Basic summary: “everyone is and can be creative: you just have to be fearless about failing, and practice a bunch.”
Led to this understanding by my art-teacher mother, since early childhood I’ve been saying something pretty similar.
Creativity is wonderful, amazing, useful, freeing, and fun… but it’s not rare. Being creative is a skill, available to everyone. It doesn’t have to be “Art” (note the capital A) nor innovation. It doesn’t have to be shared.
It’s been a crazy winter, the last week. The ice storm which took out most of KY’s power only kept us out for a couple of days, but still has some friends down. It was crazy to see all of the trees weighed down and drooping, beautiful and terrible. The ice coated everything, and when the wind blew all of the ice-coated limbs and branched clinked with each other.
Here’s a great photo from a friend of mine, mitch:
This is an absolutely crazy base-jumping video, with wing suits. If I didn’t have the life and family I have now, I could see myself wanting to do this, but there’s too much risk involved for me and I’ve got too much to loose. Still – it’s awesome to see.
wingsuit base jumping from Ali on Vimeo.
We have refinanced (or at least started the process) and locked in at 4.96 after paying a point (it was 5.6 without the point, lenders wanting up-front money and assurance in today’s market). We are rolling in the point and closing costs into the new loan and we’ll still be saving $140/month over our current loan (and if we hadn’t rolled in the costs, it would only have saved us $21/month more).
There’s a great video done by Dan Harris of ABC news on the Mates of State and what the family does when they go on tour.
I love the wholesomeness of it and it fits right in with what I think they would be like. This band is one of my absolute favorites and that’s only encouraged by this peak into their good parenting and family priorities.