David Foster Wallace: How to Create a Life of Meaning and Awareness

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***Personal Development Series: Wisdom for the Weekend***

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          David Foster Wallace’s writings offer some much-needed wisdom we need to explore every so often. In this essay Zat Rana offers some key ideas in Foster Wallace’s own words and reflections on their importance in our lives. Spend some time this weekend meditating on them in nature and find the refreshment that comes from a brief break from the everyday.

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Source: David Foster Wallace: How to Create a Life of Meaning and Awareness

 

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates the Wisdom of David Foster Wallace!

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Why the world needs a Metropolitan Compact | Citiscope

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***Weekend IdeaFest Series: The Emerging Metropolitan Leader***

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          In addition to the growing independence of cities in policy and practice, there is a strong movement toward metropolitan leadership in social and economic development and in grappling with common challenges. The new metropolitan governments in England are only one example of this. With many of the challenges similar across nations, collaboration and the formation of formal compacts is growing. Today’s post from Citiscope lays out some of the important arguments why this needs to continue to grow.

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Source: Why the world needs a Metropolitan Compact | Citiscope

 

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates Metropolitan Collaboration!

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A Declaration of Urban Independence – POLITICO Magazine

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***Weekend IdeaFest Series: The Rise of the City***

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          This critically important essay by the urban expert Richard Florida is a must-read for everyone. There is an emerging consensus that cities and metropolitan regions need to become leaders in finding solutions to the challenges facing communities everywhere. Where the nation-state is failing, the cities are the keys to bringing the power of action to benefit people. The recent events surrounding climate change offer a powerful example of the possibilities.

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Source: A Declaration of Urban Independence – POLITICO Magazine

 

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates the Emerging Power of Cities!

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Guest Blog: Dancing through life: Participation in a dance training program for community-based older adults with multiple medical comorbidities issues | Aging Matters

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***Arts in Health Series: Dancing and Creative Aging***

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          One of the important developments in arts therapy has been the emergence of dance as an important part of treatment for diseases such as Parkinson’s and for older people’s ability to strengthen their balance and avoid falls. Today’s post is a report from the Sheridan Centre for Elder Research in Canada on programs in dance offered for elders with mobility and other medical problems. Dance can be an important part of healthy aging!

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Source: Guest Blog: Dancing through life: Participation in a dance training program for community-based older adults with multiple medical comorbidities issues | Aging Matters

 

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates the Power of the Arts in Our Lives!

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Study Shows “Art From the Heart” Brings Nurse Satisfaction and Patient Wellbeing | UVM Medical Center Blog

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***Arts in Health Series: Art Therapy in Hospitals***

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          The integration of the arts into healthcare is one of the most important developments over the last decade or so. Today’s post describes briefly the results of  a study of the “Art From the Heart” program at the University of Vermont Medical Center. The program is an initiative of the Burlington City Arts organization in partnership with the medical school and the hospital.

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Source: Study Shows “Art From the Heart” Brings Nurse Satisfaction and Patient Wellbeing | UVM Medical Center Blog

 

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates the Art From the Heart Program in Burlington, Vermont!

 

 

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How Art Can Spring Community Development

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***The Arts in Communities: Springboard to Development***

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          All of the arts play essential roles in the social and economic development of communities. Today’s post tells the story of a fascinating project in the St. Paul Minnesota area carried out by “Springboard for the Arts,” one of my “Beacons of Hope” organizations. It was published in “Philanthropreneurship,” the blog of an organization I will be reporting on in a separate post.

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Source: How Art Can Spring Community Development

 

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates Springboard for the Arts in Minnesota!

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Including Music on the Playground

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***Play Is Essential Series: Music on the Playground***

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          This is an idea I absolutely love–put together the playground with music! This article from Play and Playgrounds shares ideas for including musical instruments in playgrounds, describes appropriate ones, and offers pictures of the instruments in playground settings. Think about including music in your local playground.

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The Creative Apothecary LOVES the Idea of Music in Playgrounds!

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Healing Communities Through Play™ Project | Play 4 ALL

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***Play Is Essential Series: Healing Communities Through Play***

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          Play4All is an extraordinary project working with communities across the country to develop and build inclusive playgrounds. It is also one of my “Beacons of Hope” organizations. Today’s post brings you the Impact section of their website, which tells the story of communities that have implemented their “Healing Communities Through Play” project. I suggest you read these inspiring stories and explore the full website. It may give you some ideas for your own community.

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Source: Levings Park in Rockford, IL Does a Healing Communities Through Play™ Project | Play 4 ALL

 

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates the Work of Play4All in Healing Communities!

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Paradigms are Made for Shifting | Creative by Nature

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***Ideas That  Matter Series: Our Ever-Changing World***

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          Paradigms are the way we model the world, shapes that at least for a time help us to make sense of it. I am a deep believer in systems–everything about and within us is a complex system in the process of continuing transformation. Today’s post is a long read by Christopher Chase and is well worth returning to again and again. The featured images are from the Story People series by artist Brian Andreas.

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Source: Paradigms are Made for Shifting | Creative by Nature

 

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates the Continuing Transformation of All Things!

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Child-Directed Play Blends Autistic Kids into Group | Psych Central News

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***Play Is Essential Series: Autism Inclusiveness***

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          All human development emerges from the interactions among playing, making, and knowing. Too often adults try to direct the play activities of young people. At San Francisco State University they are developing and studying “Integrated Play Groups” that foster the integration of autistic children with their peers in child-directed play activities. All children benefit from play that is self-directed and not determined by adults and this example demonstrates the importance of this to children on the autism spectrum as well.

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Source: Child-Directed Play Blends Autistic Kids into Group | Psych Central News

 

The Creative Apothecary Celebrates Child-Directed Play Everywhere!

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