Disappointment and the Creative Path


the creative path

Disappointment is the first stone on the creative path. But it’s the second stone that counts. Creativity –what I lived for – no longernourishes my soul. A few weeks ago, I made a promise to a friend. I started writing one haiku every day. It was all I could commit to. This friend calls me “The Poet.” In his eyes, what I say, how I see things, my relationship with the world is all poetry. I feel slightly embarrassed by his reflection, but I humbly agree.He takes me back to...

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The Five Elements of the Creative Life


World Creativity and Innovation Day

Today is World Creativity and Innovation Day. On April 21st, 2018  the United Nations inaugurated one day a year around the world “to raise awareness around the importance of creativity and innovation in problem solving....” More than 80 nations participated, acknowledging that creativity will be essential to achieving the UN’s global goals for sustainable development, and that the creative economy is “the true wealth of nations in the 21st century.”Six...

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Learning to Be Brave. Conversations that Heal.


Like you, I imagine, I’ve been having conversations. Asking questions. Trying to understand. I’ve been saying that we need safe spaces where these conversations can be held, so the truth can emerge through our deeply socialized defenses. “Safe spaces for deep conversations are hard to come by.” So the other day, I was speaking with an amazingly smart and creative friend who told me that she doesn’t believe in safe spaces. Rather she said she believes in brave spaces. This...

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Black Men Speak: A Conversation for Humanity


Black Men Speak: A Conversation for Humanity

When George Floyd was killed, people began hitting the streets in protest. And I started to stir from a long slumber – the sleepy comfort of not knowing what I did not know.  Perhaps like you, I started making phone calls, asking questions, having deep and sometimes difficult conversations with black friends around the world. Some of them challenged my good intentions: “The time for listening is over, Katherine. What are you going to do?” I started to...

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Create a (r)evolution. Start with your own life.


Mrs. Thelma Johnson

“A riot is the language of the unheard.” – MLK There is a great deal of adrenalized action in the world today. It was inevitable. We will never have peace in our societies until all our voices can be heard, no matter how uncomfortable those voices make us. There is going to be anger. There is going to be error. There is going to be misunderstanding… because we have not been listening. There is growing evidence that the only way we will heal from an intolerable shared...

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“Go to your room.” What Mother Nature Needs You to Think About Now.


“That’s enough, children! Go to your rooms. And before you come out, I want you to think about what you’ve done to get here. Reflect on the consequences of your actions, and think about what you need to change to get along with each other. Is this really how you want to be?” This Sunday is Mother’s Day in the USA. And recently as I’ve reflected on our current circumstances, it’s all started to feel like it did when I was a child and things got a bit wild...

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