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Will Creativity Become a Victim of the Economy?

Or will tough economic times become a springboard for innovation and change?

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So what does our small story tell us, if anything, about the downsizing of the creative industry?  Perhaps it's that creativity cannot be downsized.  Marco may have been laid off, but we will hardly be laying low.

I am frightened about our new reality, but I remain focused on moving forward -- on starting a family with my beloved, on making do with less, on greeting others with compassion at this tender moment in our collective story, and on writing about what's happening to us in ways that I hope might help others deal with what's happening to them too.  Because really, at the end of the day, what other choice do we have?

May our economy heal quickly.  May friends and families across America hold each other close and hang together.  May my mind keep working overtime.  And may Marco find a new job very soon.


Deborah Siegel, PhD, is the author of Sisterhood, Interrupted: From Radical Women to Grrls Gone Wild. She blogs at Girl w/Pen ( You can read more about her work at

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