I love this time of year when we start back to school shopping and planning. Not because I want to purchase things, but because it’s a chance to regroup, organize my life, and get ready for the fall. I often redo my calendar, organize my bag for work, and make changes to my computer, like a new wallpaper. It makes me feel organized and productive. Then when life goes back to the same old thing, I feel much more prepared for it.

Kris @Alligator

Although I have many years of formal education, most of what I've learned has come from experimenting and trying to solve problems on my own. Once an idea for a project is set in my mind, it is all-consuming and one must learn everything possible about the subject on the way to the outcome. For learning is more than reading books and spoken word, it is hours of frustration, trial and error, and one sudden flash of insight when the world magically makes sense. It is during this moment when I am truely alive.