Saturday, December 3, 2016
This week has been filled with creative moments. I took my own advice and motivated myself. I have been the keeper of old family stories for years. My parents and grandparents were all great storytellers. I have always seen the world around me in color and became a storyteller as well. Speaking in vivid color the same way I use my paint brush. During my childhood my neighborhood was filled with people from all over the world. A wonderful mix of cultures. It was never about things but experiences for me. My passion for art was fueled by my surroundings. I always carried a piece of paper to capture a moment, whether it was pearls of wisdom as my grandmother would say or an image that stayed in my head. To this day nothing has changed. I am still jotting down things that I want to recall for a special time. I paint to bring back those moments.
Thursday, November 17, 2016
During my brisk walk with mist falling faintly over my glasses, I thought of the sage words of Grace Lee Boggs, an incredible woman that I admire greatly. "The time has come for us to re-imagine revolution and get beyond protest. We have to think not only about change in our institutions, but changes in ourselves...It's up to us to re-imagine the alternatives and not just protest against them and expect them to do better".
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
There is a wonderful group of people who are part of Love Letters Live who want to keep the hand written letter alive. I am part of that group. Just recently I gave a presentation on letter writing at a local Woman's Group. The power of a hand written letter goes far beyond just saying hello. A letter can make amends, tell someone how important they are to you, say you love them, appreciate them miss them or simple praise. How exciting to see a personal letter arrive in between bills and junk mail. Writing a letter allows you to say something you might not have been able to say in person. I call it a "Just Because" letter. The thought of making someone happy or encouraged speaks through a letter without even uttering a word.
One of my favorite poet/artist is Robin Posyn. Her words of wisdom have been with me for years. I once read about talking lovingly to yourself. Then I asked myself "what makes me feel alive". It's my creative journey. Motivating people to grow, building self esteem. Nudging others to excel. Sharing pearls of wisdom. Using humor. Talking from the soul. Receiving personal mail. Learning other cultures and an uncluttered environment. All of these things enabled me to grow as a person. I was always a closet writer and recently joined a memoirs class which gave me the tools to show my work. I can now say that I am a published writer. Title "Best of Our Memoirs" featuring Louise Webb and her Memoirs Class. Several of my vignettes are included.
Saturday, August 27, 2016
A friend just recently commented that since she has retired she feels a bit invisible when out. People she said don't really look at her nor pay any attention to her. Why is that, because we are getting older? Growing up, our old people were cherished in our neighborhood. Well respected, admired for their knowledge and experiences in life. An honor to be around someone who offered so much in stories and lessons to learn. I have begun to pay more attention to what she said. I told her I was going to make a point of speaking to every grey haired older person that I see and smile. This has made me feel great and I too no longer feel invisible.
Monday, January 11, 2016
February 17th is Random Acts of Kindness day. My friends and I thought why not make it a life style and begin now. Sort of a "Kindness Revolution". Imagine if there were an outbreak of kindness in the world. Most of us are already kind and do wonderful things for family and friends..... So lets go the extra mile and do the unexpected: Send someone a handwritten note of appreciation. Introduce yourself to someone new. Smile at a stranger. Be good to yourself. Let someone go ahead of you in line. Pay the toll for the car behind you. Call or write someone you have not seen for awhile who would like to hear from you. Prepare a meal for a single mom. Bring your neighbor's trash cans in. Pick up newspapers while your neighbors are out of town. Drop a potted plant off at the fire station. Start small and it will bring you so much joy and delight others. Happy New Year!