Welcome. My name is Brian Alger and I am a writer, educator, and entrepreneur. The purpose of this site is to explore the liminal frontiers of experience. A liminal frontier is the experience of profound change in life that conjures adversity, hardship, and vulnerability; simultaneously, it is also permeated with creative possibility, opportunity, and potential.
My work focuses on finding ways to move through adversity, difficult periods of transition, frightening points of no return, mysterious thresholds, mercurial situations, and haunting milestones that transform our sense of identity, purpose, and course in life.
I believe that creativity is uniquely individual quest to broaden and expand what can be known, felt, and lived. At a basic level, we are all artists driven by an innate desire to create a life imbued with meaning, purpose, and authenticity. In this sense, our personal experience is the raw material of an artistry for living.
Every human life will encounter a unique array of adversity, hardship, and vulnerability in life. The ways in which we move through these mercurial and mysterious periods of turbulence are defining moments in life. The essence of creativity is to cultivate sources of consolation, resilience, and wisdom that can help us to navigate turbulent periods of overwhelming uncertainty.
In the end, creativity is a quest to broaden ad expand what can be known, felt, and lived.
This site is organized into two main sections.
- Projects: This is a space to focus on developing an area of interest in depth. My current project is called Aging in the Second Half of Life.
- Notebook: This is a space to develop ideas not specific to any one project. For example, you will find articles about creativity and transformative writing in this section.
Some popular articles include:
- Dark Night of the Soul
- A Conversation with Grief
- I May Die Today
- The Fear of Aging
- One Day You Will Be a Memory
- On the Loss of My Parents
What Can You Do Here?
I invite you to participate in three ways:
- Subscribing to the weblog via email;
- Sharing articles that interest you through our own social media network;
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A Brief Bio
Brian has three distinct phases in his career, which are interconnected and unified by his passion for creativity.
Brian holds a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Ethnomusicology and remains interested in exploring the cultural context of musical creativity. He also holds a Bachelor of Music (BM) from McMaster University with a major in music composition and arranging. Brian also holds a Bachelor of Education (BEd) from the University of Toronto. Today he enjoys learning how to improvise blues piano and attending live music events such as the Mariposa Folk Festival, or Black History Month.
As a educator, Brian developed creative approaches to the use of technology in learning, and was awarded the Marshall McLuhan Distinguished Teacher award. As a speaker, workshop leader, and learning strategist, Brian has worked across Canada, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe. His work as an educator focused on finding ways to enhance thinking skills, creativity, and innovation in learning.
As an entrepreneur, ran a successful educational consulting and financial services business. He has worked with companies such as Apple Computer, The Canadian Film Centre, KMPG Canada, the Connected Intelligence Program in Madeira, Portugal, and Raymond James Ltd. Canada. A complete bio can be found here.
Brian volunteers as a web designer and content developer for Able Kids Rehabilitation – Malawi, Africa Able Kids Rehab Clinic was opened in April 2013 by Victor Musowa in response to the great demand for the helping children with special needs. You can also follow Able Kids Rehab on Facebook.
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