Arts & crafts,  Creativity and discovery

Your inner artist

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” ~Pablo Picasso

Remember the delicious, waxy scent of a brand-new box of Crayola crayons? Remember those neon-bright shades of Play-Doh? Whether your favorite craft-time activity was coloring, finger-painting, or sculpting dinosaurs, you were an artist when you were a kid.

It’s never too late to rediscover your artistic talents if you haven’t already. Oil painting, sketching, card-making, quilting, knitting, glass-blowing, calligraphy, photography … There’s a whole world of creative fun out there. Silence your inner critic, make a mess, make mistakes — and enjoy the process. How about a field trip to an art supply store this weekend? ~CL

Throughout my career, I've worked as a book production editor, travel magazine editor, features writer, and weekly newspaper columnist. My award-winning lifestyles features and essays have appeared in many national magazines and anthologies, including Newsweek, Reader's Digest, The Christian Science Monitor, Writer's Digest, Victoria, Better Homes & Gardens, Bella Grace, and more. My weekly Sunday "Life Lines" column ran for 14 years in The Daily Tribune (Royal Oak, MI) and won a First Place (Local Columns) award from the Michigan Press Association. My essay collection, Writing Home, includes 93 previously published columns and essays focusing on parenthood and family life.

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