Would You Rather Live a Successful Life, or a Beautiful One?

In 1874 this painting, Boulevard des Capucines, by Claude Monet was exhibited at a show in Paris. It actually lives here at the Nelson in Kansas City. I spend a lot of time sitting in front of this painting. I love it, but the initial response to it was not good. One critic called it [Read More…]

Is Creativity a Habit?: 8 Habits of Highly Creative People

There’s an interesting article up at Fast Company by a writer named Stephanie Vozza. She typically writes in the productivity slash organizer vein, so Vozza brings that sensibility to bear on the concept of creativity. The article caught my eye because I’m prepping a sermon series dealing with art and beauty. I’ve been reading Hans Urs von Balthasar’s [Read More…]

Kanye’s VMA Speech Is Getting Lots of Love – Not From Me

I keep seeing media sites taking Kanye’s VMA speech seriously. The worst offender is Slate, and the article that calls it the Greatest Awards Show Acceptance Speech of All Time.” Seriously? The VMA awards have become ever more ridiculous each year. The unofficial theme in 2015 was clearly Idiocracy Live, complete with a Camacho-like presidential address by Kanye [Read More…]

It’s Only Ugly Because It’s New and You Don’t Like It

It’s only ugly because it’s new and you don’t like it… pretty brilliant statement that I need to at least attempt to hear. It’s only ugly because it’s new and you don’t like it. How many of my current opinions, dispositions, or judgments fall under that rubric: same = good, change = bad? And, isn’t [Read More…]