Browsing Archive: November, 2010

Childhood Beliefs

Posted by Clare Brookes on Sunday, November 28, 2010,

I remember a time when, it seems, I believed in everything. Angels walking among us, thru our dreams, protecting each and every person; faeries in every garden and gnomes disappearing thru every gap in the hedge; mind powers; ghosts; eternal souls that connected up after death and floated around together like invisible clouds until they were needed in a new life; of course I believed in Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy.

I don't remember losing those beliefs, maybe they just drained away. Now I'...


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Visions

Posted by Clare Brookes on Saturday, November 27, 2010,

My good friend Alma recently lent me "The Vein Of Gold" by Julia Cameron. I had finished Cameron's "The Artist's Way" the week before and was wondering how to continue my journey to my creative self, and VOG has this subtitle - "A Journey To Your Creative Heart" there's a nice little bit of serendipity, or coincidence, if you prefer. One of the exercises is to write out a spiritual experience you have had, so here is one of mine:

My neighbor and friend in the UK was studying crystal therapy an...


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"Rapunzel's Supermarket"

Posted by Clare Brookes on Tuesday, November 23, 2010,
I've just read the most amazing book "Rapunzel's Supermarket" by Ursula Kolbe.

It is full of ideas for craft for kids and how to interact with them in a way that encourages their creativity. It really spoke to the artist in me and I felt that much of Kolbe's advice would be best followed by all of us all the time, whether we are working with adults or children.

Creativity is something all sectors of society need and something that many of us experience as being squashed out of us in our early y...
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"Mud Puppies Never Grow Up"

Posted by Clare Brookes on Sunday, November 14, 2010,
I bought a pile of old National Geographics in an op-shop (charity shop) which is something I love to do. Last time it was Home and Garden and the time before that it was teeny tiny frames which I covered in treasure mosaic: http://www.facebook.com/pages/faerieclare-art/271036542872#!/album.php?aid=222172&id=271036542872

There was this great article on salamanders by Paul A Zahl. How amazing is the natural world? I did not know that salamanders, newts and axolotls are all related so this was s...
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Slow down and make friends with old people

Posted by Clare Brookes on Wednesday, November 10, 2010,
People slow down when they retire, we all look forward to it, right? Putting our feet up, avoiding the morning rush, shuffling around the house in slippers and having a duvet week instead of a duvet day. Just make friends with some retired people, when you're spending time with them you'll be living your life at their pace. Believe me it will be a valuable way to spend your time! Older people have had the time to acquire perspective and knowledge, sometimes even wisdom. I have learned a great...
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A child's toes in the dark under the breakfast table

Posted by Clare Brookes on Saturday, November 6, 2010,
One of the exercises in Julia Cameron's The Vein Of Gold is to make an autobiographical timeline. While writing mine I thought I had had a bit of an unhappy or boring childhood but this was because I had only listed events and it is, and always was, the small things in life that make me happy (I called my bump 'small' before my daughter was born). I love the shimmering, ephemeral bubbles produced by heavy rainfall and kicking my feet up in the waves, so I wrote for myself a list of all the th...
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