you were "exactly" what we needed!
Catholic Health Initiatives
Does that suffice? You guys were absolutely terrific. Here are some
of the comments: "One of the best keynote speakers that I've
ever heard. Can they come back next year with different stuff?"
"Please have them next year!"
Oregon Department of
Use this page
to find a variety of tools, downloads, fun websites and quotes
If you have something
that you'd like to submit, we'd
love to hear from you. We add to this page when the spirit
Everyone wants to know what it takes to be creative. There are many
different answers to that question. However, no one can be deemed
creative without a diploma from the PHACULTY of Creativity Central.
Did we mention that it is suitable for framing?
Download our Diploma.
Print the following Permission Slip and fill it out. Keep it in
your wallet, your purse, on the corner of your mirror, or anywhere
you are likely to see it-reminding yourself of the Seven Practices
Download your Permission
our Stretch~ercise sheet.
Cross Train Your Brain! The brain is one of the finest computers
ever designed---a true super
computer. Its speed, ability to sort information, and the size of
its hard disk are beyond our understanding. Yet we often leave it
idling. Our Stretch~ercises are simple exercises designed
to take you out of the comfort of your routines, thereby forcing
your brain to make new connections. This in turn causes dendrites
to open and neurons to flow. Once stretched, you will grow in your
capacity and willingness to think and act uncommonly.
example, if you move your watch from its usual place to your other
wrist it feels strange, doesn't it? Have you noticed how much
larger one wrist is than the other? Try keeping it there for a
day. Though you'll probably want to move it back, you'll be pushing
your comfort zone by keeping it there. Every time you look for
the time, your brain will be challenged just by that very simple
Creative juices will flow.
can do a Stretch-ercise every once in a while or you can
do one (or more) every day. Either way, they are guaranteed to
get you thinking in new directions. You'll find yourself seeing
things differently. You'll enjoy the changes that you make. The
whole point is to be more open to the possibilities around you
and less reliant on your "Same Old" style.
open and creative mind will always find better solutions. Stretch~ercises
are a good way to start your commitment to an open mind. The following
download is just a small sampling. Our book contains a whole section
of Stretch-ercises and our homepage provides one daily.
Stuff on the Web
An extremely funny newspaper. A reminder not to take ourselves
A storehouse of information and research on the topic of
Urban Legends and Urban Myth. Wondering if that email about
Bill Gates sending you money is true? Check here.
you love Fire
Works you'll love this site where you can create your
very own celebration at the "click" of a mouse,
or as many "clicks" as you have in you. Happy
New Year, Fourth of July or any old celebration you can
Hope you are ready for some Tread
Mill Dancing. Just when you thought Dancing With the
Stars was the latest and greatest, you get this opportunity
to enjoy the endless creativity of these dancers.
wonder how Jackson
Pollock got his start? Here's a little program to introduce
you the fun and enchantment of his style. Every "click"
of the mouse changes the color
you won't be able
and Education are the hallmark themes emerging from
the 2006 TED conference. In the attached closing remarks,
Sir Ken Robinson puts forth some sobering thoughts about
the import of education as we prepare for a future that
we can not predict.
Another very fun drawing program.
A facinating look at the sources of new words.
An interesting web site with views from the Milky Way down
into the subatomic layers inside a human being.
A marvelous way to stretch our minds is to play with words.
You can sign up at the Merriam Webster site (at no cost
to you) for a Word For The Day. Once there you can do one
or all of the following: see if you can guess the first
or second meaning of the word; see if you can determine
the Latin or Greek or other derivation; make up your own
have a special attraction for young and old alike. We use
the Kaleidoscopes as a metaphor to illustrate how by simply
changing your Point Of View (POV) you get a whole new picture.
Here's an opportunity to create your very own Kaleidoscope
Tired of all those Motivational pieces covering the walls
of your life: check out this site for some inside-out-of-the-box
thinking and a good chuckle.
The greatest living
contemporary artist is the Creative uninhibited child at play.
Roger Von Oech
Fear colludes with our most conservative self and allows us to stop
before we try, dismiss before we think, mock before we imagine.
Creativity and Violence start from the same wellspring of human
We have to believe that a creative being lives within ourselves,
whether we like it or not, and that we must get out of its way,
for it will give us no peace until we do.
It takes courage to be creative; just as soon as you have a new
idea you are in a minority of one.
E Paul Torrance
Imagination is more important than knowledge.
When the artist is alive in any person, whatever his kind of work
may be, he becomes an inventive, searching, daring, self-expressing,
creature. He becomes interesting to other people. He disturbs, upsets,
enlightens and he opens the way for a better understanding.
There is no use trying said Alice. "One can't believe impossible
things." "I dare say you haven't had much practice, When I was your
age, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I've
believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast."
Explore something completely different everyday; try out a new recipe...
read a new author or point of view... listen to an unfamiliar song...
add a new quote to your journal... sing or dance for no reason at
all... take a long quiet walk... hug a friend...wave to kids on