The nine muses were Greek goddesses presiding over literature, science, and the arts. Even now, writers, poets, painters, musicians and yes, even scientists, ask their muses for help when it comes to solving problems, tapping inner creativity, or just finding a bit of inspiration. But the muse – or at least mine -- is elusive.… Continue reading How do you connect with your muse?
“I believe in walking out of a museum before the paintings you've seen begin to run together. How else can you carry anything away with you in your mind's eye?” The Swan Thieves --Elizabeth Kostova
If using your artistic talent to its fullest potential meant hurting those you love, what would you do? How much pain are you willing to endure to love a truly gifted individual whose singular focus is his or her work? Because of sexism, racism or classism, how many artistic masterpieces were never created and how… Continue reading My existential questions after reading The Swan Thieves
The first thing I noticed was the long, creepy tail. This morning, I was surveying my backyard through the kitchen window while waiting for the coffee to brew. An overnight storm brought rain and hail. As the sun rose, I was trying to figure out if my cucumbers and tomatoes had survived the night.
“Courage is more exhilarating than fear and in the long run it is easier. We do not have to become heroes overnight. Just one step at a time, meeting each thing that comes up, seeing it is not as dreadful as it appeared, discovering we have the strength to stare it down.”
Late yesterday, the Washington Post published an editorial written by former first lady Laura Bush about the practice of separating children from their parents at the border. She writes that "this zero-tolerance policy is cruel. It is immoral. And it breaks my heart." It breaks my heart, too. And it should stop.