Monthly Archives: December 2016

For the New Year: A Look At The IMAX Documentary Roving Mars : 13.7: Cosmos And Culture : NPR

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What Red Planet Will You Explore in 2017? Happy New Year!

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          All my good wishes come to you for a healthy, happy, and adventure-filled New Year. Enjoy this clip from the Roving Mars film and find your red planet to explore for the New Year!

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“As the year ends, it’s worth viewing this clip from the film Roving Mars in an effort to start the new year with hope and optimism for what we can accomplish as we work together, says Marcelo Gleiser.”

Source: A Look At The IMAX Documentary Roving Mars : 13.7: Cosmos And Culture : NPR

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The Creative Apothecary Wishes You the Best of New Years!

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The Swan and the Blue Sail: Patti Smith on the Creative Impulse and the Childhood Epiphany in Which She Knew She Was an Artist – Brain Pickings

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Celebrating a Birthday and a Life of Creatiivty:

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          Brain Pickings offers us a wonderful last day of the year essay in this story of Patti Smith and how she discovered the wellsprings of her own creativity. It includes Maria Popova’s musings on Patti, as well as two audios of the artist reading from her memoirs. The image of the swan and the blue sail is a painting for the imagination. Today is a good day for thinking about how you discovered the sources of your own creativity, a meditation for the end of one year and the start of the new.

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“I felt a twinge, a curious yearning, imperceptible to passersby, my mother, the trees, or the clouds.”

Source: The Swan and the Blue Sail: Patti Smith on the Creative Impulse and the Childhood Epiphany in Which She Knew She Was an Artist – Brain Pickings

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates the Life and Work of Patti Smith!

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It’s Not Too Late to Make Your Childhood Dreams Come True

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Celebrating the Possibilities for 2017, A Story to Encourage Us:

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           No matter what your dream may be, it is never too late to do something about it. Take courage from Peter’s story in this essay from Next Avenue’s Artful Aging Series. What is your dream that you will make happen in 2017? Do It!

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How pursuing the passion he left behind in his youth helped one man overcome depression…”

Source: It’s Not Too Late to Make Your Childhood Dreams Come True

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates the Possibilities in All of Us!

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News | Barefoot Artists, An International Beacon of Hope

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Making A Difference Around the World, Lily Yeh and Barefoot Artists:

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          Lily Yeh and her Barefoot Artists organization have been bringing the hope and joy of artistic creativity to communities around the world for many years. I am featuring them as an International Beacon of Hope in a resource guide in my Living Through Creativity series. Today’s post brings you directly to a section of their website that introduces you to several of their projects. Celebrate the New Year with artists who are making the world a better place for all of us.

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“Recognizing that creativity and beauty are powerful means to bring on healing and change, Barefoot Artists works with poor communities around the globe practicing the arts to bring healing, self-empowerment and social change.”

Source: News | Barefoot Artists

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates the Work of Lily Yeh and Barefoot Artists!

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Anthony Hopkins hears the waltz he wrote 50 years ago for the first time.

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And the Waltz Goes On, Happy Birthday Sir Anthony Hopkins:

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          This is a wonderful video of Sir Anthony Hopkins hearing this waltz he wrote for the first time. Watching and listening to this is the perfect way to lift your spirits in joy on this last day of the year! Be the music! Happy Birthday, Sir Anthony.

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“Academy Award-winning actor Sir Anthony Hopkins hears a waltz piece he wrote 50 years ago for the first time called “And The Waltz Goes On”. Played by Dutch violinist Andre Rieu and his Johann Strauss Orchestra, Rieu named one of his albums after the song.”

Source: Anthony Hopkins hears the waltz he wrote 50 years ago for the first time.

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates the Life and Work of Sir Anthony Hopkins!

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New Education Directions in Finland: Phenomenal education

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Transforming Education for the 21st Century, It Can Be Done:

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          It is no secret that I believe our educational systems are fatally flawed in their philosophy, design, and practice. There are some exceptions–Montessori schools, home schools that are based in a sound understanding of how children grow and develop, the efforts of small nations such as Finland. Today’s post introduces “Phenomenal Education,” due to be implemented in Finland in the coming year. First, I hate the designation “phenomenal”–it reeks of university and elitism. Having said that, I think the approach is a sound one, if it is well implemented and teachers have the needed preparation. It will require nothing less than a total revolution in educator preparation. I will be following this venture closely as it moves forward.

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“Phenomenal education – phenomenon based learning in Finland…”

Source: Phenomenal education

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates (with reserve) Finland;s New Direction in Education!

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Little Sun 2016_Year-in-Pictures

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Looking at Impact, Little Sun Lights Up the World:

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           Little Sun is a wonderful example of how the artistic imagination links art and science and finds in this combination a critically important short and medium term solution to the need for light in the developing world. As the company has developed it also offers the opportunity for small business development with very small investments. Today’s post offers a comprehensive overview and summary of progress in the easiest and most enjoyable possible way: the year in pictures. Kudos to Olafur Eliasson and all at Little Sun!

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Source: 2016_Year-in-Pictures_final.pdf

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates the Work of Little Sun!

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Innovation is overvalued. Maintenance often matters more | Aeon Essays

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Important Considerations for the New Year 1, A Series:

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          Over the next several weeks I will posting a series of essays that raise essential questions for the way we shape our world. Aeon Essays, like Brain Pickings, is one of my favorite resources for thinking about the difficult questions we have been avoiding for too long. While the title of the essay poses a dichotomy, the full work does not. It is the narrowness of our current views of innovation that make it such a problem. I hope you will read this important piece several times; argue with it where you will, but take to heart its essential lessons.

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Source: Innovation is overvalued. Maintenance often matters more | Aeon Essays

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates the Work of Aeon Essays!

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The Creative Architect: Inside Psychology’s Most Ambitious and Influential Study of What Makes a Creative Person – Brain Pickings

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Understanding What Makes Us Creative (Advancing Towards the New Year)

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           As always, Brain Pickings offers us just the right meditation as we approach the new year. This is a thoughtful reflection on what we know about creativity and how it affects our lives. Read and ponder for the coming year.

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“The creative person has the courage to experience opposites of his nature and to attempt some reconciliation of them in an individuated expression of himself.”

Source: The Creative Architect: Inside Psychology’s Most Ambitious and Influential Study of What Makes a Creative Person – Brain Pickings

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The Creative Apothecary Wishes All A Creative New Year!

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Programs in the U.S. (El Sistema USA)

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Music for All Children through El Sistema USA:

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          The El Sistema program bringing music to young people is active in many communities across the United States. Use this map and listing to find a program near you . Learn more about this important program for young people and start or support one in your community.

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Source: Programs in the U.S. (El Sistema USA)

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates El Sistema USA!

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