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The importance of community on ideas

May 3, 2016

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We know there are emotional, spiritual, and physical benefits to being in community, but we don’t always think about how ideas benefit from our network of friends. In this TED talk, Steven Johnson tells some fascinating stories about how discoveries are made (spoiler alert: they aren’t in isolation) and how a “liquid network” can keep […]

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Practicing Courage Every Day

May 2, 2016

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“You can’t test courage cautiously, so I ran hard and waved my arms hard, happy.” Annie Dillard I worked my way through college by giving summer swim lessons.  I loved this job because not only did I have a fabulous tan (note my wrinkles now!), but I was able to give kids a skill they […]

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When is efficiency a bad thing?

April 12, 2016

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I worked in a high rise building in Buckhead for 20 years and was pretty proud of myself for discovering half a dozen ways to get from my driveway to the office. I knew where traffic flowed well during certain times of the morning and also knew places to avoid. One day there was a […]

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3 Lifelong Learning Habits

February 11, 2016

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Some people will never learn anything, for this reason, because they understand everything too soon.  ~Alexander Pope A number of years ago I asked my daughter the standard, “what did you learn in school today?” question.  She thought about it a second and remembered: “Oh!  I learned all about  “digraphs” “Um – What?” I replied. […]

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Don’t Go With Idea #1

January 26, 2016

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I spend a good bit of time interacting with blank things. Blank pages. Blank whiteboards. Blank thoughts. I chalk it up to the “creative process,” and most of the time I enjoy filling up the blankness with ideas.  However, I’ve also noticed the strongest ideas are never what comes out first. In her book, The […]

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Another reason we need to welcome messes

January 21, 2016

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Would you rather hang out with three friends or two friends and a stranger? Is it more fun to read Helvetica font or Comic Sans? If you had to perform onstage, would you ever do so knowing your instrument would be out of tune? I don’t know any reasonable person who enjoys the awkwardness these […]

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Learn One New Thing

December 1, 2015

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“The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is comprehensible.” Albert Einstein In case you haven’t noticed, I collect new ideas. Just this week I learned it takes six months to make an episode of the The Simpsons, that the California town of “Cambria” starts with a sound like “Pam” and NOT in […]

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An expression of hope

September 23, 2015

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“A garden really lives only insofar as it is an expression of faith, the embodiment of a hope and a song of praise.” Russell Page We are just back from our first trip to Haiti, and I understand why so many people love that country. There are dozens of adventures I could share from our […]

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The Curse of Perfectionism

September 21, 2015

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“A good plan executed today is better than a perfect plan executed at some indefinite point in the future.” Gen. George Patton Mark Zuckerberg deservedly gets a lot of credit for establishing a “Done is better than perfect” mentality at Facebook.  The thought didn’t originate with him, it’s at least as old as General Patton […]

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5 Reasons to Make Mistakes with Confidence

September 16, 2015

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One time I was on a flight to New York from Atlanta, and there was a musician sitting behind me who was stopping traffic in the aisle.  I deduced he was a musician without turning around because a few brave souls were throwing quick compliments his way (all in the “love your music” vein).   The […]

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