The Importance of Arts ands Crafts

Storyteller by Linda Lucero Fraqua, from my collection—an art depicted within another another art. Jemez Pueblo, New Mexico.

“Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.” ——Kurt Vonnegut

I’ve always believed that being made in the image of our creator, we have been given a desire to create. We design, we shape, we mold, we paint, we capture images through various devices, we imagine, put words on paper, act, tell stories, devise, garden, build, draw, paint, knit, stitch, shape , sculpt, develop, envision, versify, sing, dance, portray, invent, dream, compose…. As Vonnegut was known to say—“And on it goes.”

If we don’t do several of these things and often, we certainly should give them a try. I believe they are a part of our nature. Being creative makes us happy. And while you are creating, stop now and then to smell the wild flowers—or paint them, snap their pictures, arrange them, describe them, rhapsodize about them, or propagate them.

I must give one more Vonnegut quote. ‘“Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do after.” KV

So—Laugh, be kind, and even cry when you must. And may your spring be filled with sunshine🌻

2 thoughts on “The Importance of Arts ands Crafts

  1. The power of a storyteller amazes me. Oral storytelling has allowed the ancient ones to inform us as to what connects humankind, the basic truths of our existence. Today’s writers continue the tradition. While it is possible for them to potentially speak to a worldwide audience, I think many yearn to receive the immediate feedback of the storyteller’s listener


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