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Winter Fire

Musing… "In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.” - Albert Schweitzer
Kate’s Turn: Autumn, closing in on winter, is typically a time to slow down, reflect and harvest the fruits of our year’s labor, and to ready ourselves to rest and restore through the seemingly dead of winter.The non-activity of winter is really about dormancy; the life cycle has a period of rest and restoration before the new blossoming season.
This is the natural life cycle of creativity as well.When we feel flat, uninspired, and lethargic about our creative manifestations, it may just be a time of dormancy and a call to rest.When we don’t feel our fire internally, it also calls for faith and trust that its dormancy will be rekindled when conditions support our creative spirit to outpour once more. And those conditions just might be an invitation or…
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Fierce Art

Musing… “Whenever I read a poem that moves me, I know I'm not alone in the world. I feel a connection to the person who wrote it, knowing that he or she has gone through something similar to what I've experienced, or felt something like what I have felt. And their poem gives me hope and courage, because I know that they survived, that their life force was strong enough to turn experience into words and shape it into meaning and then bring it toward me to share. The gift of their poem enters deeply into me and helps me live and believe in living.”- Gregory Orr, author of Poetry as Survival
Charise’s Turn: Poet Irina Ratushinskaya, who passed away on July 5, was imprisoned for three years in a Soviet labor camp during the 80s. She continued to write secretly while confined––by writing poems in soap (with the burned tip of a matchstick). She would memorize these poems, and then wash them away to avoid discovery. Her remarkable story is testament to the unstoppable power of creativit…

Creating our World

Musing… "Man can no longer live for himself alone. We must realize that all life is valuable and that we are united to all life. From this knowledge comes our spiritual relationship with the universe."  –– Albert Schweitzer   Kate’s Turn: It seems as though there are no words for the amount of suffering, tragedy, trauma and loss felt in our communities, our families, and at times, in our own lives.Here in the USA, I don’t know anyone who isn’t affected, if only by a small degree of separation; we all know someone who suffers from the impact of natural disasters, social or political challenges in their lives.How do we speak of creativity in this light except to know that we MUST create a world that unites us in supporting all life.We must weave a web of loving connection.Love is how we repair the garment of our destiny, for love is the greatest transformative energy we have. Everything responds to love.Let us pray and send out our loving arms and hands to those who suffer – creat…

Out in the Open

Musing…. “Your joy is your sorrow unmasked. And the selfsame well from which your laughter rises was oftentimes filled with your tears. And how else can it be? The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.” - Kahil Gibran
Charise’s Turn: While visiting my daughter in Denver, we walked by an extraordinarily welcoming front yard – terraced with blooming plants, painted rocks, pinwheels, figurines, and a large banner with the words “Welcome Friends”.This is a children’s garden, a memorial garden “created to honor the lives of all children everywhere cut off from childhood at an early age. May you feel the love they had for life in every flower and where the flower blooms no more, remember the bloom it once held” (quoted from the largest painted rock). Two women tend this garden, the mother and grandmother of Shelby, the child they lost to cancer.
Shelby’s grandmother sits on the front porch and shares stories of passersby who have stopped, and one who asked for…

Bearing Fruit

Musing…          It always seems impossible until it’s done.”
Nelson Mandela
Kate’s Turn: I love visiting the farmer’s market every weekend during this time of year.The display of the season’s abundance is a beauty all its own.The inevitable outcome of a small seed, given the proper conditions, becomes nourishment for our becoming.The energy at the market hums with pride and delight – I always feel happier there, celebrating all those miracles of creative manifestation.
We also can manifest and bear fruit when we nurture and tend the dream seeds we hold in our hearts…a work we are passionate about, a home furnished as an expression of ourselves, a meal created from the fresh produce perhaps we have gardened ourselves…the possibilities are endless.It may seem that our desires are impossible to realize, but the life force within us holds the power to manifest the seed’s essence.We just need to get out of the way, and nurture its growth to the bearing of its fruit.
“Stop acting so small.You…

Embark

Musing… “Creativity is contagious. Pass it on.” - Albert Einstein
Charise’s Turn:
Summer imparts the energy of manifestation, of full flowering from roots unseen. Where I live, we are having a heat wave. It’s not officially summer, but this is a summer evening - I am typing with candles still lit from dinner and a whiff of peonies in the vase. Loath to blow out the candles and turn on lights, I’m counting on this set-up to work some magic for your attention. To my right are the galleys of an upcoming publication, to note any errors and send back to the publisher. It’s a tedious task, and a joy. A collection of poems will soon be printed, in a perfect bound book, part of the physical universe.  
The choice I made two and a half years ago to submit my writing, rather than leave it on my desk, is an example of embarking on a commitment. Have you made a commitment of this nature? If yes, you will not fail, because you have an unfailing desire to create. How this manifests is a mystery to be…

Flowering

Musing…         And you—what of your rushed and useful life? Imagine setting it all down— papers, plans, appointments, everything— leaving only a note: “Gone to the fields to be lovely. Be back when I’m through with blooming.”
- from "Camas Lilies" by Lynn Ungar 
Kate’s Turn: Spring can be so busy – a new change is visible every day in the natural world – and in our own world as we awaken from the winter’s rest.Spring invites us to the playful, spontaneous opening, flowering, birthing of all things new.It calls us to abandon ourselves to the abundant creative force within, to our own inevitable blooming.We simply forget our serious selves and follow our inner being of love and joy – our blooming will be gift for all.I followed my love of spring flowering by enJOYing the 70,000 bulbs in bloom at our local arboretum – so, so lovely!
“Love the work.Destiny will do what it wants with you, regardless.”- Elizabeth Gilbert
Get Fired Up: Let’s get serious about play! Join the spring abandon to y…