Monthly Archives: November 2010

Home for the Holidays: A New Mini-Memoir Blog Series

After I left the Fetzer Institute this summer, both Stuart and I began to feel an eastward tug. Our life together has followed this path: VA, TX, IN, Haiti, IN,VA, IN, Ivory Coast, IN, NC, IN, MI, VA. Love has taken … Continue reading

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The Nature of Creative Transformation: Three Views on Video

Michael Jones, Lauren Artress, and Jen Louden discuss the nature of transformation–and its relationship to art and the artist. Do you think everyone is creative? What do you do allow your creative side to flourish?

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What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up? Kind!

Poet and master teacher Jack Ridl tells a story about an encounter with a boss that shaped his whole life. Again, from the 2010 Writer’s Retreat at the Fetzer Institute. The Dalai Lama has said, “My religion is kindness.” A … Continue reading

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Creative Beginnings Video with Michael Jones and Conrad Hilberry: From A Head Nodder

For Canadian pianist and writer Michael Jones, one of the participants in the April 2010 writer’s retreat at the Fetzer Institute, music and words brought him joy from an early age. Kalamazoo College professor emeritus Conrad Hilberry developed his artistic … Continue reading

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Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project: A Review

On a scale of 1-10, how happy are you? Honestly. Right now. Most people rate themselves as happy–as 7’s. In a 2006 survey 84 percent of Americans ranked themselves as ‘very happy’ or ‘pretty happy.’” If your number is anything … Continue reading

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Paulus Berensohn: Why We Create

Paulus Behrenson was another remarkable participant in last April’s Writer’s Retreat at the Fetzer Institute. He has created within so many art forms, he may have lost track of some of them. He’s not counting, anyway. But he’s an ecologist, … Continue reading

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A Memoir Poem for Late November

Poetry is the genre I feel least comfortable attempting. Most of the poems I’ve written deserve their ignominious fate in manilla folders. I write them most often to sustain a contemplative mood or moment. Here’s one inspired by thinking of … Continue reading

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