if it wasn’t the reason kaleidoscopes were invented, it was certainly the reason funhouse mirrors were. prisms, too, if you hold on to your eye and see how they change the view. atypical, yes, atypical. it’s the way an image can surprise. it’s the way a thought can change. atypical, it’s the foundation of humor. and the architecture of a smile, question mark and exclamation point. atypical has a mission - to change the world. look what it’s done for ice cream. first there was vanilla. then there was chocolate. then there was vanilla and chocolate swirl. atypical. clouds were original high priests of the atypical. most people think snowflakes are the ultimate atypical but they’re insecure about their differences. an army of ants marching against the picnic of the predictable. a collage of syntax rebelling in the middle of a grammar textbook. atypical has an aroma all its own. typical stinks, but of what? atypical is a jazz bass player in a club on the side of the street. it’s almost midnight. the moon is howling in the window. atypical is water that walks upstream, if it wants. won’t let gravity bully it. atypical is you. oops, we’re being presumptuous. but if you tagged along with atypical this far it’s at least something you want to be. so where do you start. you can’t enroll to the university of the atypical. it’s something you have to live. atypical is a learn-as-you-go education. step one. break old habits. make new ones. then break them, too. can you dance? when dance is successful it’s a delicate balance of the typical and atypical. when music moves you it’s atypical, pushing the predictable to the side of the road, page, brain, room, river or mountain. that’s where the typical belongs; on the side, out of the way. creativity is calling. don’t bother answering the phone or door. you answer creativity with your heart. you make a promise. an atypical promise. start looking for the atypical right now. tattoo your imagination with it. you’ll sleep better.