I’m still basking in the glow of WiVLA’s holiday gathering! What a fun night we had! It’s what WiVLA is all about – camaraderie, creating, connecting, consuming delicious treats (well, that last one is just for special occasions). Long time members, new members, possible members -- we all enjoyed the time with each other. That is what this gathering provided – time with each other, which is one of the best holiday gifts ever.

The wonderful evening reminded me that creating is another huge gift we give ourselves. The joy, satisfaction, frustration, problem-solving, and beauty that we derive from our creativity enlivens us, makes us feel real, and empowers us.

Whatever opportunities the month of December brings you, let many of them be creative – new recipes, gift-giving, art and writing projects with family, games to play, time alone to daydream. And give yourself a inviolate chunk of time to devote to your own personal needs – either to relax, create, renew a relationship, or whatever is necessary for your spirit to spread its wings.

Let’s finish the year joyfully!

Cori Austin

"An ekphrastic poem is like a jolt of electricity surging through a work of art."
- Patricia Smith, ARTLines2

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