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kaleidoscope eyes

Shake It UP!

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Are you locked into the same ol’/same ol’? Maybe it’s time to shake it up!

Creativity is a lot like looking at the world through a kaleidoscope. You look at a set of elements, the same ones everyone else sees, but then reassemble those floating bits and pieces into an enticing new possibility.

— Rosabeth Moss Kanter

Kaleidoscopes are some of my favorite toys – I have a modest little collection, nothing too special but very fun!  Some of them have “stuff” that gets re-scattered with every turn, one has fluids that move and change.  But the ones I like the very best are actually inexpensive plastic, [amazon-product text=”fist-sized toys with prism lenses” type=”text”]B003L8H6J6[/amazon-product] that refract the real world into crazy mixed-up images – with every turn, my world bends into hundreds of tiny daffy images – very cool!

Recently I heard about an “artist and Dad the second time round,” named Raghava KK and his new iPad app for Continue reading » Shake It UP!

frog in a pot 2

Figuring Out How to Make Things Better

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A fierce unrest seethes at the core, of all existing things: it was the eager wish to soar, that gave the gods their wings.

— Don Marquis

Over and over again, in the self-help literature, you read, “It’s all a matter of how you look at it.”  In other words, you can choose a viewpoint which could help you feel better.

While this may be good advice on the surface, it may be ignoring an underlying problem.  If over a long period of time you are finding it hard to accept your life as it is, it’s quite possible that Continue reading » Figuring Out How to Make Things Better

second Story

second Story

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Do you have a second story?

Do the one thing you think you cannot do.
Fail at it.
Try again.
Do better the second time.

— Oprah Winfrey

Before I got even a glimpse of Robb North’s intriguing Flickr photo – featured above – I saw its descriptive title, “second Story”, and that sent me off on a delightful mind-trip imagining all sorts of second stories ala Paul Harvey’s “the rest of the story”.  (You DO remember Paul Harvey, don’t you?  If not, here’s a link: Rest of the Story)

I was barreling down my convoluted contemplation of “seconds” when I Continue reading » second Story

New Growth

Blooming Where You’re Planted

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If we’re growing, we’re always going to be out of our comfort zone.

— John Maxwell

Sometimes, I send myself a “message in a bottle.”  I go to the local bookstore and I browse what’s new.  I grab a stack of books off the shelves, buy a cup of coffee at their café and rent the table while I go through the stack to see if there’s something I want.  Usually, I find that I want most of what I’ve found, so I make a list to read over time.  Then, sometime in the future, one at a time, I get the books I listed.  By the time I get back to the book I often don’t remember why I Continue reading » Blooming Where You’re Planted

Saint Pope John Paul II

I Believe in Miracles

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Miracles are natural. When they do not occur something has gone wrong.

— Anonymous

Look around you.  What miracles do you see?

Last week, as the Chilean miners were successfully being brought out of the mine, Roger Ebert blogged on the nature of miracles.  Mr. Ebert was raised a Catholic and was an altar boy in his day.  In his post, What Do You Mean by a Miracle?, he pushes back, HARD, on the idea that events like the rescue of the miners are miracles.  Because he was so well-educated by the nuns, Ebert gives us the Catholic definition of a miracle as an event that stands outside the laws of nature and occurs for one reason – to reveal and demonstrate the glory of God.

Now if you’re Catholic, you know that they use this definition in the literal sense.  One of the problems with this idea, as Arthur C. Clarke points out, is that “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from Continue reading » I Believe in Miracles