For Selling Online, Consult Handmade Seller!

by Lynn S. Schwebach As a creative internet seller, do you sometimes feel like Dorothy trying to get to Oz, relying on advice from scarecrows and tin men traveling the same road, realizing months into the journey that you aren’t any further along than when you first started? Worse yet, maybe you majored in marketing …

Don Henley Overturns Creativity Myth

by Lynn S. Schwebach A pernicious, low-level anxiety has settled like pond scum on my creative impulse, and it stems from growing up with the depressing axiom that creativity diminishes with age. Those front and center in middle age—namely baby boomers—heard the age and low- creativity toxin so many times that many of us took it as …

Sheila Dunn’s Authenticity on Life and Art—an Update

Back in 2012, I had the privilege of interviewing artist Sheila Dunn. I continue to follow Sheila because her paintings stir the spirit guiding me, the one called Ruach, the one that delivers divine inspiration. Here is the definition of this Hebrew word: Ruach is a Hebrew word meaning "wind" or "spirit." In its prophetic …

Improvisational Cooking—Elliott’s Spicy Mango Chicken

by Lynn S. Schwebach (with Elliott M. Schwebach) Creative cooking combines spices, veggies, fruits and meats into delectable edibles in a way that hasn’t been done before, in a way that makes people swoon—because they haven’t tasted anything like it, ever. This type of cooking leaves cookbooks on the shelf. My 23-year-old son, Elliott, is …

Imaginary Friends Change You and the World

by Lynn S. Schwebach The process of nurturing creativity does not require spending exorbitant sums on costly schools or programs, art lessons or trips to ashrams in India or elsewhere. Psychology experts now know that one of the most fundamental ways to foster creativity is having an imaginary friend. Imaginary friends are born when we …

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 …