Happy Monday to you all! Hope you had a great weekend. I spent much of mine recovering from a late night out on Friday…pitiful, I know!
For this week’s Creativity post, I’m sharing some talks and thoughts I found compelling, plus a link for getting your craft on.
Killing Kids’ Creativity
As a former high school teacher, this TED talk by Sir Ken Robinson on how schools kill creativity resonates with me. Humorous and entertaining in his delivery, you’ll love this talk. I also recommend Robinson’s follow up talk from this year’s TED conference, in which he discusses a learning revolution.
Vonnegut on Creative Writing and Practicing an Art
The Best American Non-Required Reading of 2006 has sat on my nightstand for-ever. This weekend I finally got around to cracking it open and found “Here Is a Lesson in Creative Writing”, from Kurt Vonnegut’s book A Man Without a Country. I may not always agree with Vonnegut and his views, but I love this essay.
To begin with, he opens this essay/talk with the following advice:
FIRST RULE: Do not use semicolons. They are transvestite
hermaphordites representing absolutely nothing. All they
do is show you’ve been to college.
I’m a former English teacher, and I NEVER use semicolons. I always feel pretentious when I use them, so it was reassuring to have him confirm my feelings.
The other bit that I loved in this essay was on practicing an art.
Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly,
is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s
sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio.
Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy
poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get
an enormous reward. You will have created something.
Amen, brother. Preach it…
Get Your Halloween Craft On
Finally, if you’re itching to get creative, but prefer the structure that craft projects provide, The Long Thread has compiled a list of fifty Halloween-themed crafts to help get you in the spirit of things.
I’m digging this Fishbowl Pumpkin-
(Mod Podge, tissue paper and a cheap fishbowl- easy to make and use year after year!)
What about you- find any good links lately related to creativity or getting crafty?
See you tomorrow with this week’s post on SIMPLIFYING!