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Cannery Row Catalysts: John Steinbeck and Ed Ricketts

by Meredith Mullins on September 1, 2014

B&W photo of Ed Ricketts at the Pacific Biological Laboratories on Cannery Row, creative inspiration for John Steinbeck.

Ed Ricketts at his lab on Cannery Row
© Pat Hathaway Collection/www.caviews.com

Creative Inspiration among Friends

We should all be so lucky to have a friend, a creative inspiration, like Ed Ricketts.

John Steinbeck said that “knowing Ed Ricketts was instant.”

After the first moment, I knew him; and for the next eighteen years I knew him better than I knew anyone. 

They were best friends. They fed each other ideas. They told each other truths. The jolted each other beyond the boundaries of the ordinary. They refreshed each other.

Creative Inspiration, Supermoon Style

by Meredith Mullins on August 25, 2014

Supermoon with fir trees offers creative inspiration in 2014

The howling supermoon
© pjsells/iStock

The Howling Moon

 There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls.
                                                                                                        —George Carlin

The August Supermoon made headlines. No surprise. We seem to revere supersize things (Mayor Bloomberg’s jumbo soda ban notwithstanding). And, we often look to the sky for creative inspiration and a connection to the rhythms of the earth.

Inspired by Art and Wondering Why?

by Sheron Long on August 18, 2014

Sculpture of "The Thinker" by Auguste Rodin is itself an example of inspiring art used in this article to suggest making an emotional connection to art instead of overthinking it. (Image © Robert Long )

“Le Penseur” (The Thinker) by Auguste Rodin at the Rodin Museum, Paris.
Image © Robert Long

Don’t Overthink It!

Art. It’s part of our earth and in every heart. It’s as old as time, and yet it lights up the future. It speaks to you without words.

Art began talking to me during college, not as much in my art history class as on a study abroad visit to the Rodin Musuem in Paris. Perhaps it was my age and the subject matter of “The Kiss” that caused the emotional connection, but art has been a source of inspiration ever since.

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