Monthly Archives: July 2014

Compassionate Thursday: ‘Opera Guy’ still dreams of singing at the Met – Metro – The Boston Globe

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I will admit to being proud of my hometown paper, the Boston Globe. Not only does it do a fine job of investigative journalism and have great people like writing for it, the Globe often uncovers stories that share people’s hopes and dreams. I am sharing one with you this evening that not only tells us about hope and dreams but also of the transforming power of music to heal and help us to become whole.

These are the stories that make it so important for us to acknowledge, embrace, and encourage the integration of the arts into our lives and communities.

 

 

 

IT’S NEVER TOO LATE, NEVER GIVE UP, KEEP ON SINGING.

 

‘Opera Guy’ still dreams of singing at the Met – Metro – The Boston Globe.

 

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Compassionate Thursday: 5th Graders Find Community, Healing Through Art with Heart | Art with Heart

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On this Compassionate Thursday, it is impossible to ignore the plight of children. Here. In Gaza. In Africa.  …wherever children are suffering because of war or poverty or any  one of the disasters that result in trauma for children.  The children crossing the border from Honduras and other Central American countries are refugees, not illegal immigrants. The need for healing through art has never been greater.

Art with Heart is a wonderful group working with children to ease the pain of traumatic experiences. We need more groups like this working with our young people.

 

READ…THINK…SHARE…SUPPORT Healing through the arts in your community.

 

5th Graders Find Community, Healing Through Art with Heart | Art with Heart.

 

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Children and Teachers, Capricorn Elementary School, Vrygrond, SA

Children and Teachers, Capricorn Elementary School, Vrygrond, SA

Compassionate Thursday: New 9/11 Museum Also Commemorates How Art Helps Kids Heal – Foundation for Art & Healing

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As I have been working on the book and on posting selected information and ideas to this blog, I have been searching for a way to organize these posts. This week I have begun to give each day a theme: Creative Monday, High Point Wednesday, Compassionate Thursday, etc. From now on the posts for each day will illuminate the theme for the day in some way.

Like all of life, the theme days will emerge naturally as my work continues.

COMPASSIONATE THURSDAYS WILL FOCUS ON STORIES OF HOW THE ARTS HEAL US AND OUR COMMUNITIES AFTER TRAUMA.

We begin our Compassionate Thursday series with a post from the Foundation for Art & Healing, a wonderful organization in Boston that is doing so much to help further the work of the arts and healing in individuals and communities.

Read about how the new 9/11 Museum is also helping kids to heal through the arts. Visit when in NYC. Share.

New 9/11 Museum Also Commemorates How Art Helps Kids Heal – Foundation for Art & Healing.

 

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Hight Point Wednesday: Artist Uses Hundreds Of Plastic Bottle Caps To Make Beautiful Murals.

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Singing Your Own Song

Singing Your Own Song

One of ways to make “stuff” be it art or something for practical living is to use the throwaways of everyday life. Those artists who do are very much “singing their own song” and showing us how trash can be transformed into beauty.

I am designing a course to offer this fall for those who want to play with the ideas of trash transformed to art. It will be titled The New Alchemist, the Artist in the Laboratory of Trash. I don’t know yet where in the Ocala area I will be offering this, so watch for an announcement by early September.

LOOK, ADMIRE, ENJOY AND SHARE WHAT BOTTLE CAPS CAN BECOME!

 

 

 

Artist Uses Hundreds Of Plastic Bottle Caps To Make Beautiful Murals..

 

 

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Art From Trash at Sotheby's

Art From Trash at Sotheby’s

High Point Wednesday: How to Get Out of Your Own Way and Unblock the “Spiritual Electricity” of Creative Flow | Brain Pickings

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Julia Cameron has become a guiding force for many who strive to practice the creative arts in their lives. This post from Maria Popova’s Brain Pickings shares some of insights expressed in the introduction to the 10th anniversary edition of the Way of the Artist.

Combine this with a rereading of Kandinski’s musings on spirituality in art for a perfect mid-week refresher!

 

READ…..REFLECT…REJOICE…..RENEW…..SHARE

 

 

How to Get Out of Your Own Way and Unblock the “Spiritual Electricity” of Creative Flow | Brain Pickings.

 

 

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High Point Wednesday: Why Creative People Age Better | Timi Gustafson, R.D.

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Regina MJ Kyle July 4, 2014

Regina MJ Kyle
July 4, 2014

 

 

Creative aging is one of the major themes of this blog. Recently I have been noticing how many creative people seem to live longer than others–and not just live but live with gusto and elan. Those of you who follow Create & Be Well regularly will recall how many images and short articles related to creative aging I have posted.

READ…ENJOY…SHARE………….AND GO DO SOMETHING CREATIVE ON HIGH POINT WEDNESDAY.

 

 

 

 

 

Why Creative People Age Better | Timi Gustafson, R.D..

 

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Grateful Tuesday Review: Meditate on These

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Each of these images has an important lesson for us. Spend several minutes in quiet reflection one by one.

SHARE WITH OTHERS, THEY WILL BE GRATEFUL FOR IT.

 

 

Creative Monday: Handmade Signs From Homeless People Lead To Art, Understanding : NPR

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This is my second post today for my new Creative Monday series. NPR shares with us a wonderful story of how a man transforms his understanding of the homeless and shows us a new way to think about their plight and how we can help.

Art is an instrument of knowledge, of compassion, of understanding. The materials don’t matter; the message and compassion do.

 

 

 

 

 

Handmade Signs From Homeless People Lead To Art, Understanding : NPR.

 

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Creative Monday: How Abstract Art Can Change The Way You See Waste And Consumption In America

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Art From Trash at Sotheby's

Art From Trash at Sotheby’s

 

 

I got so excited when I saw this Huffpost share today. I love the notion of making art out of items that might otherwise go in the trash. For several months I have been itching to experiment with creating art from castaways.

IT’S TIME…

I hope the students in my Finding Your Element in Creative Expression are reading this blog today.

make art, make art, make art

 

 

 

 

How Abstract Art Can Change The Way You See Waste And Consumption In America.

 

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Early Morning Skies Regina MJ Kyle July 2014

Early Morning Skies
Regina MJ Kyle
July 2014

 

Music Transforms: Music therapy may help Alzheimer’s patients improve communication | WBHI Think Tank

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For several weeks now I have been promoting the documentary Alive Inside and the broader effects that music may have in our lives. This is a report of a small study that supports the importance of music in the lives of those with varying types of dementia.

The musical interventions described in the research of the last several years are positive ones. They do no harm; moreover they improve the quality of life for these people and their families.

 

 

 

 The key element of the Hippocratic Oath is not just to avoid doing harm but also to do good. An ethical approach to assisted living would include such non-pharmaceutical interventions as a matter of course. Sadly, most assisted living companies are unaware of these developments. We need a strong base of curated information easily available to health care professionals, other care givers, and families.

 

Music therapy may help Alzheimer’s patients improve communication | WBHI Think Tank.

 

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Regina MJ Kyle, July 2014

Regina MJ Kyle, July 2014