November Essays & Creative Prompt

by Tammy Strobel on November 28, 2011

{Toward the end of every month, I post a round-up of the best essays and books I’ve read. In addition, I include a creative prompt for your reflection.}

The Dawn Ascension And Other Cowboy Poems

- Welcome Home

- The Art of Doing Nothing: A Procrastinator’s Manifesto 

Clutterfree, Finally

- Remembering Those Who Truly Need a Holiday Gift

Creative Prompt

What fuels your creativity? Write, draw, paint, or photograph your response. And please share your answer in the comments section. I love hearing from you!

1 SKM November 29, 2011

I am a writer. While there are several things that fuel my creativity, one of my favorite “fuels” is lunch with my friend Cathy who is a watercolor artist and photographer. We represent different areas of art, but I think both of us are re-energized by being with someone who “gets” that we’re more than just our 9-to-5 selves.

2 Rose Byrd November 29, 2011

Tammy, I am a writer. Just over 8 weeks ago, I discovered the wordpress blogging services through my wonderful, on-top-of-everything, daughter-in-law. I began writing both offline and online everyday since. I had not written, due to massive self-effacement issues, much at all for the past 2 decades, after having been happily pursuing creative writing, accompanied by frequent sketching and painting and piano playing and gardening up until my mid-forties. All of those activities fueled my writing, as well as my avid following of world events and engaging in weekly community volunteer work. The single greatest thing that fueled my creativity both then and now is nature walks and animal care combined. Running a very close second this time around is my growing participation in blogging with other writers!

3 Roberta November 29, 2011

Hmmm…how do I share a photo? What fuels my creativity? Reading, my dogs, puzzling out what exactly is wrong with my patient and how can I be effective for her during my shift. Being amazed how much I am not missing my iPhone (which is totally corrupted, causing me to go to St. Louis for repair/exchange); I am using my handy dandy long time small Tracfone along with Google VoiP on my computer. Photos? iPad – though the pad itself is not so hot (well, not how I used it) but an app sure is :).

4 Tim Graedon November 29, 2011

I’m inspired by street musicians. This is a photo of Cosmos, I met him in the subway tunnels under Bryant Park. He had a lot of really wise things to say but the one that stood out the most, to me, was, “You need to give a breath in order to take one”.

I’m not sure how to post an image in the comments but here is a link to the photograph…
http://www.filterandfunnel.com/2011/09/cosmos.html

5 Tali@treehousechatter December 1, 2011

Hey there!
I work in the creative art therapy field and am constantly inspired by art as a form of expression. Within the past year, writing has become a passionate form of expression for me as well. I am so inspired and thankful for you site!
I have recently found knitting to be extremely calming and meditative. I am also not sure how to share a picture but here is a link to a post about knitting on my site.
http://treehousechatter.com/the-simplicity-of-knitting/
Much love and miles of smiles,
Tali

6 Tammy Strobel December 1, 2011

Right on! Thanks for sharing. :) I’ll check out your post.

I love knitting too. It’s so relaxing and meditative. Thanks for reading!

7 Ajen December 1, 2011

Hi Tammy- It is nice to see a picture of Mt Shasta! I live in Shasta County and am blessed to see this lovely volcano (as well as Mt. Lassen) everyday!

What fuels my creativity is silence. It is amazing what a quiet environment, heart and mind can offer. To achieve silence is a mindful practice, but when it happens… well… amazing things happen! Thanks for sharing the links. I will look through them.

Light

Ajen

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