My Ruminations

You are not your Idea

Posted on Jul 24, 2017 | No Comments

“This principle eludes most people, but it is critical: You are not your idea, and if you identify too closely with your ideas, you will take offense when they are challenged.” -Ed Catmull (Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration)

Not all that is thought…

Posted on Aug 12, 2015 | No Comments

“Not all that is thought need be said, not all that is said need be written, not all that is written need be published, and not all that is published need be read.” – Kotzker Rebbe

Saying No

Posted on May 8, 2015 | No Comments

Once upon a time, my good friend Ed Mullen tweeted something that caught my attention. I saved it in my notebook, and on the following day, I printed it across my office whiteboard in big, bold letters: “Everything I do, I do at the expense of something else.” – Edward Mullen This simple sentence resonated with every synapse […]

Fool’s Paradise

Posted on Apr 25, 2015 | No Comments

“Do not feel envious of the happiness of those who live in a fool’s paradise, for only a fool will think that it is happiness.” – Bertrand Russell

Thinking Out Loud: Why I Decided to Start Blogging

Posted on Apr 24, 2015 | 6 Comments

When I was a college student at the Cleveland Institute of Art, it took me a while to grasp the significance of writing an artist’s statement. “What good is talking about my own artwork,” I thought, “when my real purpose as an artist is to convey those ideas through art.” For a long time, I […]