Today is International Artist Day, which started in 2004 to honor the contributions that artists make to society. What is your definition of an artist? Do you consider yourself to be an artist?
Like most people, you probably associate the word “artist” with the visual arts. You might think of Pablo Picasso or Auguste Rodin. I’m here to tell you that it’s time to let go of that limiting belief and expand your definition of what an artist is. Artists come in all varieties. In my opinion, it’s really all about your unique connection to Divine Inspiration that makes you an artist. Your creative thoughts are like a mystical unseen entity floating about just beyond your physical reach, delivering instructions to you (sometimes it seems in a foreign language) through the extremely complex network of your nervous system. When you learn how to develop a relationship with this entity, you are able to manifest art in the real physical world… making you an artist! Have you heard the term “art as life” before? That’s pretty much where I’m going with this… Continue reading
Today is National Dictionary Day. It is celebrated on October 16th in honor of Noah Webster’s birthday. Noah Webster is often considered one of the American Founding Fathers. He was one of the most prolific authors of the new nation. His dictionary, and arguably his greatest life achievement, was published in 1828 when he was 70 years old. He preferred spellings that matched the pronunciations better and his last dictionary basically distinguished American English from British English with changes in spelling of words like center (from centre), color (from colour), and so on. It was considered a pretty radical move in the day. It’s important to realize that he didn’t just make this stuff up either, he was representing the language of a new nation which was trying to separate ideologically from England. He was also a teacher and had many strong opinions about how American children should be educated. He created a guidebook known as the Blue-Backed Speller designed to teach children how to read, spell and pronounce words. It was the most popular American book of its time. The legacy of his dictionary speaks for itself, though he never received much recognition for it before he died.
In honor of Noah Webster, wordsmith extraordinaire and crafter of definitions, I would like to propose a special Creating Exercise for you today. Continue reading