7 Tips for Finding Inspiration

Inspiration can come in many forms.  One man’s inspirational message is another man’s cheesy saying.  Either way, you’re sure to find some inspiration in the links below, so get to reading. Build Strength, Tenacity, and Courage – Find out what other people suggest for “Testing My Mettle” on Metafilter. Take Advantage of Time – Think… Read more


Life Lessons from Improv Wisdom

Improv Wisdom: Don’t Prepare, Just Show Up, by Patricia Ryan Madson, is a great read that translates the powerful concepts of improv into life lessons from which everyone can benefit. At only 159 pages, Patricia is able to concisely cover the 12 Maxims of Improv and how they can improve your life and career. Rather… Read more

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Improv Wisdom

Improv Wisdom, by Patricia Ryan Madson, is one of my favorite books on the use of improv for non-performance. The book focuses not on the act of improv, but on the life lessons learned from the art and the change it can effect. To me, it answers the question for performers and non-performers alike, “why… Read more


Life Lessons Learned from Watchmen

what to learn from watchmen

With the release of Watchmen this weekend comes a lot of hype and anticipation for the graphic novel turned movie.  The graphic novel, originally published as a series in 1986-87, has long been heralded as the best novel of its kind.  Time Magazine even listed it as one of the 100 Best Novels. I recently… Read more



Watchmen, by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, is the first fiction book on the list and it is a good one.  I recommend it for a few reasons: 1) It’s a great story with compelling characters, 2) It’s a graphic novel which is a different medium than most books (and something we could all learn… Read more