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You Create What You Consume

While "you are what you eat" has become an almost meaningless cliche, its truth is undeniable. The substance of your body is made up of the food you eat. Let me add another aphorism to your arsenal. You create what you consume. What you create is a direct reflection of what you choose to expose yourself to. Show More Summary

Using Stories to Explore Our Humanity

Therapists do a lot of it, some better than others. Stephen Grosz uses the essence of his clients' lives to create elegant stories that go beyond the facts. read more

Where's the Best Education, the Smartest Kids?

While U.S. test scores are flat, exciting educational advances are happening in Finland, South Korea, and Poland. Who would've thought? read more

Give & Take with Wise Failure

Marketing befuddles lots of well-intending, creative-minded people. Creativity consultant Jeffrey Davis offers reframes and ideas on "Wise Failure." read more

3 New Psychologically Deep Novels

Fiction, even when imperfect, can demonstrate truths about human nature better than a textbook. read more

A Ripe Time for Introverted Creatives

Imagine if Jonas Salk had at last discovered the polio vaccine and kept it to himself. That would be irresponsible, wouldn't it? read more

Silence, Please

"Silence seemed like the only way out, the only cure," writes author/memoirist Beth Kephart. "I began to look for every opportunity I could find to ease down and power out." read more

6 Life-Altering Lessons Learned in College

What lasting lessons were picked up back in those bygone college days? For one, don't take anything that makes you think you can fly.... read more

Blundering Toward Truth

If you need another reason to eschew perfectionism and embrace failure, read this. read more

A Marriage Manifesto: Beyond Tit-for-Tat

Most of the world’s cultures advocate some form of the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. You’d think treating your mate according to such a rule would be ideal. Not necessarily. Not if it means you’d be giving what you want for yourself... read more

Nine Fresh Ways NOT to Suffer Creative Block

Artists and writers and those who counsel them have come up with many ways to avoid creative blocks. Here are 9 fresh ones that may be new to you. read more

South Asian Author Loosens Up, Writes Flowingly

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni writes powerfully convincing novels about South Asian women. read more

Don't Waste Your Creativity

A lot of grief could be avoided if small-press and self-publishing authors did more research before they spent a dollar or a zillion hours. read more

Dream Your Stories Into Being

When a dream compels the dreamer to share, what does that mean about dreams, about life, and about the creative process? read more

Waltzing into a Refreshed Writing Life

Award-winning novelist Merrill Joan Gerber almost quit writing, what with the weirdness of the publishing world. Now her latest novel is out, along with ebook versions of the rest of her work. read more

10 Books to Make You Sit Up & Take Notice

Only some of the many books I read make me sit up and take notes for future reviews. Here are a few recent ones I liked a lot, and why they're worth your time. read more

Why We Have More Courage to Create in the Middle Years

Why are more people in their 40s, 50, and 60s in the early 21st century rising to their creative calling and producing valuable work? The answer might have to do with the very factors that make taking the leap challenging to begin with. read more

Can You Feel the Most Contagious Emotion?

Jonah Berger's dazzling new book Contagious sheds light on how highly shared content evokes especially one emotion. What the book doesn't offer is why we need that emotion and how we can evoke it in our content without being manipulative. read more

Is Your Life Meaningful?

For our lives to have meaning, we have to find that meaning for ourselves What can you do that gives you a sense of being engaged in something larger than your smallish daily self? read more

Feeling the Most Contagious Emotion When You Create & Market

Jonah Berger's dazzling new book Contagious sheds light on how highly shared content evokes especially one emotion. What the book doesn't offer is why we need that emotion and how we can evoke it in our content without being manipulative. read more

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