Author: Art Baird, Founder & Partner of Creative Marbles Consultancy

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From Reluctance, Blossoms an Impassioned Papa

All of the things I thought I would become, a father was never one. My marriage having failed in my early thirties, only helped to solidify the idea that fatherhood was for everyone else, but me. The last thing the world needed was for me to be in a position of influencing a member of …

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Stop, Smell the Roses and Improve Your View at the Same Time

Seek to grow each day, in a mildly different way, than what you observed about yourself the day before.  Stop what you’re doing, letting the mundane day-to-day come to a halt. Once the forward motion that stirred up so much commotion, day in and day out, also ceases, then you can get a glimpse into the …

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Embrace, Don’t Shun Worry and Stress; a Normal Part of Living

We spend our lives–first, learning and then, embracing–the idea that stress and worry should be avoided, denied, and minimized, but seldom understood. Art shares his view on worry and stress with a high school junior client and their family, as well as how one can work with stress and worry to become stronger, not weaker …

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The Climb to the Summit is Always the Most Beautiful, Yet Dangerous

The University of California deadline comes to pass at Midnight (U.S) West Coast time, November 30. Plus, a number of highly selective private and flagship public colleges–notable names include the University of Southern California (USC) and the University of Washington–have a deadline for Midnight Dec 1. Students and their families scurrying to complete applications within …

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Teaching Style Can Create Stress Among Some Students in a Classroom of Thirty Five Students

Today’s podcast is an edited conversation with a client (high school junior) who was attempting to identify pressure surrounding the day-to-day academic grind. Within the broader conversation, the student suggested that the teaching style of their AP English teacher was creating undo stress and anxiety on the part of the student and their family. Related …

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Long Live the College Admission Essay

Being in the trenches over the last month or so of the college admissions process and more specifically, the writing portion of the application process–a process I have experienced again and again without tiring (this is my 18th season working with students on the writing of the autobiographical college essay), playing the role of editor …

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College Selection and Financial Aid in the Age of Rising College Tuition: Part Three

We finish our podcast series today on College Selection and Financial Aid, by discussing the need to define the value of college in an era where tuitions are rising faster then the cost of pretty much everything else we consume. Furthermore, we offer simple questions that any family can ask early, and often, in helping …

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Happy, Happy Thanksgivings To One and All From Your Friends at Creative Marbles

Our resident seven year old history teacher–while once again practicing the oral tradition of concentrating when listening to an instruction and sharing it from memory with others–recites a historical synopsis of Thanksgiving in helping to define the importance of this day. At Creative Marbles Consultancy, we take a somewhat day off today (college deadlines happen …

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College Selection and Financial Aid in the Age of Rising College Tuition: Part Two

We continue our series on college selection and financial aid, by discussing the clash between the demand–and even right to attend college–and the dawning reality that rising tuitions (at a rate greater than inflation), alongside  average student debt increasing at an unsustainable rate, are beginning to price some deserving candidates out of the college marketplace. …

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Prudent Fiscal Planning (Part 6): What Do I Really Own

In our last post in this series, we discussed broadly the balance sheet, which in the sum of all its parts, defines your worth.   Remember, everyone has a balance sheet, even though most of us never take the time to actually define our total worth on paper. To define and actually manage our worth, we must define …