Category Archives: creative

Creative Bug

“Everyone is born creative; everyone is given a box of crayons in kindergarten. Then when you hit puberty they take the crayons away and replace them with dry, uninspiring books on algebra, history, etc. Being suddenly hit years later with
the ‘creative bug’ is just a wee voice telling you, ‘I’d like my crayons back, please.”   –  Hugh MacLeod

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Tuesday

Charlie, our new family member is a rescued Brussels-Griffon-Havanese
Charlie, our new family member is a rescued Brussels-Griffon-Havanese

tues·day
/ˈt(y)o͞ozˌdā/
Noun
The day of the week following Monday and right before Wednesday.

I’ve always felt that Tuesdays are the laid-back day of the week. Can’t tell you why.

Tuesday use to be the slowest day in retail. Not sure if that still stands.

Manic Mondays must cause Toned Down Tuesdays 🙂

Lovin’ Tuesday.

Leap Already and the Net Will Appear

How to be more creative
If you’re gonna do it … do it. If you’re not then don’t.

Cleaning out the studio and found the great book by Mary-Elaine Jacobsen, Psy.D called The Gifted Adult. 

I was flipping through the lessons of becoming an Everyday Genius and I immediately received an email about the very same book.

Coincidence? I think not!

Whether you check out the book or not, it doesn’t matter. What matters is that it might be the book you want to write, or the business you want to build, or the blog you want to start, or the art you want to create.

Whatever it is, ask yourself the question: Am I willing to work hard to bring that ideal vision to life?

HARD WORK being the operative word(s). That means reading the directions all the way through and working through the roadblocks that weren’t in your original vision. Probably because you didn’t have a plan in the first place … you just saw a cool ending. (deep thoughts … from personal experience with Mara) Think it all the way through, before you throw money at it.

“There is surely no point in being a person of vision unless we have the will to act. Daydreams and inklings about taking our personal mission seriously must be translated into action or be lost in the dust of “could have but didn’t.”” ~ Mary-Elaine Jacobsen, Psy.D. from The Gifted Adult

Could have. Should have. Would have.

– Leap Already and the Net Will Appear or don’t 🙂

The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover is yourself. – Alan Alda

Happy
Happy, Happy!

Prayer for blog post inspiration granted.

email ideas
Creative minds have always been known to survive any kind of bad training. ~Anna Freud

BLOG POST REWIND  2010 …

The intense wave of blog post guilt was almost at the breaking point and the day was slipping by.

Just knowing that I couldn’t come up with anything creative, witty, or mildly interesting made me realize that I had hit the proverbial blog wall.

Maybe a banana split will help.

Putting it out there I knew that my prayers would somehow be answered and what a blessing, for my waistline, that they were within moments of my request.

The email angel not only sent me a great post … but one that describes OUR creative life every single day.

Special thanks to Angel Alice for sending it to Rob…not me…but that will have to be discussed!

P.S. This Law of Attraction stuff really works!

The story goes…

Subject: Lost Cat

Thought you might enjoy this as it describes me as an artist. How about you?

Story goes: Shannon (the secretary) has lost her cat  and has asked David (the graphic designer) to help with a poster to help her find her lost cat.

This is their email correspondence… Read from top to bottom….

lost kitty
Missy

From: Shannon  Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010  9.15am
To: David  Thorne
Subject: Poster

Hi, I opened the screen door yesterday and my cat got out and has been missing  since then so I was wondering if  you are not to busy you could make a poster for me. It has to be A4 and I will photocopy it and put it around my suburb this afternoon.

This is the only  photo of her I have she answers to the name Missy and is black and white and about 8 months old.  Missing on Harper street and my phone  number.
Thanks Shan.

From David   Thorne
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 9.26am
To: Shannon   Walkley
Subject: Re: Poster

Dear Shannon,
That is shocking  news.
Although I have two clients expecting completed work this afternoon, I will, of course, drop everything and do whatever it  takes to facilitate the speedy return of Missy.
Regards, David.

From:  Shannon Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010  9.37am
To: David  Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Poster

Yeah okay, thanks. I know you don’t like cats but I am really worried about mine.  I have to leave at 1pm  today.

From: David Thorne
Date:  Monday 21 June 2010  10.17am
To: Shannon Walkley
Subject: Re: Re:  Re: Poster

animal sheltersDear  Shannon,
I never said I don’t like cats.  Attached poster as requested.
Regards, David.

From: Shannon  Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010  10.24am
To: David  Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Poster

yeah, that’s not what I  was looking for at all. it looks like a movie and how come the photo of Missy is so small?

From: David Thorne
Date:  Monday 21  June 2010 10.28am
To: Shannon Walkley
Subject: Re: Re: Re:  Re:  Poster

Dear Shannon,
It’s a design thing. The cat is lost in the negative space.
Regards, David.

From: Shannon   Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 10.33am
To: David   Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Poster

That’s just  stupid.  Can you do it properly please? I am extremely emotional over this and was up all night in tears. you seem to think it is funny. Can you make the  photo bigger please and fix the text and do it in color please.  Thanks.

From: David Thorne
Date: Monday 21 June 2010   10.46am

To: Shannon Walkley
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:  Re:  Poster

looking for lost catDear Shannon,
Having worked with designers for a  few  years now, I would have assumed you understood, despite our vague   suggestions otherwise, we do not welcome constructive criticism. I  won’t come downstairs and tell you how to send text messages, log into Facebook and look out of the window. I have amended and attached the poster as per your instructions.
Regards, David.

From: Shannon  Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010  10.59am
To: David  Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:  Poster

This is worse than the other one. Can you make it so it  shows the whole photo of Missy and delete the stupid text that says missing Missy off it? I  just want it to say Lost.

From: David  Thorne
Date:  Monday 21 June 2010 11.14am
To: Shannon  Walkley
Subject: Re: Re:  Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Poster

lost catFrom: Shannon  Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010  11.21am
To: David  Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:  Re:  Poster

yeah can you do the poster or not? I just want a photo and the word lost and the telephone number and when and where she was  lost and her name. Not like a movie poster or anything stupid. I have  to leave early today. If it was your cat I would help you.  Thanks.

From:  David Thorne
Date: Monday 21 June 2010  11.32am
To: Shannon  Walkley
Subject: Awww

Dear  Shannon,
I don’t have a cat. I  once agreed to look after a friend’s  cat for a week but after he dropped  it off at my apartment and  explained the concept of kitty litter. I have attached the amended version of your poster as per your detailed  instructions.
Regards,  David.

lost catFrom: Shannon  Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010  11.47am
To: David  Thorne
Subject: Re: Awww

Thats not my cat. where did you get  that picture from? That cat is orange. I gave you a photo of my  cat.

From: David Thorne
Date: Monday 21 June 2010   11.58am
To: Shannon Walkley
Subject: Re: Re: Awww

I know,  but that one is cute. As Missy has quite possibly met any one of  several violent ends, it is possible you might get a better cat out of  this. If  anybody calls and says “I haven’t seen your orange cat but I  did find a  black and white one with its hind legs run over by a car,  do you want it?”  you can politely decline and save yourself a costly  veterinarian  bill.
Regards, David.

From: Shannon  Walkley
Date: Monday 21  June 2010 12.07pm
To: David  Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re:  Awww

Please just use the photo I  gave you.

From: David  Thorne
Date: Monday 21 June 2010  12.22pm
catTo: Shannon  Walkley
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re:  Awww

From: Shannon  Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010  12.34pm
To: David  Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Awww

I  didn’t say there  was a reward. I don’t have $2000 dollars. What did you even put that there for? Apart from that it is perfect can you please remove the reward bit. Thanks Shan.

From: David Thorne
Date: Monday   21 June 2010 12.42pm
To: Shannon Walkley
Subject: Re: Re: Re:  Re:  Re: Re: Awww

From: Shannon  Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010  12.51pm
catTo: David  Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:  Awww

Can you  just please take the reward bit off altogether? I have to leave in ten  minutes and I still have to make photocopies of  it.

From:  David Thorne
Date: Monday 21 June 2010  12.56pm
To: Shannon  Walkley
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:  Awww

lost cat

From: Shannon  Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010  1.03pm
To: David  Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:   Awww

Fine. That will have to do.

More Than Slightly aMused

Sigmund Freud
The aim of psychoanalysis is to relieve people of their neurotic unhappiness so that they can be normally unhappy. ~Sigmund Freud, attributed

Going through blog archives and realized how proud and grateful I am.

So many life experiences, over the last 3 years, and I’m still here to talk about it.

Seems that I have conquered the final hurdle of wondering whether people like me or not.

You either do or you don’t.

If sharing my journey alters your choice to buy what I’m selling, we should both be grateful.

I’m just a girl sharing random thoughts.

I have my health, kids, a home, a dog, a job, lists, people that love me and people that don’t.

Decided that my favorite part of blogging is having the journal I always claimed I would keep.

Turns out that it’s really cheap therapy.

A Blank Canvas

blank canvas
“The world is but a canvas to the imagination.” — Henry David Thoreau

It doesn’t matter if you’re staring at the beginning of a grocery list, work/school related report, Facebook/Twitter status, pending art project, or an empty room with four white walls.

It’s blank.

It’s a canvas.

Your brain still has to conjure up a creative list of ideas, tools and motions that are needed to fill the canvas. 

I guess the excuse that I keep hearing from people … “I’m really not that creative” … seems a little silly … doesn’t it?

59 Days 1416 Hours 84,960 Minutes

Today marks the 59th day of the New Year.

creativity quotesAccording to my calculations, over the last 59 days …. with a day job, a restful night sleep, a 30 minute daily walk, play time, chores and errands that would leave you with a minimum of 350 hours of time to create something.  Math never being my strong suit, give or take an hour or two:)

Just saying.

Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. -Ferris Bueller

Promised To Post A Project

Taking a u-turn
Taking a U-Turn

Instead, I’m going to finish the things on my list and we can talk about it in the morning.

Don’t you just love Fridays?!

I do.

Have a good one;)

Prayer for blog post inspiration granted.

email ideas
Creative minds have always been known to survive any kind of bad training. ~Anna Freud

As the day was slipping by, the intense waves of blog post guilt was almost at the breaking point.

According to one of my lists, that made my blog post 2 days late.

It’s just knowing that I couldn’t come up with anything creative, witty, or mildly interesting that made me realize that I had hit the wall. Maybe a banana split will help.

Putting it out there I knew that my prayers would somehow be answered and what a blessing, for my waistline, that they were within moments of my request.

The email angel not only sent me a great post … but one that describes OUR creative life every single day.

It’s really okay, if you don’t understand creative folk. You’ll be just fine.

Special thanks to Angel Alice for sending it to Rob…not me…but that will have to be discussed!

P.S. This Law of Attraction stuff really works!

The story goes…

Subject: Lost Cat

Thought you might enjoy this as it describes me as an artist. How about you?

Story goes: Shannon (the secretary) has lost her cat  and has asked David (the graphic designer) to help with a poster to help her find her lost cat.

This is their email correspondence… Read from top to bottom….

lost kitty
Missy

From: Shannon  Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010  9.15am
To: David  Thorne
Subject: Poster

Hi, I opened the screen door yesterday and my cat got out and has been missing  since then so I was wondering if  you are not to busy you could make a poster for me. It has to be A4 and I will photocopy it and put it around my suburb this afternoon.

This is the only  photo of her I have she answers to the name Missy and is black and white and about 8 months old.  Missing on Harper street and my phone  number.
Thanks Shan.

From David   Thorne
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 9.26am
To: Shannon   Walkley
Subject: Re: Poster

Dear Shannon,
That is shocking  news.
Although I have two clients expecting completed work this afternoon, I will, of course, drop everything and do whatever it  takes to facilitate the speedy return of Missy.
Regards, David.

From:  Shannon Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010  9.37am
To: David  Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Poster

Yeah okay, thanks. I know you don’t like cats but I am really worried about mine.  I have to leave at 1pm  today.

From: David Thorne
Date:  Monday 21 June 2010  10.17am
To: Shannon Walkley
Subject: Re: Re:  Re: Poster

animal sheltersDear  Shannon,
I never said I don’t like cats.  Attached poster as requested.
Regards, David.

From: Shannon  Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010  10.24am
To: David  Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Poster

yeah, that’s not what I  was looking for at all. it looks like a movie and how come the photo of Missy is so small?

From: David Thorne
Date:  Monday 21  June 2010 10.28am
To: Shannon Walkley
Subject: Re: Re: Re:  Re:  Poster

Dear Shannon,
It’s a design thing. The cat is lost in the negative space.
Regards, David.

From: Shannon   Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010 10.33am
To: David   Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Poster

That’s just  stupid.  Can you do it properly please? I am extremely emotional over this and was up all night in tears. you seem to think it is funny. Can you make the  photo bigger please and fix the text and do it in color please.  Thanks.

From: David Thorne
Date: Monday 21 June 2010   10.46am

To: Shannon Walkley
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:  Re:  Poster

looking for lost catDear Shannon,
Having worked with designers for a  few  years now, I would have assumed you understood, despite our vague   suggestions otherwise, we do not welcome constructive criticism. I  on’t come downstairs and tell you how to send text messages, log onto  Facebook and look out of the window. I have amended and attached the poster as per your instructions.
Regards, David.

From: Shannon  Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010  10.59am
To: David  Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:  Poster

This is worse than the other one. Can you make it so it  shows the whole photo of Missy and delete the stupid text that says missing Missy off it? I  just want it to say Lost.

From: David  Thorne
Date:  Monday 21 June 2010 11.14am
To: Shannon  Walkley
Subject: Re: Re:  Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Poster

lost catFrom: Shannon  Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010  11.21am
To: David  Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:  Re:  Poster

yeah can you do the poster or not? I just want a photo and the word lost and the telephone number and when and where she was  lost and her name. Not like a movie poster or anything stupid. I have  to leave early today. If it was your cat I would help you.  Thanks.

From:  David Thorne
Date: Monday 21 June 2010  11.32am
To: Shannon  Walkley
Subject: Awww

Dear  Shannon,
I don’t have a cat. I  once agreed to look after a friend’s  cat for a week but after he dropped  it off at my apartment and  explained the concept of kitty litter. I have attached the amended version of your poster as per your detailed  instructions.
Regards,  David.

lost catFrom: Shannon  Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010  11.47am
To: David  Thorne
Subject: Re: Awww

Thats not my cat. where did you get  that picture from? That cat is orange. I gave you a photo of my  cat.

From: David Thorne
Date: Monday 21 June 2010   11.58am
To: Shannon Walkley
Subject: Re: Re: Awww

I know,  but that one is cute. As Missy has quite possibly met any one of  several violent ends, it is possible you might get a better cat out of  this. If  anybody calls and says “I haven’t seen your orange cat but I  did find a  black and white one with its hind legs run over by a car,  do you want it?”  you can politely decline and save yourself a costly  veterinarian  bill.
Regards, David.

From: Shannon  Walkley
Date: Monday 21  June 2010 12.07pm
To: David  Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re:  Awww

Please just use the photo I  gave you.

From: David  Thorne
Date: Monday 21 June 2010  12.22pm
catTo: Shannon  Walkley
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re:  Awww

From: Shannon  Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010  12.34pm
To: David  Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Awww

I  didnt say there  was a reward. I don’t have $2000 dollars. What did you even put that there for? Apart from that it is perfect can you please remove the reward bit. Thanks Shan.

From: David Thorne
Date: Monday   21 June 2010 12.42pm
To: Shannon Walkley
Subject: Re: Re: Re:  Re:  Re: Re: Awww

From: Shannon  Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010  12.51pm
catTo: David  Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:  Awww

Can you  just please take the reward bit off altogether? I have to leave in ten  minutes and I still have to make photocopies of  it.

From:  David Thorne
Date: Monday 21 June 2010  12.56pm
To: Shannon  Walkley
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:  Awww

lost cat

From: Shannon  Walkley
Date: Monday 21 June 2010  1.03pm
To: David  Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:   Awww

Fine. That will have to do.

Launching your creative life…

circular file
Ideas are like wandering sons. They show up when you least expect them. ~Bern Williams

In a wonderful  book entitled Creative Authenticity, artist Ian Roberts argues that at some point you just have to jump in, fears and all. There is something courageous about it. The really tricky part is finding what you want to say.

“Ultimately, it doesn’t matter to the world whether you paint, dance or write,” says Roberts. “The world will probably get by without the product of your efforts. But that’s not the point. The point is what the inner process of following your creative impulses will do to you. It is clearly about process. Love the work, love the process.

Robert’s principles essential for creative authenticity:

  • Searching for beauty. Beauty is something that seizes your attention, stops you in your tracks, silences you. It can be the way light filters through the trees in your backyard or the magnificence of a fifteenth century Italian painting. The subject is irrelevant; it is only a vehicle for your attention, to engage the intensity of your feelings. That intensity is what viewers ultimately respond to.
  • Communication. Creativity fundamentally involves expressive power; it is the catching of the “gleams of light” that flash across our mind and forming that vision into something.
  • Your home turf. It could be a garden. Or a studio. But you need a creative home base that always stays open for your arrival and bestows on you a readiness to begin your work.
  • The Van Gogh syndrome. Don’t buy into the myth that creativity is the province of tortured geniuses.
  • Your craft, your voice. Practice, practice, practice your craft. It gives you fluency in the creative process and in technique. It’s technique that gives life to your creative ideas. Learning your craft opens the channel for your voice to flow.
  • Showing up. “Nothing determines your creative life more than doing it,” says Roberts.
  • The dance of avoidance. Starting is always a psychologically messy process, because there are no rules surrounding what you want to do. Setting up a dedicated space for the practice of your craft helps you shift gears directly into your creative process.
  • Full-time or part-time. You can’t expect to fly consistently at a high level of inspiration.
  • Follow something along. If you are going to say something authentic, you need to stick with an idea for a while, an idea that has personal resonance.
  • Wagon train and scout. Creativity involves the interplay between where you are and where you see yourself going to keep your expression growing. Always be on the lookout for new paths, and observe how others solve the problems you face.
  • Working method. Creativity is in the process, not in the finished results.
  • Limits yield intensity. Unrestrained freedom is a myth, and it’s not productive.
  • Being ready to show. Don’t spend your time marketing your creations. If you spend it creating, you are investing your work with the authenticity that will draw others to your efforts..
  • You are more than creative enough. The question is not whether you are creative enough but whether you will free yourself to express it.
  • Finding poetry in the everyday. Develop the power to see the ordinary as poetic.
  • Holding the big picture. Always keep a sense of the whole. That commits you to making the moves that will ultimately represent what you see.

“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.- Shunryo Suzuki-Roshi

Leap and the net will appear!

How to be more creative
Don't let people drive you crazy when you know it's in walking distance.

Do you have any great ideas?
Any driving missions you feel called to bring to the world?

I bet you do!

I just finished reading a great book by Mary-Elaine Jacobsen, Psy.D called The Gifted Adult and as I was absorbing the lessons of becoming an Everyday Genius, I received an email talking about the very same book. Coincidence? I think not!

Whether you check into reading this book or not, it doesn’t matter. What matters is that it might be the book you know you need to write, or the business you want to build, or the blog you want to start, or the amazing family you want to create.

Whatever it is, ask yourself the question: Am I willing to work hard to bring that ideal vision to life?

“There is surely no point in being a person of vision unless we have the will to act. Daydreams and inklings about taking our personal mission seriously must be translated into action or be lost in the dust of “could have but didn’t.”” ~ Mary-Elaine Jacobsen, Psy.D. from The Gifted Adult

The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you’ll discover will be wonderful.What you’ll discover is yourself. – Alan Alda

Creation of thought.

circular file
Ideas are like wandering sons. They show up when you least expect them. ~Bern Williams

Wouldn’t you be more apt to share your creative ideas, if you didn’t have to worry about negative reaction? Nothing squashes creativity more than having a co-worker ridicule your idea or worse yet … steal your thought and call it their own.

Collaborative brainstorming can be extremely intimating in certain corporate settings and don’t even get me started about the number of meetings it takes to just get an idea started. Been there, done that … it was painful and frustrating.

While researching how the new world is fighting to creatively collaborate, I ran across an article of interest…The 23 Reasons Why Nothing Happens After a Brainstorming Session. Bet we could all add a little something to the list.

It’s truly an art to be able to bring a creative idea to life. We’re very blessed with a job that allows us the freedom to create our thoughts, from start to finish. Sure we’ve had our ideas pilfered, but hey, isn’t that suppose to be a compliment? I suppose it depends on how evolved you are.

laughing at
"loving, teasing affection." ~ Julie Andrews

Our situation is a very creative “safe place”. There are no stupid ideas. There may be laughter, and at times ridicule, but it’s all in good fun. Many of the really clunky ideas take us on a path that will give us the final creation. You just never know.

So, what’s the difference between a creative person or a creative producer?

Creative people think of a million great ideas and leave them there to turn into a should have. Creative producers create the idea and take the action road needed to bring the idea to life.

Trust me, bringing creative ideas to life takes hard work, courage and stamina. It doesn’t happen overnight. You have to dig deep to keep telling yourself that your hard work and patience will ultimately bring your ideal vision to life.  Simply put, you can’t give up on it, you have to push progress forward.

Contrary to popular belief, the number one obstacle for creative producers is self doubt. In fact, no matter how confident they may look on the outside, research shows that other people nearly always think more highly of them than they do of themselves. Indeed, they are their own worst critics.

So what does that make you?

Mystery of the comma, unsolved.

grammar rulesI have spent most of the day putting in a comma and the rest of the day taking it out. — Oscar Wilde

How can something so little make you feel so stupid?

It’s just a punctuation mark. It separates things.

I don’t seem to have a problem with the rules of the apostrophe, quotation mark and period.

My misuse of this powerful little symbol has been known to keep me from clicking the publish button. When I finally do, I can intuitively hear some of the grumbling out there. Have chosen to ignore it and embrace those of you that don’t grade my paper.

I bless the day of Twitter when the series of … (3) periods came into view. When in doubt…it’s a beautiful thing!

Working with copy editors, the last year, has given me a new appreciation for those brilliant souls that have absorbed the 21 (the number rule in grammar states that you should use numerals for numbers greater than nine.) punctuation rules of the comma.

I was somewhat surprised to see, in the second edit, that my punctuation wasn’t as bad as I thought. It gave me a warm feeling to know that my extensive knowledge of at least three of the rules of the comma would suffice and Word would find the rest.

So with that in mind, I have decided that instead of taking the time to memorize the remaining rules, I will try to commit to creating my documents in Word to take some of the pressure off.

If you want to test your “Rules of English” knowledge…check out The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation by Jane Straus. Truly the best online resource, (there may be a comma there) I have found for grammar and punctuation.

And what does a comma do, a comma does nothing but make easy a thing that if you like it enough is easy enough without the comma.  — Gertrude Stein from Lectures in America

Humor in advertising.

Looks like Nike is taking a more humorous approach.

Good move on their part, humor heals!

Kudos to them for breaking the mold from touting the world’s greatest athletes to extracting their super hero air quality.

I wonder if this will prove to be a successful ad campaign, to people with foot odor problems?  Hopefully they brush and floss, before the air is removed:)


You can tell the ideals of a nation by its advertisements.

~Norman Douglas