The Most Fun New Book About Creativity
The Creative License by Danny Gregory. Why do I love it? It makes creativity fun and practical and do-able. So many books on creativity (especially the ones you find on business blogs) are so inaccessible and so mental and so un-fun. This book is fun. If you are a seven on the enneagram, you’ll especially love it. (Ruth, this means you.)
The Best Christmas Gift
My nieces think I’m a big famous rock n’ roller. And I so love seeing my poster on their wall next to Hillary Duff that I just can’t find it in me to let them know that there’s a slight difference in our record sales numbers.
Anyway, I gave my niece Virginia a stuffed bear two years ago. She named it Clarence and it became her main bear. THE bear. And so last Christmas all she wanted was clothing for Clarence. (Apparently, stuffed bears aren’t comfortable in the buff in this new millennium.) I went all over the place trying to find clothing for a bear. I went to many craft places and got a whoppin’ headache from the Christmas-flavored-everything filling the air. I then wandered through TJ Maxx, stopping briefly to pick up a Buddha figurine and wondering how tacky it would be if I actually bought a Buddha at TJ Maxx.
But then Lo, the angel of the Lord appeared before me and told me about,
(Insert theme from “2001: A Space Odyssey” here.)
And at Build-A-Bear, I actually spent seventy dollars on clothing for a stuffed bear. I do not lie. First, I got Clarence the Pink Sherpa-Look Coat with Faux Fur and the matching Pink Sherpa-Look Boots. (My husband wanted me to get the army fatigues, but I didn’t. I figured any bear named Clarence who’s wearing a pink sherpa-look coat and matching pink boots, is probably not getting into the army any time soon, at least not with the current administration at the helm.) I also got Clarence some killer overalls for when he’s not out pimping in his pink coat. And boxer shorts. And summer pants. And a “Virginia is for Lovers” t-shirt.
It all came in a cardboard wardrobe with little cardboard hangers. And Virginia has spent many mornings this year getting Clarence dressed before school. Apparently, there is much dialogue involved in this process. My brother says it’s very cute. I am a proud aunt.
The Funniest Picture of my Dog
My dog sits in the front seat of my car and waits for me when I get groceries. When I get back to the car and put them in the back seat, this is how she watches me. I took this picture with my phone, and it never fails to crack me up.
The Coolest News Item in Years
I’ve never been on any kind of archaeological dig. And I’ve never done any kind of deep sea diving. The closest thing to diving I’ve ever experienced was when I was a kid. My doctor had this fish tank in his office with the shipwreck treasure chest in it. I was mesmerized by that treasure chest and spent many long daydreams in that tank pulling up that treasure chest. So, this little tidbit in the news has had me completely enraptured.
The Most Beautiful Christmas CD
Harry Belafonte’s To Wish You a Merry Christmas. Harry Belafonte’s voice is my favorite voice on the planet besides Don Williams. I love Harry Belafonte, and this album is just gorgeous.
The Most Surprising Discovery
I got a spam email today from God. And what I didn’t know before today is that God has a last name. Apparently, it’s “Washington.” The email was from God Washington. I had no idea what God’s last name was. I thought God was kind of like “Madonna” or “Sting.” I wonder if he was related to George.
The Hippest Independent Movie
My new agent mailed me a copy of a DVD called Independent America. What a great little documentary. I highly recommend it for all of you non-corporate folks. I am all for supporting local businesses. I don’t necessarily believe that a business should be supported strictly by virtue of the fact that it’s local. Service, value and vision must be high priorities. I’m lucky to live in a town that has so much of this local goodness to offer.
The Best Thing About Facilitating Retreats
The group of women from my October retreat have stayed together in a Yahoo Group. Everyday since the retreat, I get to read of money made, progress made, new job offers, support for health issues, getting rid of clutter, eliminating energy drains, and deep gratitude for their community. I am so honored to be a part of this and to have facilitated this group. And this isn’t an ego thing at all because they’re the ones who have taken what I taught and run hard with it! I’m inspired to see what changes each of us can bring about by taking small steps and facing fears. (The next retreat is for late February. I’ll be updating you on that soon!)