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Teaching & Traveling with Yowling Creators

Posted by on Aug 28, 2013 in Writing & Publishing | 22 comments

Teaching & Traveling with Yowling Creators

As I gear up to teach a new semester of three groups of yowling creators, I think about who my students will be. Like many instructors, whether university professors or elementary school teachers, I usually focus on what my students will learn. However, at the moment I find myself wondering what I will learn. I always absorb something–how to be a better teacher, new ways to communicate concepts. What I most marvel at is how being in the classroom makes me a stronger yowling creator. I’ve discovered that my yowling creator’s...

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Happy 4th of July from Yowling Creator

Posted by on Jul 3, 2013 in Freedom to Connect | 13 comments

Happy 4th of July from Yowling Creator

You may not naturally take me for a patriot. But I’m grateful for the many freedoms I enjoy in the US–especially the freedom to express my yowling and create. In many countries, there are yowling creators who are persecuted for publishing what they think. Some paint murals in secret. Others pen poetry by candlelight in prison. Whatever weary troubles your country may have (and believe me, mine has many)…if you can create and express your yowling with freedom, you enjoy a rare gift. Celebrate Your Yowling Creative Freedom I...

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Be a Yowling Creator…Express Your Spirit

Posted by on Jun 1, 2013 in Spirituality & Art | 30 comments

Be a Yowling Creator…Express Your Spirit

Isaac is a 13-year-old, blue-eyed, blond-haired kid. He’s sometimes shy, but being a yowling creator brings him out of his shell. When he creates, he connects with the community around him. Isaac has taught me that yowling creators come in all ages. We are no more, and no less, yowling creators at 10 than we are at 20 or even 70. I discovered Isaac as a young yowling creator one Sunday after church. During the service, he had created an origami peacock. What most impressed me was that after he created the peacock “the way...

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Your Yowling Creative Rhythm

Posted by on Apr 26, 2013 in Your Creator's Way | 27 comments

Your Yowling Creative Rhythm

Are you missing a beat in your yowling creative rhythm? You may not know it, but the rhythm and pace at which you create can be almost as crucial as the creation itself. The right rhythm is a well-oiled engine that keeps us motivated and enjoying our task, even if it’s not finished. When we move through that paper, project, or plan at a pace that suits us, we are more likely to keep returning to work on it. Some people call it their “creative groove.” Others call it “flow.” Still others call it “being in the...

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Have a Vision or Dream? You’re a Yowling Creator

Posted by on Jan 31, 2013 in Freedom to Connect | 36 comments

Have a Vision or Dream? You’re a Yowling Creator

As yowling creators, we all have visions and dreams for the future. So often we keep them secret, because we’re embarrassed. Sometimes we’re silent for other reasons. Perhaps we’ve shared a secret hope, and others laughed or told us it was impossible. I want you to know the Yowling Creator community is a safe place to share your vision or dream.   Not convinced you’re a yowling creator? Take the quiz. Yowling Creator Is a Safe Place No heartfelt hope or positive goal for the future is too silly–no...

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New Year’s Resolutions …Yuck!

Posted by on Jan 2, 2013 in Your Yowling | 16 comments

New Year’s Resolutions …Yuck!

That’s what we at Yowling Creator think of this torrid tradition. New Year’s resolutions are like a sweltering promise in hell. Pretending “fresh starts” and acting as if old habits don’t follow us into the new year have never worked for me. How about you? Let’s be real. If you’d really decided on the inside to lose that weight, start that business, paint that picture, write that novel, or be “the brand new cooler you,” then you would’ve done it already–or at least be on your...

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Yowling Creator: Try and Refute This…

Posted by on Dec 1, 2012 in Your Yowling | 23 comments

Yowling Creator: Try and Refute This…

Okay. So Justin Bieber has nothing to with how to refute an argument. But have a little compassion. It was the best I could find to grab your attention. Now that I have it, see below for some quick tips for how to say “no” with kindness, respect, and great skill…   Yowling Creator Tips on How to Refute Make sure your argument is well established before trying to refute the opposition. Some people think it’s best to address opposing views first. But this approach puts your yowling assertions on the defense instead of the...

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Yowling – Outlining Feels Like Moving Day

Posted by on Oct 5, 2012 in Writing & Publishing | 33 comments

Yowling – Outlining Feels Like Moving Day

This past week it struck me that Stage 4 of the creation process is much like moving day. I’ve been trying to figure out how to collect all of the stray pieces of my life, fit them neatly into boxes, and find just the right spot for each item in my new home. A yowling has been rising like a geyser within me. The more I contemplate the task, the bigger it gets. Since I work from home, I have to repeat this process for my entire office as well. I have 48 hours to do it all. And I’ve been swamped. Teaching, editing, writing,...

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How To Be Mindful As A Yowling Creator

Posted by on Aug 29, 2012 in Your Creator's Way | 21 comments

How To Be Mindful As A Yowling Creator

Gearing up for the school year can be a yowling challenge. Whether you’re a student, living with a student, or teaching a student, the entire household seems to experience a summer shift. Shifting seasons also affect how we go about birthing our passion. So today I want to offer you a gentle reminder to be good to yourself and to your creation. Your Yowling Creator Environment Remember to take time to shift your creation process into autumn mode. While you already may have an idea of how, when, and where you like to create, a quick...

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Creative Quiet: Your Refuge as a Yowling Creator

Posted by on Aug 22, 2012 in Your Creator's Way | 32 comments

Creative Quiet: Your Refuge as a Yowling Creator

Have you ever felt frustrated and crazed by constant interruptions? Do you have to restrain yourself from gnawing on someone’s face just to finish a thought? This may be a sure sign that you need some “creative quiet.” Creative quiet is that silent space in your mind, reserved just for you, so you can maximize your flow. It’s a must have for any yowling creator. U.S. poet Carl Sandburg once said, “One of the greatest necessities in America is to discover creative solitude.” Yowling Serenity For about four years I...

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