This Creative Resource Came Across My Browser


This is a website that teaches you the ins and outs of chess. From learning how the pieces move to advanced strategies.


With videos, games, and tactical exercises; you are equipped to learn and study chess at a high level.

I think this creates a lot of opportunities for the student to use their creative talents. Once strategies and deep understanding of the game are developed, the student should be able to use their creative mind to play chess. I think this is a great resource.

Here is a sample video

I wanted to make sure you were aware of it for the coming school year.

Chess has now become fun and cool.

Chess club anyone?




Dr. Strange Facts or “How I learned to love my nostrils”

Well, I took some time away from blogging this summer to focus on home projects, my non-profit (another story), my business, and most importantly my family. We took several trips, had some nice summer activities, and I did more research on creativity and education. (which is fun….for me)

Seattle Fun

The grandparents were gracious and offered to watch the two kiddos to allow the wife and I a “kid-free” 4 day weekend in Seattle. We enjoyed some time downtown and Pioneer Square where we climbed the Smith Tower. We took the elevator which was one of those old elevators that traditionally need an operator and so did this one. I think he was there mostly for aesthetics because  the elevator seem to have been adapted to operate without him, but it was very cool and you felt like you stepped back in time. The history of the tower was interesting, especially the fact that it was, at one time, the tallest building in the world. It was a bit confusing, why the 35th floor observation deck was adorned in Chinese elements but there were legends on the wall that tried to explain it. One item in the room was the wishing chair. It apparently is for use by single women wishing to get married and your wish is supposed to come true after sitting in it. There was a girl sitting in it when we got up to the deck but as I didn’t get her twitter handle, we may never know.

We took some pictures on top of the deck which is surround by a complete metal enclosure. I got the impression they’ve had jumpers before. Earlier in the day as we were coming into the city, we say a rather large creepy Art Deco type building. It spooked us. I imagined it was a hospital now turned into an asylum, cuz well, that’s just were my mind goes with things like that. We managed to see it from the Smith Tower (pic below). After a quick google search, we discover the building is mostly abandoned….which didn’t help the creepiness. It has a medical company in the bottom few floors but otherwise nothing. I couldn’t help but think the massive amounts of revenue that could be generated during Halloween in the abandoned floors but I could never implement a project like that. I hate the horror genre.


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Secret Traveler #2 Dosier and Travel Visa


We had to send your next destination  more encrypted than the last because we believe you are being followed. So please watch your back. You are about to leave a beautiful area and get on a cruise ship headed for Hawaii. There you will head one of two directions (E or W) to a port. When you get to the port, you can rent a car from here: Continue reading

Secret Traveler Mission #1

You have arrived at your first destination and entering customs went well. Here is your assignment

You need to immediately rent a car and drive north on the A1. You also need to rent a self-contained underwater breathing apparatus suit. Once you have done these things. You will stop somewhere along the coast, put on your suit, dive, and explore one of the greatest underwater areas of the world. What is it? Continue reading

This is an unusual brain post…

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Good morning. I have gathered all of you here this morning for this brain teaser. Enjoy.

“My quiz for this day is most unusual. As is the paragraph. What is so unusual about it? If you look hard, you should find what is unusual without too much difficulty. Try hard to spot it. How long did you think about it?”

Put answers below. Answer comes later in week. Subscribe if you like having fun.

Are You Out of Your Mind? I Hope So But if Not…

Out of Our Minds Book at

by Sir Ken Robinson – author and TED speaker

Well, what can I say? Publishers sure know what they are doing. You know how publishers sometimes add quotes on the front cover from people who are recommending a book? Well, that usually doesn’t work on me but I have to admit that I fell for it this time. I went to the library a few weeks ago looking for books on creativity. “How to”s, philosophies, education, etc and found this book by Sir Ken Robinson in the computer. There was a small, one word quote on the cover in the  picture of the computer that I couldn’t quite make out. I got the call number and went to the correct isle and found the book. On the front cover, I found the quote of “Brilliant” by none other than John Cleese. Now when John Cleese is recommending a book on creativity and education reform, I thought, “this is probably going to be worth my time”.

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Student Showcase

I wanted to take this week’s post to highlight a student of mine. Her name is Katelynne and she is one of my online piano students. Last week they were to learn about the Grand Staff (basically the staff of piano music; treble and bass clef put together). Being a creative educator, I decided against a lecture and had them research the grand staff themselves. They then were to present the information in any way they felt comfortable and I gave a few suggestions like Powerpoint, a video lecture, narrative while drawing the grand staff, etc.

There is a reason I wanted to highlight Katelynne’s video. It shows an extra dash of creativity and flare that displayed her personality. You could tell she had fun putting it together and I have no doubt she will always remember facts and figures of the grand staff. So without further ado, here is a presentation by Katelynne at NOTEable TV:

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