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Inventors Challenge!

Inventors Challenge!

It’s a new year and a new time for thinking creatively about our world. And just in time to get us started, the Imagination Foundation has teamed with AT&T Aspire to sponsor the 2017 Inventor’s Challenge. This is not a long term project, but a good way to get the new year off to a … Continue reading

Beautiful  Christmas

Beautiful Christmas

Now, when I hope many of us are stepping away from professional thoughts for a bit, here is a bit of Christmas loveliness. I wish all of you joy in the many holidays you celebrate, but since for me Christmas is more a celebration of gratitude than of Santa, I offer a bit of what … Continue reading

Just Had to Share!

Just Had to Share!

Look what appeared in my mailbox this week! It is a Chinese version of Creativity in the Classroom, published in Beijing. I’m not actually sure when it was published, but it arrived here just recently. I’ll admit the package took my breath away. It is always hard for me to imagine that people really read … Continue reading

Preserving the Wonder Within

Preserving the Wonder Within

It doesn’t take long watching any type of media to be reminded that we change as we get older. There is no shortage of products claiming to help us preserve our youth–dyes for our hair, creams for our wrinkles, and any number of prescriptions about which we are charged to “ask our doctors.” But perhaps … Continue reading

Students as Questioners: What Do Writers Ask?

Students as Questioners: What Do Writers Ask?

A few weeks ago I wrote a series of posts about students as questioners, ending with posts on questions in particular disciplines: What do historians ask? How about scientists? Mathematicians? Then, I’ll admit, I got stuck. In each of the previous subject areas I considered the types of questions professionals asked when engaged in creative … Continue reading

Lisa Kristine: Where Art Meets Activism

Lisa Kristine: Where Art Meets Activism

This summer, at the Ann Arbor Art Fairs, I had the chance to see Lisa Kristine’s photography. To say it is stunning is to underestimate the impact. Lisa Kristine creates more than beautiful art. She inspires. The biography on her website states: Acclaimed humanitarian photographer Lisa Kristine creates more than images, she inspires change. A … Continue reading

Five Strategies to Start a Creative School Year

Five Strategies to Start a Creative School Year

Time speeds up in the summer. I’m sure of it. It seems I just finished teaching my early summer classes and declared my short sabbatical from blogging and “Whoosh,” school is beginning again. I’ve lived virtually my entire life on the academic calendar, where each September brings the chance for a new start. And each … Continue reading

Gone Fishing, Once Again

Gone Fishing, Once Again

Once more this year, I’m taking a break from blogging for part of the summer, this time from mid-July until early August. While I’m not doing anything nearly as exciting as last year’s trip to China,  I still hope to return in a few weeks with adventures and insights to share. After all, creativity requires … Continue reading