An artist’s territory

Artists know their territory. I was reading “The War of Art” by Steven Pressfield recently. One of the many “messages” in the book was that an artist (we all are!) knows his or her territory. We bear the creative impulse to bear and bring forth our “thing”, whatever it may be – music, performance or … Continue reading An artist’s territory

Hiding away

I hide. When I want to. When I need to. For different reasons. And I believe everyone does, to varying degrees, duration and frequency. In those moments when we just need to get away, to get some "peace and quiet", to stop listening to the woes of the world, when compassion-fatigue hits, in order to … Continue reading Hiding away

Contemplating cooking…

I have been doing quite a bit of cooking lately. Not much of a revelation unless you know me well. You will know my self-value is not tied to how well I keep house involving cleaning or cooking – I was brought up to place significance and priority on my intellect and academics. Perhaps I … Continue reading Contemplating cooking…

New Strengths in New Friends.

Eleanor Roosevelt Quote on New Strengths

"With the new day comes new strengths and new thoughts."-Eleanor Roosevelt “The stress of life is the past carrying over into the present as well as the future pressing back onto today. Live in the now.” -Ronovan Hester (Your guest author for today.)   As a person of yesterdays and tomorrows colliding in the now, … Continue reading New Strengths in New Friends.

Do you know an Anthem Writer of the Next Generation?

Songwriting is an incredibly satisfying process. If you think about it, if you write songs, you are being inspired by people like Beethoven. Beethoven has an impact on today’s music unlike how you might suspect. If you trace back through time the artist you are being inspired by now, you will eventually get back to … Continue reading Do you know an Anthem Writer of the Next Generation?

I wish someone had intervened…

This resonates with me…both as a daughter then a mother.

Living Differently

little princessAbove:  Conventional school made this creative-creature very, very miserable.

Every time I read this story, I get a bit emotional…

Gillian was only eight years old, but her future was already at risk.  Her schoolwork was a disaster, at least as far as her teachers were concerned.  She turned in assignments late, her handwriting was terrible, and she tested poorly.  Not only that, she was a disruption to the entire class, one minute fidgeting noisily, the next staring out of the window, forcing the teacher to stop the class to pull Gillian’s attention back, and the next doing something to disturb the other children around her.  Gillian wasn’t particularly concerned about any of this – she was used to being corrected by authority figures and didn’t really see herself as a difficult child – but the school was very concerned.  This came to a head when the school wrote to…

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Alone and being

To be open to creativity, one needs the capacity for constructive use of solitude. One must overcome the fear of being alone.         Rollo May Let’s face it, to be alone triggers undesired thoughts to surface then, there is nowhere to hide, little to distract us from our doubts. There are days when keeping busy is … Continue reading Alone and being

Inspiration and a bit of fun

Stuck? Need a break? Or like me, just curious... Here is the link to a TED playlist of 10 talks from authors, speaking about their craft and creativity, the power of language and narrative in our lives, the importance of stillness and contemplation in a writer's life, and ultimately, the inextricable link between art and … Continue reading Inspiration and a bit of fun