Marney K. Makridakis is the author of Creating Time: Using Creativity to Reinvent the Clock and Reclaim Your Life and founder of the online community ArtellaLand.com for artists, writers, and other creative souls. She considers the following things essential to her creative well-being: "the color orange, poetic novels, singing loudly, daily naps, the love of a good man, and hero worship of Mary Poppins."
A good way of viewing this paperback is to see it as a Questing Vehicle that will take you to places that are not usually on your map. After rolling through the brief quiz, Makridakis is off to the races. Definitions first:
"Hopping refers to having an idea or impulse and exploring it in your imagination.
Skipping refers to experimenting and trying new things.
Jumping refers to quickly moving into action."
The challenge here is to playfully let yourself go with the flow with Hopping, Skipping, and Jumping. There are 25 ideas for each activity plus a really inventive toolbox of features: Fun Facts, Top Ten Lists, Haikoodles, AcroWhims and Manifestgrams. These make this creative resource stand out from similar books. An example:
"Let your ABC's consist of Action fueled by Belief, and fulfilled by Choice!"
One of Maridakis's favorite quotes from Fred Rogers:
"When we treat children's play as seriously as it deserves, we are helping them feel the joy that's to be found in the creative spirit. It's the things that we play with and the people who help us play that make a great difference in our lives."