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Imaginative Awakening
Posted on: November 14th, 2014 by Stephen Hurley
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I don’t know about you, but my day is usually influenced by firsts: the first things things that I choose to eat when I wander down to the kitchen each morning, the first emails that I decide to read, the first words that I speak to my children or my spouse. I’m influenced by the

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Choose Creativity: It’s A Decision
Posted on: November 1st, 2014 by Stephen Hurley
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“I don’t have a creative bone in my body”

This is one of those bits of self-deprecation/self-talk that accompanies many of us through life. Very often the statement is followed by a list of perceived deficiencies:


Cultivating Creativity: Personally, Parentally and Professionally
Posted on: October 29th, 2014 by Stephen Hurley
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I’ve been thinking a great deal about Imagination and Creativity for the past couple of years. I’ve been thinking about them from a very personal perspective, reflecting on how my own story has been a type of journey to reclaim a dimension of my life  that has always been an integral, yet largely u

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A Small Window on the Power of Imagination
Posted on: July 20th, 2014 by Stephen Hurley
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The first thing that the two boys did when they arrived at this small enclave of cottages in Northern Ontario (well, North for us!) was look for the things that were familiar—the things that they recognized from last year. They

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Stories My Father Told Me
Posted on: July 13th, 2014 by Stephen Hurley

My father passed away yesterday afternoon after a brief battle with cancer, and the sadness that I feel this morning—my real sense of loss—doesn’t have as much to do with the father that I knew, but the father I didn’t know.

Like many other men of his era, Dad grew up (and grew old) holding m

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Getting to the Change We Want: Developing an Easement Mindset
Posted on: July 2nd, 2014 by Stephen Hurley
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The degree to which education systems in Canada (and elsewhere, I suspect) are going to be capable of the substantial change to which an increasing number educators, parents, students and politicians aspire will hinge on just how open we are to shifting from an encroachment

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