What to give your writer: 8 ideas from $0 to $Gazillion

December 16, 2014

Each year at the beginning of December, my wife and I sit side-by-side on the living room couch and type out our Christmas wish lists, chuckling at our own witty descriptions (her list title this year is “Mrs. Sandra A. Manne’s Christmas List,” in honor of our June legal wedding) and impossible requests (I’m still waiting for […]

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Dare to Live — a musical interlude

December 14, 2014

Because sometimes we just need a musical interlude. Plug in your headphones/earbuds, crank up the volume, and let Andrea Bocelli and Laura Pausini serenade you with Vivere (Dare to Live). [Click this link if video doesn’t show]. [Lyrics from Lyrictranslate.com] “Try looking at tomorrow not yesterday And all the things you left behind All those tender words […]

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I want a world…

November 18, 2014

“And I looked around that gate of late and weary ones and thought, This is the world I want to live in. The shared world. Not a single person in that gate— once the crying of confusion stopped— seemed apprehensive about any other person. They took the cookies.” ~ from Naomi Shahib Nye’s short story “Gate […]

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How to Build Creative Habits, Scientifically

November 13, 2014

[a version of this post was originally published in Creativity Calling, the newsletter of the Creativity Coaching Association] What if we could find a reliable trigger that would launch us into creating mode with us barely thinking about it, allowing us to sidestep the dreaded power of procrastination (aka “resistance”) almost effortlessly? It turns out […]

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Why the Fitbit works … for writing

October 24, 2014

It’s just a little rubbery band you wear around your wrist, so how can it possibly make you exercise more? And make more healthy eating choices? And write more? Wait. Write more?? (Yes, I’ll get to that. Read on). So… the Fitbit®. It’s an activity tracking device, and the Flex version is sneakily disguised as […]

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Why I shredded my journals

September 25, 2014

(well, most of them, anyway). Ah yes, the journal.  That place to privately vent, question, dream, ponder, whine, weep, consider, ache, shout, give up, re-boot, rejoice, repent, relive and relieve. It’s not pretty. So why do so many of us journal-keepers struggle with whether to keep old journals or not?  Why on earth would we […]

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Just For Today

September 3, 2014

Just for today, no comparisons no doubts no judgment lean towards joy follow beauty take everything off the back burner worship 3 thank you notes 2 time outs 1 step into love listen to yourself ask nature walk the dirt road and leave your shoes dusty write anyway plan for magic eat every color snuggle […]

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