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Yes! We ARE Artists

“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it … Continue reading

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Still Dancing

In Dani Shapiro’s marvelous “Still Writing: The Perils and Pleasures of a Creative Life,” she shares a classic anecdote in an artist’s life.  Her friend, who is a notable sculptor, is asked at a dinner party “…if I was still … Continue reading

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A Different Voice: Musings from the Marshlands

  I attended a gathering recently, a newcomer to a group of people who have been working hard together for some time.  After a policy decision was announced and explained by the decision-maker, the meeting drifted on.  But something rankled … Continue reading

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Musings from the Marshlands: When One Way Doesn’t Work….

…another will. The enormous great blue heron feeding close by on the marsh has been reminding me of that important heron wisdom.  One of the things heron teaches is that when one way doesn’t work, another will. The heron draws … Continue reading

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More Vulnerability: Life Lessons from Dancing

Being in performance mode again last week highlighted for me that ever present, and often loathed, human condition: vulnerability.  We human types are constantly “exposed to the possibility of being attacked or harmed, either physically or emotionally.” Yet, we often … Continue reading

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Making Art Is A Political Act–Reprise

Choreographer and master dance teacher, Dan Wagoner, used to us to remind us often of this truth, which I wrote about here.  His wise words have echoed endlessly for me… perhaps no more so than these days. So, I was … Continue reading

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So, You Used To Be A Dancer? Life Lessons From Dancing (Reprise)

  “Ask [yourself] what makes you come alive and go do it.  Because what the world needs are people who have come alive.”~~Howard Thurman Folks keep coming across my path, voicing their passions along with their regret in not pursuing … Continue reading

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