The Sandbox Blog

This is where I share studio notes and thoughts from behind the scenes here at Creative Sandbox Solutions™ HQ. I’m all about process here, and I’m transparent about mine, so you can learn from both my wins and my mistakes.

If you have any questions or comments, don’t be shy — drop me a line! I’d love to hear from you.

Lessons Learned from London Youth

Lessons Learned from London Youth

My last day in London, I was walking down the street, and I pulled out my phone to snap a pic of the scene to sketch later.

“Hey! You can’t take a picture of me!” I heard someone yell.

I kept walking. I hadn’t actually noticed any people in the frame I shot, so they couldn’t be talking to me, could they?


Maybe they’d leave me alone if I ignored them.

Nope. The voice quickly morphed into a teenage boy and his three buddies, all (oddly) smeared with Halloween face paint and carrying trick-or-treat buckets. (Odd because it was October 26th.)

“You can’t take a picture of me!” the kid yelled in my face. read more…

Connect Better with Audiences with the Story Spine

Connect Better with Audiences with the Story Spine

Once upon a time there was a research manager named Cindy, who worked at a global social media company. Cindy’s team was super-smart, but they weren’t having the kind of impact and influence she thought they deserved.

Every day Cindy’s team of researchers would try to share their brilliant research insights with people throughout the organization, but their messages weren’t having an impact, and they couldn’t understand why.

So one day, Cindy decided it was time to get some help.

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It Only Took Me 40 Years to Learn This Lesson

It Only Took Me 40 Years to Learn This Lesson

The Jewish High Holy Days are coming up fast.

I’m still debating whether I’ll be attending services in-person or via Zoom this year, because my family is all traveling to London for my nephew’s bar mitzvah in a few weeks, and staying healthy is my number one priority!

The synagogue I belong to now does a wonderful job of involving congregants in the service, but I confess, I miss the services at my former synagogue, where I was a very active lay leader.

In fact, that’s actually where I first learned to get comfortable “onstage,” as it were.
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