74 posts categorized "Creativity"

Be intensely yourself

Roza_blouseUsing what's on hand to create / August 2013

"Eventually I discovered for myself the utterly simple prescription for creativity; be intensely yourself.

Don’t try to be outstanding; don’t try to be a success; don’t try to do pictures for others to look at -- just please yourself."

~ photographer Ralph Steiner

Creative with your thoughts

Velveteen_coatIn progress, velveteen jacket with collar and 3/4 sleeves (Simplicity 1943), lined with an old silk shirt (cut off collar and extra length; left the handy buttoned pocket) / May 2013

"... In the mean time, may you all continue to be creative with your thoughts if not with your hands."

~ Brandon Mably

Just by your presence

Yay_eggEaster Poetry Brunch / March 2013

... and so I wish for you that you would open your heart and let [this gift] flow through you, that everyone whom you ... meet on this day will be blessed by you; just by your eyes, by your smile, by your touch -- just by your presence. Let the gratefulness overflow into blessing all around you, and then it will really be a good day.

~ C's Reading paraphrased from Benedictine Monk David Steindl-Rast

Make more good than bad

PeacockInkodye fabric with embroidered elements / August 2012

"What kind of broth is this?" she asked. "Life," the old woman said. "Boil your first kiss until it is violet like a sky. After it cools, stir it until it turns yellow like the wings of a butterfly. Then laugh into the potion to make more good than bad. That is the broth of life."

~ #120 from The Persistence of Yellow by Monique Duval

Ever-changing shapes

Ww_amphitriteA day by the sea seeking another shape... / Wildwood, NJ / July 2012

“You create yourself in ever-changing shapes
that rise from the stuff of our days —
unsung, unmourned, undescribed
like a forest we never knew.

You are the deep innerness of all things,
the last word that can never be spoken.
To each of us you reveal yourself differently:
to the ship as coastline, to the shore as ship.” 

~ an excerpt (II, 22) from Rilke's Book of Hours

To err is to wander

Sunset_twigsSetting sun over the Jersey landscape / June 2011

"To err is to wander, and wandering is the way we discover the world; and, lost in thought, it is also the way we discover ourselves. Being right might be gratifying, but in the end it is static, a mere statement. Being wrong is hard and humbling, and sometimes even dangerous, but in the end it is a journey, and a story."

"Of all the things we are wrong about, this idea of error might well top the list. It is our meta-mistake: we are wrong about what it means to be wrong. Far from being a sign of intellectual inferiority, the capacity to err is crucial to human cognition. Far from being a moral flaw, it is inextricable from some of our most humane and honorable qualities: empathy, optimism, imagination, conviction, and courage. And far from being a mark of indifference or intolerance, wrongness is a vital part of how we learn and change. Thanks to error, we can revise our understanding of ourselves and amend our ideas about the world."

~ from Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error by Kathryn Shulz