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Communication — A Better Life through Word Play

I believe in words. I believe in the power they hold. I believe in the story a single word creates.

Bouquet. Tendril. Secret. An encounter with my junk drawer unearthed a buried book of Magnetic Poetry – that simple but ingenious invention—affirmed my faith in words.

My Magnetic Poetry book—a  chunky spiral bound tome—is filled with refrigerator cryptograms and provides the perfect opportunity to tell a story. Magnetic words can be used anyone—anyone big enough to reach the icebox and with enough digital dexterity to separate the tiny words from their magnetic home base.

Precocious toddlers, stooped elders and funny kids can participate. Lovers, newly-weds and the long married have equal access. Universal in its appeal, you can love it or hate it and still partake in it.

It’s Scrabble without the stress, a crossword without the clues or hangman without the noose. The object is to embrace all of poetry’s shapes—odes and lunes and tanka and tercet. Forced to create from limited resources compels us to pare down to essentials.  It requires the sentence creator to wholeheartedly do their job.

In this game the words take center stage. I have my favorites among the magnetic options.

Summer and song and secret.

Liquid and love and leave.

I love the creativity of put-together words like out-let and song-bird.

I love vivid words like summer and plums.

I love lexis that buzz and jump and make you look twice while pretending not to.

I love Haiku and tiny tales that jump off the board and send tidal waves of Oh’s to passersby.

liquid songs pronounce

morning shower so lovely

summers secret sound

Or

teach from here you said

bruised tongue staggers over his page

dark red book blossoms

Pure expression and creative endeavor—pick up a few words today—tell a miniature story.

Leave your poem below!

(original post Aug ’09)

Word Games – Literary Lucky Charms

stop-zb38_smallI believe in words. I believe in the power they hold. I believe in the story a single word creates.

Bouquet. Tendril. Secret. An encounter with my junk drawer unearthed a buried book of Magnetic Poetry – that simple but ingenious invention—affirmed my faith in words.

My Magnetic Poetry book—a  chunky spiral bound tome—is filled with refrigerator cryptograms and provides the perfect opportunity to tell a story. Magnetic words can be used anyone—anyone big enough to reach the icebox and with enough digital dexterity to separate the tiny words from their magnetic home base.

Precocious toddlers, stooped elders and funny kids can participate. Lovers, newly-weds and the long married have equal access. Universal in its appeal, you can love it or hate it and still partake in it.

It’s Scrabble without the stress, a crossword without the clues or hangman without the noose. The object is to embrace all of poetry’s shapes—odes and lunes and tanka and tercet. Forced to create from limited resources compels us to pare down to essentials.  It requires the sentence creator to wholeheartedly do their job.

In this game the words take center stage. I have my favorites among the magnetic options.

Summer and song and secret.

Liquid and love and leave.

I love the creativity of put-together words like out-let and song-bird.

I love vivid words like summer and plums.

I love lexis that buzz and jump and make you look twice while pretending not to.

I love Haiku and tiny tales that jump off the board and send tidal waves of Oh’s to passersby.

liquid songs pronounce

morning shower so lovely

summers secret sound

Or

teach from here you said

bruised tongue staggers over his page

dark red book blossoms


Pure expression and creative endeavor—pick up a few words today—tell a miniature story.

Creativity – Your Soul’s Calling

“Age is something that doesn’t matter unless you are a cheese.photo_4475_20090209watercolorbrush

–Billie Burke (1886-1970) American Actress

Every now and again when I feel a twinge of doubt creep into my soul, I seek an inspirational quote or story to snap me out of it.

The above quote got me thinking about “late bloomers”-those whose talents don’t burst open until later in life.  The list includes:

Julia Childs – who published her first book at 49.

Laura Ingalls Wilder – whose first book Little House in the Big Woods came out when she was 65

Colonel Sanders – who didn’t franchise Kentucky Fried Chicken until he was 65

Grandmas Moses – who started painting in her 70’s

I celebrated a birthday at the beginning of the year and started a new venture at the same time.  I questioned my sanity about embarking on another career at this age. (If you haven’t figured it out I’m AARP eligible and then some.)

But here I am. Thirsty for learning and hungry for the challenge. Eager to express something creative. Grateful for the opportunity to express something that hasn’t had an outlet for expression until now. As Susan Boyle stated to Simon Cowell on Britain’s Got Talent–“I guess I never had the opportunity.”

What creativity do you need to share with the world? What hobby have you always wanted to try, but kept putting off? What talent has been lurking beneath the surface that needs to bloom? Stop hiding. Share your talents or explore new avenues for expression. Besides, who are you to deny us your talent. Get out there and shine.

As Barbara Sher says, “It’s Only Too Late If You Don’t Start Now.”

Listening to Intuition – There’s Much to Learn

Yesterday I was sitting on my porch writing. There are few distractions there 4245578park-benchand I enjoy the expansive view of Turkey Lake from my four-story perch.

Occasionally, I can hear the rhythm of skate boards on the concrete path, the buzz of leaf blowers when the landscapers are working and the animated voices of cell phone chatterers who can’t seem to take a stroll alone.

What I heard yesterday was the sound of rustling paper and the tumble of charcoal falling into the lone grill parked just off the corner of the path, before it loops around for a U-turn. The grill is for the convenience of condo owners, but it is rarely used.

Curiosity got the best of me.

After all it was mid-afternoon, mid-week, not exactly rush-hour for barbequing. Read more

Need Some Inspiration to Get Started or Keep Going?

“Age is something that doesn’t matter unless you are a cheese.”2546940clock
Billie Burke (1886-1970)
American Actress

Every now and again when I feel a twinge of doubt creep into my soul, I go find some quotes or stories to snap me out of it.

The above quote got me thinking about “late bloomers”–those whose talents don’t burst open until later in life. The list includes: Read more

Get Reconnected to Your Passion and Purpose

If you’ve recently lost touch with your passion and purpose in life then it’s time to get reconnected. coconut-grove-048

Julia Cameron of Artist’s Way fame prescribes a weekly artist date with yourself. Take a painting or pottery class. Go for a walk in the park to smell the roses or spend your lunch break at a local museum. Any creative activity will do as long as it’s different from your daily work.

This weekend I attended a local art festival. The weather was delightful, the crowds considerate, the energy postive and the art plentiful.

Yes, I know it’s February and not particularly pedestrian friendly in many parts of the country (or world) but you can still surround yourself with good energy and beautiful things.

Go inside if you need to but don’t dismiss a stroll on the beach bundled against the cold or a walk in in the park at dusk during a gentle snowfall.

Nature has a way of healing and connecting us to spirit like nothing else. Be present to your suroundings. Notice the sound of your footsteps, the silence of the falling snow or the crash of waves on the shore.

Take yourself on a date. Get out of your head and into our heart. Let art and nature do their magic. Your passion and purpose will fill you up.

Try it.

Less Stress–More Play! 5 Ways to Help Yourself

supertrooper070900024grass1So when was the last time you scolded yourself, stomped your foot and commanded with a pointed finger—GO OUTSIDE AND PLAY? Yes, I’m yelling. Play is essential to personal growth and quality of life, yet we play down its importance.
 
I’m talking to adults here (kids not getting enough unstructured play time is a whole other rant.) Play time is the perfect antidote to what ails many of us. Worry, apprehension, fuzzy thinking, sluggish body and lack of concentration can all be helped with a bit of creative fun. Not convinced? Consider these benefits:

Relieves Stress

There’s nothing like having your hands immersed in a hunk of clay (or earth if you’re a gardener) to foster a connection to your higher self. No time to meditate? Grab your gardening gloves or take a turn at the potter’s wheel.

These are the perfect play activities that allow for reflection and contemplation—two excellent stress relievers.

Alleviates Anxiety

Ever find yourself annoyed or angry with someone because you can’t get them to see your point-of-view? Anxiety builds when we feel as though we aren’t being heard. Sometimes we just can’t change things and our only option is to change our perception of the situation.

Play a little Twister® to get some perspective on your adversary’s position. Realizing your opponent can’t get their right foot on a green dot no matter which way they twist might just foster a little empathy. If nothing else it gets you laughing, another critical component of playtime that helps to alleviate anxiety.

Develops Focus and Concentration

Try something a bit adventurous. The thrill of not knowing what’s coming around the bend (no, I don’t mean your boss) develops a sense of discovery and inventiveness. Try hiking or camping or simply exploring a new neighborhood on your bike. Physical play forces you to pay attention and be present to what is happening in the now. When your attention is on what rock you’re going to put your foot on you’re not thinking about what to make for dinner.

Encourages Self-Expression

Whether you take a painting class or simply play a game of Pictionary®, expressing yourself enhances your creativity and maybe a talent you have neglected. Take piano lessons or attend a drum circle. Do it just for fun.

Enhances Problem Solving Skills

Checkers, chess, Scrabble® or Scattergories® will get your brain going in a different direction. Choose a game that is different than the kind of work you do all day. Enjoy the game and the challenge but if it pushes your anxious button pick up some crayons and paper and scribble instead.

If nothing else play is fun and we get too little of it. Yes, I know, studies show that more than half of the adult population plays video games. Somehow…it’s not quite the same.

Now—Go Play!