Leah Lamb Tells Medicine Stories

Medicine stories by Leah Lamb

Wouldn’t It Be Great If You Could Rewrite, Reclaim and Recreate the Story of Your Life? This is the question posed by storyteller and activist Leah Lamb. She is launching a new old kind of storytelling project this week at www.medicinestories.com. According to the website, “A medicine story is a one-of-a-kind story designed to bring […] Read more »

3 Easy Steps to Reignite Your Creative Fire

3 Simple Steps to Reignite Your Creative Fire

Fighting the January “Back to Work Blues” I took some time off between Christmas and New Year, vacationing with family (fun!), and then friends came into town (more fun!), and the next thing I know, it’s Monday, Jan 7, 2013 at 1:10 PM. The holidays have worn out their welcome, and I have no more […] Read more »

Review of lost boy lost girl: a novel, by Peter Straub

A Metaphysical Circus review of lost boy lost girl: a novel, by Peter Straub

This novel, which won the Bram Stoker Award for Best Novel, is part murder mystery, part ghost story and part family drama, with an unexpected, transcendent ending. The story follows Tim Underhill, (a character from earlier novels by Straub), as he attempts to cope with a series of tragic, mysterious events afflicting the family of […] Read more »

Creative Thanks Giving, Reclaim Your Holiday

illustration of article by Melanie Lamaga Creative ThanksGiving, Reclaim Your Holiday

How is Creativity Like a Turkey? Thanksgiving, gratitude comes from feeling of abundance– that you have enough and some to spare. But American culture has always been about striving to improve ourselves, which too often devolves into a bottomless desire for more, more, more. It makes me wonder if Thanksgiving is really about gratitude, or […] Read more »

Traveling with Joy

Melanie Lamaga with Sequoias by Jose Angel Sanchez Pacheco

 Boost Creativity and Productivity through Bliss Last week I wrote about the book Get High Now (without drugs) and, somewhat coincidentally, this week I find myself blissed out to an extent I haven’t felt in quite a while, and as a result, my creativity is humming. I know it’s probably foolish to analyze this. The […] Read more »

Labor Day and The Pursuit of Happiness

The Pursuit of Happiness by Melanie Lamaga

Ahh, Labor Day, the day where we do as little as possible. Grilling food, drinking beer, playing frisbee, hanging out… Is that all we strive for the other 250-260 working days per year? As the decades pass, do we comfort ourselves with the vision of retirement, when presumably every day will be like Labor Day? […] Read more »

Create Your Creative Space

vintage smokey lady from graphicsfairy.web

Where Sexy Genius Meets Muse If you’re a writer or an artist, you probably have an office, studio or a favorite spot where you sit down and make magic. But if you don’t (or if your space is less than inspiring) it’s time to make some changes. Macho or girly, practical or romantic, hippie or […] Read more »

Commit to a Creative Hour of Power

Doll trees don't grow overnight, ya know.

A Simple Strategy for Getting Your Dream Project Done Many people have jobs and families and all the minutia of life to take care of before they can get around to working on their art or business idea. I don’t know about you, but most times if something isn’t in the top three of my […] Read more »

Attracting Abundance: Be Somebody!

Still from "The Jerk"

To Get a Different Result, Be a Different Person (plus disclaimer and 1970s movie references) This series has been about gaining greater control over your life through subtle shifts in attitude and perception. However, I don’t want to seem like I’m blowing sunshine where the sun don’t shine. So first, a disclaimer. My suggestions do […] Read more »

Your Creative Time: Wasted or Guarded?

Bonton Burlesque, vintage image, public domain

“I Want to Write, But Can’t Find Time!” This is a common sentiment. In fact, if there is one thing more plentiful than writers, it’s would-be writers. Nothing wrong with that, but sorry to say, it’s unlikely that Time is going to find you. Sure, you might get lucky and get laid off, but eventually […] Read more »