creative practice

Women Would Be Crazy to Lead (Lead Anyway)

October 24, 2014 0 Comments
Women Would Be Crazy to Lead (Lead Anyway)

There’s the cult of productivity ethic that tells you to do more, always more, for who knows what reason, often to your detriment. And then there’s going out and doing what you really want to do as a human being on this planet, day to day and in the long-term. These are different things.

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Things we learn from action films about mindfulness and work

May 25, 2012 0 Comments
Things we learn from action films about mindfulness and work

It is important to stay fit for your job. A few months ago I went to see the film Safe House featuring two remarkably fit men, Ryan Reynolds and Denzel Washington. I didn’t love the film, but I left feeling grateful for having received this clear, albeit unexpected, message. It is important to stay fit […]

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Ursula K. Le Guin on working with what you have

May 9, 2012 0 Comments
Ursula K. Le Guin on working with what you have

The air is full of tunes. A piece of rock is full of statues. The earth is full of visions. The world is full of stories. As an artist, you trust that. You trust that that is so. You know that whatever your experience, it will give you the material, the ‘ideas’ for your work… But […]

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Clarissa Pinkola Estes on making things happen / getting unstuck

May 3, 2012 0 Comments
Clarissa Pinkola Estes on making things happen / getting unstuck

Whether the injuries be to your art, words, lifestyles, thoughts, or ideas, and if you have knitted yourself up into a many-sleeved sweater, cut through the tangle now and get on with it. Beyond desire and wishing, beyond the carefully reasoned methods we love to talk and scheme over, there is a simple door waiting […]

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Leading Our Own Lives First: Ageless Lessons from Mary Catherine Bateson’s Composing A Life

March 31, 2012 0 Comments
Leading Our Own Lives First: Ageless Lessons from Mary Catherine Bateson’s Composing A Life

Real leadership means making good choices for ourselves, big or small, on a daily basis and over time about how we live in the world. Choices that we can believe in, that feel authentic and true for us as women and creative people; choices that often go against the grain and feel difficult; and choices that as much as possible, sustain us individually as we seek to do good work in the world.

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A Generation Inclined to Share

January 25, 2012 0 Comments
A Generation Inclined to Share

What might other, more meaningful kinds of sharing look like? On one level, it may mean doing something with all of that good information we come across on a daily/near-daily basis and feel compelled to share with others. It may mean attempting to make sense of all of those ideas, reflecting on them in community with other live human beings (or even just one over coffee) or moving those ideas forward one way or another by offering our own unique insights in our work or art.

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Returning to the Lonely Page, What I Learned After Taking a Break From Writing

December 28, 2011 3 Comments
Returning to the Lonely Page, What I Learned After Taking a Break From Writing

Long ago the word alone was treated as two words, all one. To be all one meant to be wholly one, to be in oneness, either essentially or temporarily. That is precisely the goal of solitude, to be all one. —Clarissa Pinkola Estes I took a break from writing in 2011. I did a fair […]

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5 Books for Women Artists/Writers, or 5 Books That Changed Everything

August 29, 2011 0 Comments
5 Books for Women Artists/Writers, or 5 Books That Changed Everything

If You Want to Write, Brenda Ueland At 17, although I knew I loved writing, I had a hard time getting words on paper. I remember struggling with one assignment in particular, visiting a professor one day to finally ask for help. She recommended this book to me, which was the most helpful thing she […]

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Caroline Knapp on writing and activism

June 19, 2011 0 Comments
Caroline Knapp on writing and activism

“Steering hope away from false gods, shepherding the focus back toward the heart, learning to see one’s private pain in a larger context, coming to link body with spirit: This, of course, is the essence of revolutionary work, and it always requires the reframing potential of language, the ability of words to fuel insight, rearrange facts, break down old paradigms.” […]

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A writer at sea, an editor on the dock

February 13, 2011 1 Comment
A writer at sea, an editor on the dock

In my experience of writing, you generally start out with some overall idea that you can see fairly clearly, as if you were standing on a dock and looking at a ship on the ocean. At first you can see the entire ship, but then as you begin work you’re in the boiler room and […]

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