“Creativity, as has been said, consists largely of rearranging what we know in order to find out what we do not know. Hence, to think creatively, we must be able to look afresh at what we normally take for granted.”

—George Kneller

Thoughts on Creativity

Musings by our staff and facilitators

Here we share our occasional thoughts about the creative process, illustrating how it applies to more than just making art. Creativity can be an integral part of our lives, providing inspiration and direction. We welcome a conversation through your comments about our musings.

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Thoughts on Creativity

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January 2016 Nancy Drewek: The Miriam Webster dictionary defines creativity as “the ability to make new things or think of new ideas.” It is the act of using one’s imagination in new ways to solve a problem or create something new. Jeffrey Davis, (Psychology Today,...

Death as a Part of Life

January 2016 Donald Mathews: Last year I posted an article on the Creative Edge home page titled: On Finding The Value and Joy of Aging. In it are listed the 7 necessary basic tasks for conscious aging by Jane Wheelwright, a student of Carl Jung. I highly recommend it...

Mystery of Movement

January 2016 Carol Mathew-Rogers: Today is a glorious sunny winter day, where the brilliant light shines through the stark branches of my red maple tree, illuminating my backyard garden in its soggy splendor. I am tempted to go outside, but I know the enticement of...

The Painting

January 2016 Barbara Rose Shuler A seascape painting sent to me out of the blue started me reflecting recently on the creative influences of my childhood, especially those from my parents. I spent my early years in a community located in the wild and lush seacoast of...

Tenderly Tending

January 2016 Illia Thompson: Within eight days, one Saturday after another, I experienced concentrated tender tending. First, there was a memorial celebration of life for my son-in-law, a man who died suddenly at the age of 44. It was held at the place business that...


January 2016 Louise Gray Tindell: “My creativity is an act of my soul. I am rooted in the creativity of the entire universe. As I flow creatively, I give to others the gift of my example. . .” —Rumi “The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are...

Letting Go

January 2015 Marlie Avant: Reflecting upon the past year, I find the major theme threading itself throughout 2014 was “letting go.” It was not an easy year but a necessary one. Sometimes turbulent, the currents of life were rearranging themselves within and without. I...

Lessons from a Scrub Jay

January 2015 Laura Carley Seasons come. Seasons go. The more that pass, the more we get to glimpse their familiar cycles. Warm to cold, wind to sunshine to rain, seasons alternate in recognizable patterns. Whether in weather, or in other replicating swirls of being,...

Look at the World Directly

January 2015 Kyla McCollam: Goethe, a master of words, wrote during midlife, “We talk far too much. We should talk less and draw more.” I learned this as I read Huxley’s Doors of Perception. Huxley goes on to say that he “would personally like to renounce speech...


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