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Art is personal. Why do some works speak to you? What is it about a particular piece of art that appeals to your senses more than others?

Art - The Definitive Visual Guide, just may have the answer. Most people are under the impression that creative inspiration comes down like a bolt of lightning and the artist magically creates the piece, as quickly as possible lest the inspiration escapes. But, that is rarely the case. Materials and surfaces, have to be taken into consideration. 

At the heart of everything is the artist's viewpoint. Art - The Definitive Visual Guide by DK Books is probably the most in-depth encyclopedia that takes you through various decades of art; it is enlightening and inspiring, it is the graduate course in fine arts that you may have wanted to take but never got around to. 

One of my favourite sections is Looking At Art, which gently walks the art lover through a better understanding of elements like subject and composition, perspective and viewpoint, media an…

Reporting on Rick Mercer Final Report. All reports should be this funny.

“Ranting has always been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember. I come from an island of ranters. I love the process of taking a subject that is large and complex, and distilling it into a single, coherent, ninety-second rant.”

Beautiful Bad by Annie Ward

A tumultuous relationship. A murder. And a travel log.

Writers: Their Lives and Works

"The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself." ~ Albert Camus

Since the beginning of time, people have been fascinated by words -- and those who yield them. Who are these artists who can string together a selection of otherwise random words and weave them. The result? A sentence, a theme, sometimes simple, other times complex, but at all times having the potential to shift our thoughts and influence our behaviours.

Most of us dream of becoming a writer, but few actually have the gumption to follow a path laden with toil, tears, and the tedium of starting from scratch over and over again. But true writers aren't in it for the rewards. They enjoy the journey. They crave characters coming to life and jumping off the page. This is the path to the great idea that works, it is what gets writers up at at the break of dawn, and keeps them up long past dusk when the candle has frittered away. 

At almost every author's event that I've attended, one …

The Winters by Lisa Gabriele

Roses are red. Violets are blue. If you believe in true love. You have no clue.

What type are you? The history behind the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.

The Myers–Briggs Type Indicator is an introspective self-report questionnaire with the purpose of indicating differing psychological preferences in how people perceive the world around them and make decisions. The MBTI was constructed by Katharine Cook Briggs and her daughter Isabel Briggs Myers. ~ Wikipedia
Who isn't familiar with the Myers-Briggs personality test? It is after all one of the most popular personality tests in the world, used regularly by Fortune 500 companies, universities, and even the military. Did you know that the Myers-Briggs personality test was conceived a century ago by a mother and her daughter - fiction writers with no formal training in psychology? How did this home-grown multiple-choice questionnaire, infiltrate our workplaces, our relationships and our lives? 

Merve Emre's The Personality Brokers, tells the story of the birth of personality testing. The book is a blend of history and analysis. The story goes that Katherine Briggs and Isabel Briggs M…

Leonard Cohen continues to inspire with The Flame

Did you know that Leonard Cohen curated this book before he passed away?

The Flame is insightful and inspiring. Especially loved Leonard Cohen's excerpts original notebooks.

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