Today I was interviewed by writer Maureen Argon for the magazine Start Stratford. She came to the house around 10:30 and left 3 hours later, and I've never had time fly so fast! (We did have apple crisp and coffee to keep us comfortable.) What a natural storyteller, Maureen has a flowing ease with words and an imagination to match that effortlessly weaves together tales to enchant her two young children, and anyone in earshot! It was a very grounding morning...
It's not often that we stop living our daily routine and ask the big questions: why am I doing what I'm doing? What beliefs inspire me and give me direction? What makes me me?
I was reminded how important Jim Henson was to my early ideas and how gifts like a first edition copy (yes I'm that old) from my grandmother of Faeries by Brian Froud created the basis of my beliefs in what's obviously real to me: nature spirits and faeries, goblins and ghosts (thank you, Dodo, for the ghosts), a world of beautiful and dangerous creatures where you can't possibly know all the rules but there is an underlying sense of karmic justice. Often I revisit Bill Peet's books at the Library, his characters having colored my childhood and just as real to me as old friends.
Creativity is a gift and I hope I have the courage to really embrace it and create! I'm hoping to keep this day alive and remember to take risks, believe and do something truly wonder-full!
Thank you, Maureen!