Nina at Harlem

Nina Simone, Harlem, 1969
Nina Simone at Harlem, 1969

I couldn’t get her off my mind after seeing Questlove’s documentary, Summer of Soul. Here’s the soul who, at age 12, wouldn’t continue her piano recital until her parents were offered seats in the front row. I cannot imagine exercising such courage of conviction in front of a crowd of expectant people at age 12. I admire how she continued to transform the raw materials of her often painful life into profound, expressive beauty.

Continue reading →

12 Reminders for the Creative Life

The brain learns by repetition, repeat exposure, reminders. Often I’ve had insights arrive in my gray matter—sweet aha moments that soothe my worries and send waves of relief over my weary soul—only to just as soon forget those insights and find myself back in the mire of suffering, straining to recapture the relieving thoughts I once held firmly in my grasp. Thankfully over time I have learned to keep note of my insights (and others’) to revisit them as often as needed. This gives my brain opportunities to review and marinade in the sweet, sweet wisdoms of life.

Continue reading →

Chia Seed Pudding

Blend together the following:

  • 3 (13.5oz) cans organic coconut milk
  • 3 ripe, medium bananas
  • 1 handful strawberries
  • 1 handful blueberries
  • squirt of honey
  • dash of cinnamon

Pour the blended ingredients into the container in which you plan to store your pudding. Then, stir in 1/2 cup chia seeds. Cover and let sit in the fridge for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, give the mixture a stir to ensure you have achieved the desired texture (i.e. seed to pudding ratio). If so, great! Cover again and refridgerate for a few hours prior to serving.

Continue reading →