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How to Jumpstart Your Creativity by Jacque Parsley
Coming soon: A movie studio  By Lisa J. Adams 
A Conversation about Change   by Maureen Van Dine
There is a new baby in the home of Pat and Judy Marzulli
A luncheon was held ... at the home of Joe Collerain 


5/8/04  How to Jumpstart Your Creativity by Jacque Parsley

First rule-there are no rules, break the rules, make your own rules, rules be gone.
Keep a journal or sketchbook, dream journal.
Be curious, childlike; see the obvious like The Emperor's New Clothes.
Ask the question, What if? Suspend judgment of yourself and others. Respect differences.
Find patterns in your life. Be aware of synergy and coincidences.
Expect the unexpected.
Use your non-favored hand. Get off the beaten path. Take another route home. Don't be one of the herd.
Think about what you want to happen. Don't think about what you do not want to happen.
Seek opportunities to be creative.
Use your creativity in all areas of your life; gardening, golf, cooking, hobbies, volunteer work.
Borrow ideas, kill the sacred cow. It has all been done before anyway.
Good is good enough. Perfection may never come. Don't try, just do it!
Keep moving. Go dancing, bowling or something physical that you have never done before. If you are stuck, take a walk in nature, visit galleries or museums, flea markets, antique shops, garage sales. Go to a movie, especially a comedy (no Terminator). Fly a kite. Make a kite.
Establish a creative climate and space for yourself. Make good use of your most creative time of day (or night).
See the big picture. Think big (out of the rectangle).
Don't be afraid to Be the fool or make a mistake. Take a risk, take a chance. Bury your ego.
Be still, meditate, get bored. Take a media vacation, no TV, phone, e-mail pager, newspaper.
Have balance in your life; spirituality, family, work, hobbies, friends, massage, animals, nature, exercise, rest (not necessarily in that order).
Continue to learn, take classes, go back to school learn new computer programs, learn a second language or a third.
Look at the world with loving eyes. Forget, forgive, and get over it!
Practice centering rituals, yoga, Pilates.
Live in the present.
Think of yourself as an artist or creative person.
Surround yourself with objects that you love or remind you of joyful experiences.
Don't take yourself or your ideas too seriously. Never refer to yourself in the third person.
Go with the flow. What you resist persist. Be flexible.
Lighten up, laugh easily and often, and laugh at yourself.
Trust yourself and your intuition. Does it feel right? Visualize it. See yourself doing it.
Take the opposite viewpoint. Walk a mile in another man's shoes and if your still don't agree, at least you have his shoes.
Do not give others your power. Learn to say no.
Celebrate life daily. Live in a constant state of gratitude.
Listen to classical music, not heavy metal.
Believe in magic, miracles, angels, fairies, Santa Clause.
Status Quo has to go.
Grant recognition and rewards to others. Share information.
Ask the question in a different way. Creativity is Us. We is creativity.
We be creativity. Creativity now!!
Surround yourself with positive people. Remember the Negativity Vampires will suck the marrow from your bones and take as much as you will let them.
Think of multiple solutions. As Buddha said, There are many ways to get to God.
Confront your fears.
Have faith in the future. Trust the universe.
Practice free association. Consider random ideas.
Realize that you are the only you. Value your uniqueness.

4/29/04  Coming soon: A movie studio  By Lisa J. Adams The Associated Press

SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE, Mexico · Just a short stroll from the cobblestone streets of this well-preserved colonial city, the old Rancho San Ignacio presents a breath-grabbing vista right out of the movies.

Hardy cactus and gnarled mesquite trees etch the foreground as grassy plain dissolves into the shadows of distant sloping hills.

Producer-director Francesca Fisher thinks movies -- and money -- when she gazes out over a desert scene in central Mexico that has served as the backdrop for dozens of films starring the likes of John Wayne and Antonio Banderas.

With the help of other investors, the New Zealand native bought the 250-acre ranch from Javier Origel -- a one-time cowboy extra in many Wayne westerns -- and has started work on a studio complex to be known as The Film Colony.

Scheduled to open fully in 2007, the $48 million project is designed to be a full-service, "one-stop shop" for foreign movie productions -- and to boost Mexico's respected, but resource-starved film industry, responsible for recent international hits like Amores Perros, Tu Mama Tambien, El Crimen del Padre Amaro and 21 Grams.

Fisher estimates the Film Colony will create about 650 temporary and full-time jobs. And she plans to operate a film school to expand the number of Mexico-based cinema technicians.

"We've come up with what we believe to be a world-class design," Fisher said from New Zealand.

Mexico has lured many a foreign filmmaker with its beaches, jungles and deserts. In the 1960s and '70s, northern Durango state hosted westerns featuring John Wayne, Burt Lancaster and Ernest Borgnine.

More recently, the Baja California peninsula has provided dramatic land- and seascapes for such films as Titanic, Tomorrow Never Dies, Deep Blue Sea, Pearl Harbor and The Weight of Water.

This city of 76,000 people -- known for its "wedding cake" church spires, quaint byways and colonial architecture -- has been an enchanting backdrop for Mexican and foreign feature films as well as domestic soap operas and music videos.

Robert Rodriguez used San Miguel to film most of the third installment of his mariachi trilogy, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, as well as a good portion of the second, Desperado, both starring Banderas. Another Banderas movie, And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself, produced by HBO, also was shot in San Miguel.

Robert Mitchum, Kim Novak, Rita Hayworth and Anthony Quinn were among the stars who could be found relaxing at the famed La Cucaracha cantina between shoots here or in Mexico City, 150 miles to the south.

Mexico already has two movie studios -- the capital's historic Churubusco studios used since the 1940s and Twentieth Century Fox's enormous Fox Studios Baja, built in 1996 just south of the California border for the filming of "Titanic."

San Miguel lacks that infrastructure, so filmmakers "haven't been dropping the kind of money in the state that could have been captured had there been more comprehensive facilities available," Fisher said.

The movie producer is among thousands of artists, writers and retirees who have been drawn to San Miguel. Many of the city's numerous art galleries, bookshops, restaurants and bed and breakfasts are owned by expatriates like Fisher, who says she "totally fell in love with San Miguel from the moment I stepped off the bus in 1984."

Banderas and members of the Rockefeller family are just two examples of the rich and famous with vacation homes here. Mayor Luis Alberto Villarreal estimates expatriates make up 10 percent of the population.

Copyright © 2004, South Florida Sun-Sentinel 

4/15/04           A Conversation about Change         by Maureen Van Dine

"San Miguel has changed in the 12 years we've been coming here," he said.
"Yes, there are more people on the streets than ever before," she said
"Especially on the holidays like last week"
"But I didn't notice any pushing or shoving did you?"
"No, but I had to say buenos dias or buenos tardes a lot more."
"What didn't change was the courtesy ."
"I had to deal with a lot more smiles."
"Including the automatic response smile which keeps your face free of wrinkles my dear"  "So   more people on the streets isn't a bad change,"she continued
"But what about the shops, they are changing continuously," he added.
"Yes, the new ones seem to be more expensive, more tourist oriented."
"Right, they're selling things made in other places not in San Miguel. That's progress.  There are still a lot of shops that sell San Miguel tin and glass products.  Like commerce the world over the small underfunded shops die ."
"Especially as the rents go up."
"But this is helping the overall economy of San Miguel, more people have jobs that are paying    them a living wage."
"And the restaurants too have changed.  They are much more costly. You can't get a meal for   under $20 for two anymore."
"Food costs more, what do you want them to do, give it away?"
"You have stars in yours eyes. You can't see what's happening."
"I love it here"

April 1, 2004    There is a new baby in the home of Pat and Judy Marzulli       by Judy Marzulli

There is a new baby in the home of Pat and Judy Marzulli. Her name is Chiquita and she weights 2 pounds. She is a 2 & 1/2 month old Chihuahua and the whole family is thrilled with her. She recently attended a social engagement at the home of Vera  and Duncan Campbell and all of the guests fell in love with her. She is looking forward to her first trip to the jardin, which will be when she is a little older, so that she can show all of SM just how beautiful she is.

March 29, 2004    A luncheon was held ...    by Joe Collerain

On Monday, March 22nd, Joe & Bebe' Collerain hosted a champange pool luncheon for ladies only held at their home in Los Frailes.  In attendence were Cheryl Crouch, Regina Chaffin, Jackie Levy & Jan Dunkin.  Luncheon consisted of stuffed artichoke hearts, guacamole/chips, Joe's famous BBQ pork ribs, Texas baked beans, asparagus, garlic bread and double fudge chocolate chip cake for dessert.  The sun was shinning brightly, champagne flowed like water and a good time was had by all!

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