Quest for Truth

If you have the words, there’s always a chance that you’ll find the way. – Seamus Heaney Writers spend a lot of time searching for the right words to express barely understood emotions or to describe imaginary events. We live a great deal of our lives trying to understand the minds of fictional points of …

Creative Spirit

No man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, create or produce, but all should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions, and to build confidence in the creative spirit. – Ansel Adams Each of us views the world through a unique looking glass. Our physical senses experience the world …

Art and Chaos

I feel that art has something to do with the achievement of stillness in the midst of chaos. A stillness that characterizes prayer, too, and the eye of the storm. I think that art has something to do with an arrest of attention in the midst of distraction. – Saul Bellow By stilling the mind, …

Words and Magic

Words and magic were in the beginning one and the same thing, and even today words retain much of their magical power. – Sigmund Freud The creation of words put a magical spell on me as far back as I could remember. Before I began kindergarten my mother sat me down in front of an …

Rewrite Your Life Story

If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten. – Rudyard Kipling These are historic times. Monumental changes are happening to societies around the world. Little of the once “normal” life will go untouched by this cataclysm. But we are not helpless. We are not hopeless and simply cast adrift …

Find Your Purpose

A writer – and, I believe, generally all persons – must think that whatever happens to him or her is a resource. All things have been given to us for a purpose, and an artist must feel this more intensely. All that happens to us, including our humiliations, our misfortunes, our embarrassments, all is given …

World Full of Magic

The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper. – William Butler Yeats The other morning my neighbor woke me up at 4:00 A.M. I was unable to go back to sleep. Before dawn I grumbled to myself through my morning coffee and breakfast. Setting out, I did not …

Art and Magic

Without magic, there is no art. Without art, there is no idealism. Without idealism, there is no integrity. Without integrity, there is only production. – Raymond Chandler A child’s world is lit by magic and filled with fantasy. The imaginary manifests like the wind – unseen but there nonetheless. Fanciful thoughts lead to imaginative creations. …

Take Positive Action

Life is 10% what you make it, and 90% how you take it. – Irving Berlin Change is at the heart of all things. We are constantly planning for what’s up ahead, using information from what’s behind. But Past and Future are constructed atop the timeless flowing NOW. Your responses to the infinite dynamic moment …

Artistic Sight

Art is not what you see, but what you make others see. –Edgar Degas Artists don’t look for beauty fully formed. Art is the summoning of the fantastic with effortless action. Planning out the brushstrokes would result in lifeless creation. I was taught to sketch the general idea and to let the work emerge from …