The Stone Carver and Rediscovering Creativity

I grew up in a time before the internet, cell phones, and mobile technology in general. As a kid I remember the hours I spent drawing, writing, playing outside, and just plain creating. I also spent chunks of time in my imagination visualizing and coming up with ideas about what to draw, build, or write … Continue reading The Stone Carver and Rediscovering Creativity

Endure: How This One Word Moves Mountains

Ray has been a good friend of mine for a while now. I've watched his academic career evolve from a somewhat quiet undergrad and grad student to an impeding PhD graduate. He is currently in his final stages of dissertation defense and I've had the pleasure of remaining a willful spectator along his journey. And … Continue reading Endure: How This One Word Moves Mountains

How I Jumped Back Into Reading Fiction (and the hidden benefit)

I just finished reading Hatchet by Gary Paulsen. It's a fictional story about a boy who crash lands in the wild left to his own devices to survive. It's a great story of inner and outer resilience focusing on only two main characters: Brian (the boy) and nature. His very real plight is coupled with … Continue reading How I Jumped Back Into Reading Fiction (and the hidden benefit)

How the Push for More Negativity Has the Opposite Effect

The state of current affairs is pretty intense, to put it mildly. Conversations, social media, politics, and the news are all intensely set on the new seemingly daily stresses of our everyday lives. It's the topics of choice that everyone talks about everywhere you go. It's near impossible to get away. In response, we become … Continue reading How the Push for More Negativity Has the Opposite Effect