Category Archives: Miscellanea

Whatever doesn’t fit exactly in the other categories.

Video: hummingbird rescue

For some of us, spring weather has been moving in with dips into winter weather. Another bit of “weather” is coming today, so I thought this might be a good time to share a video with you to encourage you that warm weather is coming soon.

I hope this video works for you. It’s amazing!

Have you ever rescued an animal or bird?

Thanks for watching, and … Creative Musings!  🙂

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

    

Today is the day of the wearing of the green.

(I am repeating a post I wrote here in 2012.)

 

Did you know that Saint Patrick was not really Irish? And Patrick was not his birth name? His real name was Maewyn Succat but he took the name of Patrick when he became a priest.

Patrick was born in Scotland in 373 AD, but was captured by raiders when he was sixteen and taken to Ireland as a slave. After six years he escaped by ship, then returned years later on a mission from God at about 430 AD.

Do you know how the shamrock became known as a symbol of Saint Patrick’s Day? Legend has it that Patrick used the shamrock as a visual aid in teaching about the Trinity.

 

 

 

Patrick grew to deeply love Ireland, and as an old man that is where he died on March 17, 460 AD, having fulfilled his mission. If you are interested in reading more about his life, click here.

Even though their history is tumultuous and rugged I love that some of my ancestors came from Ireland and some from Scotland.

Dance a little jig, count your many blessings, and hug a leprechaun today – if you can catch one.   🙂

HAPPY SAINT PATRICK’S DAY!

Do you celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day in any way?

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂

Video: Live and Let Die by 2Cellos & Lang Lang

Today I don’t have anything “writerly” to share with you, but I do have a creative musical video for you to watch. Does that count? 🙂 

You may remember I enjoy 2Cellos. This video is of 2Cellos and Lang Lang performing Live and Let Die. Amazing!  I hope you enjoy it.

 

Have you ever had the delight of attending a concert of 2Cellos or Lang Lang?

Thanks for watching, and … Creative Musings!  🙂

Short film: Post-It (R)

I had posted a funny short film called Piper for you to watch this morning, and then it won an Academy award. Unfortunately, when my post went live this morning the film was no longer available. I apologize for that. In its place I’m posting another video which is called Post-It®. I hope you enjoy it.

Has anyone helped you out of a negative place? Or have you found a great way to encourage people?

Thanks for watching and … Creative Musings!  🙂

Countdown to SPRING!

I love spring. Currently it’s like pining for a sweetheart who is due home soon.

Today an early morning fog was eating away some of our snow, rotting it so it breaks up and melts more easily. After our recent very cold temperatures the snow froze solid making it harder to move. It’s looking dirty now, but we can be sure there will be a fresh topping for it before our winter weather ends.

On the happy side, look at this:

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Wooo Hooo!    * happy dance *

Even if we do get buried in snow again before March 20, I don’t care! It’s going to get warm again, soon, and I look forward to that. In the meantime, I’m not wishing today away. I’m seeing the beauty of winter and enjoying the many robins that came out of the woods yesterday to forage. That’s the first real sign of spring for me. Robins. Probably the sign I love the most is when the peepers start their night song. (Peepers — tiny little frogs.) They make my heart sing. 

Wherever you are, what is your favourite sign of spring?

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂  

Maurice Sendak interview

Maurice Sendak – 

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winner of the 1964 Caldecott Medal for Where the Wild Things Are.

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When I first read that book I wasn’t sure about it. Now I see it as an amazing story. What made the difference?

I was a very timid, sensitive child, so when I first read Where the Wild Things Are as an adult – having not known of it until then, although it was published in 1963 – I think I was concerned it would be scary for children. It really speaks to imagination, to the selfishness of childhood and the resulting escape into imagination and dreaming. That I get.

I was glad to find THIS INTERVIEW from 2004 – Bill Moyers interviewing Maurice Sendak. I hope you will take the time to listen to it. It’s in two parts, and the bonus is that the transcript is under it so you can read along while listening.

What does this stir within you?

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂

 

NaNoWriMo speaks out! “Stories know no borders”

My dear friends,
I deliberately avoid political discussion here, and anywhere online. Today I have to share something that I believe is really important. 
I am not a US citizen; I am happy to be a Canadian, although, of late, it’s beginning to look as if our nation also could be entering the arena of political stupidity. It’s disheartening to witness the fear, anxiety and grief of my US friends who are greatly affected by the turn of events of their 2016 election. In the writing world there is opportunity to make things better, one word, one page, one book at a time. So to those who are worried, I say WRITE ON! Be positive, be hopeful, take the high road and DO NOT allow yourself to be pulled into the mire. Avoid hate. Be sure your words are the best they can be because somebody needs you, and that somebody could be someone you will never meet in person but who will read your words and be encouraged.
Yesterday I received an email from the National Novel Writing Month desk. I’m sharing it with you because, as I said at the start, I believe it is really important. This letter came, addressed to Polilla-Lynn – my NaNoWriMo name , because I participated in NaNoWriMo in 2010 (and won!) and in 2011-2013 (adding to my novel of 2010).
Read it and be encouraged, my friends.   Love to you, Lynn

 

What we stand for, what we stand against.

Writing together

Dear Polilla-Lynn,

As a creative writing nonprofit, we’re not a political organization. We don’t endorse candidates or support any particular party. In an ideal world, we would focus only on empowering people to write.

Yet we find ourselves in a time where people’s ability to tell their stories—and even to safely exist—is at stake.

NaNoWriMo strives to be a gateway and sanctuary for people’s voices. Our guiding belief is that every person’s story matters, and we celebrate the inclusion of all religions, races, genders, sexualities, and countries of origin. We help people find a safe space to be who they are—creators, storytellers, and world changers.

Because of this core organizational value, we join the many voices standing against the presidential executive order that bans refugees and people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.

For over 15 years, we’ve had the privilege of writing alongside a community from over 200 countries, including Iran, Iraq, Libya, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. We don’t build walls. We strive to dissolve borders through stories, the vital human narratives that expand our worlds.

 

So while we are not a political organization, we feel moved to take action.

In response to the executive order, as well as any future government efforts that threaten people’s basic freedoms, we will:

  • Celebrate creativity over apathy, diversity over fear, and productivity over despair.
     
  • Welcome all stories and continue to make NaNoWriMo a safe space for all writers.
     
  • Advocate for the transformative power of storytelling to connect people and build a better world.
 

If you have concrete ideas for how we can work toward these goals (or if you have feedback about anything in this message), please share your thoughts.

Thank you for being part of NaNoWriMo. We are all individuals of different beliefs and backgrounds, but we come together through a shared passion. We pledge to remember that, and to look to our community as a model and inspiration, as we get to the work ahead.

With gratitude and optimism,

Grant Faulkner
Executive Director

 

Future Actions

We are also concerned about upcoming issues that may affect people’s self-expression, like the President’s desire to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The NEA is a crucial source of support for many nonprofit writing organizations, and has provided funding for NaNoWriMo in the past. The NEH has awarded $515 million to libraries, many of which provide local writing spaces through our Come Write In program.

If these cuts are proposed, National Novel Writing Month will respond and advocate.

Your thoughts? You have two places to share this time if you wish, here and on their form. 

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂  YOU CAN DO IT!