The Gift of a Dying Mother: Reflections on Taking Your Turn


Taking your turn, a dying mother's last words

Twenty-seven years ago, as my mother lay dying in her bed, she looked up at me, drew a deep breath and exhaled these words: “I never got my turn.” I was stunned, horrified and heartbroken that a woman of her education, experience and impact would come to the end of her life with that feeling on her heart. As her only child, about to be orphaned, I felt compelled to understand.What did she mean?I was confused and left to draw my own conclusions. How should I interpret her...

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All This Rage: What’s the Creative Response to Anger?


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Why are we all so angry? Thirty years ago I spent a day in Cook County Jail in Chicago. I was there to shoot a segment for a documentary program I was producing about prisons. That day I met 25 teenage boys (most awaiting trial on murder charges) locked in a classroom with their teacher. I felt privileged to spend the day with them, and to interview a few about their experiences. Through their program with led by their teacher Charles Rankin (based on the work of Les...

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Cancer and Creativity: Thedra Cullar-Ledford


Thedra’s got cancer and she’s putting it on canvas. I met the artist Thedra Cullar-Ledford last summer in Houston, Texas during my 2013 book tour. We’ve stayed connected via Facebook. And then about a month ago, I began seeing her posts about her breasts and cancer. What came after that, for me, was extraordinary. She was painting. And she was sharing her work. This is her story of her creativity and breast cancer. K: How would you describe what you do, Thedra? T: I’m a...

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12 Steps to Create a Life You Love – Recap


Your life is a creative process. What’s yours look like? Feel like? Here, all on one page, are the 12 steps you’ll take to consciously create a life you love. It’s that simple. Not easy, but simple. These steps reflect the experiences and work of each station of the Wheel of Creativity.    REPORT Katherine Robertson-Pilling Owner 12 items   2 followers   0 votes   464 views 12 Steps to Create a Life You Love Listly by Katherine Robertson-Pilling Have...

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12 Steps to Create a Life You’ll Love to Live. Step 7.


Can you remember a time in your life when things felt really overwhelming? What got you through it? Did you work your way through it? Or did something appear out of the blue when you finally let go? My personal experience is that this magic occurs on the other side of my habitual should: “If I only work harder, I can make this happen.” When I have exhausted myself doing more and more of what I know, I remember, “Oh yeah, I just have to let go; all this fighting will never...

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