What a year! I hope 2005 was an
enlightening and meaningful one for you. While the
highlights are not always happy ones, they can be
eye-openers – like Hurricane Katrina. I have long
been drawn to the “challenged journey” and how to
survive... And better yet, thrive.
A “high-note highlight” for me was seeing my book “Ish”
brought to life as an animated film! It is exciting
for me to have my work shared with so many people in so
many ways. For those of you who have not read Ish,
it is an invitation to be brave, to be open-minded and generous,
and to share your own voice with the world. The film is
now available from Scholastic/Weston Woods
Happy New Year! To kick off the new
year, I'm very pleased to launch "Ishful
Thinking" - my new, semi-regular-ish
eNewsletter that I'll be sending out to share
thoughts about creativity and positive thinking. I’ll
also loop you in on what I'm up to - events, new
books, contests, new ideas, etc. I truly love hearing
from you - and how you've connected with my
mission and how your own mission is making a
difference. Please share this e-news with like-minded
creative spirits. Wishing you a very “ishful” 2006!
Want a project to tap into
your creative energies?
Create an award, a letter, a creative thank you to
salute a hero.
My hero is anyone who cares. It is encouraging,
and beautiful, to see people who think “outside of
themselves”. If I could wave a wand, I’d replace test
prep and testing in schools with courses on empathy,
community service, and creative thinking. Great
caregivers, and parents among those who tend to
others on the journey... many challenging journeys...
are true heroes.
A VERY SPECIAL
As a salute to the heroes in education, I am offering a very rare special offer
in my Gift
Gallery. For each of my Limited Edition watercolor prints
you buy, I will match it with a FREE print of the same
art so that you may donate it to a school, classroom,
library or hero of your choice. Because the prints are so
limited, I have to limit this offer to 5 prints per order.
This special will be available only during January 2006,
so place your order soon. To
visit the PHR Gift Gallery and order your print... click here
Fellowship of the Dot
Connecting Creative Thinkers
I am attempting to
find all the
creative people on the
planet and then “connect the dots.” My new “club”
is open to anyone who thinks the world needs
less “in-the-box” thinking and more positive, creative
thinking. Inspired by my books, The Dot and
Ish, I have created The Fellowship of
the Dot, and if you are receiving this e-mail,
you’re already a provisional member. If our paths
cross though, you might end up with a wooden pog
which, once you have painted your dot (or made
some kind of mark) on the reverse side, you become
a lifelong member.
I might be creating classroom kits
with a bagful of “dot pogs” in early 2006. Let me
know if this is of interest, and I’ll be sure to let you
know when they are ready. The Fellowship
encourages members to be on alert for people who
say they can’t draw... or any kind of “can’t”... and to
challenge them to “think differently” about the
North Star New Year
Ringing in 2006 with Reflection and Inspiration
Another year. More resolutions. What guides those plans
for the new year? Perhaps reading my story, The
North Star, will help inspire some “stellar” thinking
about the journey ahead. A few years back I created an on-line
North Star New Year “recipe” which you are free to
use, or adjust to your own needs. I am wishing you a creative
and inspired year ahead. Write out your hopes and dreams.
Draw them. Paint them. It is part of the process of making
them real. Good luck, too, inspiring those around you, especially
one or more who might be having a challenged journey.
a North Star New Year... click here!