I am eight-years-old with the wind off the Straights of Juan de Fuca blowing through my hair on the outdoor stage of the culminating performance of Port Townsend’s Summer School of the Arts. I am the fairy with the flaxen hair pointing my finger convincingly at the wicked witch - early signs of my eclectic and life-long interest in creativity expressed as a teenager in piano, voice, trombone, painting, sculpting, to university studies in the arts and literature.
A career in teaching English as a Second Language offered ample opportunity to bring creativity to bear, but my connection to the arts waned in my adulthood. I realized that I was feeling burned out and needed something to energize and sustain me. That something was creativity, a divine life-line that infuses energy into all aspects of life. In my 40’s, I intentionally chose writing as my creative outlet. I took all the writing classes my college offered and signed up for every workshop I could afford. I especially love poetry as a medium that can reveal the awe and mystery of this good hard life.
When I turned 50, I decided to go back to school earning a Masters of Divinity at Earlham School of Religion, a Quaker seminary. This Indiana school not only offered a low residency program, but it also included the option of a writing emphasis. The Quakers hold that a light burns within each human and that light looks a lot like creativity to me. Not surprisingly after contact with students from around the world, comparative religion and interfaith dialogue fascinated me. These studies gave language and historical context to what I knew from experience: humans are rich in spirit, wisdom, and creativity.
Mid-life has offered me a chance to synthesize my eclectic interests and discover that creativity includes spirit, art, play, and diversity – some of our best assets. In this blog, I’ll be looking for ways to engage and raise our awareness and appreciation for creativity both in our communities and within ourselves.
I am thrilled to be blogging about creativity for Spirited Woman. I resonate with its mission to celebrate and encourage spirited women’s strength, resiliency, and of course, creativity. I look forward to reporting the musings and sightings as a result of standing on creativity watch for spirited women everywhere.
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