Sunday, December 5, 2010

Feeling Good by Doing Good

Inspired by this post from Quinn McDonald, I decided to write this brief post today about what we can do in addition to changing our pictures on Facebook. She says better than I could why she isn't changing her photo and what she is doing instead. Yes, the cartoon character thing is fun but my concern, like hers, is what difference does it really make?

I'm challenging myself and my friends to do more than change an avatar on Facebook.  I donated some clothes that I am not going to wear. I know from experience that ‘feel good’ feeling multiplies when you give something of yourself, so along with changing your picture you can donate some food, time, supplies, gift cards, socks, toys, etc to a local agency that provides services for children who are victims of abuse and violence.

Here are some local (Greater Phoenix) agencies to add to the list that Quinn posted:
You can check their websites or call any of these places and they will tell you what they need most.
Childhelp (Scottsdale, AZ) -

Eve’s Place (Surprise, AZ) -

Crisis Response Neetwork (Phoenix, AZ) -

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Reverb10 - Wonder

#Reverb10 - Using the month of December to blog about the year . . . read about it here. You can join too.

Writing prompt for December 4 – Wonder. How did you cultivate a sense of wonder in your life this year? (Author: Jeffrey Davis)

Wonder. One definition is ‘to think or speculate curiously’. Another is ‘to be filled with admiration, amazement or awe’.
I kept my sense of wonder throughout the year first by taking walks in my favorite park. The is something very wonder-ous about the colors, lines and the shape of a rose, whether it is budding or completing the cycle. I have been amazed many times by the beauty of nature in flowers and in animals such as peacocks.

To me, speculating curiously equals creativity. Though the year of 2010 has been extremely stressful and trying, I maintained my efforts to experience ‘creativity time’ by spending time doing experiments with fabric and beads and paint metals and gel mediums, etc. I have made the time to gather with others who value ‘creative wondering’. I have visited, with friends, and been delighted by the studios of other artists.

I also created the opportunity to be the catalyst or facilitator of wonder for others by teaching a class in mixed media for fabric. There is nothing quite like providing the space and materials that give others the incentive to speculate curiously and experiment with abandon.

Wonder has been alive and well in 2010.


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