Monthly Archives: April 2013

Month End Review: April

We are moving right now. We are relocating from one neighborhood of Chicago to another one just north. We like to move about once a year – sometimes less; sometimes more – and if moving has taught me nothing else, it is: There is so much power in change. If you want something or need […]

You don’t need anybody’s permission

Our work belongs only to us. We alone decide whether or not to drive it forward. On the downside, of course, this means that: We are responsible for making this happen. We alone have to do the work. We alone are held accountable for its creation; that process belongs to nobody but ourselves. We alone have to commit […]

Want more satisfaction? Create rather than consume.

What is it that we do with our days? We, of course, enjoy what the world around us has to offer. But do we also put things back out there? For ourself and for others? Coffee in the morning and a glass of wine at night. Some takeout for delivery. Or a nice meal out, […]

There is no such thing as writer’s block

It is only a phrase to cover up “procrastination” and “excuses.” (And just because we gave ourselves a phrase does not mean that it has validity.) This is the odd phenomenon that happens in creative endeavors, and especially writing: we acknowledge our artistic pursuits as our “work” (and in many cases, even our “life’s work”) […]

How to be an artist

Everyone is capable of being an artist. If you do not see this yet, you only need to alter your way of defining “art.” To “do art” requires nothing more than putting something “good” into the world. More simply, to “do art” is to create joy. For yourself. And for others. To be an artist, […]

Feel stuck? The one thing you can always do when you feel like you can’t do anything

If you wake up in the morning feeling lackluster, or if you feel yourself regarding your goals with nonchalance, or if you suddenly feel negative or downtrodden or browbeaten, know that there is always one thing you can do: Just choose to feel good. Right now. When you feel like you can do nothing else, […]

To all unseen creatives out there:

When you are working in a vacuum, you periodically wonder if your work is worthwhile. You wonder if what you are doing will pay off. You wonder if your time could be better spent doing something else. And though you enjoy doing what you do and would go on doing it either way, part of […]