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Devin Townsend Is Synesthetic and I Have Questions

Devin Townsend, for those who aren’t aware of his work, is a musician of incredible talent and versatility. If you want a brief glimpse into his range, watch his EMGtv performance of the song “Kingdom.” Judging by the bazillion reaction videos to this video, you’re likely to be impressed and/or surprised. He is also prolific, having a discography of 30 albums to date listed on his website. He often creates double albums when heading into…

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Being a Creator in a World of Too Much Stuff

While I was at the Twin Cities Book Festival, I picked up a few books at the used book sale. “The Plenitude: Creativity, Innovation, and Making Stuff” by Rich Gold was one of those books. It’s a slim volume, so it only took a couple of days to read. It expressed in written form a number of ideas I’ve had about being a creator in a world of too much stuff. Rich Gold was an…

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Test Kitty

Testing, testing, 1,2,3. Here is our kitty, Stinky, the sweetest cat ever and the last cat standing in our household. We had 3 geriatric cats, a twenty year old, a fifteen year old, and Stinky, the 17 year old. Two have passed on in the past couple of years, hence the last cat standing. Why am I posting about our sweet kitty tonight? Because I finally have a smart phone and wanted to see how…

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Bring Focus to Your Organization

I work for a nonprofit and co-own a business with my husband. When it comes to either type of organization, there are always far more ideas than we can put into practice. It’s also easy to be sidetracked … taken down a path that isn’t particularly good for your organization. How do you pick the most appropriate path? How do you decide what to do among hundreds of competing good ideas? Here’s a tool I…

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What Took Us So Long?

Hubby and I are the proud owners of a new kitchen faucet. We weren’t supposed to be the proud owners of a new kitchen faucet, just a new sprayer. As with all home improvement projects, this took longer and was more expensive than we expected it to be. Except that we expected exactly this, which is why it has taken us years to tackle the sprayer that was going haywire on us, spraying us through…

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Spinning a Record

I’m having a day off from the world, doing whatever strikes my fancy without working through a To Do list. While the freedom of this is heavenly, it’s not always easy to decide how to spend my time without a list. (Ah, the life of an adult!) First I wrote a list of all the things that I find relaxing, mostly as a reminder to myself when I get stressed out, not as things I…

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Making Progress on My Little Free Library

I love the idea of the Little Free Library movement. Sharing books with others feels good. Putting them in a little “house” on your property that you can decorate as you like is fun. Finding Little Free Libraries and looking at the books inside is a joy. When I heard about and then visited some Little Free Libraries (mostly in the Twin Cities), I knew it was something I wanted to have. I mentioned my…

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A Drawing Exercise from College

Anita Mills, one of my college professors, posted this marvelous New York Times article about blind contour drawing on Facebook. I remember blind contour drawing well. The exercise has students, using charcoal and large pieces of newsprint paper, draw a subject without looking at the paper. The results are always laughable, but the exercise makes students see their subjects differently and frees them from trying to draw the “perfect” picture. This is what Sam Anderson,…

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Improving Your Writing

There are loads of books, blog posts, and web articles about ways to improve your writing. Google just returned 152 million results to the search query “how to improve your writing.” 743,927** of these online articles are listicles: 5 Simple Ways to Improve Your Writing – http://www.forbes.com/sites/dailymuse/2012/05/22/5-simple-ways-to-improve-your-writing/ 10 Quick Tips to Improve Your Writing – http://grammar.about.com/od/developingessays/a/quicktips.htm 21 Ways to Improve Your Writing – http://www.writingforward.com/better-writing/improve-your-writing 8 Simple Scientifically Proven Ways to Improve Your Writing – http://www.fastcompany.com/3023616/work-smart/8-simple-scientifically-proven-ways-to-improve-your-writing…

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Working in Secret

In case you haven’t heard, Sony Picture’s computer system has been hacked due to the imminent no longer imminent release of the new movie “The Interview,” which features a plot to assassinate North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un. With the hack attack, Snapchat’s emails were leaked, revealing strategic business maneuvers the company was making. Snapchat’s CEO Evan Spiegel was upset about the release of this sensitive information and he released a letter regarding how he felt. What’s…

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