– Weiden and Kennedy, Portland
This was originally posted on the terrific Swiss Miss blog.
I love this expression. I believe there is no innovation without failure.
Check out this video. Over 100,000 thumbtacks were used. That’s dedication (or insanity).
I admit Halloween has gotten too crazed and too commercial.
All the candy fueled hoopla and rush to find the perfect costume often gives me a “whopper” of a headache.
But if you can manage past all that, there’s also a positive side.
Halloween is a terrific time for kids (of all ages) to tap into our creativity and get inspired by all the magical, mystical things around us.
Case in point: The Great Jack O’ Lantern Blaze at Van Cortlandt Manor in Croton on Hudson, Westchester.
(Under an hour from Manhattan by train).
Often, I find it hard to comment on other people’s creative work.
Right away I want to fix it or re-direct it.
(Disastrous) case in point:
My seventh grader proudly showed me a PowerPoint presentation she had been working on with a friend for French Class.
The assignment was to choose from a list of French stories and retell it to the class. My daughter picked Cendrillon (the French version of Cinderella) from a list her teacher provided.
In retrospect, I think what she was looking for in showing me the report was a simple “cool” or “good job”.
Here’s what she got instead:
A questioning of the brief. She was clearly following the teacher’s directions, but I was having trouble understanding why she was allowed to pick this story in the first place.