I am emerging from a one-year (or more) period of no intellectual creativity, at least academic creativity. I’m curious as to whether or how my creativity is enhanced or depressed as a result of this year of turmoil. It’s possible that my intellect turned, in the fall of 2006, to self-awareness and there was simply no room left for scholarly thinking.

As the creative ice melts, I find I feel incredibly inquisitive and expressive. I run the risk, of course, of dilution, or of not being able to finish an idea. But the excitement about new topics, new directions, and new approaches to existing projects is invigorating.