Pass the Salt, Neurons

Sometimes, I am baffled by how my mind works – how some thought springs to life in a burst of creativity back in the non-conscious reaches of my brain. Today is not one of those days. At least, not entirely. I owe my chemistry teachers of a decade ago, and the FDA nutrition labeling guidelines,…

A cluttered desk is the path to a creative mind

Two philosophies of office organization seem to exist. My own desk typically epitomizes “a place for everything and everything in its place”, but I know others who are sure that “a clean desk is a sign of a messy desk drawer” and so just let the paperwork and pens pile up. The latest from Psychological Science…

Think Fast!

One of the key words of the mindfulness movement is slow. Slow down. Take a deep breath. Appreciate the view while you wait in line. Join the slow food movement and savor each bite. And, of course, slow down your thoughts. Ideal sounding goals in a fast-paced, always-on, multitasking world, but those thoughts racing through…

The Mind Behind the Art

This evening I attended an exhibition of senior art majors’ thesis pieces, covering a fantastic array from pottery to acrylic glazes to digital portraits to more modern art pieces, including larger-than-life interactive puppets. I was thoroughly impressed by the effort and achievements of our students, but I suspect that the messages of the piece went over…

Creatively Circumventing Checkpoint Charlie

Our first official visit in Berlin is not related to World War, itself, but to one of its legacies: Checkpoint Charlie. The museum is far more than a checkpoint station and warning signs now: There are rooms tracing the decline from triumph at the end of World War II into the Cold War, a great…

A little mind-wandering can go a long way

Take a pen and piece of paper, and get ready to write for 60 seconds. Now, list all the uses you can think of for a brick. Go ahead, I’ll wait. Here’s an image to get those creative juices flowing:  Now, let’s have a look at your list. Aside from the obvious “build a wall”,…