A Better Way to Get Tubed

Surf’s Up
Handcolored Photo

February’s issue of O Magazine is all about Creativity.

Breezing through the magazine I came upon a side bar of particular interest titled 7 Ways to Spark Your Creativity. (Who doesn’t need a spark this snow covered January day?) by designer Anna Rabinowicz.

At the top of the list is a book recommendation, Not a Box by Antoinette Portis in which “a rabbit sits in a cardboard box and uses his imagination to transform it into a racecar, a mountain, a robot.”

Our Rabbit, Thunder
using her imagination

Not only do I have a pet rabbit and I know how creative she is, but I figured I could use this approach to
see my upcoming brain MRI in a new way.

Old way: Claustrophobic tube with a jack hammer in my head. (VERY SCARY)

New way:  A very cool time travel, space ship …
Some time to chill and not have a phone stuck to my head or my fingers dancing on the computer keys
Time to practice yoga/meditation off the mat (even though that was checked off my bucket list last week when I had an hour and a half breast MRI!)
A full body massage (ok that’s a stretch)

The Quest, 1988
Oil on canvas
40″ x 40″

Any other ideas out there?


  1. amy, your frame dame
    February 1, 2011

    well, this isn’t necessarily creative but it does require focus and concentration; choose a favorite album, you know, one of those you learned by heart way back when. and then start at the beginning – in your mind, of course. and let the MRI machine be your metronome!

  2. Nanci Hersh
    February 1, 2011

    Thanks for the great idea of the MRI as the metronome!
    My friend and former yoga teacher from NJ is sending me her Yoga Nidra download which is an amazing practice.

    Thanks for your good wishes. When is your show?

  3. amy
    February 7, 2011

    the opening is june 3rd at monmouth museum and runs until july 3rd. and i have to give a 1 hour talk at some point that month… there’s work to be done!

  4. Nanci Hersh
    February 8, 2011

    Make sure I get an invite!


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