February 15, 2016

 In Musings

“Observation and imagination are the mother of invention.”

– unknown

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  • Terri Young
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    Ann, I love this statement and identify with it’s meaning.
    I love to swing and about 4 years ago my husband built a swing for me as a Christmas gift. It hangs in the front yard off the branch of a strong oak tree. The neighborhood kids love it and occasionally I will listen to their conversations. They pretend they are flying gracefully on a magic carpet or soaring thru the clouds with a jet pack on their backs. They are discovering things about trees and birds and themselves.
    When I sit on my swing I do the same thing. Discover. I listen to the sounds, watch the clouds change and move, look at the grass and discover baby frogs or lizards. I find it very peaceful and thought invoking. It stirs my creativity and I think of projects and how I can use techniques to transfer those thoughts onto paper or wood or clay.
    And with those thoughts in mind…I think I’ll go swing for a little while this morning. Have a great day.

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      Ann Grasso
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      Terri,perhaps a new “craze” should be started as a follow up to the current coloring for adults. Adult swinging. I could go for that!

  • Steve Lovelace
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    If this is so, then surely the father of invention is *reaction*: that indelible impact the world around us impresses upon us – combined with our resulting activity – that leads to our output. And there are many ways one can observe: an inventor might “see” a need for a better mousetrap; an painter might have a “vision” that makes it to the canvas; a songwriter may “hear” a melody in their head that becomes a hit song. All internal, creative processes driven by our reactions to the outside world.

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      Ann Grasso
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      It is with delight that I read your response. Creativity is fostered through reaction and action, as you have said, in all so many genres.

  • Ladee Miller
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    How i see the world, is not how others see the world. I see a wild flower and see tiny little veins running thru the petals, others see a pink flower . I see things in the clouds. Have not stopped doing that because I am an adult. I see donkeys in the pastures and know how they protect the herds and especially the newborns from coyotes… others see a donkey. I like to know what the next level is… explore, imagine, create…. thank you for this quote this morning.

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      Ann Grasso
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      And I bet when you visit an aquarium, you prefer to get behind the tank to see the inner workings…just like I do.

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