Creativity As A Spiritual Response – Change of Topic

September Drum Roll Please

August = Vision

Today is the last day of August.  It is time to announce the topic for the month of September.  It is: Motion.

What is in motion in your life, and in the world around you?

How will your spirit respond?

How does this challenge relate to our August topic of vision as line of sight?

I hope that you will also use your journals to record any thoughts or recollections that emerge as you reflect on the topic of motion.




Creativity As A Spiritual Response – Vision as Line of Sight

August = Vision

We have come to the end of the month of August.   I have not fulfilled my intention of posting a different image daily during this month.  I will continue to process of posting images during the next few months.  Each of these images will be taken the same day that I post them.  Tomorrow, I will introduce the theme for September.

I have some cherished images of things that I have seen this month.  They were not photographed, so they only bring pleasure as warm memories to me.

  1. One was observing a hummingbird on a bare peach tree branch at sunset.  The bird’s small figure was seen against the darkening sky.  Was the bird watching the sunset or still guarding the hummingbird feeder some distance away?  I don’t know, but the image brought me pleasure.
  2. Another was seeing a bride and groom following their wedding, dancing their way to the reception up through the main street of town, with a brass band directly behind them.  Behind the band were the guests, some also dancing to the music.  This image of  happiness brought me pleasure.
  3. I work as an Activity Coordinator at a retirement facility in Memory Care a few days each week.  This venue brings me pleasure and the opportunity to see so much that is never recorded.  Elders holding hands as late life friends, caring touches and hugs from staff, and a resident intently using pencil and paper to sketch the architecture of a room.

Of course there are many more images that these, but these are highlights.  I personally find benefit from recording at least some of the images that I see.  The process assists me in being visually aware of things that are going on in my midst, that I might otherwise not see.

What have you seen today that brings you pleasure?  What is in your line-of-sight?










Creativity As A Spiritual Response – Vision As Line of Sight – Day 3


August = Vision


When I look at the image that presented itself in my line of sight today, I am reminded of hospitality, and perhaps the image of an oasis.  How about you?

The image has complex images – there is a bench in the background that is also reflected in the window, as well as a chair inside the office.  Both the chair and the bench are possible invitations to sit awhile.

There is also a full water pan, thoughtfully provided for canine friends.

Finally the succulents seem green and inviting, in contrast to the concrete which seems barren and hard.

If you were to use this image to reflect upon your own life, where would you feel comfortable sitting down?  Where are you green and full of life?  Where do you see things that are full of life?  Where do you find water?

What do you see?

Creativity As A Spiritual Response – Welcome to August.

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August = Vision

August always has the feeling of a “hinge” month to me.  While August is still in the season of Summer in the Northern Hemisphere, the focus shifts to early Autumn activities.

School will soon be in session.  The University of California, Berkeley will begin the Fall Semester this month as well as many private and public primary and secondary schools. There will be far more people in the area as students arrive for the Fall semester and families return from vacations elsewhere.  The pace has already quickened and the coffee shops are more crowded with computer toting patrons.

I love it!  It is energizing but I also miss the relaxed feelings which the slower pace of the last two months elicited.

This month, Earthenware Ministry will be focusing on vision as sight-line.  The word vision holds a number of meanings, such as apparition, a focused point in business strategy, as well as the act of seeing with our eyes.  I am sure that I will touch on each of these aspects during the month.  However, the deliberate limitation to vision as sight-line is in response to an internal question: “What do our eyes want us to see?”  Also how does what we see connect to story?  How do we describe in words, what our eyes see visually?

I will be posting an image daily as a personal challenge to “see” what is in my line of sight.  I hope that you will join me in this challenge and post images on your blog and share them with me.  I will enjoy seeing what you see.  What is in your line of sight?



Creativity As A Spiritual Response – Change of Topic

Drum Roll Please-3

July = Story

Today is the last day of July.  It is time to announce the topic for the month of August.  It is: Vision.  During the month of August, we will look at vision as sight-line – seeing what is in front of oneself.

During this month, I will be challenging myself to take at lease one cell phone picture a day, and posting it.  The image will be of something that has been in my line of sight.  I invite you to do the same

What will we see?

How will our spirit’s respond?

How does this challenge relate to our July topic of story?

I hope that you will also use your journals to record any thoughts or recollections that emerge with these images.