a monthly newsletter from Crystal Communications August 2005

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Events to Help Your Business Grow


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End-of-Summer Discount on Computer Training!


Events to Help Your Business Grow

Join me at some of the following events:

Tuesday, August 2
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Presented by The Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce
Marriott Riverwalk
No RSVP necessary.
Mention my name to get in free.
More info here.

Friday, August 5
7:00 -9:00 a.m.

Presented by The Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce
Petroleum Club
7th Floor of the Energy Bldg, 8620 N. New Braunfels
RSVP here.

Wednesday, August 17
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Presented by The Greater San Antonio Chamber's Central Area Business Council
110 Broadway
Learn about theFund - a new initiative created to support the local arts community. Enjoy performances by local musicians and art displays from local artists. Free admission and great door prizes.
RSVP requested.


Ready to send those kids back to school? I'm doing a lot of training this month, but I look forward to my classes at St. Philip's. I think I work better when I'm on a regular schedule. How about you?

  • Creativity
  • "Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep."
    -Scott Adams

    I must have started this column four times. I would find a quotation I like, write a paragraph or two and then decide that it wasn’t really what I wanted to write about this month. I don’t know if it was the heat, or the fact that my son and his girlfriend were here all last week (and it was a wonderful visit!), or the number of training sessions I have scheduled over the next few weeks. I just know that the first attempts were not ones I wanted to keep.

    There seems to be a tendency for those of us who try to create to expect every attempt we make to come out as something worthwhile. The exercise of creativity almost demands the opposite. You know those magic moments when you have created something that you step back from and wonder how you accomplished it? My friend Debbie tells me that those moments happen more frequently the more you give yourself over to the creative urge. In other words, creativity very often is like a muscle – the more you use it, the stronger it becomes.

    I met a potter once who taught classes. He explained that his students would be so focused, so concerned with getting everything right, that they forgot to have fun and be creative. They would work on their constructions while he created a piece as well. At about the midpoint in the class, he would take his creation and drop it on the cement floor in the class where it would break into thousands of tiny pottery shards. The class would gasp in horror. He would explain, “It’s just clay. If I’ve created it once, I can do it again.” He needed to get them to understand that art is not about luck. It’s about practice and skill and trying over and over again. It’s about allowing yourself to make mistakes.

    I’ve made a few. Each one gets me a little closer to creating what I want. Give yourself permission to create. Make mistakes. Then decide what’s worth keeping.

    Thank you so much to Chickie Backhaus from Independence Hill who sent in the following explanation of the term “nest egg.” Chickie wins a gift card from one of my favorite restaurants.

    There was this man out in the wilderness and this large eagle kept attacking him whenever he got close to a certain part of the forest... and he could not figure out why.

    He soon came across an Indian scout and the scout said to follow him and he would explain why the eagle did this. He led the man to a nearby cliff and pointed up and said "nest, egg".

    Thus the meaning of the phrase has come to mean "something very precious that you must guard with your very life" should you be fortunate enough to have one.

    I like this better than the one from the 1700s, which was "a real or artificial egg left in a nest to induce the hen to go on laying there." Good job, Chickie! (And how perfect is it that she was the winner this month?

    I think I’ll try one more phrase before I go back to the puzzles for you logical types. This month, give me an explanation (not the real one) for the term “pull out all the stops” and you might win a free meal. Humor scores extra points. Have a great month!

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