Pasquin’s Creative Drumming Transcends the Ordinary and Gets Him a Spot at Berklee

by Lynn S. Schwebach Sitting late one afternoon at a coffee shop with Northern Colorado drummer Jordan Pasquin, I asked him what inspires his passion for drumming. Without hesitation, he said creativity. I smiled. “That’s what I blog about,” I told Pasquin. He didn’t pause, continuing to discuss what drives his passion for drumming and …

Boulder is Bravely Creative

  Some cities have an identity crisis, but Boulder, Colorado is not one of those cities. Boulder’s idiosyncratic nature becomes immediately apparent walking down its main commercial shopping district, Pearl Street Mall. The cobblestone street showcases street performers, visually interesting storefronts and equally interesting people. You might see someone dressed as Luke Skywalker or Jack Sparrow, …

Strive to Be Creative

by Lynn Schwebach  When I hear people say they aren’t creative, I shudder. To me, it’s the equivalent of saying you don’t have any hemoglobin. It’s nonsense. Our culture has a way of dividing us when we’re young into categories: scientific or artistic, verbal or quiet, visual or nonvisual. These categories unfortunately lead to labels, …

Steve Jobs Creativity and Creative Process

  by Lynn S. Schwebach Few people have made such a dramatic impact on the world as Steve Jobs. His innovative products altered how we communicate, conduct business,  listen to music, design, and learn. Jobs earned and deserves the title “creative genius.” Like others in this lofty category  - Albert Einstein, Pablo Picasso, Igor Stravinsky …

Creative “Aha” Moments Arrive While Taking a Break

by Lynn S. Schwebach Problem solvers often describe having insights during unusual moments. Artists, scientists, computer programmers – probably every person regardless of occupation - has experienced this phenomenon. While away from work on vacation, walking the dog, running and sleeping our brains unconsciously go into overdrive. We might “think” we’ve stopped working on a …

Jennifer Egan’s Writing Process Defines Creativity

by Lynn S. Schwebach Author talks and readings bring together a curious crowd, and during those gatherings when it comes time for questions from the audience, one question always inevitably gets asked: “What is your writing process?" The audience—both readers and writers—want to know how authors work, how they take imaginative thoughts and ideas and …

Audrey Niffenegger: An Interview on Writing Books, Creating Art, and Teaching

by Lynn S. Schwebach When you discover an author who is also a visual artist, you’re on the path to uncovering the secrets of creativity. Someone who works in both artistic domains is defying those experts who say we are either “word” people or “image” people. Which happens to be the case with Audrey Niffenegger. …

Growing and Designing a Creative Community Garden in Chicago’s Logan Square

by Lynn S. Schwebach Sometimes when intentions are good and solutions for helping others and the world are the goals, creativity snowballs, breeding ideas that are truly innovative and unique. Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood has a corner – literally – on this type of creativity. The Altgeld Sawyer Corner Farm at 3240 W. Altgeld St., …

Reinventing Blue Island’s Lyric Theater

by Lynn S. Schwebach Looking back on her life, Amy Malysa observes a pattern: about every 10 years she reinvents herself – which she admits, on further reflection, is a way to continually express her creativity while giving back to those who have gone before. Sitting in the Mexican restaurant Tenochtitlan on Western Ave. in …

Become a Traveler Not a Tourist

by Lynn S. Schwebach Authors working at the start of the 20th century— Henry James, Edith Wharton, Somerset Maugham—traveled widely throughout the U.S. and Europe, often residing in different “summer” and “winter” locales. Many of these writers’ iconic characters did the same, which added to their complexity and interesting lifestyles. Creative individuals of all genres romanticize …