Are You Creative?

By Gilah Yelin Hirsch Everybody is creative. Each of us affirms our innate creativity many times a minute by choosing to take the next breath. While this may be an unconscious act, any move toward life is creative. Then, creativity lies in moving away from what we already know. The first step in the creative…

An Ode to Joy for Today

It was a surprise to find an antidote to our current dark divisiveness in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. I’d heard the music many times before but, last weekend, reading the program notes and then listening to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s performance (conducted by Marin Alsop) was truly enlightening. Beethoven had gone through a time of emotional…

Finding Your Creativity

Robin Ha wrote a New York Times best-selling book (COOK KOREAN!: A Comic Book With Recipes) after she discovered she could combine her skills as a professional artist with her enjoyment of making really good food. She learned a lot about herself and creativity along the way. It takes courage to be creative – and…

Let’s Share

By Gilah Yelin Hirsch I was at an 85th birthday party last Sunday and had three conversations with people who were each heading organizations that deal with ameliorating the situation for women (and children) in trauma and domestic abuse. I was shocked to learn that none knew what the others were doing. As I travel…

Junior Howell: Time and Its Value to Life’s Changes

As a child Jr. Howell had dreams of becoming an athlete, dreams that were ended by a car accident that left him wheelchair-bound.  He turned instead to art. This print, “Time and Its Value to Life’s Changes” is about his struggle to find his way in the difficult years after he was injured. He has…

Advice Worth Sharing and Julie North

TIME MAGAZINE is right to be proud of a new initiative for their digital audience. In February they announced Motto – a site for “advice worth sharing.” TIME said it wants to provide, “…content on how to live a richer, smarter, more meaningful life – how to negotiate a raise, how to manage your in-box,…