Checkout my recent appearance on the Set Lusting Bruce Podcast!


“In today’s episode of Set Lusting Bruce Jesse and 3 time guest Jay Armstrong take a trip down Thunder Road.  Jay brings his background as a English teacher and as a writer to explore one of Bruce’s most popular songs. Jay and Jesse consider Thunder Road to be a modern classic both as a song and as a poem.  Robert Frost, Romeo and Juliet, and the movie Notting Hill are just some of the references that are brought up in the discussion.  Jay also pops Jesse’s bubble and points out that Jesse’s been listening to the song wrong all his life!”

The Power of Creativity Podcast Episode #3: An Interview with Dr. Jack DiGiovanna

The Power of Creativity- Episode #3

I’ve had this growing curiosity to learn how the world of science, medicine and rehabilitation uses, manipulates and demands creativity.  Conveniently, one of my oldest friends just happens to be a world-renown scientist.

In this episode I interview my long-time friend, skinny jean advocate, scientist and genomics researcher Dr. Jack DiGiovanna.

Jack has studied and conducted research in both America and throughout Europe. He has traveled the world, delivering lectures on genomics research, neuroprosthetics and has had his research cited over 600 times.

jack-digiovanna-headshot-1024x683Jack currently works for Seven Bridges Genomics in Boston, which was recently recognized by the MIT Technology Review as one of the Top 50 smartest companies in the world.

Throughout this episode, we discuss how and why creativity is crucial in the medical research field, why, even after living all over the world, Jack still loves his hometown, why humans are delusional and the most important lesson Jack’s late father ever taught him.


  • Compartmentalizing your problems is an effective way of relieving stress, over-coming challenges and being more productive.
  • Even if you create distance between yourself and your hometown, your hometown is still a vital component of your identity. Your hometown taught you about people and relationships. It’s the initial setting of your narrative.
  • Even though we know better, and we’ve heard the story countless times, we still struggle to understand that material possessions do not provide lon-term happiness.
  • Fatherly wisdom remains long after the father is gone.
  • Creativity is seeing solutions that other don’t see.
  • Don’t ever be ashamed to ask “why?”. In fact,  having the courage to ask “why” is often the first step to an amazing journey.

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The Power of Creativity Podcast: Episode#2- Interview with artist Amy R. Terlecki

Amy R Terlecki is a commissioned abstract artist, mother of two, avid coffee drinker and yoga enthusiast.amy

In this episode, Amy and I talk about the creative process, how to balance creative work with the responsibilities of parenthood and why its incredibly important for adults to let go of their fear of perfection.

If you’re a busy adult who has a desire be creative or to reignite your creative engines I invite you to give this episode a listen.


-Adults find happiness when they stop worrying about social norms and meeting the status quo and start doing things that provide personal fulfillment.

-In an attempt to achieve perfection, you must first learn to embrace failure.

-Failure is an essential part of any sort of creative and artistic growth.

-Denying your creative passions is dangerous business. Creativity is essential for personal growth and happiness.

-It is possible to be a dedicated parent and still have interests outside of your children.

-As a parent it’s okay to be selfish. In fact, carving out time each day to focus on you and your creativity will make you a happier and better parent.

Checkout Amy and her art at….




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The Power of Creativity Podcast: Episode#1- The Healing Power of Creativity


Episode #1:The Healing Power of Creativity

Our lives are mired with difficult stretches where everything seems to be going wrong. In this episode, I recount my most difficult season and explain how creativity not only helped me through that season and made me a stronger person.

If you’re like me, an adult strapped with responsibility, its easy about forget about creativity as you focus on the demands of daily living. My experiences have taught me that creativity is one of the keys to finding happiness and to further unlocking the mystery of you.

Though you may not be a writer, I bet you have a desire somewhere in you to be a creator–we all do! It’s a basic human instinct.To make your thoughts and desires a tangible thing for the world to enjoy. Maybe you have a desire to start your own business, restore an old car or crochet sweaters for your children. Whatever creative urge rings inside you, I encourage you to release your fear and answer the call. You will be happy you did!