Flashes of Creativity

Last night I spoke to my husband about my recent burst of creativity. I suggested that now I’ve lost the physical ability to create life, my need to create has found new outlets. I mentioned this to my lovely, creative friend Mairi and she said that she, too, had returned to creative pursuits of late. She had a quick look about and found this post by The Menopause Goddess. It seems that we’re not alone. Hubby suggested that I look for or create a group for like minded women, and that’s where Flashes of Creativity was born – thanks to Mairi for the brilliant name. I’m not sure exactly what the group will end up being. It’s just starting today, but I’d like to think that it will become a safe place for we menopausal women...

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I’m Still Here

2016 has been a dreadful year for many of us. It seems that everyone has lost an idol: so many stars of the entertainment world have left us with naught but their ghosts on screen and whispered songs on our radios. Many of us have lost someone in real life. Several of my friends have lost a family member this year, some as the culmination of a long illness, some taken suddenly. Their loss has been great either way. The world has been an ugly place: wars, terrorism, civil unrest, earthquakes, floods. In the UK we had a disappointing result in the Brexit referendum and in the USA, well, Trump. I’m still trying to process that one. Many of us have had poor health, myself included. There have been times when the prospect of never being well has been too much to bear...

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Ooh! Shiny! I’m a Scanner! (not the head exploding kind)

All my life I’ve been a dabbler. I discover something new, get filled with passion and enthusiasm about it, go hell for leather for a while and then lose interest. I have umpteen unfinished books, pieces of knitting, cross stitch, clay…. The list is huge. I believed I deserved the dilettante epithet that was so often cast my way and even when in the passion of a new discovery, felt guilty about the long list of interests that had fallen by the wayside. Then I discovered Refuse To Choose by Barbara Sher. According to Ms Sher, I am not feckless. I am a Scanner and wired to need the constant stimulation of new discoveries. Until relatively recently, people like me were admired. Heck, the Renaissance was built by people like me! While I may lack the...

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My Creative Process – The Grand Blog Tour

Firstly, many thanks to Abi Burlingham who nominated me to take part in the Grand Blog Tour for creative types. The whole point of these tours is to encourage new visitors to your blog so if this is your first time at my particular madhouse, hello, welcome and please come again. If you’re a regular visitor you already know not to put your hands near the cage bars and under no account to feed the exhibits. Unless it’s chocolate. Unless it’s chocolate for me. And booze. And….ahem. Each participant in the blog tour has four questions to answer, so here goes. What are you working on? I have more projects on the go than is healthy. To get me actually writing I work on a little bit of “Senga McGurk’s Guide Tae Glesga: An A to Z.” Senga has...

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Aug 01 2013

I call this ‘Blind Panic Aaaaargghhhhh! I’ve got to draw something for #drawingaugust and I haven’t a clue what to do ‘cos I can’t draw or paint and I have no idea why I signed up for this stupid thing in the first place.’ It’s sub-titled Aug 01 2013. Much catchier, don’t you think? I decided to participate in #drawingaugust because while I am crap at arty stuff, I really really enjoy it and find it very therapeutic. My lack of ability in art is what made me turn to photography: there is so much beauty around us and I wanted to be able to capture it. Don’t get me wrong, photography is an art form in itself and I do find it fulfilling creatively, but…. I find that things look less awful if I use art apps...

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