I'm back. I took a bit of a break since last ish-ue.
I'm glad I said that these newsletters would appear once-in-a-while-ish,
instead of a set schedule. Sometimes it’s good to not force
things, rather to find the right moment - the meant-to-be
moment. I liken it to "finding the wave," not that I surf
(well, I do cyber-ly) although, who knows? I might take
up surfing when I go on sabbatical. When is that? Hmmm.
Dunno, but it’s a nice dream to have, eh? Which is, aptly,
the theme of this edition. Taking time to dream – to create.
My newest book is dedicated to this very topic!
FEW OF ME
If The Dot is about getting started, and
Ish is about keeping going once you get rolling,
So Few of Me is about making sure you save
enough time in the rush- rush world we live in to actually
BE creative. Dedicated to my twin brother, Paul Reynolds,
So Few of Me is a tale of an over-scheduled, multi-
list-making, over-worked boy on a journey to get it all
done. Of course, that’s not just a tall order, it’s a tall
tale. Life’s list never really ends, but we have the power
to be ruled by the list... Or to put it down — and dream.
You might know a few people in your life that might need
a gentle reminder to slow it down a notch. I know I will
have to re-read my book once a week to keep myself journeying
at a safe speed!
a autgraphed copy of So Few of Me, visit The Blue Bunny online
bookstore, or stop by the "in person" store, in Dedham Square,
- So Few of Me is already in 5 languages (Polish,
Italian, Spanish, Dutch, and Greek!) and was recently
featured in USA TODAY’s Book Roundup.
- So Few of Me was also recently featured in USA
TODAY’s Book Roundup – and with a circulation of 2.4 million,
we may see a drop in the national blood pressure rate.
- Foreign editions often change the name of the book to
work better for their audience. The Italian version translates
to “A Time to Dream.” I like that!
a Surprising Place to Create
Your best writing may not be done at a writing desk. Your
most joyful art may not be made standing at an easel or
a drafting table. I personally love noisy places like cafes
and restaurants with their lively white noise ironically
keeping the world at a distance for an hour or two. Many
a book has flowed out of me in such places. A few of my
favorite spots are Mocha Java, my hometown’s local coffee
spot, or Isabella’s Restaurant right next door. Also the
Amtrak train from Boston to NYC and back again provides
almost eight hours of trundling creative bliss. So try a
new locale for that next project, assignment, or creative
endeavor. If you’re a teacher, why not teach math in the
gym – or science in the art room. Or find a good tree and
do some journaling. If you’re a busy business professional,
try writing that next proposal in a coffee shop. If your
boss fires you because of it, you’ll just have more time
to write poetry and learn to juggle. You’ll often find inspiration
and answers in the most unlikely places.
All My Meetings!”
Why not just dump your schedule in the compost heap for
a day? Not just work, but supposed “free time.” I have a
friend whose weekends are booked solid with weddings baby
showers, barbeques, and special events. She sighs heavily
sometimes wondering when she’ll get a day for herself. Sometimes it just takes a brave pencil line
through an event or two and re-claim an ambling, aimless,
wonderful day. It is good to not know where the day might
take you. I think that is also a good model for learning.
Toss the scope and sequence charts out the window along
with the lesson plans and text books. Just begin the journey
and see where it takes you. I think wonderful classrooms
are places where teachers are surprised along with their
students as they discover something new together. THAT is
A young artist friend of mine, Kate, used the phrase “artify”
in an e-mail to me this week. Something to the effect of
“Let’s artify the world.” I liked that very much. Not only
is it a word that the spell checker is thrown by, but it
sounds like art and fortify all in one. I do believe passionately
that the arts do fortify, enrich, and develop our human
potential for innovation, understanding and empathy. On
that note, let’s all get artified this week. Visit a museum
with a friend, bring a child to an opera, write someone
a real letter and dip it in color, buy a colossal coffee
table book about Mexican murals, or write the lyrics to
a song titled “Artify the World.”
Prints of a Prince!
Here is a watercolor image that flowed out of me one day.
It was not for a publisher or client - it was an image that
came to me while I was having some “dream time.” The boy
emerged with a crown and soon he was surrounded by an entourage
of strange beasts and creatures. It was exciting for me
to see this scene emerge out of the mist of the paper. Check
out my Gift
Gallery for information on adding “A Prince Among Monsters”
Giclee print to your artified home gallery.
learn more about my latest Giclee print, click here...