1/30/15 Notes to Myself:Am I curiously speculative? Giving that question some thought this week because I think it's an important part of my creativity and integral to living. Upon reflection I realize children are spectacular teachers of many things and in particular models of curious speculation. Everything is new! There's something magical in that for me. I believe it's where my artistic expression and creativity lives. I like to marvel and engage in curious speculation. It's something that often connects me with life and allows me to see and appreciate all it has to offer. It's this curious kind of wonder that I tap into when I notice a snow laden branch or the miracle of a pink morning sky. There's an awe in all of it. I see it in this photo of my daughter when she turned one. She's completely engaged with the strings on a balloon. It's as if nothing else is around. She's fully in that moment. We don't get to remain children on the outside but I think we can savor aspects of that part of ourselves on the inside. I believe this is the very part of me that can appreciate the newness of life given in each day. Often, that only requires that I give my full attention to the simple things.