsibly on a gigantic scale.
  4. In making things always bigger and more centralized, we make them both more vulnerable in themselves and more dangerous to everything else. Learn, therefore, to prefer small-scale elegance and generosity to large-scale greed, crudity, and glamour.
  5. Make a home. Help to make a community. Be loyal to what you have made.
  6. Put the interest of the community first.
  7. Love your neighbors–not the neighbors you pick out, but the ones you have.
  8. Love this miraculous world that we did not make, that is a gift to us.
  9. As far as you are able make your lives dependent upon your local place, neighborhood, and household–which thrive by care and generosity–and independent of the industrial economy, which thrives by damage.
  10. Find work, if you can, that does no damage. Enjoy your work. Work well.

Source: Scott Walters - Theatre Ideas 

Never Lose a Good Idea

Studies have shown that shower time can be creative time. The relaxed routine of a shower allows the brain to move from analytical mode into creative. That is the reason behind so many good ideas occurring in the shower. To avoid losing those ideas AquaNotes has created a waterproof notepad.

I have always kept 3x5 cards scattered around the house and for a time used a scuba waterproof slate in the shower. If you are losing your best ideas down the drain, a waterproof pad may be just the answer. If not place a stack of 3x5 cards by the sink. For more info see AquaNotes’ website and video.

Resistance: Overcoming our Greatest Enemy

Occasionally a book comes along that helps us understand our own behavior in a meaningful way. Steven Pressfield’s book The War of Art defines for us the nature of our greatest enemy and how to combat what holds us back from the results we desire.

Whether you are an artist, writer, entrepreneur, or professional this short book clearly identifies the source of procrastination and internal obstacles to our success in part one. The cure is clearly defined in part two. Like Robert McKee, who wrote the foreword, I too see in part three the effect of inspiration the same and the cause of inspiration differently.

This is a quick read and can immediately be applied to your current practice. Great books can change your life. This in one of them. For more information on The War of Art.