Happiness has been a recurring theme here on TED TUESDAYS. Western culture seems to be built on the notion that happiness is something that can be pursued, acquired, and even purchased. Dan Gilbert's TED talk explained how our brains
I've been watching Twitter for Volcano related tweets lately in order to stay on top of the situation and was curious when a few #TEDxvolcano tags appeared in my feed. According to the TEDblog, some of their members who were stranded
Where did January go? Last time I checked it I still had a few days left, lol, next thing I know it's the second week of February! I've just come back from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. It was a truly remarkable experience to be able to see some of the brightest people get together and exchange ideas. I'm finally back in Toronto and really diving head-first into my writing. I was inspired by Elizabeth Gilbert's TED Talk on Genius and the anguish that is normally associated with the creative process. Gilbert's last work, "Eat, Pray, Love" was an international best-seller and she is now struggling with her next novel, wondering how she can top her last success and fearing that her biggest accomplishment might now be behind her. Her fear around creativity definitely resonates with me, as I muck through my own writing processes.
Why You Should Watch :Elizabeth Gilbert faced down a pre-midlife crisis by doing what we all secretly dream of – running off for a year. Her travels through Italy, India and Indonesia resulted in the megabestselling and deeply beloved memoir Eat, Pray, Love, about her process of finding herself by leaving home. She’s a longtime magazine writer – covering music and politics for Spin and GQ – as well as a novelist and short-story writer. Her books include the story collection Pilgrims, the novel Stern Men (about lobster fishermen in Maine) and a biography of the woodsman Eustace Conway, called The Last American Man. Her work has been the basis for one movie so far (Coyote Ugly, based on her own memoir, in this magazine article, of working at the famously raunchy bar), and now it looks as if Eat, Pray, Love is on the same track, with the part of Gilbert reportedly to be played by Julia Roberts. Not bad for a year off.
[Update: I am aware it is not Tuesday, but my technological prowess apparently does not extend to understanding the magical intricacies of wordpress' auto-post functionality. Forgive my transgression, at least it's still a day of the week that starts with
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