Why we read
Why we sometimes struggle to find the way forward

Why we create

Howard Gayton, spring 2011

“But unless we are creators we are not fully alive. What do I mean by creators? Not only artists, whose acts of creation are the obvious ones of working with paint or clay or words. Creativity is a way of living life, no matter our vocation or how we earn our living.”  - Madeleine L'Engle

“Deliver me from writers who say the way they live doesn't matter. I'm not sure a bad person can write a good book. If art doesn't make us  better, then what on earth is it for?”   - Alice Walker

Terri Windling spring 2011

Comments

Stunning post that's sent my thoughts spinning.
(And my favourite aria.)

Yes, I agree. A stunning post. This has given me a lot to think about regarding life, art (in my case, music), and the middle ground between the two. Thank you. Your blog is a constant source of inspiration.

beautiful idea, very simply executed--makes me want to do nothing but create...thanks for the inspiration

The photos are so stunning and so unexpected that it took my breath away. Beauty, art, love, creating...you are wise in all.

Beautiful photos! And you both have very nice bone structure highlighted by B&W. We create in so many ways every day--I think loving is endlessly myriad and creative.

Beautiful post, and I love the way all the posts are flowing as a series this week: Why we write, Why we read, Why we create. Nice.

I see your hands. Last night, a character said this:


I sprinkle a little pollen toward the rising Sun.
“In beauty all day long, may I walk,” I say. “Through the returning seasons, may I walk. On the trail marked with pollen, may I walk. With dew about my feet, may I walk.
With beauty before me, may I walk.”


I only have a few more pages until the end of the novel. The first draft that is.

I'm going to lace up my boots and head to a northern hill, just a few miles away.

May you and Howard always walk in Beauty.

Quoting Madeleine...She was a wonderful woman/writer/teacher/friend. And Alice Walker. How wonderful. Madeleine lived her life in art and in reverence for all of creation. I miss her. I see she inspired you too. Small world....

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