Creativity as medicine
Aug20

Creativity as medicine

What you create could save my life.  What you paint, write, sing, dance, cook, sew, compose, construct, draw, or act, can change this moment in my life into something magical, meaningful, purposeful, or real. When is the last time a quote saved you?  A song?  A poem?  A performance?  A photograph? Our creative expression can be life-saving, and the way your story shows up may be the exact medicine I need.  It could be that what you...

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Express Yourself!
Aug15

Express Yourself!

“When you make music or write or create, it’s really your job to have mind-blowing, irresponsible, condomless sex with whatever idea it is you’re writing about at the time.” ~ Lady Gaga Lady Gaga Makes an excellent point – dontcha think? What’s your relationship with creativity? Do you believe it’s only for other people? Were you told it was a waste of your precious time? Told you didn’t have the talent?...

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Unruly Women

Unruly Women By Laura Toller Gardner Unruly women vanquish fear to the far recesses to fully embrace the loves who stand at the center under the antique light, illuminated by decades of dreams. Self righteous women summon sensuality as handmaidens for worshipful work of power, truth, grace. Patient women lose all patience with arrogant absorption masquerading as self. Broken open women serve Life and all her relations creating with...

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Wielding the Healing Wand
Aug08

Wielding the Healing Wand

Wielding the Healing Wand by Michelle Ida Fairchild “At the end of your brush is the tip of your soul.” ~ Andrew Hamilton Some of my mission here on planet mama earth is to shine a light on extending love and grace to ourselves.  I don’t have a magic wand that can heal others or make people love themselves.  My wand can only work on me.  The good news is that I am quite confident that everyone has such a wand. While knowing what...

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Family Trip: Why We Create
Aug06

Family Trip: Why We Create

Family Trip: Why We Create by Ti Klingler I asked this month’s poet, Diane Roderick, how it felt to write this poem and paint her Muse (from one of Shiloh Sophia McCloud’s video series). So much of what I read about creativity is “how to,” I wanted to touch on why to. Diane used the word magical to describe the painting process, saying, “I asked for a cardinal – one came in the next few seconds. Then the cardinal started building a...

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pressing trickling creativity
Aug01

pressing trickling creativity

Conversations in Going Deeper Musing on Creativity If we must talk about creativity… (we are, right? this month, here. right now? yes.) So if we must talk about creativity there is a word which I hold close to me, a word I am hesitant to say in a public forum because, for me, it is sacred. Do you have words like that? Words that mean more to you than any casual use? If there were a way I could write this column without invoking...

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