Why Grown-ups Still Need Fairy Tales

Why Grown-ups Still Need Fairy TalesFor as long as we have been able to stand upright and speak, we have told stories. They explained the mysteries of the world: birth, death, the seasons, day and night. They were the origins of human creativity, expressed in words but also in pictures...

Reading Classic Novels In An Era Of Climate Change

Reading Classic Novels In An Era Of Climate ChangeThere is a strange and troubled kind of intimacy between our own moment of climate change and 19th century Britain. It was there that a global, fossil fuel economy first took shape, through its coal-powered factories, railways, and steamships, which drove the emergence of modern consumer capitalism. The Conversation

How To Actually Beat Time By Slowing Down

How To Actually Beat Time by Slowing DownIt is hard to stop hurrying mentally toward the next task, fretting about something in the future, or ruminating over something that happened the day before. Even if we vow not to squander the next hour through inattention, it happens. We slip back into our thoughts and forget to be awake.

How To Embrace Your Vision and Allow It To Expand

How To Embrace Our Vision & Allow It To ExpandThe manner in which we approach our work is highly revealing and immediately evident to the sensitive viewer; our energies directly transfer into the work itself. Most of us yearn for a high order of integrity and caring from others in our lives. Do we not wish to embody this care, this quality, in ourselves and in our own way of working?

How To Tap Into Your Creative Resources

How To Tap Into Your Creative ResourcesIt has been argued that some people are creative and some are not. But I believe we are all creative; it's just that some people are more confident in using their creativity, and therefore they just appear to be more creative. The key to tapping into your creative resources is to...

6 Tips to Healing through Spontaneous Writing

6 Tips to Healing through Spontaneous WritingSpontaneous writing, a discipline of writing about traumatic events that is done quickly, without forethought or self-censorship, can bring up traumatic events from the past and trigger a healing journey. This approach has proven helpful especially for children of alcoholics...

5 Extraordinary Poems That Inspired Bob Dylan

5 Extraordinary Poems That Inspired Bob DylanPulitzer-Prize-winning poet Robert Lowell said that Bob Dylan wasn’t a poet because he “leaned on the crutch of his guitar”. The Nobel committee clearly disagree – they awarded him the Nobel Prize in Literature. Indeed, Dylan has leaned on poetry more than any other musician, before or since.

What's The Best Drama Machine Around? The Human Mind

Feeding The Human Mind: The Best Drama Machine AroundThe human mind: It’s the best drama machine around. It’s portable. It runs day and night. It requires only imagination to operate. It cranks out some of the best stories around. Just feed it a few tidbits of hearsay, half-truths, some emotional charge, some childhood memories (the more traumatic, the better), and voilà...

What Makes Things Funny?

What Makes Things Funny?As a researcher who investigates some of the potential side effects of humor, I spend a fair bit of time verifying the funniness of the jokes, photos and videos we present to participants in our studies.

The Myth Of The Disappearing Book

The Myth Of The Disappearing BookAfter years of sales growth, major publishers reported a fall in their e-book sales for the first time this year, introducing new doubts about the potential of e-books in the publishing industry.

How to Reduce Stress & Enhance Creativity

How to Reduce Stress & Enhance CreativityWhile meditations, exercise, and vacations all have the potential to reduce negative stress, if your relationships are lousy or you hate your work or your creativity is being stifled, you will remain stressed out. Your life choices, positive and negative, determine your wellbeing...

Are You On The Hero's Path?

Are You On The Hero's Path? by Sophie RoseHave you noticed that many children’s tales end with a victory of the heart? The hero, after following a tortuous path of struggles, dreams and hopes, always manages to fulfill their heart’s desire, while sometimes discovering it at the same time....

How Pop Music Is Embracing High Art

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From stadiums to galleries, the new frontier for today’s mega pop star is high art. Mass popularity has its charms – sales, world tours, legions of followers – but the legacy-conferring power of art is now the ultimate sign of one’s status within Western culture.

The Angel in the Tollbooth and the Art of Situational Comedy

The Angel in the Tollbooth and the Art of Situational Comedy Something happened the other day that highlighted why we do what we do, and why I love helping ordinary people find the extraordinary humor and playfulness in every day life. We've been traveling around the northeast for the past three weeks and one thing the northeast has is -- tolls. Now I can imagine that being a toll-taker takes its toll. Same old same old...

How Star Trek Almost Failed To Launch

How Star Trek Almost Failed To LaunchFifty years ago – on Sept. 8, 1966 – TV viewers were transfixed by the appearance on screen of a green-hued, pointy-eared alien called Spock. But beneath the makeup, actor Leonard Nimoy fretted that this would be the end of his promising career.

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