It’s time to start a new hobby or learn that craft you always wanted to master.  How great would it be to help kids at summer camp this year with crafts?  There are also some senior centers that encourage creativity and they would surely appreciate help from volunteers.CREATIVE BEGINNINGS

Wow – Lucinda captured so many creative possibilities here!  Painting walls, flower arranging, writing, music, woodworking, yarn work, painting on canvas.  Isn’t the important message the fact that it’s a new day and we get another chance?  That’s the part I like the most!  🙂

What factors should be considered as you consider the endless possibilities?  I think my first question would be, how much will this project cost?  If you’re on a shoestring budget like me, you don’t want to have to buy a whole bunch of materials or equipment.  Let’s face it, there’s a possibility that you either won’t be good at it or you may not enjoy it like you thought you would.  If you don’t have a lot of money invested, you won’t feel so guilty about walking away from it.

It’s not limited to crafts – being creative could be something as simple as committing to workout three times a week.  Creating a healthier you is definitely a creative beginning.

Have you ridden a horse?  You never know if you’ll enjoy it until you try!  Many places offer riding lessons that aren’t too expensive.

Do you have an interest in music?  Maybe you’d like to be musically creative and take some piano lessons.

Some people have a real eye for photography.  Maybe it’s time to buy a good camera and start taking those great shots.  Choose a subject to photograph and focus on it – (no pun intended).

Count the cost for your creativity and make sure it’s something you have an interest in (or think you do) When you’ve decided what to do, schedule the activity and buy the items you’ll need to be a success.  We should make creativity a sort of second nature in our lives because it keeps life more fun!  When we use our imaginations to troubleshoot our way through challenges, it’s so much more interesting.

Even if you’re on the fence about what to do, find some friends (partners in crime) to try it with you.  If the new activity doesn’t work out for you, at least you’ll have your friends to giggle with you – and really that’s all that matters.

One May I thought it’d be nice to learn sign language.  There was a class at a local church, so I got a couple of girlfriends to go with me – and sadly, I was not good at sign language, but since I didn’t dive in by myself, it was fun anyway.  I had my friends to laugh with.

Your Creative Beginnings month project may be the start of something very exciting in your life – or if you decide to help children learn something new – or help senior citizens learn something new – you may make some very good friends for life.  The influence you have on others may not seem like much to you, but it may mean the world to them.

Ready…  Set…  BEGIN!  🙂





Musicologists estimate that for every hour of music listening in the typical person’s lifetime, 54 minutes are spent with songs we’ve already heard.  Forget the next big thing.  We’re all suckers for the last big thing.  – Derek Thompson

In the mid 1970’s, Daddy took me to a concert at The Cotillion Ballroom here in Wichita. I got to see Boots Randolph and Floyd Cramer! I thought I was in country hog heaven to be sure! We had such good seats and I watched Floyd Cramer play. I wanted to know what he was doing that made that unique country sound. He called them SLIP NOTES. I think they are what classical musicians call GRACE NOTES. I spent a lifetime trying to perfect them.

Some notes fell under the stands, but it went well.  – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Today is MUSIC DAY. Music has been a large part of my life. My parents had me taking private piano lessons by the time I was three years old. I liked my teacher, Vicki. She was the pianist at our church, so I was quite comfortable around her. She was funny and sweet, patient and kind. I remember feeling as though we were playing games, but I was actually learning about music. I learned the staff, names of the lines and spaces, notes, sharps, flats, etc. but didn’t even realize I was learning. That’s the hallmark of a good teacher – one who can teach and make it fun, like a game for a small child.

Unfortunately, Vicki had to move away. I was four years old and still wanted to play the piano games. My parents scrambled to find me a new teacher before I lost interest. There was a lady in Valley Center who gave private lessons named Peggy. We set up a meeting with her and she seemed very nice.

Peggy started me out in Thompson’s “Teaching Little Fingers to Play”. I imagine a lot of children get introduced to the keyboard with that book. Vicki had not let me actually play the piano yet. We were still playing games, but now I know she was teaching me theory. Peggy had me diving right into playing right away.

I took lessons from Peggy until I graduated High School in 1979. When I finished the gray Schaum book and the seventh grade Thompson book, she announced that she had taught me everything she knew! It was a day of celebration to be sure!

Today my eyes don’t see as well as they used to, and to be honest I can’t tell a natural sign from a sharp sign.  I think music lessons helped me with dyslexia to be honest, and if I had it to do again, I would take the piano lessons! 🙂