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The Care and Feeding of the Creative [Feed Your Body, Feed Your Soul]

Food is important: biologically, emotionally, and culturally. To the detriment of all of us, our modern hurry-up culture persuades us that eating, like sleeping, are simply tasks that need to be marginalized for the sake of our productivity. What a lie. Food feeds not only our bodies, but also our senses. The creative mind is fed not only by the senses, but also by food. Furthermore, when we break bread together we foster community; when we prepare a meal for someone in need, we show co…

Why Creatives Need Down Time [& What Happens When You Don't Take It]

“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” (Or Jill a dull girl.) Our modern world is out of balance because obvious nose to the grindstone work is how we define ourselves, and is seen as the only activity worthy of merit. Not true.The creative, who, to outsiders, looks like she or he is “doing nothing” or “has a lot of free time,” actually is working during those non-structured times. Work brings joy, yet don't let the joy deceive you into a 24…

Following Flaubert's Advice: Survival Skills for the Writer

Some time ago, an acquaintance at my local coffee house made the following comment about a writer’s life, quoting Gustave Flaubert: “Be steady and well-ordered in your life so that you can be fierce and original in your work.” I had been living this way for some time. As I worked and put myself through graduate school, I made time to write. Writing had been part of my life for over a decade. So what does it mean to be “steady and well-ordered in life so that you…

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