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The other day, I was watching a Charlie Rose interview with Lin Manuel Miranda, the creator and star of the megahit Broadway show Hamilton. I was recently in New York, and my hotel was across the street from the theater. It was torture walking by it each day knowing I’d have to kill someone in order to get a ticket. How I’d love to see that carefully selected original cast on a Broadway stage. How I’d love to witness genius.

Like most people, I’m fascinated by genius. Everyone from Albert Einstein to William Shakespeare. From Marie Curie to Adele. I wonder constantly what it must be like to be so gifted, to be a hair’s width from perfection. Oh, I realize that most geniuses have problems of their own, but they also have the ability to change the world. What must it feel like to have that power?

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Recently, I was listening to a young artist describe his approach to his work, and it all sounded so familiar. Emerging artists get caught up in the “romance” of their art. In their determination to be seen as “serious artists,” they embrace dark and heavy topics; they question whether drugs or alcohol will help them tap into deeper wells of creativity; they don the costumes of the “brooding artist;” and they beat themselves up for not having the “answers.”

If you came to your art later in life, maybe you didn’t go quite this far, but you probably still worried that people wouldn’t “get” your art. You wanted so desperately to connect.

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The other day I learned that I’ve been singing the lyrics to a song incorrectly for, like, most of my life. The song is from the musical South Pacific, and I always thought the words were, “You’ve got to have a dream. If you don’t have a dream, how you gonna make a dream come true?” The other day, my daughters and I went to a Broadway Brunch for Mother’s Day, and when the singer did her rendition, she sang it, “How you gonna have a dream come true?” This startled me so much that I went home and looked up the lyrics. The singer got it right. I had been wrong.

So what’s the big deal? It’s one word, right? But look at the meaning behind the word! To say, “How you gonna make a dream come true,” implies that you have to work for your dreams. “How you gonna have a dream come true,” suggests it could be handed to you, which we all know is not typically the case.

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Have you heard of Curious?

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I hope you will join me as you continue on your journey.

Stay curious!

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I am happy to be releasing my newest writing video. I invite you to watch the video here to learn more about what to do with your completed manuscript and what steps you can take to move towards publishing your work.

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My daughter wants to be an actor. The other night, we were watching an interview with a movie star on one of those late-night TV shows. Out walks this girl, dressed to the nines, who proceeds to tell a story about throwing up. I turned to my daughter and said, “Promise me that if you ever get the national spotlight, you’ll show a little class.”
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Today, I’m revisiting one of my most popular posts in this blog, “The Folly of Failure.” I’ve reissued it as a video on my YouTube channel under the playlist “Bursts of Brilliance for a Creative Life.” Take a look and, if it helps move your creative journey forward, please share it with a friend who needs a boost. Not until we all believe that failure is nothing to fear will we really see how far we can go! But it’s certainly more fun getting there together.

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March is Women's History Month! I love this reminder to continue to celebrate the accomplishments and successes of women all over the world. I recently came across this post from The Greatest Generation Foundation and had to share. As a historian, WWII enthusiast, and feminist, this woman's life and her dedication to the fight for equal rights for women to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery spoke right to me. 

Here is what The Greatest Generation shared:


With heavy hearts, we are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Elizabeth "Betty Wall" Strohfus, a rare female pilot during World War II and Minnesota native, has died.

Strohfus was the face behind Sen. Amy Klobuchar's push to allow these veterans burial rights at Arlington National Cemetery.

The 96-year-old was a member of the Women Airforce Service Pilots, or WASPs, who took over military training roles to free male pilots to remain in combat during World War II. They didn't get recognized as veterans until the 1970s and are still unable to have their ashes laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery.

Klobuchar has been fighting the Pentagon on that.

Strohfus wanted to be buried her native Faribault, but told the Star Tribune just last month that the other WASPs still living deserved to be laid to rest there, if they wanted.

"While she herself wanted to be buried with her family, she stood up for her fellow WASP sisters and fought for them to have the same rights as other veterans and to be given the option to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery with the honors they deserve," Klobuchar said Monday, in a statement.

On behalf of The Greatest Generations Foundation and its members, we salute you for your dedication and service to our nation."

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