How to Become an Artist in 0 Minutes

Maybe you wrote short stories in college, or you took poetry classes, or you learned how to fire clay, or blow glass, or make beaded bracelets or collages, or you got way into Cubism.

But for most of us, it didn’t work. We got rejected one too many times, or someone told us to get a “real” degree, or we made the sensible choice to start a career that could actually pay off those obscene student loans.

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How to make reading a habit, in 6 easy steps

This is a classic Catch-22: since the system is so powerful (which is great!), making a change to it requires serious effort (which is hard!).

That’s why the celebration is the most important step. You have to give yourself recognition for this work you’re doing. Anything that increases your well-being and makes you feel you’ve accomplished something. Because you have–even after one time.

Think about the people you see every day. How many of them are incorporating new skills into their lives, actively finding ways to increase their joy and productivity? And how many are content going through the same stale routine, never growing or improving themselves?

If it was easy, everyone would be doing it.

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The birth of the modern world

There was a time when men could travel only as fast as a horse could run. A time when most grew up, lived, and died within a few miles of their birthplace. When they made a living strictly by use of their own hands. A time when every town kept its own local time, by the position of the sun. When the American West was a vast natural expanse, its features held sacred by its native inhabitants. A time when the concept of capturing and freezing an image, a hint of the past, was an incomprehensible phenomenon.

This time, one forgets, is shockingly recent.

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10 Great Books I Read in 2014

This was a tough exercise, but it was also a nice gift to myself for reading a lot this year!┬áPlus it will give me a reference for what to re-read in the new year.┬áPresented in no particular order. The World According to Garp by John Irving This was my first Irving novel, and I liked […]

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