Here’s a common pop up ad, “Boost your creativity! Download the new app NOW!”

 “Do I need one more app in my life?” I can justify my scanner, weather, directions, and meditation, and metronome apps but do I need another app(s) to help get more creative (in writing, presenting, designing)? Or is more just more?

My Dad

Edible Centerpiece, The Nerona Family, San Diego, CA, USA

My dad grew up Cavite, Philippines.  He was very poor and only had an elementary school education. Yet he was very intelligent, creative, and resourceful.

When my dad was in the US Navy, he worked as a steward.   One of the creative things that he did for the admiral’s receptions was create these edible fruit and vegetable sculptures and centerpieces.  

He was featured in the August 18, 1968 issue of the Miami Herald and they called his work “masterpieces.” My dad’s resources: a knife, vegetables, fruits, AND his imagination!

Alejandrino T, Nerona featured in the Miami Herald, August 18, 1968, "It's Almost Too Pretty to Eat!"

26 Letters

I’m in the middle of reading George RR Martin’s Fire & Blood: 300 Years Before A Game of Thrones (A Targaryen History). 

This hard cover book weighs 2.5 pounds and has 736 pages filled with dragons, family drama, and sinful characters!

There are only 26 letters in the English alphabet.  Those aforementioned 736 pages are made up of Martin’s imagination, inventive storytelling, and a combination of 26 letters of the alphabet.

Fun fact: The sentence “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog” contains all of the letters of the English alphabet.

86 Keys

A standard piano has 86 keys (34 black,  52 white).  Legendary classical music has been created from those 86 keys.  African American composer Florence Price (1887-1953) wrote over 300 pieces of music, including symphonies, concertos, sonatas and songs. Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1827) composed over 1000 pieces of music. He played the earlier version of the piano called a harpsichord which had 60 keys.

3 Colors

Primary colors (red, yellow, blue) are parents to countless color combinations.  The Home Depot paint department has a large swatch wall.  For orange paint, there’s Behr’s Inferno or Japanese Koi.  If I’m looking for a red lipstick, I go to the MAC Cosmetics counter and there’s Ruby Woo, Cockney, or Viva Glam.

Do I need another app?

Do I have enough resources to bring my thoughts, imagination, perspective to a blank page?


Sometimes having too many choices limits my focus and attention.  All I need is already in my heart, my brain, and in my fingers. 

Thanks, Dad.

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