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Living Creatively: Find your personal space, and a ‘third place’

Living Creatively: Find your personal space, and a ‘third place’

Barbara Basia Koenig

February 17, 2019


Filed under Arts, COLUMNISTS, Living Creatively

One way to live more peacefully and creatively is to set personal boundaries. We can view a personal boundary as a field of energy around us that we set through intention. We intentionally set a standard we intend to live by, and choose what influences we will allow, and not allow, to influence us. These influences affect our peace of mind and attainment of goals.

Living Creatively: Find your sanctuary within

Barbara Basia Koenig

June 28, 2016


Filed under Arts, COLUMNISTS, Living Creatively

Often we get so busy or feel so trapped by all the things that need to be done, we forget that we need to take care of ourselves, as well, and deserve the same attention and care we reserve for important projects, duties, obligations and chores. Some of us, however, are limited by circumstances that do not allow for time away to experience a connection with nature that we long for and need.

Living Creatively: Get to know yourself; get to know others

Barbara Basia Koenig

August 23, 2013


Filed under Arts, COLUMNISTS, Living Creatively

Once, while shopping at the supermarket, I noticed a baby staring at another baby, who stared back. Nothing else seemed to matter to either of them, until they were finally wheeled out of each other’s sight. Later I visited an art gallery and saw some figure studies which consumed my attention, bec...

Warm memories can help make this summer joyful

Barbara Basia Koenig

June 13, 2013


Filed under Arts, COLUMNISTS, Living Creatively

For many of us, summer comes with a host of happy memories recalling its lazy, hazy days of play and adventure. The summer season offers a delightful time to make happy memories to last for a lifetime of remembrance. Somewhere in your bank of stored fond memories is a place, a time, when you were del...

Deciphering the mysteries of dreams takes interpretation

Barbara Basia Koenig

March 26, 2013


Filed under Arts, COLUMNISTS, Living Creatively

Horoscopes are a very popular source of advice for many who enjoy astrology. My morning routine includes reading the daily horoscope, and I read two sources to get a broader view. One day recently, the first source said, “Resist being mysterious.” The second source said, “Stay a little mysterious...

Expect challenging, enriching year of the snake

Barbara Basia Koenig

February 10, 2013


Filed under Arts, COLUMNISTS, Living Creatively

Happy New Year, and welcome to the Chinese new year of the Black Water Snake on Feb. 10. Before you throw the covers over your head and decide to sleep this one out, let’s look on the bright side. The world did not come to an end with the end of the ancient Mayan calendar on Dec. 21. We did not go ov...

Living Creatively: Knowing vs. believing, right vs. wrong

Barbara Basia Koenig

November 3, 2012


Filed under Arts, COLUMNISTS, Living Creatively

“How do you know when you’re right? How do you know when you’re wrong? And when you know, what do you do?” This question was asked by a child who participated Oct. 15 in Nickelodeon’s Nick News with Linda Ellerbee Special, “Kids Pick the President: The Candidates.” Children ages 10-12...

Living Creatively: Find a ‘third place’

Barbara Basia Koenig

September 24, 2012


Filed under Arts, COLUMNISTS, Living Creatively

When we wish to connect with something more meaningful than what we currently experience, or yearn to find a place to connect with others in a more meaningful way, we can often find it at the “third place.” The “first place” in our life is the one we call home, where we regularly go to for sus...

Living Creatively: ‘Be At Peace’

Barbara Basia Koenig

August 18, 2012


Filed under Arts, COLUMNISTS, Living Creatively

When it is stormy we see the trees bend in the wind, and the surface of the water on the pond has restless waves. We are advised not to seek shelter in the storm under a tree, and we cannot see ourselves reflected in the water. We cannot quiet the storm, so we must weather it well. We prepare for those...

Living Creatively: ‘Begin it now’

Barbara Basia Koenig

July 10, 2012


Filed under Arts, COLUMNISTS, Living Creatively

We can live creatively in challenging times through pursuing our dreams, developing our talents and sharing our blessings. When we were small, our baby steps amazed us. With those first steps, we found we could go from where we were to where we wanted to be. When at first we fell down, we either got...

Living Creatively: Spring into creativity

Barbara Basia Koenig

April 7, 2012


Filed under Arts, COLUMNISTS, Living Creatively

Spring provides a wonderful time to learn to live more creatively. In the process of clearing stacks of old papers and magazines, I ran across this quote: “Use it up. Make it do. Wear it out.” It’s something our grandmothers believed in, and even makes sense in uncertain economic times today. To...

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