• What is Creatively Ascending?

    Creatively Ascending is a blog about creations and people who inspire me. My entries are about music, literature, design, art, film, television, and fashion. I am not limited to these few categories because there's vast world that motivates me both creatively and personally. I hope you become inspired as well. Let's creatively ascend!

A Vicarious Ride-Along with a Paramedic

A man leaves his comfortable career as a reporter and dives into the constantly chaotic and unpredictable world of Emergency Medical Service (EMS). He transforms from a frequently frightened novice to a confident seasoned paramedic who often works in the worst parts of Atlanta. This is the story of Kevin Hazzard’s book A Thousand Naked … Continue reading

When advertising is art

Advertising. The word brings to my mind TV commercials, unwanted pop-ups, sponsored posts on social networking sites and sneaky ads from radio DJs. I have a love/hate relationship with advertising. Like many Americans, I feel constantly bombarded with ads almost everywhere I look. They often feel like an unavoidable nuisance in our capitalist society. However, … Continue reading

Robert Rodriguez filming El Mariachi

Buy Less and Create More – Lessons in Creativity and Resourcefulness

  “…when you don’t have money and are working self-sufficiently, your problem-solving skills are challenged, your creativity has to work, and you fix the problem creatively.”   The quote above is from the book Rebel Without a Crew by filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, who has been behind films like Sin City, the Spy Kids series and the Machete series. … Continue reading

A Journey into the Black Box of Survival

What would I do if an earthquake struck? How would I react if I were inside a burning building? These are some of the questions I asked myself as I read Amanda Ripley’s book The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes – and Why. I started asking myself similar questions as I read stories like … Continue reading

On the Road – Unexpectedly Inspirational

A few years ago, I made my first road trip to Las Vegas. I remember the thrill of driving through unfamiliar territory. I also remember feeling a rush of energy when we reached our destination. This trip reminded of my fascination for the road as a means of transportation and as an American cultural symbol … Continue reading

End of Watch – a genuine brotherly action film

I recently saw the film End of Watch starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña. In this movie, the actors play two young police officers patrolling the tough streets of south Los Angeles. During one of their arrests, Officer Taylor and Officer Zavala discover drugs and money belonging to a violent drug cartel. Subsequently, they become … Continue reading

Burn Notice returns for season 6

I am excited to say that season 6 of USA’s Burn Notice begins Thursday, June 14th. This action-packed, wryly humorous TV series is one of the few shows I continue to follow. For those new to this show, here is a synopsis. Jeffrey Donovan stars as Michael Westen, a stoic, smart and resourceful former spy … Continue reading

Fast Food Nation – a book review

Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser On a warm Saturday when I was about 5 years old, I sat outside a McDonald’s restaurant along with my brothers, my mother and my aunt. We kids ate Filet -O- Fish sandwiches and the adults ate Big Macs. For years, I would often enjoy fast food meals like … Continue reading

Ascend to new heights!

Photo taken at San Jose, California.

Miguel Live in Concert

A while ago, I attended a concert by singer Miguel in Sacramento. He stepped onto the stage looking like a rock star: sporting a Mohawk-type haircut, several fashion accessories, and a heavily zippered white jacket. Miguel opened with “Strawberry Amazing” off his mixtape The Mischief. He was accompanied by a band of an electric guitarist, … Continue reading