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Peter Himmelman isn’t your run of the mill Grammy and Emmy nominated singer-songwriter. He’s also an erudite and entertaining communicator whose unique skill-sets have placed him squarely in the zeitgeist where creativity, spirituality, and a fearless sense of wonder have become essential for understanding our rapidly changing cultural landscape. Most recently Himmelman began, Big Muse, a highly regarded methodology for developing creative thinking and deeper levels of communication.

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Finding Your Motivation: How Internal and External Rewards Work Together to Synergize Creative Work

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2014 | 4:00 PM

Contrary to popular belief, self-discipline (the ability to force yourself to do something you don't want to do) isn't particularly useful in making a dream manifest. What is helpful though, and what we all have the potential to do, is imagine things as we think they should be.

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The List of Everything

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 10:53 AM


As proud as I am to share this list with you dear readers, I'd be remiss in not thanking Sheldon Kroitenberg and his wife Carol for assisting in this most important project. Without their dedication, their passion and their talent, there is no...

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(0) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 1:53 AM

May 1985. Hell's Kitchen, New York.

Last night, Migdalia, a beautiful Puerto Rican hooker was soliciting blowjobs on my stoop. This morning I see beard stubble coming up from under her makeup as she pisses -- upright, in the tiny entryway of my Hell's Kitchen apartment. I climb the stairs...

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Schooled in the Jungle Room (My Life and Death Struggle in Memphis)

(0) Comments | Posted August 25, 2014 | 1:08 PM

May 1987. Memphis, Tennessee.


I'm standing outside the gates of Graceland Mansion with my friend Wess. I tell him I think this whole Elvis thing is a joke. He warns me that the people who've come here this afternoon most definitely do not....

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Soul Singer Takes to Flight

(0) Comments | Posted August 22, 2014 | 11:30 AM


I'm in a cramped apartment in South Minneapolis auditioning some songs I've written for a rhythm and blues singer named Doug Maynard. Doug chooses a song of mine to sing. It's called "My First Mistake."

"You taste like pepper frosting on a granite...

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Keith Richards, Firestones and the Persevering Artist (How Sensitive Creators Can Best Bring Their Work Into the World)

(4) Comments | Posted August 8, 2014 | 10:28 AM

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"You're too emotional," my friend's been telling me, "hyper-sensitive." He says that's why I got replaced as the composer for a hit TV show several years ago. He says that's what compelled me to escape my...

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Humans, Bridges and the Grunting of Animals

(2) Comments | Posted July 30, 2014 | 8:03 AM


The war in Gaza roars on and a storm of words are bandied about, unfiltered and at times, even un-thought. Take these for example:

"I swear to f---ing god, there are people out there who are looking for a reason to kill....

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Holocaust Survivors, Gaza, and My Uncle the Instigator

(3) Comments | Posted July 24, 2014 | 9:25 AM


My Uncle Sonny (his real name is Arthur but don't tell) has always been an instigator. The best kind. While I should have been studying about flax production in Iowa, back in eighth grade social studies, Sonny turned up at my parent's house...

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The Pitfalls of Self-Expression

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2014 | 4:45 PM


Fifth grade is beginning in less than a week. The summer has been a long one but with the new school year looming, perhaps not long enough. At the end of our block lives a boy one year older and a decade more...

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The Advantage of Digital Disconnection

(2) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 4:29 PM

Dr. David Fischman is an acclaimed author and a civil engineer. He's penned five books, including The Secret of the Seven Seeds: A Parable of Leadership and Life. Among the many important statistics he presents is this: By age 10, the average child in the Western world will have seen...

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Self-Discipline Is Way Overrated (Or: How I Stumbled Into Becoming a Rock Musician)

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2014 | 3:04 PM


As adults we tend to overestimate the importance of grown-up considerations like planning and self-discipline when it comes to the life paths we eventually find ourselves on. I certainly don't want to denigrate the notion that our volition accounts for everything -- but...

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Suspend Your Search for a Savior

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2014 | 4:50 PM

The following is an email I received from Brad C. of Huntsville, Kentucky and it speaks of an issue that's relevant to people in all creative fields:


"I've been sending my songs and publicity materials to managers and agents in the hope that I'll find someone who can...

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A Simple Experiment in Empathy

(5) Comments | Posted May 24, 2014 | 1:31 PM

I bring home two bags of cheese. There's a wad of green mold at the top of the first one. The second bag doesn't have any visible mold, but it smells of decaying muskrat. No big deal, I can take them back to the store in the morning. I get...

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Tucking My Sister Into Bed

(3) Comments | Posted May 8, 2014 | 4:06 PM

There are already plates of food piling up on the counter in my Mom's kitchen before the funeral.

Mostly these: bagels, lox, dill pickles, Spanish olives stuffed with pimentos, pickled herring, whitefish, gefilte fish, red onions, cut fruit, rye bread, blintzes, banana bread (some with chocolate chips, some with...

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What I Know From My Strange Relationship With Daniel Pearl

(2) Comments | Posted May 2, 2014 | 11:44 AM

I'm lying in bed thinking about the late Wall Street Journal reporter, Daniel Pearl. Ever since the news about his beheading broke, I've been obsessed. What must it have been like for him to find out that all the charm in the world, all the charisma in the world, (which...

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