Beauty and justice are forever in peril and will utterly fade from this world if we do not actively shepherd them. --Dr. Chris Adrian, M.D., M.Div.
WHAT BEGINS BELOW IN ROOTS . . . A WRITING LIFE
The creative process is so very different from our other ways of thinking. Quiet and hesitant, it can easily go neglected and unheard. Yet, when we allow ourselves to tend it, it can overturn our lives. In my own writing practice, I am often astonished by the ways creativity unearths me. The more deeply I engage it, the more I discover about myself and the way I inhabit the world and it inhabits me. I often think a non-creative life would be much easier, less fluid, more predictable. I believe also it would be far less meaningful.
WHAT BREAKS THROUGH THE SURFACE . . . WORK INTO THE WORLD
A time does come when the work sprouts forth in surprising forms. Smatterings of poetry come together to form a concept which can form a book. An opportunity presents itself to take on the authorship of a story. A time does come to speak of what one wonders about and discovery more wonder in the response. This breaking open of the seed, this breaking open of the soil happens over and again, often many times in a season, sometimes once in a life. Gently born, the work loves to grow to where others can witness.
CREATING SPACE FOR NEW LIFE
We write ourselves into being, or paint or draw or sing. Once we are appearing on the page, the creative force that drives us seeks to share its source. It is adventurous, curious, furious to become. Each new work lifts us closer to the moon and deeper into the earth, extending us, challenging us, and nourishing us even as we feel we are being drained like honeysuckle. We begin to grow from within and the growth invites others to grow with us. The margins fade forever and forever when we move.
HEALING THE WORLD