Flocabulary: Creative Education

I’m excited to start this new section to my creativity website that will feature creative, innovative educational companies and ideas. Whether you’re a teacher, student, parent, administrator, family member, or friend, you can have a positive influence on a child or youth’s academic process. In fact, learning infused with fun is contagious for kids of …

Painting Silver Linings (for all you procrastinators out there)

The setting sun peeks through billowing clouds and illuminates their silver linings. I remember my sister’s words, “Did you know clouds actually have silver linings? If you study them closely, you can see that this is their actual color.” Gina’s an acrylic painter and teacher who delights in painting silver linings on canvases and in …

A Modern Day Tragedy

“A writer uses words, a musician notes, an artist visual perceptions, and all need some knowledge of the techniques of their crafts. But a creative individual intuitively sees possibilities for transforming ordinary data into a new creation, transcendent over the mere raw materials.” –Betty Edwards, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain I work in …

Coming to grips with our humanness.

Recently, I awoke with a statement running through my dream, "Coming to grips with our humanness." In the dream, I saw one of my students holding the small green and navy blue airplane he gave to me a couple of weeks ago. The airplane propeller has a rubber band attached and my students love to wind it and then …

Heart Whispers

"We can teach youth to read, but can we release their hearts?"  An artistic youth churns inside a chrysalis of adolescent confines. For the creative temperament, teen years fill with discontent. Yet, longings can inspire exploration and discovery. It is the glory of parents and teachers to direct yearning in youth by providing creative models. If we do not, imposters …

The Ironic Side of Destiny

I cannot stop thinking about the strange and mysterious nature of destiny.  I often envision something years before its fulfillment. Then I push and strive to make it materialize. Unfortunately, my grasping seems to only go so far before it ends up in disappointment. I go for the cake and end up gnawing on the wax candle. Once …