My friend, Chief Learning Rebel Shannon Tipton (@stipton on Twitter), recently blogged about The Mystery of Inspiration.
Here is my real-life inspiration, typos and all, via a conversation Shannon and I are having on Twitter right now:
Me: It’s #DanceDay Friday….first up: Little Red Corvette by Prince.
Shannon: mind map to raspberry beret.
Me: mind map to 99 red ballons
Shannon: mind map to Red, Red Wine
Me: mind map to Heaven is a Place on Earth
Shannon: the ultimate mind map Stairway to Heaven
Shannon (she cheated and got in THREE while I was in a meeting….harrumph): mind map knocking on heavens door.
Shannon (yet again): Magic Carpet Ride
Me (finally my turn): We’ve Only Just Begun by Karen Carpenter #MindMapSongs
“Dear phone, it’s not you…it’s me. I love you, but I need you to leave my bedroom.” ~Arianna Huffington
Why do girls play with dolls while boys get to play with action figures?
The difference is subtle but powerful.
The words we use shape our thoughts, dreams, and our reality:
Belinda Parmar, founder of Little Miss Geek, shared this graphic during her closing keynote speech at DevLearn 2014.
According to dictionary.com:
A doll is a small figure representing a baby or other human being, especially for use as a child’s toy.
Doll is slang for: (a) a pretty but expressionless or unintelligent woman; (b) a girl or woman, especially one who is considered attractive; (c) a boy or man who is considered attractive; (d) an affectionate term of address, as to a child or romantic partner (sometimes offensive when used to subordinates, especially by a male to a female).
An action figure is a toy figure with jointed, movable limbs, representing a character in a cartoon, movie, etc., or a real person or animal, often one known for exciting action or extraordinary powers.
From Neil deGrasse Tyson’s keynote speech at DevLearn 2014.
These words are the invisible molds that shape how we see ourselves and others.
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