Not long ago I learned the term “punctuated equilibrium”. It’s a theory that originated in biology and spread to other fields. It refers to the notion that, rather than being gradual or incremental, change tends to occur in bursts after long periods of stasis. This is how we can have massive biological, cultural, or technological shifts like the Neolithic Era, the Renaissance, or the Industrial Revolution. They seemed like a massive upheaval at the time, and they were – but they were preceded by an undercurrent of energy bubbling away beneath the surface. That initial work wasn’t always visible, but it’s what made such massive leaps possible.[Read more…] about Trees Grow Down
A number of years ago I heard a first-time author speak about getting her book published. She was rejected 27 times before landing a contract. The 28th time was the charm.[Read more…] about The Three Forms of Pressure: 27 Bee Stings
Carol Phillips is a fine artist from the UK. Her artistic practice is based in Chaos Theory, harnessing the wind to create drawings that are pure energy. Although they are not meaning-based, they are certainly meaning-full, rich with emotion and poignancy. One of her most recent pieces, the second to last image below, is an emotional punch to the gut once you discover what its hieroglyphs actually mean.
I hope you enjoy her unique and powerful work and the story it tells.[Read more…] about Creative People: Carol Phillips
I’ve been watching events unfold in the Suez Canal with a sort of grim fascination. If you haven’t caught the news, a ridiculously large container ship is wedged across the canal sideways, blocking some 300 ships behind it and disrupting over 10 billion dollars in global industry. And, it’s probably the reason why plywood is now fifty bucks a sheet. (Call it a hunch.)[Read more…] about Stay Nimble
This past week I spent time with friend and photographer Karin McKenna. Not only is she an amazing artist, she’s a beautiful person. But I’ll spare ya’ll my girl crushing and focus on that first part. It was fascinating to get a glimpse inside someone else’s creative process – especially one that felt so very different from my own.[Read more…] about Moving In Millimeters