Passionately Creative Monday, Oct 29 2012 

Back when we wrote on typewriters there was a saying that typists type and writers look out windows. For content and idea driven writing, a writer must take note of what’s going on around them.

I make no excuses for play dates because in many ways, I’m always working. Whatever I do, I’m gathering ideas and information for future articles, posts, and books. Life is around me. When my eyes and heart are open, story ideas pour in.

I’m rarely stuck for topics to write about but when I am, I do something else that’s creative. An unrelated activity gives my mind a break and sparks new ways of thinking. I sew, garden, read, bake/cook, see a movie, check out Pinterest, or stroll through an art museum or park. After doing so, the writing flows freely.

One thing I do know for sure though is that I have to write. It’s my passion and makes me happy. I believe it is my God-given gift and must be fed. If I don’t spend some time each week at my desk, I feel smothered and sad.

I write to sort through my thoughts, learn something new, and express myself. Above all, my intention is to promote a sense of unity with readers, raise awareness on a certain topic, and/or offer some information in small digestible portions. In the end I hope to make the world gentler, kinder, and more loving.

My “free time” is limited these days. Writing this blog allows me to take a manageable amount of time every day or so to research a topic and play with words.

So what’s your passion and how do you fulfill it? I’d love to hear about it.

©2012, Mary K. Doyle

An Eye for Art Thursday, Aug 2 2012 

The weather was perfect last weekend to stroll the 2012 fine art fair in Geneva, Illinois. More than 150 artists from around the country participated. Exhibits included photography, pottery, fiber, printmaking, glass, mixed media, watercolor, oil/acrylic, wood, sculpture, and jewelry.

A local favorite, award-winning watercolorist Fatima Figueiredo (, displayed her romantic pieces. Fatima has a degree in Industrial Design and decades of experience. Her stunning paintings add class and sophistication to any room.

Selecting an original work of art for your home is an investment in the unique creativity of an artist. Countless hours of thought and skill go into each piece that stirs us emotionally. A work of art can make us happy, offer a sense of peace, or even agitate us. Choose artwork that achieves the emotional goal you seek.

For a listing of fairs near you contact your town’s chamber of commerce or go online to

©2012, Mary K. Doyle

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