I always get excited about the new year - it's like a psychological clean slate. In looking for inspiring things to read and get the brainstorming action going, I found these links you might want to check out too:
"Why I gave my company to charity" by Derek Sivers, founder of CDbaby
Ruth Orkin Photo Archive If you don't already know about Ruth Orkin, take the time to find out - she's incredibly inspiring, a photographer with a long and creative career that began in the 30's. She took chances for her art that women were less apt to take in those days, bicycling and hitchhiking her way across the US when she was only 17 and later working for Life and other prominent magazines. When she became a mother and was spending much of her time at home, she started documenting what went on outside her NYC window - and this is some of her most famous work.
Little Fugitive While we're on the subject of Ruth Orkin, this is the film she made with her husband Morris Engle and if you haven't already, you must see it. I'm not kidding, go put it on your netflix list right now.
Lowering expectations for 2010 My friend Michele Niesen delivers as usual, a sharp, thoughtful and funny read.
How to Save 89 Cents This essay won Michele Niesen the 2009 Nonfiction Prize at New Southener. Read it to find out why.
Happy New Year, and may it be abundant with creativity!