Category Archives: Art

Deborah Hill Cone: We should be boosting the arts in schools not bleeding them dry – NZ Herald

This I agree with. I’m listening to Lorde’s Pure Heroine and expecting to buy Melodrama today. Don’t tell me that studying arts is a waste of time. Supporting broad arts education as well as literacy and maths is critical and … Continue reading

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10 Learnings from 10 Years of Brain Pickings – Brain Pickings

I regularly enjoy and reflect on Maria Popova’s Brain Pickings.  She reviews all sorts or books and with helpful and useful comments.  Last night I watched the linked video:  it is magic.  It’s  a difficult time for me.  After years … Continue reading

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The Mother of all questions: Rebecca Solnit

Early in this collection of essays essayist Rebecca Solnit tells a story.  She was just off a plane, interviewed on television during a book tour.  Her interviewer, a man obsessed with her lack of children.  As she puts it, “Instead … Continue reading

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The Heroism of Being a Contrarian: Jacob Bronowski on the Essential Character Trait of the Creative Person – Brain Pickings

Jacob Bronowski is a hero of mine for his Ascent of Man television series.  He is one of the most democratic and broad thinkers I have read.  This article challenges me as I am too relaxed and not contrarian to … Continue reading

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Consumer culture is dead. Long live creators | Aeon Essays

This is a fascinating and useful essay which I read in “A Culture Reader for Writers.  Ed. John Mark.  2014).  I found the Aeon version later after I had written notes. The question is why does creative work help so … Continue reading

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Laura Mvula warns school cuts will leave music as preserve of the wealthy

This is a thoughtful piece from the Guardian by Laura Mvula on the need to continue supporting and encouraging a broad base of subjects in school.  Especially music. Those of you who know me will know, I play the guitar, … Continue reading

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Can creativity beat death? New study suggests creatives worry less about dying — ScienceDaily

I find this encouraging, especially at a time when, it seems to me, the forces of destruction are in ascendance.  Those of us who seek to build:  families, buildings, songs… anything; we fear death less.  My view has always been, … Continue reading

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Beauty has a dark side: Morbid curiosity explained — ScienceDaily

Everyone loves a good train wreak.  Eric G. Watson. This book, which I have not read looks fascinating; now on my reading list. I  view curiosity as one of my most important motivators.  Why else would I spend so much … Continue reading

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Cross Connect Magazine

Source: Cross Connect Magazine Follow the link to see more of these amazing artworks. Amazing.

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Benjamin Zander: The transformative power of classical music | TED Talk | TED.com

Music transforms lives.  Certainly music changed and is changing my life.  What about yours?  What ever age you are, begin. And humour, and fun!  

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