1. In The Creative Urge, I talked about how nearly all children have the desire to create art - a desire that withers in adults. At one point I even wondered if the creative urge is, at some level, childish.
Well, I just stumbled upon a quote from Pablo Picasso which captures this beautifully. "The greatest artist in the world," he said, "is an uninhibited child at play." He also said "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist."
2. In The Small Dog Manifesto, I gave eight reasons to own a small dog. I recently learned a 9th - many security experts recommend poodles and chihuahuas as watch dogs (not guard dogs). In fact, master burgler Walter Shaw recently said on Oprah that he avoided houses with small dogs.
Both posts are updated.