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If you haven't been introduced to the magic that is a Miyazaki anime film, take a little time to watch this.  It's my favorite scene in Kiki's Delivery Service, and it deals with that intangible spark that we have that gives birth to creative impulse.  Kiki is a young witch who has lost her faith in herself and, thus, lost her "magic" — her spirit. 

Her artist friend in the film (played by Janeane Garofolo in the English dubbed version, btw), tells Kiki that sometimes, you need to take a step back and take care of yourself in order to recover your spirit.  This is such great advice, as anyone who has suffered from writer's block can tell you, since the more you push the worse things generally get. 

Sometimes in life, whatever it is that is dragging you along really requires you to be able to take a step back in order to see the whole of the problem that you face.  One of the best things about having The Peanut is that I get to watch these great Miyazake animes over and over, and that playing with her helps me to renew the weariness that sometimes seeps in from the overwhelming news we sift through day to day on the blog.

I thought we could all use a pause, and a little discussion about renewal.  What are you doing to feed your spark?

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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