Archive for September, 2010

The Value of Nothing

“Nowadays, people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.”
— Oscar Wilde, 1891

“The opposite of consumption isn’t thrift – it’s generosity”.

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John Cleese on the creative process

This starts off slow but builds up to build some amazing points about creativity, timing, interruptions, and rewriting and editing yourself.

This should be mandatory watching for anyone doing anything creative in any field.

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“Bring on the Wonder” by Susan Enan (from Bones)

LYRICS

I can’t see the stars anymore living here
Let’s go to the hills where the outlines are clear

Bring on the wonder
Bring on the song
I pushed you down deep in my soul for too long

I fell through the cracks at the end of our street
Let’s go to the beach, get the sand through our feet

Bring on the wonder
Bring on the song
I pushed you down deep in my soul for too long

Bring on the wonder
We got it all wrong
We pushed you down deep in our souls for too long

I don’t have the time for a drink from the cup
Let’s rest for a while ’til our souls catch us up

Bring on the wonder
Bring on the song
I pushed you down deep in my soul for too long

Bring on the wonder
We got it all wrong
We pushed you down deep in our souls, so hang on

Bring on the wonder
Bring on the song
I pushed you down deep in my soul for too long.

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How Starbucks Saved My Life by Michael Gates Gill

In his fifties, Michael Gates Gill had it all. By the time he turned sixty, he had lost everything except his Ivy League education and his sense of entitlement. First, he was downsized at work. Next, an affair ended his twenty-year marriage. Then, he was diagnosed with a slow-growing brain tumor. Gill had no money, no health insurance, and no prospects. One day as Gill sat in a Manhattan Starbucks, a 28-year-old Starbucks manager named Crystal Thompson approached him, half joking, to offer him a job. With nothing to lose, he took it, and went from drinking coffee in a Brooks Brothers suit to serving it in a green uniform.

Michael Gates Gill is the son of New Yorker writer Brendan Gill and he was a creative director at J. Walter Thompson Advertising where he was employed for over 25 years. He currently lives in New York within walking distance of the Starbucks store where he works, and has no plans to retire from what he calls the best job he’s ever had.

Authors at Google lecture

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My 120 Pound Journey

Man loses 120 pounds by running.

In January 2009, I made the decision to get a grip, get out of my depression, and do life.

I started running and started a blog.

120 pounds lost, but much more gained.

This is how far I’ve come.

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The true power of the performing arts (Ben Cameron)

Arts administrator and live-theater fan Ben Cameron looks at the state of the live arts.

He asks: How can the magic of live theater, live music, live dance compete with the always-on Internet?

He offers a bold look forward.

Here is a favorite quote of mine from the lecture:

As Adrienne Rich in The Dream of a Common Language XIII writes, “We’re out in a
country that has no language, no laws…Whatever we do together is pure
invention…The maps they gave us were out of date by years…”

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Thought Bubbles

In an effort to live my passion, I followed my heart and began to write.

I followed my muse and started to write what turned out to be poetry.

I recently published my first book of poetry and called it “Thought Bubbles.”

I self-published the book on Lulu.com

Check out my book and let me know what you think.

Thought Bubbles by Jim Oliver

I invite you to follow your passion.

Take a risk. Jump off the cliff. Live your passion. Walk your walk.

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