Creativity -do you have it?

Dear Fellow Journalers,

Why are some people creative, imaginative or innovative while others fail at trying to be original? How come some people can consistently “think outside the box” while others choose the safe and narrow road? And finally, why are there so few people who are naturally curious while others aren’t? In my view, the answers to these questions lie in the way people view the world they live in. Oh, they start out curious and full of adventure but along the way they get scared of being wrong, doing a risky thing or are uncomfortable in the face of doing something different.

A friend of mine cautioned his son in his career choice saying that he needed to have  “back up plan” if his first choice didn’t work out. His photography “hobby” was one thing but it wouldn’t “pay the bills”. As it turned out, the young man took some college courses in marketing, media and research and computer science and now has his own successful studio.

I always associated creativity with the arts but the concept outweighs the subject. You can be creative in just about anything you do. I ‘re-discovered creativity in other forms of expression during the past month by accident.

“Long ago, in a Galaxy far away” I was a fan of western tv shows. My favorite shows included Bonanza and the Virginian and then I grew up. Well, while visiting a family member in the hospital last month I found an internet site that featured fan- based tv/movie fan fiction. These creative stories are written by folks who take the tv/movie shows a bit farther, enhancing the character so to speak. Most of the stories are written based on the show as portrayed on the screen while others are entirely a work of fiction. I found them, for the most part to be extremely creative and they helped me pass the time. Another creative outlet presented itself when I ‘re-discovered an old cookbook and began experimental dishes.

Creativity is all around us, we just have to discover the curious child within ourselves and balance our life’s choices. We may loose our sense of imaginative thoughts but I don’t think we ever outgrow it.

Happy Discoveries,





Dear Fellow Journalers,

Deepest apologies! Between the flu, Bronchitis, Pneumonia and various other illnesses, word one on this blog has not been written. We’ve been sick since January 8th. Recovery slow but steady. New posts probably coming your way end of month.


Bucket List Quotes

” We live, we die”.

“Travel as much as you can. As long as you can. Life is not meant to be lived in one place.”

“If you’ve lucky enough to get a second chance at something, don’t waste it.”

“Rules” on setting up Bucket List Journal

Dear Fellow Journalers,

This journal is pretty easy to set up. I would write out your dreams/goals on the first page and perhaps a “date of completion” – say by the time I’m _  I will learn German. The cover can be anything you want as along as it reflects your bucket list. One clever person I know, drew a large bucket and had her dreams/goals spilling out of it encased in bubbles.

Anyway, I would suggest that you make several copies of your list. Post one in your home office, one at work, one on your refrigerator. These spots are the ones you look at every day and seeing your list will remind you of your personal goals.

Another suggestion is to share your list with others. Yeah, it worked in the movie! Seriously, sometimes having someone else know where you are headed helps if you become discouraged if the timetable is not working.

Finally, cross out items as you do them. Use a different color pen. And don’t be afraid to add new items – doing one thing can inspire you to do another.


Do and do not

Dear Fellow Journalers,,

Bucket Lists don’t always have to be about grandiose things/places you want to do/go. They can be simple things like be-friend a stranger, “pay-it-forward” (whatever “it” is for you). You could experience a sunset or sunrise. They are the most beautiful things we get to see and they’re free! Have you ever watched a Solar Eclipse?  or gone star-gazing? How about publishing a book or volunteering to teach a lecture?

Why not start a list of 25 things you’ve never done and wished you had? Did you finish your education or did you stop to pursue other venues or military service? Ever wish you could play the piano? or take a dance class? You could be the next great dancer in your own version of “Dancing with the stars”.

There’s an ad on tv these days of a couple with a map on the wall and one dart. The girl throws the dart and the couple is off on an unplanned vacation to Paris, Texas. Ever wanted to act in a play? Knit a scarf? Live through all 4 seasons? Volunteer at a Hospice? Fly a kite? Conquer your biggest fear?

How about sharing your bucket list with a trusted friend or relative? In the movie “The Bucket List”, Edward Cole (played by Jack Nicholson) and the man in the next bed (Carter Chambers) (played by Morgan Freeman) share Carter’s bucket list and set out on an adventure of a lifetime.

Other bucket list ideas include going on a retreat (if you choose to do this one, contact me – I know a great place!), start a movement for a cause you believe in, get closure on an unhappy event, fly first class, fly in a helicopter (scary, at least for me) meet an author, visit a castle or learn sign language.

Next week – taking  action.

Working on my list,


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