Monthly Archives: December 2015

The Inner Light of Creativity: Vivian Gornick on How One Blossoms into Being an Artist – Brain Pickings

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We Are All Artists, We Just Need to Discover Our Own Artistic Way:

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The artist in each of us manifests in a thousand different ways–words, music, painting, sculpture, photographs, images, food, organizations, things, people, communities–the visible signs of the artist are endless. As we approach the new year, we must discover anew the artist within and promise to give it shape, to bring it to life, in the days ahead.

This meditation by Vivian Gornick and shared through Brain Pickings will light the way.

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“I experienced a joy then I knew nothing else would ever equal. Not an ‘I love you’ in the world could touch it.”

Source: The Inner Light of Creativity: Vivian Gornick on How One Blossoms into Being an Artist – Brain Pickings

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There’s No Age Limit On Rewiring Your Brain, Research Suggests – mindbodygreen.com

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Creative Aging for a New Year, Never Too Late:

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The great strength of science is that it continually shows us how little we know and opens up new possibilities. Over the last decade we have come to understand that the brain has powers we never knew about, the powers to change and grow in new directions at any age. For the New Year, seize this truth and master the possibilities it offers for your life. This is what Create & Be Well is all about.

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“Neuroplasticity is a constant feature of the very essence of human behavior.”   Sometimes called the founder of modern neuroscience, Santiago Ramón y Cajal stated, in 1928, that “in adult…”

Source: There’s No Age Limit On Rewiring Your Brain, Research Suggests – mindbodygreen.com

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How to Let Your Life Speak, Discern Your Purpose, and Define Your Own Success – Brain Pickings

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New Directions for 2016, Approaching the New Year:

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As the days of reflection move steadily towards the New Year, it is a time not so much for resolutions as for the mapping of new directions, the tracing out of possible new paths for our lives. This shared past from Brain Pickings helps us focus on shaping our own new worlds and the blessings these will bring to others.

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“What it takes to learn to listen to the timid wild animal that is the soul.”

Source: How to Let Your Life Speak, Discern Your Purpose, and Define Your Own Success – Brain Pickings

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Something Extraordinary Is Happening in the World, And Most People Haven’t Noticed | Gustavo Tanaka

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Reflections for the Coming Year:

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The week between Christmas and New Year is a good time for reflection on the past and moving towards the future. Create & Be Well has many exciting developments in its future as we head to the New Year. I will share them with you as the week passes and, as always, offer some thoughts from others for reflection and action. This essay by Gustavo Tanaka brings together many cogent perceptions about the changes going on in our world.

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“Most of us haven’t quite realized there is something extraordinary happening. Silently, people are being woken up and are realizing how crazy it is to live in this society. With the advent of the Internet, the small are no longer speechless. There is a voice.”

Source: Something Extraordinary Is Happening in the World, And Most People Haven’t Noticed | Gustavo Tanaka

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Opera Singer Turned Neuroscientist Uses Music as Medicine for Dementia, Autism, and More

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More on the Power of Music in Healing:

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We cannot share enough about the power of music in our lives. This is a constant theme in my research for my book in progress Shaping Lives, Transforming Communities: Creative Expression in the Dance of Life. Music’s power of creation, healing, and transformation will also be one of the early guides in my series Living Through Creativity: Resource Guides on the Arts and Wellness.

Today’s post shares the work of international opera star Linda Maguire, who also has degrees in neuroscience and gerontology from George Mason and Johns Hopkins universities. She and Jane Flinn, a neuroscientist at George Mason, have studied the impact of music on people with dementia. Their work joins a growing body of research that suggests we need to integrate music into medicine in more systematic and systemic ways.

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“Listening to the right music can benefit the brain.”

Source: Opera Singer Turned Neuroscientist Uses Music as Medicine for Dementia, Autism, and More

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High Praise For Wrexham Council Play Schemes in New Report – Wrexham.com Wrexham.com

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Play Is Crucial in Human Development, Good Examples from the UK:

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The philosophical foundations of my book in progress Shaping Lives, Transforming Communities: Creative Expression in the Dance of Life lie in the interactions among playing, making, and knowing. We cannot overestimate the importance of play for both children and adults. There is more awareness of this in Europe than here in the United States.

In Wales, as in other parts of the UK, local county boroughs support important initiatives in providing opportunities for play in their areas. This report offers an example of how local communities can support children in their need for the experiences of play.

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“Play services at Wrexham County Borough Council have been commended for their hard work and offerings – with open access plat schemes described as ‘exemplary’ in an upcoming report. In an upcoming Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW) report, play services across the county have been praised for their services and the work they […]”

Source: High Praise For Wrexham Council Play Schemes in New Report – Wrexham.com Wrexham.com

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Museums And Autism

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Another Possibility for the Arts and People with Autism:

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Courtesy of Iris Grace Paintings

 

The arts can be powerful tools in the lives of people with autism. As regular readers know, I follow the life and education of a young British painter who is autistic (the images in today’s post are all of Iris Grace and her work). MUSEUMS AND AUTISM is an excellent resource to learn about the UK’s Autism Charter and Connect to Autism as they encourage museums to make the experience of visiting them helpful to those on the autistic spectrum, both children and adults. We need something similar here in the United States.

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Arts Based Learning of STEM Works Says NSF Funded Research Firm | John M. Eger

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More Support for STEAM, Integrating the Arts into STEM:

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One of the recurring themes in my book in progress Shaping Lives, Transforming Communities: Creative Expression in the Dance of Life is that so many important ideas in our time occur at the intersection of the arts and sciences. Not only that, but the very notion that you can separate the arts, sciences, and technology from one another does not stand up in the light of the evidence.

With the new federal rules on education, the importance of the arts, finally, is beginning to recognized and supported. Today’s post offers insight and a clear view into research on the arts in the process of learning in the areas of science and technology.

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“At this point, the debate in America about art and science is coming to a conclusion : the disciplines very much need each other.”

Source: Arts Based Learning of STEM Works Says NSF Funded Research Firm | John M. Eger

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Science Says Your Classroom Needs More Dance Parties | TeacherPop

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Dance, Dance, Dance, We All Need Dance, Young and Old:

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Dance is good for you and great for the young people in your lives. Dance combines key elements: movement, rhythm, balance, creative expression. If music, necessary for dance, engages the whole brain, dance takes it a step further to the body-mind-brain connections.

Dr. Laura Chaddock-Heyman at the University of Illinois is a key research scientist looking at the impact of dance and other forms of movement and exercise on the development of children. This post, a share from Teacher Pop, a Teach for America resource, introduces us to the possibilities of dance in our classrooms through the experience of a TFA teacher.

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“Perhaps it’s the Ron Clark in me that loved a good classroom dance party during my time as a teacher and TFA corps member. On a bad day, happy day, or any day really, there was something therapeutic (for my students and for me!) about blasting the Kidz Bop version of some popular rap song and busting a move. Some of my happiest memories with my students are the moments we spent dancing…on our chairs, around the cafeteria, and occasionally, past the principal’s office. Dance parties were a big part of my classroom for a laundry list of reasons. They served as a powerful incentive for my students—and a free one, at that! They breathed life into my ELA block on rainy days. They improved my classroom culture. …”

Source: Science Says Your Classroom Needs More Dance Parties | TeacherPop

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Pursuing a Lifelong Dream in Midlife

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Creative Aging, Pursuing the Dream of Ballet at Any Age:

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It’s Never too Late! This is the mantra for all human development and creative growth. Today’s post tells the story of a woman who gave up ballet in her youth after being told she didn’t have the body of a ballerina. What she did at 55 and beyond is a lesson for us all. For the weekend, take this story of persistence and creativity to heart.

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“Lauren Kessler, author of ‘Raising the Barre,’ shares lessons she learned after deciding to pursue her dream of becoming a ballerina in midlife.”

Source: Pursuing a Lifelong Dream in Midlife

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