Wednesday, June 25, 2008


"Inside my head's a box of stars I never dared to open."
I grew up knowing in my heart that I was not creative. Shy, submissive, quiet, wallflower - that was me. Creative people got attention and I was uncomfortable with attention. Fast Forward to Today. As much as I enjoyed my childhood, I am really enjoying my age. No, not the new aches and pains but the freedom from caring what people think and a joyful sense of Self as I embrace my creative side. The sense of fear has been replaced by a sense of utter joy. Writing, photography, graphic arts, blogging, gardening, cooking, parenting...breathing.
It didn't happen overnight nor did it occur in a vacuum. I had a lot of help. Key were my parents who loved me and launched me with all the resources they had at the time. My father taught me to appreciate the wilds of nature while through my mother's eyes and ears I became aware of the smallest flower, a songbird's heartbeat and the sound of cicadas. They're still here for me. Throughout my journey of growth teachers and bosses granted me opportunities and encouraged me to create. Today, my friends give me wings and help me find my true path, my husband is my cheerleader and main support, and my daughter pushes me to try new things. Music releases my inhibitions and certain artists speak to my very soul. Sting, Chris Botti, Dominic Miller - whose works you hear on my blog - are keystone artists in my life. Life is good and I am creative.
"Outside the stars are turning."
Thanks, Sting.


Daniel Spurgeon said...

I like the muted colors in the spiderweb photos- very atmospheric- goes well with the dew. :) I listened to the music that you added- very nice. The Dominic Miller song "Shape of My Heart" sounds like Sting (to me.) Have a great day!

The Giraffe Head Tree said...

Hi Daniel. Dominic wrote the melody and brought it to Sting, who wrote the lyrics. I cannot wait for Sting to get The Police out of his system and get back to creating his own music again. I miss him and Dom together.

Anonymous said...

Your younger self sounds so much like me. Unfortunately, I'm still a prisoner of my fears. How lucky you are!

Love the spiderweb photo.

Carolyn gail said...

Wonderful post and philosophy. The music is so very soothing.

I was born creative, even though in my youth I was shy and reserved.

I'm glad that you are enjoying your age. I am in my sixth decade and work 8 to 9 hours installing landscapes. You'll not have any aches or pains when you move your body everyday.

Yes, life if good and you're creative.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Good for you Debi. I love the web picture. It looks like a necklace of fine diamonds.

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wcgillian said...

Great read and I feel the same way. Beautiful photo.


Anonymous said...

Beautifully stated Debi. I'm with you. What perfect quotes from Sting you have paired with this and your outstanding photo as well.

PS: Did I tell you how much I adore what you've done with your blog in its presentation? Beautiful.


The Giraffe Head Tree said...

Hello everyone. Thank you all for taking time to read the post and made such nice comments. I'm pleased you like the changes, Diane. I much prefer the cleaner look along with my favorite tunes from my favorite guys!


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