Welcome to the inaugural issue of the Michelangelo Method Newsletter!

Today, March 6, is Michelangelo's birthday so we thought this would be a perfect occasion to send out our initial newsletter.


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Ron Paxton & Ken Schuman


Career and Life Coaches, and Co-authors of The Michelangelo Method: Release Your Inner Masterpiece and Create an Extraordinary Life (McGraw-Hill, Jan. 2007)


Featured Article

  My Father's Hands   


By Rosanne Scriffignano


When I was a little girl, I marveled at what my father's hands could do. They fixed broken toys, wiped away tears, and tapped out the rhythm of our favorite song. I wasn't sure what his hands did at work, but I just knew that they were never idle.


My father is almost 89 years old. His hands bear markings of a life-time of hard work: a scar here, a callous there-all blending together to build the landscape of my father's hands.


When he retired in his late 70's, my father's hands became less busy. He continued to work around the house but he was restless. He needed something meaningful to do with his hands.


A few years ago, we came across a photo of a snow man and dog carved after a blizzard in the 1940's. What struck me about those images was the detail in their forms. They looked like statues you'd find in a museum. What was more amazing was that my father's hands had created them. My father was an artist!


Ever since that revelation, we provide dad with a steady supply of art projects, including paints, brushes, and paper. After learning about the Michelangelo Method, I now realize that we are supporting his passion for art.


My father's hands now spend hours on challenging projects, including paintings and three-dimensional artwork. His latest masterpiece was the restoration of a weather-beaten religious statue. Dad saw beauty beyond its chipped and faded lines. He used his hands to breath new life into its form.


What passions and talents lie deep within you? What do you see when you look at your hands? Do they reflect the life you truly want or do they reflect only part of that life?


It's never too late to find your life's passions. Take a few minutes now and really look at your hands.

Then, imagine the extraordinary life that they can build for you.


Editor's Note: Rosanne Scriffignano is a Certified Michelangelo Method Coach.  Do you have an inspirational story inside you that you'd like to see published in the Michelangelo Method Newsletter? If so, we'd love to hear from you.  Please submit your article to



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Public Workshop on March 17th, Montclair, NJ


Saturday, March 17th, is St. Patrick's Day but even if you are Irish it takes more than luck to create an extraordinary life that fits you. We invite you to attend the Michelangelo Method Workshop from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (there will be plenty of time to have a traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner afterward) to be more informed, self-aware, and inspired to release your own inner masterpiece. See our Calendar of Upcoming Events for details. Invite your friends and colleagues!



Ron Paxton & Ken Schuman

co-authors of The Michelangelo Method: Release Your Inner Masterpiece and Create an Extraordinary Life


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It's Michelangelo's Birthday

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Do Something Creative Today to Celebrate!



The Michelangelo Project



March 6th is Michelangelo's birthday! To celebrate the birthday of one of the world's most inspiring artists, I invite you to participate in this project.

What you do:

Do something creative this Tuesday, March 6th. It can be something you love to do, something you've forgotten how to do, something you've never done and always secretly wanted to try. Here's your excuse!

Some ideas are:

- paint/draw/collage- sculpt (like the master)

- write a poem, a short story

- take a photo- visit a museum or art gallery

- sew


- cook something exciting you've never made before

- see an art film, foreign film, or movie about an artist


Then let us know what you did--we'll publish the five most creative activities in our next newsletter! Article

An Angel with a Sense of Humor


Like many baby boomers, Maggie had to be the 'strong one' in the family. But a heavenly visitor gave her a lift.

By Ken Schuman and Ron Paxton

Maggie had just turned 50. She had a good job in market research and a successful marraige with two great kids. Her 22-year-old son Josh was about to graduate from college...


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