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Dr. Carol Stalcup
Psychologist, creativity coach, spiritual director, writer, artist
Interests: curiosity, creativity and authenticity---the courage it takes to ask questions and express yourself; enhancing everyday creativity, staying awake; bringing creative thinking to the spiritual life
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This beautiful museum by architect Tadao Ando is filled with reflective surfaces that bring one to stillness, wonder, peacefulness. Here are some views from the The Modern Cafe. Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2011 at Reflective Surfaces
Mike HollisView the slide show via www.salon.com This is the kind of story I love: people exercising their creativity wit found objects and an amazing commitment to the process. Enjoy the slide show, thanks to Salon for the story. Continue reading
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I haven't written on this blog in a while, though I have added photos to my Reflective Surfaces blog and written in other formats. I miss this blog and the regularity of writing for it every week. But tonight, just for a start, a new photo: Continue reading
The air was white- hot and dusty, but I was cool in the shade of the carport of our small house in the border town of Del Rio. A couple friends were there to play. I was wearing my favorite dress. Mom had made it out of a bright cotton print, yellow with little white lambs. It had a full skirt and a big white collar. I spun and spun when I wore that dress, loving how the skirt swirled with my movement. I didn’t think of it as dance, but at that age, swirling my skirts was often a... Continue reading
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Have you ever noticed how often we ask people we meet, “so, where are you from?” On the surface, it’s a conversation opener, a polite, low- threat inquiry or way of showing interest. Often it serves to establish connection, common ground, mutual experiences or relationships. Sometimes it’s a prelude to a decision about whether someone fits in or not, belongs, is in the right place. Sometimes the question is unknowingly fraught---someone pauses, stutters, then tries to explain why it is a hard question to answer. I used to hate to be asked, “where are you from?” I could see that... Continue reading
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Got too much stuff around? Ever wonder why it is so hard to let go of certain items that are never used? How do you decide what is clutter and what is treasure, what things should be moved out of your life or given pride of place? When should you forget how much you paid for something and sell/give it away instead of storing it? Ever wish someone would come in and just deal with your stuff? ................ The young man smiled as he fingered the out-of-tune strings of the small guitar. “Ten bucks?” he asked. His look was hungry,... Continue reading
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Sometimes it’s hard for me to know if something I have painted or written is “good”. While I might be slightly more sure in my judgment about another artist’s work, it is still quite a subjective response, based on experience, taste, my present moment emotion or physical self. The whole notion of “good” when judging my own efforts is problematic.The thing that makes sense to evaluate is my experience of the process of making things. Maybe I like the end product, am pleasantly surprised or disappointed, but if the art work and I had a satisfying conversation, well, somehow that... Continue reading
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There was a time when I was a clown. Not professional, not trained in clown school, more like an alter ego, a role outside my usual purview as a psychologist, a hobby if you will. I was a white face clown named Dandelion, a charter member and early president of Cowtown Clown Alley. I don’t know if you knew that an organization of clowns is called a clown alley, one of those great collective nouns, like an exaltation of larks, a murder of crows, a parliament of owls, a lamentation of swans, a pod of orcas, a sleuth of bears---well,... Continue reading
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Creativity is supported by engaging with other creative people. It is also more common than not for creative people to express themselves in more than one medium. Visual artists write poetry or fiction, engage in photography or make jewelry. Actors paint, dancers make music, weavers create paper collage. While one medium may be preferred or experienced as one’s true passion, the other creative expressions fuel the artist and support the primary medium through maintaining freshness, energy, perspective and interactions with others. This “cross- training” strategy is highly individualistic. One type of creative expression may be more playful while another is... Continue reading
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Are you hungry enough? Do you dream of spending more time and energy pursuing your particular brand of creativity? Or of making creativity a bigger part of your work life? For many of us, it seems like all the space is taken up by everyday demands, the realities of making a living, taking care of relationships and other responsibilities. But often we are just too comfortable with the status quo to make room for those specific creative expressions that might offer us increased life satisfaction and joy. So. Are you hungry enough? Are you passionate enough to make room to... Continue reading
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We were slowly walking under the 26 foot length of the neck of the dinosaur skeleton looming over us. “That’s the state dinosaur of Texas”, my niece announced knowledgably. “We have a state dinosaur?” I asked. “yes, it’s the Paluxysaurus,” she said. Strolling another some 40 feet down the length of the skeleton to the sign, I saw that, as usual, she was right. I have noticed that 9 year- olds have lots of interesting information these days. It turns out, however, that this particular dinosaur has only been the state dinosaur for about a year, having supplanted the previous... Continue reading
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“Once upon a time…” What memory immediately leaps to your mind? What images, faces, voices, do you recall? How many special or fun moments in your life have begun with those words? “Once upon a time…” We settle into our selves, slow our thoughts and breathing, lean in with anticipation… “Once upon a time” Something is about to happen, something that may be about us in some way, but is also quite far away from us, a story. A story which may take us to unknown worlds, or to familiar places, to times in past, present or future. Will we... Continue reading
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What messages did you receive as a child about creativity, who is creative, or what being creative meant about what you do and who you are? Recently walking down the hallway of the intermediate school I was drawn to a series of self-portraits posted on the wall. They were done in a decorative manner, faces filled with bright colors and designs. I don’t know the assignment the art teacher gives, and I wonder what he did to coax the students into these paintings, because I know that by that age most kids are saying I’m not very creative I can’t... Continue reading