Tag Archives: creativity

The Story of “Smooth”

Remember “Smooth,” the Santana–Rob Thomas megahit from twenty years ago? Rolling Stone has a fabulous article out today recounting how this unlikely collaboration between artists of such different musical genres and generations came about to result in the classic single … Continue reading

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Way cool last minute Christmas gifts (thanks, Co.Design!)

I have loved Fast Company for at least 20 years. It’s sort of a “new economy” business magazine, but it’s actually more about ideas and people than it is about business, industry, or technology. I cited an old Fast Company … Continue reading

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Condiment Innovation

This is really small in the grand scheme of things, but still I’m super impressed with Heinz’s new ketchup packet. My younger daughter had a doctor’s appointment the other day, and on the way home we stopped at Culver’s. This … Continue reading

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Knot Art – How one artist developed a daily creative practice

I love this article in today’s Co. Design, “How An Apple Alum Found Her True Calling–In Knots.” Windy Chien, a former producer at Apple’s iTunes, is now an artist who creates hanging textile art, jewelry and lights from complex macrame … Continue reading

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Got a problem? Start a business!

I love stories of creative ingenuity. Here’s an article from today’s Inc. about a man who started a line-waiting business five years ago: “If You’re Broke But Want to Start a Company and Make $100K+, You Need to Read This.” … Continue reading

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In Praise of the One-Hit Wonder

Driving home today, I was listening to (and, of course, singing along with 🙂 )Billy Joel’s “Piano Man” on the radio.  My first idle thought was to realize that it is in 3/4 time, like a waltz.  Most of his songs … Continue reading

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Ndamukong Suh – A Lifelong Learner to Learn From

Today’s Wall Street Journal has an article on the back page of the “Personal Journal” section titled “The Bruiser and the Billionaire.”  A truly inspiring read for anyone interested in lifelong learning! Detroit Lions’ defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh, the subject … Continue reading

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F. Scott Fitzgerald: Football Genius?

I was about to toss yesterday’s Wall Street Journal into the recycling bin this morning but realized I hadn’t read the “Review” section.  Am I glad I took a minute to page through!  On page C3 was this excellent essay/article, … Continue reading

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To survive, bookstores should be more like funeral homes (were)

Interesting post over at The Shatzkin Files, “The future of bookstores is the key to understanding the future of publishing.”  What will it take for bookstores to survive in an era of e-readers and online book purchasing?  One possibility mentioned … Continue reading

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Woody Allen on filmmaking as therapy

Great article about Woody Allen in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal Magazine.  In a post I wrote on “Creativity and the importance of routine” last year, I mentioned Allen as an example of someone who shows up every day and does … Continue reading

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