This post was assembled on “Giving Tuesday,” November 28th, 2017.
At no time in human history has so much potentially useful information and such an abundance of astounding images and music been available to almost everybody for free or at minimal cost.
The hard part is cutting through the info noise to get to the worthwhile cultural signals.
The following links to books, articles, and videos have been sources of inspiration and practical help to me in being an artist.
I have organized the material into seven general categories for your convenience.
Dynamics of Economic, Technological, and Social Change
Dynamics of Personal Change
Be Happy & Let Go of Guilt
Career Advice for Creatives
Coping with Illness
Inspiring Online Videos
The Life of Flowers Video – time lapse photography
NASA: Solar Eruption
Inspiring Online Music
Duet of the Flowers
Odetta: This Little Light of Mine
Chopin: Complete Piano Nocturnes
In 2015 I posted a blog entry titled “St.Pete: Great Encore Artist City.”
The content dealt with key people, places, and insider insights that would be of practical use to creative boomers contemplating a relocation from up north to The Sunshine City.
Over the last 28 months, much has transpired — most of it for the good. Three highlights include:
The ongoing construction of The Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement
The ongoing construction of James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art
And the completion of the acoustic shell at the Mahaffey Theater for the Florida Orchestra
The two big questions clouding an otherwise blue sky are whether the thousands of new rental buildings and condos currently under construction, or just completed, will greatly diminish the laid-back charm of the city; and whether city government can competently oversee the design and management of the vital new sewage facilities.
But on balance, that what was good in the recent past remains good today. And St. Pete remains one of the best and most affordable places for creative boomers to both continue and expand their creative pursuits.