S1 E11: Creativity

Join Sarah and Rebecca as they discuss creativity and whether or not you must be born with the ability to be creative or whether there are ways that you can develop your creativity.  Listen in and then join the conversation!  We’d love to hear from you at http://www.thebookdialogue.com.

The Things We Dare Not Tell by Henry Lawson The Book Dialogue

S3 E9: The Things We Dare Not Tell by Henry Lawson Welcome to The Book Dialogue. My name is Sarah and I’m so glad that you joined me today.  The Book Dialogue is an exploration of poetry and books, philosophy, and all the things in life that happen and occur in and around us. We have wonderful conversations, and I would love you to be able to join us in the conversation. Today, I will be reciting a poem by Henry Lawson.  His words are a powerful reminder of how we must reach out beyond ourselves to ensure that we don’t take people at surface value. But to look beneath that façade they wear to see the heart. The Things We Dare Not Tell The fields are fair in autumn yet, and the sun’s still shining there, But we bow our heads and we brood and fret, because of the masks we wear; Or we nod and smile the social while, and we say we’re doing well, But we break our hearts, oh, we break our hearts! for the things we must not tell. There’s the old love wronged ere the new was won, there’s the light of long ago;   There’s the cruel lie that we suffer for, and the public must not know.    So we go through life with a ghastly mask, and we’re doing fairly well, While they break our hearts, oh, they kill our hearts! do the things we must not tell.    We see but pride in a selfish breast, while a heart is breaking there;   Oh, the world would be such a kindly world if all men’s hearts lay bare!   We live and share the living lie, we are doing very well,   While they eat our hearts as the years go by, do the things we dare not tell.   We bow us down to a dusty shrine, or a temple in the East,   Or we stand and drink to the world-old creed, with the coffins at the feast;   We fight it down, and we live it down, or we bear it bravely well,   But the best men die of a broken heart for the things they cannot tell. Thank you for joining me today on The Book Dialogue. We invite you to follow us on thebookdialogue.com or thebookdialogue.ca. As my sister is fond of saying, we like to think that we’re everywhere. So, join us in that everywhere and share what are you reading, what poem strikes your heart. We want to hear from you! Sarah & Rebecca Poetry Recitation:  Sarah Ahmadi #TheBookDialogue  Photography: Rebecca Budd   Music by Gavin Luke “All That You Will Be” #EpidemicSound   https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/PbIHP0zsMX/
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18 responses to “S1 E11: Creativity”

  1. This is a fascinating podcast! It seems creativity is the work or production of a passionate interest or talent, whether acquired by nature or nurture. We see often that someone has a gift but not the dedication to cultivate it. And on the other hand, as Sarah so articulately puts it, anyone can be creative if they follow their passion with some hard work. I now feel much better about my own prose technique which first involves jotting down ideas ‘out of the blue,’ memories, and basically lots of random thought, fact-checking, etc. I always criticize this as undisciplined thinking and illogical. (But white hat according to the professor) Then I move on to the purpose, and then the organizing, shaping and editing. (Don’t remember all the hats!) So happy to receive validation!

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    1. I enjoy my conversations with Sarah. I think she has about 10 books going on at the same time. I remember when we worked through 500 Harlequin romance books together several decades ago. My uncle had a book store and, much to my father’s chagrin, sent the 500 books up to us by mail. It was quite a big box that landed on our doorstep. I wish I had kept some of those romance stories for they are treasures from the 1950’s and early 1960’s that give insight into that time. I am a detail person which comes out of many years of objective thinking, so, like you, my go-to place is logic, organization. There is a freedom of just letting everything go. I think that is why I enjoy reciting poetry these days. It is my way of letting the world move on without my direct supervision. LOL

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      1. 500 Harlequin romances?! The mind boggles. I could see this as the opening of a memoir (or a novel): “The year my sister and I read 500 Harlequin romances . . . . “

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        1. You have the best, best, best ideas!!! It was an amazing summer. I remember trying to read 10/day. Sarah was always a speed reader so I think topped off at 15. My fondest memory was the romance about a “would be” opera singer, who went on a game show and almost won the prize. She knew every classical piece but when she heard a modern song, she was at a loss and could not provide an answer. But all was not lost, because one of the adjudicators was the famous symphony conductor. Well.. you can only imagine what comes next… yes. Lesson with the symphony conductor (somehow he had heard her sing), who had a huge array of followers, especially the famous soprano, who conveniently became sick before a important performance. Who should take her place…. can you guess?

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          1. Will you write the story? I would love to read it!!

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            1. One day….. you are the best support.

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    2. My prose technique is the same as yours, Mary Jo, and I’ve never thought of this as undisciplined thinking or illogical. I see it as gathering my raw materials that I will then shape, refine, and polish.

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      1. Sarah just introduced me to a new app called Padlet, which allows for this type of creative thinking. The “free” app allows for 3 Padlets, each Padlet a place to write notes in different colours. I’m checking it out to see how it works. Sarah set up a Padlet to discuss the topics for “The Book Dialogue podcast.” Still not certain how it all works but here is some info on the app: https://padlet.com/features

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        1. Thanks, Rebecca. A former colleague was a big fan of Padlet for her classes. I probably should have taken a look at it before I bought Scrivener.

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          1. I have Scrivener as well – it is an excellent tool, but I am still learning. I’m using it to create my father’s biography.

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            1. I didn’t know that you’re working on a book!! When it’s finished, I would love to read it. I remember you and your brother speaking about him on Tea, Toast, and Trivia.

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                1. Now that word is out, I’m going to pester you to finish it. 😉

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                  1. I know you will – and that makes me very happy!

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      2. This is so encouraging to hear, Liz, just like the podcast! When we listen to how others create, it can often do this. There’s no one size fits all, and I suppose having an overactive mind can sometimes be a blessing, creatively speaking 🙂

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        1. Love those overactive minds. You never know where you will end up. Hugs to you both!

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        2. I agree about the overactive mind being a creative blessing. Following a tangent while working on one piece can lead to inspiration for another one. Bonus!

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