If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know it’s not your path. Your own path you make with every step you take. That’s why it’s your path.-—Joseph Campbell

Posts tagged ‘imagination’

A Sweeter Focus

You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.  Mark Twain

It is becoming clearer to me that I can choose how my day will be by the quote I choose to experience. Did I really want Saturday’s experience of testing my creativity by testing my fear of being alone? Couldn’t  there have been a kinder way?

In Wild Mind Natalie Goldberg talks of our sweetheart voice. A balance for my all-too-present editor who made quite an appearance on Saturday. An out of focus imagination…that’s what I will call the editor today. fairygodmother

Let’s see how that plays.


Noodle Kaboodling

This weekend the arts festival was open to the public and I was assigned the booth most likely to have the highest traffic.  Noodle Kaboodle.

Swim “noodles” had been cut into discs by the wonderful women in the supply room. Each child gets a paper plate with one disc hot glued in the center (also prepared by aforementioned w.w.) The child then builds a sculpture using several loose ones, toothpicks and other plastic foam shapes.

My job was to hand out plates, foam and toothpicks, engage the artist (or not) in conversation about their creations, and help he/she put it into a plastic bag to take home.

It was non-stop. Friday night 5-9, Saturday 10-9, and Sunday 1-5.  A huge success. I’m exhausted!




Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.  Pablo Picasso

Following the Magic

godmother…into the middle of children and writing.

Pictures soon.

Magic is believing in yourself, if you can do that, you can make anything happen. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

There is a real magic in enthusiasm. It spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment.  Norman Vincent Peale

I really don’t believe in magic.  J. K. Rowling  

It Is What It Is

I have a hard time with that saying. Me, whose goal in life is to save the world, can hear that as an excuse…but I’m learning. I just need to be more aware of what saving the world means for me.

Last night I attended the local National Haiku Poetry Day celebration. We went around the room reading one haiku after another. Yikes! These people have been writing haiku for forever. They were good! Bouncing off of each other, composing on the spot, pulling things from memory. I felt like Charlie Brown when he brought a rubber ducky for show and tell. Breathe, Laura. And enjoy.

Ah, I was saving the world from my needy, whiny self.

Next week I will work non-stop (or so it will seem) for eight days at Artbreak, the area’s children’s arts festival. In addition to my four afternoons of part-time work. I love this gig and plan on wearing a costume and using big props this year. Therefore, for the next four days I need to be using unscheduled time to get organized.

I’m planning on saving the world from my overwhelmed, last minute self.

Then there the news out of Waco, following the news out of Boston. How can I make peace with all of this?

Write poetry? Be with creative people? Do art with kids? I’ll bring my “best” self and pay attention.

For after all, the best thing one can do when it is raining is let it rain. – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

My happiness grows in direct proportion to my acceptance, and in inverse proportion to my expectations. – Michael J. Fox

Because one believes in oneself, one doesn’t try to convince others. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn’t need others’ approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her. – Lao Tzu

Suffering begins to dissolve when we can question the belief or the hope that there’s anywhere to hide.  Pema Chodron

A little hint about my costume for Artbreak

A little hint about my costume for Artbreak

My Not-So-Imaginary Playmate

A child’s world is fresh and new and beautiful, full of wonder and excitement.  It is our misfortune that for most of us that clear-eyed vision, that true instinct for what is beautiful and awe-inspiring, is dimmed and even lost before we reach adulthood.  ~Rachel Carson

Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again. ~C.S. Lewis

If you want to be creative, stay in part a child, with the creativity and invention that characterizes children before they are deformed by adult society.  ~Jean Piaget

A grownup is a child with layers on.  ~Woody Harrelson

You will find more happiness growing down than up.  ~Author Unknown

Grown-ups never understand anything for themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them.  ~Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince, 1943

For some goofy reason my pictures won’t load…so let’s pretend.

Here are four photos of wildflowers in the grass yesterday…before the lawn man came.






Creativity can be described as letting go of certainties.  Gail Sheehy

Gail Sheehy, huh? An interesting choice of quotes for today.

Yeah, I’m trying to get a handle on where I’m going.

So how’s that working?

Not great. Just when I think I have a really profound idea, something says “Really? You sure about that?” and offers five more.

Way cool.

That’s your opinion. By the end of the day I’m exhausted.

Look at the quote again. What’s it telling you to do?

 Let go?

Yep, just let it happen. This “thought parade” is a good thing. 

How can YOU be so sure?

Muses, my dear, are all about creativity.


I Believe in Magic

Spring break is over and there’s a stack of projects on my dining room table that have not yet been graded.  I wish I had worked on it earlier in the week.

But you didn’t.

Don’t remind me.

I would think the stack of projects would be a constant reminder.

Yep one I continued to ignore.

So what’s the plan now?

Just do it?

That’ll work.

But if I keep sitting here tapping on this computer maybe the little grading fairies will show up in the next room ready to work.

WHO am I talking to?

Me? The one who believes in magic?

OK but you’ve gotta do your part.

What, supply them with red pens?

You’re stalling.

I’m being whimsical.

Whatever.  Go grade your papers and later we’ll do something really fun.

Like what?

What would you do if you didn’t have this stack of work to do?

Plant my beans and okra and corn.

Sounds kinda magical to me.

Words to me were magic. You could say a word and it could conjure up all kinds of images or feelings or a chilly sensation or whatever. It was amazing to me that words had this power.  Amy Tan

And where does magic come from? I think that magic’s in the learning.  Dar Williams

The world is its own magic.  Shunryu Suzuki

Listening to Learn

Learning to Listen

Listening for Lessons

A Teacher and her Writing Practice

Writing Is My Drink

slake your thirst; find your voice


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