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  • Limitation Drives Innovation: A Sukkot Message

    2 weeks ago

    Give children everything, and you give them nothing. 

    In a world where endless information and the world’s leading experts on a myriad of topics are literally a quick click away, it is easy to assume that unbounded learning environments are critical to both creativity and...

  • Wine and Cheese Gets an Upgrade

    By Arielle Adelman

    May 16, 2013 | 9:56 am

    Creativity is born from inspiration and that is exactly how I cook. Following a recipe is near impossible for me so I find inspiration from visiting farmer’s markets, watching a food show on tv, reading a travel magazine, or in yesterday’s case, reading a health article.  In case...

  • Funkytown Plays Hard

    By Peter Himmelman

    September 24, 2012 | 3:05 pm

    In 1979 there was a revolutionary new song out called Funkytown by a band called, Lipps Inc.. The damn thing was everywhere; on the radio, on MTV, in elevators, at clubs, even playing overhead in the frozen foods section of the Red Owl. As fate would have it, a local Minneapolis...

  • Earring

    By Peter Himmelman

    September 11, 2012 | 11:22 am


    October 1978.  Hopkins, Minnesota.

    Today I’m going to do something dangerous. I’ll drive to Ridgedale. I’ll walk into Now and Then and ask to have my ear pierced.  First though, I’ll drive to my father’s office to alert him of my plan. I’m sure he won’t be happy. Ex marines...

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  • Iced Tea, Mastery and the Plight of the Internal Editor

    By Peter Himmelman

    August 29, 2012 | 4:52 pm

    This question comes from Alan Roscoe of Olympia, Washington and it addresses a fundamental challenge of being human.
    “Lately, every time I start something new, whether it’s a business proposal or a birthday card to my wife, I’m assailed from within. It’s like I hear a voice...

  • When The elders Ask You To Sing

    By Peter Himmelman

    August 15, 2012 | 9:41 pm

    When people think of creativity or creative people they usually think of painters and dancers, writers, and actors – people who make things for others to hear or look at. Recently, I’ve started thinking of creativity as something completely different. Take this example: In the...

  • Long live the Reds? The unlucky legacy of the Hollywood blacklist

    By Danielle Berrin

    August 8, 2012 | 12:25 pm

    Too often these days we hear the tireless phrase “They just don’t make ’em like they used to” when it comes to the movies.

    Film historian David Spaner blames the blacklist.

    In his new book, “Shoot It! Hollywood Inc. and the Rising of Independent Film,” Spaner makes the case...

  • Legal & Inspiring Thievery 101

    By Peter Himmelman

    August 8, 2012 | 11:01 am

    I got this question from Loretta Ruiz of Tempe, Arizona and it got me thinking about how far we need to go to stretch our imaginations and fire up our thought processes.

    “Peter, I consider myself a pretty accomplished songwriter except for one big problem. I find it extremely...

  • A Perspective Large Enough to Swallow Our Own

    By Peter Himmelman

    July 25, 2012 | 2:09 pm

    A year ago I received a letter from a distraught man. He had every reason to be: his wife (“she really loves your music…”) was diagnosed with breast cancer. He was writing to me to ask if there was any chance I might send her a note of encouragement since she’d soon be...

  • Wildebeests, Will, And The Specificity Of Need  

    By Peter Himmelman

    July 18, 2012 | 8:34 pm

    Here’s a question from Melanie R. of Baltimore, Maryland:
     
    “Dear Big Muse what’s the best way to actually finish something? I walk around with all these ideas for things I want to accomplish creatively but I can’t seem to see them through.”
     
     Melanie, without knowing what...

  • Creativity Cracks the Aging Code

    March 23, 2010 | 7:02 pm

    As we age, creativity often peaks, and our need to create soars: Georgia O’Keeffe, for instance, did some of her best work in her later years, and Grandma Moses didn’t start painting until she was in her 70s. Likewise, Laura Ingalls Wilder was in her 60s when she began to write...

  • We were intended by God—we’re not afterthoughts

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    October 23, 2008 | 1:42 am

    The magician succeeds by misdirection -- look here and you will not notice everything that I am doing with my left hand.

    Part of Christopher Hitchens' magic in his essay is misdirection: He would have us ignore ourselves. How do human beings know? If we are, as scientific...

  • An inconvenient voice

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    June 14, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Moses buries him.

    Literally - he opens up the earth, and Korah and his followers are swallowed alive.

    The rabbis of the Midrash were more graceful. They only buried him literarily and morally - projecting upon him every evil motive and base intention.

    For the rabbis, Korah...
  • Books: Creative minds at work— business, science and the arts

    By Robert David Jaffee

    April 26, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    "The Nature of Creative Development" by Jonathan S. Feinstein (Stanford Business Books, $34.95)

    With meteoric technological advances presenting many businesses with crises verging on the existential, there is a growing need for nimble minds able to adapt to changes in the...
  • The kreme de la kreme of kosher kooking mix it up

    By Lisa Armony

    December 28, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    When Michaela Rosenthal threw some leftover gefilte fish into her potato knish recipe, she never imagined it might be worth $20,000.

    "I didn't want to waste the one piece I had left," said the Woodland Hills housewife and mother of two grown children.

    It turned out to be a good...

  • A friend remembers culture booster John Rauch

    By Rhoda Weisman Uzie

    September 14, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "When you looked in those deep blue eyes you saw a man with a burning vision," reminisced Israeli composer Ofer Ben-Amots. He was referring to John Rauch, the founder of The Center for Jewish Culture and Creativity, whose recent death at the age of 75 is a blow to the Los Angeles...
  • To Tell the Truth

    By Caroline Cobrin

    July 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Harry Potter's Mirror of Erised, tucked into a secret room in the dark corridors of Hogwarts, allows the person who looks into it to see what they most desire to be. There seems to be a similar notion in the world of online dating.

    A computer becomes a tool to create a "new and...

  • Shlub to Hero: Film Sketches Gehry Life

    By Morris Newman

    May 18, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "He starts out with that," says Barry Diller, alluding to a squiggle-like drawing in the new documentary, "Sketches of Frank Gehry," and "he ends up with this," pointing to a model of the InterActive Corp. (IAC) Building, currently under construction in Manhattan. Although made...

  • The Hebrascope: Signs of the Jewdiac

    By Jew Girl

    April 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    (April 21-May 20)

    Notable Jewish Taurus:



    Barbra Streisand

    During this birthday period, it makes sense to expect things to be all about you. Sadly, friends and family aren’t so sensitive to your needs....

  • The Legacy of a Folk Hero

    By Carolyn Hester

    October 13, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    As fate would have it, back in 1961, while at Columbia Records making my third folk music album, I invited my friend, Bob Dylan, to play harmonica on the LP. It was I who introduced Dylan to John Hammond. The influential Columbia Records executive produced albums for legendary jazz...

  • Hail to the Seder Chief

    By Barbara Joan Grubman

    April 21, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    I can just imagine my Orthodox grandparents worrying about making the seder come alive for their grandchildren. Grandma was too busy de-feathering chickens and grandpa taking care of business in his violin shop to think about how we might be kept happy at their seder table....

  • Make Your Seder an Affair to Remember

    By Felisa Billet

    April 21, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    Many Passover hostesses feel enslaved by the amount of effort that goes into making an elegant seder table. On the holiday of freedom, the only thing to which you should be enslaved is your creativity. By using your imagination and listening to the tried-and-true advice of the...
  • How to make a seder child’s play

    By Sharon Duke Estroff

    April 21, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    For parents of squirmy kids, a Passover seder can seem longer than the 40 years our ancestors spent wandering through the desert. Fortunately, all it takes is a little forethought and creativity to keep the younger set from getting as jumpy as the frogs in Pharaoh's bed at the big...
  • Getting Married? Get ‘Creative’

    By Sonja Hyams

    December 9, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    "The Creative Jewish Wedding Book, a Hands-On Guide to New & Old Traditions, Ceremonies & Celebrations" by Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer (Jewish Lights Publishing, $19.99).

    Synagogue or sailboat? Bride and groom or same sex? Orthodox or interfaith?

    Whatever your leanings, if you want a...

  • In Search of ‘Shlomi’

    By Tom Tugend

    July 1, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Shlomi, the 16-year-old protagonist of the Israeli film, "Bonjour, Monsieur Shlomi," has his hands full.

    He cooks the family meals, cleans up, does the laundry, is the peacemaker in his quarrelsome Moroccan family and bathes his grandfather, who greets him every morning with the...

  • Two Educators Earn Honors

    By Journal Report

    July 1, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Barry Koff, who integrates technology and art into his religious school lesson plans, is a recipient of this year's Grinspoon-Steinhardt Award for Excellence in Jewish Education.

    Joanne Mercer, retiring director of education at Newport Beach's Temple Bat Yahm, suggested Koff be...

  • The Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    June 5, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Film Fest Fun

    The succession of subtitles onscreen was riveting and jarring: "The biggest singer in France is Israeli.... Mike Brant looked relaxed and beautiful, except his head was lying in a pool of blood."

    The text flashed across the screen during a teaser for "Mike Brant: Laisse...

  • Supporting Israel

    By Andrea Adelson

    June 6, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    In a display of creativity and generosity, several Jewish groups in Orange County in

    recent weeks set out to demonstrate their unswerving support for Israel.

    Calling a suggestion by Israel's minister of tourism to visit hospitals a "wet blanket," Fullerton travel agency owner Pnina...

  • Art of Summer

    By Beverly Gray

    July 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Max and Jesse Glaser come from a home where the fine arts are highly valued. Their father, Sam Glaser, is a well-known Jewish musician, and as their mother, Marcia, says, "We have a lot of artistic muses in our family." But because Max and Jesse are being educated in Orthodox...

  • Two In Brief

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 4, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    On July 18, 1947, Dr. Ruth Gruber stood on a wharf in Haifa and watched the battered ship Exodus inch into the harbor. The ship had been rammed by British warships determined to keep the 4,554 Holocaust survivors aboard from reaching Palestine.

    Previously, Gruber was the only...

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