The Genius of Creative Mornings

Readers of this blog know that I’m head over heels in love with a group called Creative Mornings.

It’s an international group with 188 chapters all over the world.

The Creative Mornings Palm Beach chapter is the one I’ve gotten to know and I try to make as many of their monthly Friday morning meetings as my crazy schedule will permit. I never leave feeling anything other than motivated and inspired. In today’s stress filled world, you can’t put a price on the value of inspiration.

The most recent Creative Mornings was held at Old School Square’s Crest Theatre… a venue near and dear to my heart. I got married in the Crest, gave a few “state of the city” speeches on the stage and have seen some amazing performances over the years ranging from Roger McGuinn of The Byrds and Delray’s own Joe Cotton Band to memorable speeches by former Irish President Mary Robinson, winner of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. It’s a magical place.

So I am always excited to be at the Crest. It feels like home.

The guest speaker at Creative Mornings this month was Sean Scott, a founder of Subculture Coffee. He was very interesting.

Each month, the international body of Creative Mornings comes up with a topic that speakers all over the world address. Sean’s topic was “intention.”
He left me and others thinking about the word and the role intention plays in our lives.

He started with a provocative question: “Do you have an intention for your life?”
It’s quite a question if you think about it.

Because in a fast paced society we often rush from event to event. The months fly by: “Wow, I can’t believe its August already.” Pretty soon years fly by, then decades and you wake up and your 40, 50 or 80 for that matter.

If our lives are devoid of intention we might find that life slips by and those things we had dreamed of doing are suddenly out of reach.

Sean reminded me of that possibility; the very real chance that without intention you can lose time that you cannot ever recover.

He also gave us a valuable perspective on intention.

First, there are ingredients to a life of intention. They include truth, humility, transparency and integrity. If you combine those four traits, you get a good human. He also reminded us that intention is immune to success or failure, which makes sense if you think about it. If you have an intention in life success is a way station and failure is just a hurdle to clear.

But my favorite piece of advice was this: “intention is a long game.”
I love that line.

Intention is a long game.

If we are strong in our intentions we stick with them. It’s not something we instantly achieve or discard.

Creative Mornings is full of people who live creative lives of intention. In a harsh and fast paced world, it’s good to be with people who give a damn. Those words are straight from the Creative Mornings manifesto.

I’ve included the manifesto here with the hopes that I will see you one of these Fridays. I promise you will leave inspired and energized.

Everyone is creative.


A creative life requires bravery and action, honesty and hard work. We are here to support you, celebrate with you, and encourage you to make the things you love.


We believe in the power of community. We believe in giving a damn. We believe in face-to-face connections, in learning from others, in hugs and high-fives.


We bring together people who are driven by passion and purpose, confident that they will inspire one another, and inspire change in neighborhoods and cities around the world.


Everyone is welcome.




Weekend Best Bets: Tennis, 60 Days of Fun and Elton

Emmy winner Dick Hyman will be at the Arts Garage tonight and Friday

Emmy winner Dick Hyman will be at the Arts Garage tonight and Friday

Support Tomorrow’s Promise

Tomorrow’s Promise is a charter school originally founded by two members of the Delray Beach Police Department, the late, great Officer Johnny Pun and Community Service Officer Fred Glass.

For more than a decade now, the school– under the leadership of our friend Marjorie Waldo– has done a great job with kids who need a little extra attention.

On Saturday, you can support this great cause, eat healthy food and listen to great music at a benefit hosted by the Delray Beach Initiative, a new group formed to raise money to help Delray kids.

From 6:30-9:30pm visit DIG restaurant, 7777 E. Atlantic Ave, and listen to the songs of Steve Martel, Jimmy Durkin and Max Dubose.  A $10 suggested donation will benefit the school.

Bring your friends and spread the word.

Tennis Finals

This weekend marks the semifinals and finals of the Delray Beach Open.

It has been a glorious week of tennis at the Delray Beach Tennis Stadium with personalities ranging from Andy Roddick and Kei Nishikori to the Bryan Brothers and breakout American star Steve Johnson delighting fans.

There’s still time to catch the end of the event and experience tennis up close and personal–the Delray way.

Visit for tickets and more information.

60 Days of Fun in Boca

Well folks, we’re in the midst of The City of Boca Raton’s 60 Days of Family Fun. And fun it is with music, live entertainment and family-centric activities at Downtown Boca’s Mizner Park Amphitheater. 

Here’s a brief summary of what you can expect in the coming weeks.

Sunday, February 23 – 2 p.m. & 4 p.m.

Arts Power’s Production of:  Are You My Mother?: This national touring theatre production brings to life the beloved children’s book by P.D. Eastman with two matinee performances.  The first event will take place under the “Big Tent,” bring blankets or chairs. Chairs will also be available on site for $5.00.

Saturday, March 1 – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

1st Annual Health & Wellness Experience: Presented by the City of Boca Raton, CBS12 and Sun Sentinel, the 1st Annual Health and Wellness Experience will be the “must-see, must attend” health and wellness event in South Florida.  The free, interactive event will offer something for every age and every interest including medical screenings, healthy cooking demonstrations, celebrity appearances and activities for the kids.  As part of National Bike Month a kid’s safety & fun zone will offer bike helmet safety tips, demonstrations and fittings.  For more information, please call 561.881.0702 or visit   The event is FREE and takes place under the tent.

All events are rain or shine.  There is limited parking in Mizner Park garages.  Attendees are encouraged to park for free and walk from City Hall and the libraries. For more information, visit or  For recorded information call (561) 544-8600.

Early Elton at Crest Theater

We love Elton John.

In fact, Dave has a collection of eyewear that honors the legendary rocker.

But we really prefer his early years to the late career schmaltz. At least I do. Dave’s middle name is Schmaltz.

That’s why we are recommending the show “Early Elton” at the Crest Theatre, this Friday at 8 p.m.

This dynamic show is a tribute to the music Elton John wrote and sang during his “Trio Period “ with Dee Murray and Nigel Olsson, from 1970-1972.

 Featuring Jeff Kazee (piano and vocals), Rich Pagano (drums and vocals) and John Conte (bass and vocals), the show is sure to appeal to those who love Elton’s work. 

As the story goes, Elton’s label didn’t have the funds to send him out on a U.S. tour with a full band, but Elton needed to promote his pending releases. 

He brought Dee and Nigel on board and rearranged the songs and vocals to fit within the limitations of this trio. Suddenly, a new sound emerged that was both raw and poignant.

The rest as they history.

For more information, visit

Arts Garage has packed weekend

The venerable Arts Garage offers two cool performers this weekend.

Winner of an Emmy and seven “Most Valuable Player Awards” from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, Dick Hyman performs two distinctly different concerts this week.

  THU 2/20 | 7:30PM – History of Jazz.

FRI 2/21 | 8PM – The Great American Songbook.

Visit for tickets.

On Saturday night, Manuel Valera and New Cuban Express will play at 8 p.m.

Lauded by Billboard magazine and others, Valera is a rising star in the jazz world and he will be right here in Delray.

Have a great and safe weekend!


Head over to Third and Third tonight for their first anniversary party. Great food and music and walk over to nearby Artist’s Alley at Third Avenue and Third Street to see and meet some great local artists.