Quick Draw Diagnoses

Quick Draw Diagnoses

I wanted to build upon my last post about the dangers of going overboard with labels by exploring lazy diagnoses. Like a cowboy with his hands drawn by his holsters, ready for some fast hip shooting, society seems equally prone to slap medical labels on everything....
Labels Are Convenient At The Expense of Our Humanity

Labels Are Convenient At The Expense of Our Humanity

Labels are popular because we like to belong. But aside the cuddly feeling of being a member of something, our penchant for slapping a label on everything takes a toll on our humanity, on our ability to empathize with others. If I define myself as a millennial...
Being Human: One Artist’s Reconnection

Being Human: One Artist’s Reconnection

Artists draw their inspiration from their connection to the world. Things like “writer’s block” and other labels for being stuck are no surprise when we’ve gotten too comfortable. Too walled off or callous. Life has a way of slapping the smirk...
The Lies of Sleepless Productivity

The Lies of Sleepless Productivity

As a long-time night owl, I’ve gotten a lot of creative work done at midnight or later. This led me to believe for years that it was my golden hour, and I began to look forward to staying up and seeing what I could create. But what if the productivity bump we...
A Return To The Raw

A Return To The Raw

A friend posted something on Facebook this week that stuck with me, resonating with how I’ve been feeling. The image basically said, “Sometimes you feel like you’re buried, but you’re really being planted. There’s an opportunity to grow...
The Carrot, The Stick, and The Collaborative Spirit

The Carrot, The Stick, and The Collaborative Spirit

One of the greater challenges when things get tight is to keep living in the moment. Otherwise life becomes a series of future dates: due dates for bills, rent/mortgage, and when you expect paychecks. When we fall into this trap each day becomes living for those days...