Catching up

It has been a while since I have posted. My apologies to those who check regularly. It is has been a busy and awesome fall. I attended my niece's wedding and it was nothing short of a miracle. All the major players were in attendance, including my parents of 91 and 92 years old. It felt epic and I am reeling from the afterglow.

A few days prior to the wedding I taught a workshop for Filter Photo and totally enjoyed that. I am finding mentoring very fulfilling and am considering opening another critique group this coming winter. I will also continue supporting and encouraging the creative process thru this blog.

Are you familiar with the lyric from the play RENT... "THE OPPOSITE OF WAR ISN'T PEACE, IT'S CREATION." How cool is that? Now get to work creating!

This is an excerpt from Wislawa Szymborska’s Nobel Lecture December 7, 1996....

"I've mentioned inspiration. Contemporary poets answer evasively when asked what it is, and if it actually exists. It's not that they've never known the blessing of this inner impulse. It's just not easy to explain something to someone else that you don't understand yourself. When I'm asked about this on occasion, I hedge the question too. But my answer is this: inspiration is not the exclusive privilege of poets or artists generally. There is, has been, and will always be a certain group of people whom inspiration visits. It's made up of all those who've consciously chosen their calling and do their job with love and imagination. It may include doctors, teachers, gardeners - and I could list a hundred more professions. Their work becomes one continuous adventure as long as they manage to keep discovering new challenges in it. Difficulties and setbacks never quell their curiosity. A swarm of new questions emerges from every problem they solve. Whatever inspiration is, it's born from a continuous "I don't know." ….. This is why I value that little phrase "I don't know" so highly. It's small, but it flies on mighty wings. It expands our lives to include the spaces within us as well as those outer expanses in which our tiny Earth hangs suspended."

and if that were not enough...

“What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything. It will decide what gets you out of bed in the mornings, what you do with your evenings, how you spend your weekends, what you read, who you know, what breaks your heart, and what amazes you. Fall in love, stay in love and it will decide everything.”
Pedro Arrupe