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Freedom (06-13-23)

Freedom Through Creativity

Teaching children how to do something creative w/o telling them what to create is difficult. Kids are used to concrete tasks, used to following the dotted line.

Of course, for some things, this is how it has to be, but when it comes to acts of creative expression, freedom must win the day.

Freedom is a wild thing, and so glue will be spilt and markers left uncapped. But the work?

Masterpieces made by tiny hands.

This is part of my Public Domain Derivation Series.

Hand holding a brush
Arthur Wesley Dow’s Floating World: Composition (1905 edition), page 8
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Communication (06-15-23)

Communication

Communication has come a long way in the past few decades. It’s truly amazing how easy it is to communicate with others, even when miles apart.

Despite all of this communication—true sharing of the self with another and receiving [the same in return]—is more difficult. We have more ways to share and less to say. And if we we’re not careful, we get so wrapped up in ourselves that we communicate a lack of care.

Nothing could be worse than to tell someone you don’t care without even realizing it.

This is part of my Public Domain Derivation Series.

Giles Gilbert Scott's design for a telephone booth.
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Heaven (06-12-23)

“Heaven is a well-kept lawn.”

Has someone said that? I can’t remember. It’s true, in a way. God gave Adam and already flourishing garden and told him to steward and cultivate it.

To steward is to preserve. To cultivate is to change.

God has created us to be creators. We use His creation to make our own. We preserve order and goodness, while changing it to suite our creative vision. This is worship.

Aerial painting of an elaborate lawn

This is part of my Public Domain Derivation Series.

HT Public Domain Review

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Creators (06-01-23)

God has made us creators!

Lines and dots—that’s all it takes to create the idea, the image of a world. We we are creators, endowed by our Creator with this power. He has made us in His image: creative, imaginative, and resourceful. Of course, we cannot create anything out of nothing. Only He can do that. But He wants us to create from what He has created. Eden was not set in stone. Adam was there to steward and cultivate, to preserve creation and to recreate as befit Adam’s vision for the world God gave him. We create as He gives us resources and vision.

This is part of my Public Domain Derivation Series.

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Bigger World (05-18-23)

Reality is More than We Perceive

The world is bigger than we think. Beyond the physical world, there is something more. All of our beliefs, values, hopes, dreams—all of it screams to us, calls out to us to wake us to this hidden reality.

“Lif[e] is not just what you see!” If we were only quiet enough to hear our heart song!

And yet—the world is smaller than we think. War, famine, crime, oppression—these big issues are actually smaller than we think. They all start across the street, across the country. If we are worried about the world, then let’s do something about it.

This is part of my Public Domain Derivation Series.

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Death’s Face (05-12-23)

The Face of Death For Many

What does Death look like? Does it look like something familiar, though terrifying in the twilight of life? Is it a strange thing to behold, this thing called “death”? It come[s] both swiftly and slowly, sudden[ly] and begrudgingly. It would seem that Death is rather inconsistent. Perhaps even he struggles to find joy in his work?

This is part of my Public Domain Derivation Series.

Plague Doctor