Friday, 30 July 2010

Comfort

I find that it is not the circumstances
in which we are placed,
but the spirit in which we face them,
that constitutes our comfort.
– Elizabeth King

Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Limit

I’m not going to limit myself
just because people won’t accept the fact
that I can do something else.
– Dolly Parton

Monday, 26 July 2010

Irritating

It is not irritating to be where one is.
It is only irritating to think
one would like to be somewhere else.
– John Cage

Friday, 23 July 2010

Artist

No artist is ahead of his time.
He is his time,
it’s just that others are behind the times.
– Martha Grimes

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Motion

If you just set people in motion,
they’ll heal themselves.
– Gabrielle Roth

Monday, 19 July 2010

Confidence

Always the wish that you may find patience
enough in yourself to endure,
and simplicity enough to believe;
that you may acquire more and more confidence
in that which is difficult,
and in your solitude among others.
– Rainer Maria Rilke

Friday, 16 July 2010

July 16, 2010 Chautauqua


From the Editor's Computer

Lately I have been reading my way through Julia Cameron’s many books on creativity.

So many people don’t let themselves do anything creative because they are worried about how it will be received by other people. They are concerned about being seen as foolish, flaky, and/or a failure.

Yet, in art and creativity, as in life itself, the journey is far more important than the final destination. Doing something creative, creating something, is more important than presenting whatever it is you’ve done to the world for scrutiny.

If you want to write or paint or dance or sing or (fill in the blank), then don’t bother sharing it with others. Do it entirely for yourself. Do it for your eyes or ears only. Do it because you will feel more alive for having done it. Allow yourself to express whatever you need to express, in the way you need to express it.

Who knows, because there is no pressure, you may decide in the end to share it after all.

Beth

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Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Plans

We must be willing to get rid of
the life we’ve planned,
so as to have the life
that is waiting for us.
– Joseph Campbell

Monday, 12 July 2010

Originality

Originality does not consist
in saying what no one has ever said before,
but in saying exactly what you think yourself.
– James Stephens

Friday, 9 July 2010

Pose

Let the world know you as you are,
not as you think you should be,
because sooner or later,
if you are posing,
you will forget the pose,
and then where are you?
- Fanny Brice

Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Monday, 5 July 2010

Years

The days are long,
but the years are short.
– Gretchen Rubin

Friday, 2 July 2010

July 2, 2010 Chautauqua


From the Editor's Computer

Mirror School’s doors have now closed.


I attended the Commemorative/Farewell evening at the school on June 17th and was thrilled to see and reconnect with former staff - Rob Pearn, Richard Brooks, Gerry Moen, Georgia Spence and Brent Buchanan. A few former students were on hand for us to all reminisce together of days gone by.

While it is quite sad that the school is closing, in one respect it is just a building. The vast majority of my personal memories of the school don’t really centre around the building itself. Okay, yes, there was that one time I kicked my running shoe on the roof and had to ask the janitor, Brian Bellamy, to get it down.

As we shared memories during the evening, our memories were mainly about the relationships we had formed there - many of which have survived time and distance. Mirror School really was one large family

They can close the building’s doors...they can’t destroy our memories.

Beth

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