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Key Largo Sunsetphoto by Jody

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Gone Ridingphoto by Emily Bersin

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South FL Fall Colors – photo by nabersin

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Thank You For Your Inspiration!

I’ve been so motivated and inspired by all your posts showing the beautiful changing colors of the foliage, descriptions of the cooler weather, pictures of pumpkins and apple picking, the sounds of leaves crunching underfoot, and the feeling of renewal with the changing seasons. I can smell the pumpkin spice in the air!

Growing up in the Northeast, Autumn was always my favorite time of year. The cooler air seemed to bring on a refreshing recharge before the cold, grey winter set in, and the incredible landscape a welcome and renewed appreciation of the beauty of nature.

So, in appreciation of all your inspiration, here are a few ideas to hopefully return the favor and offer some encouragement in your creative journey. Hope you all have a fantastic, inspiring, and fulfilling weekend!

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Wordless Wednesday: 101222

Waiting For The Bus in WPB, FL -Photo by Jody

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Mom’s Last Words – photo by Emily Bersin

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Following Thoreau

The words “Live Deliberately” have resonated with me since the first time I read Walden as a young teenager. And, after spending years reading and studying Thoreau’s works, these 2 simple words have remained my guide and credo.

So what does it mean to Live Deliberately?

To Thoreau, it meant stripping down his life to only the essentials, so that he could connect with his spiritual self, and fully appreciate the beauty and art in nature. He watched his fellow countrymen toiling away, struggling every day to make enough money to afford bigger houses, fancier clothes, and more property, falling further and further behind in their quest for more materialistic possessions. Paying today and tomorrow for food that was eaten yesterday, and clothing purchased last month. They allowed themselves not a moment to reflect on the beauty that surrounded them, the changing of the seasons, a simple conversation, or the pleasures of exploring. Amazing how little has changed.

“The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.”-HDT

To me, Living Deliberately means making a choice every day to live my life on my own terms. To choose what I spend my time on, what is important to me, who is important to me, and the kind of person I want to be, regardless of how others behave. It’s simplifying my life, and finding the peace. An appreciation for all the beauty…watching the herons in the tree next to my balcony build their nest year after year, a single flower growing between the cement blocks of the walkway, the changing colors of the sky, a conversation with a friend, a beautiful poem, painting or photograph. Not always looking for more. Not always wanting more. Not always expecting more. Just an appreciation of what is already there.


Henry David Thoreau (1817 – 1862) was an American writer, philosopher, and naturalist. He is most well-known for his book Walden, as well as his essay Civil Disobedience. He authored more than 20 volumes of writing in his lifetime, including books, essays, journals, and poetry. He was a fervent abolitionist, and a leading member of the Transcendentalist movement, along with Ralph Waldo Emerson, Bronson Alcott, and Margaret Fuller. Further information about Thoreau and his work can be found at thethoreausociety.org. I also highly recommend Henry David Thoreau: A Life, by Laura Dassow Walls for a wonderful biography and overview of his work.

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Kismet- a study in B/W by NABersin

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Wordless Wednesday: Finding the Muse

Edward Carey’s pencil stubs/photo by Austin Kleon

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Top 10 Podcasts On The Creative Arts

We could all use a little pep talk now and then, so I wanted to share with you some of my favorite podcasts. They’re great to listen to on a daily walk or commute, doing chores around the house, running errands, or just procrastinating doing whatever it is you think you should be doing. Some are writing specific, and some are about all things creative. We live in a very distracting, chaotic, and rather frustrating world, and I find these help at times to keep me on track and focused. All are available on Spotify (no affiliation) and free if you don’t mind some ads, but they are also available on other platforms as well.

The 21st Century Creative – Hosted by poet and creative coach Mark McGuinness, he shares his insights and ideas to help you thrive as a creative individual in today’s world. Each guest is a leader in the arts and creative industry, and every episode leaves you with a creative challenge at the end. Updated weekly, each episode is a little over an hour long.

The Accidental Creative – Host Todd Henry interviews artists, authors, and others on how to stay prolific and brilliant as a creative professional. Tips on how to work under pressure and how to thrive in life as well as work. New episodes every week, and almost all are under 30 minutes.

Writer’s Routine Hosted by Dan Simpson, this podcast examines, you guessed it, the daily routines of successful writers. Interviews are with writers of all genres, exploring their processes and habits. Episodes are added weekly and run about 45 minutes each.

Creative Pep Talk – Andy J. Pizza hosts this weekly check-in to keep you on track and moving forward on your creative goals. Stories, tips, tricks, and interviews with a diverse range of creative professionals make it a fun and lively podcast. It’s updated weekly, and episodes run from 45 minutes to an hour.

Write About Now – Host Jonathan Small features in-depth interviews with writers across all fields, from journalists and novelists to screenwriters and poets. Insight on how they became successful, tips, and inspiration. Updated weekly, with each episode running about an hour.

The Unmistakable Creative – Hosted by Srinivas Rao, this podcast promises “timeless practical wisdom for living a meaningful life with inspiring stories and practical advice from creatives, entrepreneurs, change-makers, misfits, and rebels to help you become successful on your own terms.” Five episodes a week that run about an hour each.

So You Want To Be A Writer – Hosted by Valerie Khoo, CEO of the Australian Writers Centre, it’s a down-to-the-basics podcast about succeeding in writing and publishing. Informative, practical, and useful information. Weekly episodes run from 45 minutes to an hour.

Creativity In Captivity – Pat Hazell and friends talk with everyone from designers to dancers, and musicians to artists on the nature of their creativity, sharing their insights on process, craft, and inspiration. Updated weekly and running about an hour per episode.

Art For All – Hosted by best-selling author (and wonderful artist) Danny Gregory, it’s packed with inspiration and advice to get you up and creating things. No new episodes since May, but the archives are great and worth a listen. Each episode is about an hour.

The Writing Coach – Host Rebecca L. Weber takes on all the difficulties in being a writer, from time management and imposter syndrome to marketing and selling your work. Great advice on all things writing. Several episodes a week, each under 20 minutes.

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