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Archives for April, 2011


Aimee Bender: Allowing the Unconscious to Rule

Woody Allen on writing: "Even when you're not thinking about it, your unconscious is cooking. Even when I'm playing my clarinet or seeing a movie or something, even though I'm not consciously thinking of it, the unconscious is percolating."
Aimee Bender is the author of four books including The Girl in the Flammable Skirt (1998), and The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake (2010) which recently won the SCIBA award for best fiction.

Her fiction has been...
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The Lizard Brain and the Resistance

The triune brain model of the nervous system (to simplify it) says we have a reptilian complex as the most "primitive" part of our brain, plus the limbic system and the neocortex.

In his article The Evolution of Anxiety, Rich Presta explains that the amygdala is part of the “reptilian brain” - "because it’s been around since we were virtually reptiles ourselves, and one of the main jobs of the amygdala is assessing danger and...
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Creative Thinking

Jennifer Lee on Being a Right-Brainer in Business

Jennifer Lee is a coach, artist, author of the book The Right-Brain Business Plan, and the founder of Artizen Coaching. She consulted for a variety of corporations before forming her own venture.

In a profile on her site, she notes "As a kid, I was always painting or drawing. By the time I was a high school sophomore, though, I began comparing my artwork with others and gave into limiting beliefs like 'I'm not talented enough.' There...
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Creative Thinking

Art and Anger: Cartoonist, Author, Filmmaker Lela Lee

"Once I stopped asking for approval, my art started to get stronger." - Lela Lee

Lela Lee created "angry little Asian girl" Kim for a video production class at UC Berkeley. After graduating with a degree in rhetoric, she made a short cartoon of Kim and a group of friends. Now she publishes a comic strip and many other creative projects.

Lela Lee will be speaking at The Wealthy Thought Leader Conference the end...
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Creative Thinking

Artists are Crazy; Mothers Can’t Be Artists, and Other Myths

Writer, poet, playwright and filmmaker Julia Cameron says she sometimes asks people to list ten traits they think artists have.

She reports they say things like “artists are broke,” “artists are crazy,” “artists are drug-addicted” and “artists are drunk.”

Cameron asks, “Doesn’t this make you want to rush right out and become an artist?

"We have a mythology in America around creativity that’s very, very negative."

From my post You want to be an artist? Are you crazy?

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Identity and Being Creative – Aren’t We All Freaks or Outsiders?

In addition to singing and songwriting, and helping design her costumes and stage shows, Lady Gaga recently directed one of her own music videos.

In a recent Tweet (that is to say, a Twitter message, in case you don't know), she wrote about another creative project: "I Designed a Japan Prayer Bracelet. Buy It/Donate here and ALL proceeds will go to Tsunami Relief Efforts. Go Monsters."

Lady GaGa has said she “felt like freak” in high school, and...
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