Quote of the Day: If I had my life to live over again, I would have made a rule to read some poetry and listen to some music at least once a week; for perhaps the parts of my brain now atrophied would have thus been kept active through use. The loss of these tastes is a loss of happiness, and may possibly be injurious to the intellect, and more probably to the moral character, by enfeebling the emotional part of our nature.
– Charles Darwin
This quote is used as an introduction to my favorite book, The Music Lover’s Poetry Anthology. I marked my favorites with mini-post-its, and it is a colorful display of papers! I love so many of these poems. Poetry, music, art, attending plays and live performances, creating art collaboratively all help us connect to one another. It builds community and keeps us from feeling isolated.
My younger sister, Joy, is staying with me for a couple months, and she immediately started making connections. She’s offering a six-week voice lesson session, and several people have already scheduled lessons with her. She makes the cutest fairy houses out of pottery and wanted to continue with that creative outlet, so she contacted Kevin Matthews at Glaze to Amaze.
Thanks, Kevin, for being so accommodating and welcoming my sister into the community of artists.
Glaze to Amaze is located in downtown Brainerd on Laurel Street. Kevin will be offering great specials during both Black Friday, next week, and Small Business Saturday. Shop local, support artists in your area, and help build up your community.
After the pottery fun, we were off to the 9th grade band concert. Did you ever mention how much I love band concerts? Yep. Love’em. They never last long enough for me. The band teachers in this area deserve a standing ovation!!!
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Your sister is very creative! The two of you are going to have fun together.
Hi Mary – so pleased it’s all working out having Joy with you – she sounds really talented .. so much creativity going on in one household – just enjoy yourselves and your kids enjoy their aunt .. cheers Hilary
I had a dream the other night that I was floating in the air, and in my dream, I had to figure out why I was so light–turns out I quit my job (in my dream, not in my real life). Now that my sisters are having so much fun, maybe I should make the dream come true and float on over to Brainerd. Miss you guys.
Hi Mary. Your blog post showed up in my reader tonight and it’s been so long since my last visit, I couldn’t remember who you were. But the minute I opened your blog, I remembered! I miss Minnesota so much, and reading your blog makes me feel close to my favorite stomping grounds.
Thanks for sharing your creativity and the joy of your sisters visit:)
Yes Nancy, float on over. I wonder how much fun we could have with all three of us together?!
Thanks for all the help connecting, Mary!
Mary–your sister sounds delightful! I love the pottery shop–I am putting that on my list to visit when we are up in the area. When thinking about my connection to arts and my community…it would have to be my connection with my on line friends–you have all helped me see in a new world!
Love that quote! So glad your sister was greeted warmly. Tis a wonderful thing to experience.