The Importance of Being Important

Cooking Onions

By Linda McLean | December 11, 2018

Sautéed onions, the slowly cooked gently coaxed mouth-watering aroma that fills a room kind, takes me back to grade seven Home-Ec. Mrs. Boyko stands near her desk, every now and then looking up to make sure we’re all stirring conscientiously. Fifteen grade seven girls – four to a stove – taking turns at developing patience.…

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The Story or Creating an Online Creativity Course – Part 1: “This is Your Song”

By Linda McLean | December 4, 2018

I’m creating an online songwriting course and I’ll tell you why. It’s because I know for a fact that everyone has a creative genius in them, lurking there behind a veil of equal parts fear, confusion and overwhelm. It’s the genius that lives in the secret desire we suppress into submission and call ‘stupid’, fanciful’…

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Coming in from the cold – at home in my local yoga studio.

By Linda McLean | November 27, 2018

We all need somewhere to go where we can come in out of the cold. I’m looking out my living room window at the gray sky and the slush falling in near freezing temperatures. Winter is coming, as it does, right after the short sweet Canadian autumn of dazzling reds oranges and yellows. Barren trees,…

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Dreams and Schemes – The Magic of Doing What We Love

By Linda McLean | November 20, 2018

When I was twenty- eight years old I told myself I needed to stop wasting time daydreaming about being a songwriter.  I remember distinct conversations with myself, talking right at my heart and saying, “Stop your moaning. Be grateful for what you have. Get on with your fabulous life.” In reality I was terrified of…

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What Do You Stand For?

By Linda McLean | November 14, 2018

“If we don’t stand for something, we’ll fall for anything.” It’s hard to know what we stand for. Especially, I think, because of all the self-censoring going on these days. We’re afraid to say what we truly believe. Or we’re so confused by the zillions of different ideas floating around in the strato-blogo-twitto-media sphere that…

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We’re all Creative – but that doesn’t mean it’s easy.

By Linda McLean | November 6, 2018

We’re all creative. I’ve said it before and I’m saying it again. If you are alive and you are a human, you are a creative being. I first heard the idea in 1996 when I read  Csikszentmihalyi’s Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention  – our ability to be creative is what distinguishes…

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My 28 Day Writing Challenge – Single-minded focus

By Linda McLean | October 30, 2018

Multi-tasking versus one task. It comes easily to me. After years of working on several things at once or fitting a project into all the other responsibilities (‘Writing is what I do between the ironing.” Alice Munro)  I can work on several songs at a time while moving houses. I can work on a story…

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4 Steps of Songwriting – You Have a Song in You

By Linda McLean | October 23, 2018

I believe you have a song. I believe everyone has a song, a unique song that no one else can write. Even if you’ve convinced yourself that you’d never in a million years write a song, I know you can. I’ve worked with so many people who were stuck in ‘negative self-talk-myself-out-of-it-talk’,  only to find…

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Children are resilient? No they aren’t.

By Linda McLean | October 16, 2018

“Children are resilient.” That was the statement I heard over and over during our years of family mediation. What does that mean? Its an adjective, an attribute attached to a noun. And words like strong, tough, hardy, bouyant, and irrepressible are used as synonyms. Children are resilient? No they aren’t. Maybe some are in some…

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The Year of Finishing

By Linda McLean | October 9, 2018

Many moons ago, I was a mom raising three kids. I was building a house in the country. I was thinking about what to do when I grew up. I hadn’t become a songwriter yet. I hadn’t started writing books. I was about to go back to school to get a Masters degree. Recently I…

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