Jonathan Malm helps people uncover creative options for their life and their church. He’s the author of Created for More, a 30-day devotional to help you develop a more creative mind. You’ll find him in San Antonio, Texas, roasting his own coffee beans and enjoying life with his Argentine wife, Carolina.

Creativity and Seppuku

Seppuku: Japanese ritual suicide. Samurai were honor-bound to commit seppuku if captured. It was an honorable death. In 1970, Yukio Mishima, one of the most important Japanese authors of the 20th century, shocked the world by committing seppuku. On November 25th, he sliced open his stomach inside a government building. Why did Mishima kill himself?

Highly Inflammable

Did you know that inflammable means flammable? Why’s this of any consequence? Typically, the prefix “in-” means “not”. Inconceivable means not conceivable. Incompatible means not compatible. Shouldn’t inflammable mean not flammable? How confusing is that!

Get Edited

What makes a book great? Unfortunately, the answer is not “the author”. It’s actually the editor(s). Editors take a good book and make it great. They provide an outside perspective that helps communicate your ideas more clearly and can provide a viewpoint you would have never considered. The same thing happens with music. A good…

Create a Cartoon

Experiencing a clogged brain? Try new, improved, Liquid Braino! It’s guaranteed to get your creative juices flushing strong. Today’s Creative Draino is super fun. It’s both an exercise and a way to pass time when you’re bored. (I often employ this technique during long meetings that aren’t holding my interest.)

Create Illusions

Here’s a perfect example of Thinking in Equations. We’re all pretty familiar with optical illusions. Take the image to the left, it looks like the lines are crooked…when they are in fact horizontal and parallel. Well just like you can have optical illusions for the eye, you can have sound illusions for the ear. Let’s…

Visual Gastronomy|Episode 9|

Gastronomy The practice or art of choosing, cooking, and eating good food. If you want to be physically fit, it’s important what you feed your mouth. If you want to be fit creatively, you need to feed your eyes and ears the right stuff. That’s what visual gastronomy is all about–good food for your eyes.…