Can Travel Make You More Creative? – Vogue

When faced with a creative block, common wisdom suggests you go for a walk, exercise, even take a nap. All three have a common thread, of course: creating distance and taking a mental break from the task at hand. So it stands to reason that really getting away, say, on a vacation, would be the ultimate cure, right? For the deskbound wanderlusters among us, the answer is thankfully, yes. New research suggests travel can increase your levels of creativity and cause an uptick in your mind’s ability to produce positive thoughts, leading you to a happier, more inspired version of you.

Source: Can Travel Make You More Creative? – Vogue

Game of Thrones-inspired festival coming to Ontario town | CBC Books

The creators behind the Festival of Wizardry, a weekend celebrating the world of Harry Potter, are bringing a Game of Thrones-inspired festival to Blyth, Ont. in Huron County.

The Festival of Thrones is for fans of medieval fantasy, like George R.R. Martin’s series-turned-television show Game of Thrones and Patrick Rothfuss’ The Name of the Wind.

Full Story: Game of Thrones-inspired festival coming to Ontario town | CBC Books

Boston police showcase art project aiming to combat youth violence

The Boston Police Department spent Tuesday afternoon unveiling a new tool used to combat violence in the city at their headquarters — art.

About two years ago, Medicine Wheel Productions, an institution that’s been using public art to strengthen Boston communities, joined with the police department to start a program designed to connect police officers and Boston youth through art workshops.

Full Story:  Boston police showcase art project aiming to combat youth violence

Chester Bennington death causes Help Musicians to launch Music Minds Matter campaign | Metro News

All we can really do when something awful happens is mourn the loss and then try to make something good happen.  That’s exactly what the music industry is trying to do from the awful loss of Chester.

Linkin Park frontman Bennington died by suicide last week at the age of 41.The tragedy has shaken the music industry, which Help Musicians has stated is going through a ‘mental health crisis’.

The charity has launched the Music Minds Matter campaign and are hoping to raise enough money for the first dedicated 24/7 mental health service for those in the music industry.

More info: Chester Bennington death causes Help Musicians to launch Music Minds Matter campaign | Metro News

Night Nation Run draws 8,000 for running music festival | TribLIVE

What cool event idea!!

Because it wasn’t just the electronic dance music reverberating through the air, causing the sidewalks to pulse under your feet. It was the mass who showed up—millennials, the older and wiser, those still occupying strollers, and everything in between—who not only caused traffic to stop, but inspired a wall of curious onlookers along N. Shore Drive. iPhones in the air, waiting to capture the moment when 8,000 people shot out from the starting line under fog machines, spot lights, and enough energy to short circuit the grid as Night Nation Run officially unleashed itself on the city.

Full Story: Night Nation Run draws 8,000 for running music festival | TribLIVE

Sidelined by strokes, a Maple Ridge man discovers poetry – Maple Ridge News

When Barry Plamondon was released from the hospital in 2013 his left side was paralyzed.

His second stroke also left him in a wheelchair.

The 25-year Maple Ridge resident sat at home for a couple of months acclimatizing to his new reality.

But after the second month he realized that he needed to do something to come to terms with his new disabilities.Plamondon picked up a pen and started writing.

Source: Sidelined by strokes, a Maple Ridge man discovers poetry – Maple Ridge News

Art can be a powerful medicine against dementia | The Guardian

The more I hear evidence like this, the more I question why the homes & hospitals we Americans tend to put our Senior Citizens in, have bare walls and allow solitary lifestyles.  Activity rooms focus on mundane activities instead of creative pursuits.  Why is it we just don’t “get” this?  When will it change?  Healing & Wellness includes the betterment of the soul – and we all know ART is what feeds the soul.  Why are we starving our Seniors of this requirement?

A few weeks ago, turning on the radio, I hear a voice saying that creative writing can help wounds heal faster. Startled, I turn the volume up. Volunteers were given small wounds; half were then asked to write about something distressing in their life, the other half about something mundane. The wounds of the confessional writers healed substantially more quickly. A thought or a feeling is felt on the skin. Our minds, which have power over our bodies, are in our bodies and are our bodies: we cannot separate

Full Story:   Art can be a powerful medicine against dementia | Nicci Gerrard | Society | The Guardian

Bristol author promised homeless man a holiday if her book was published – now he’s off to the seaside – Bristol Post

A Bristol author made a promise to her friend, a homeless man, that if her book ever got published she would send him on a holiday. Now she is making good on her promise and he is leaving the streets of St George for a week at the seaside.

Read the full, sweet story at:  Bristol author promised homeless man a holiday if her book was published – now he’s off to the seaside – Bristol Post