#SOL20: Idea Generation

Where do ideas come from?

Today they began with the headlines:

13 middle school teachers in quarantine.

Phased-in hybrid model

Haze over Iowa is smoke from California wildfires.

Normal average temperature is 83 degrees. Current high 90s are well above the average.

Two cooling centers open because of the heat.

167 homes in Cedar Rapids still without electricity two weeks after the derecho.

What process?

Rehearsal. Monday night thinking of topics as the evening wears down.

Last night it was cheers of personal success as I considered the next seasonal six items completed and ready for quilting.  With a September first deadline in my head, I feel “ahead” of the game. Timelines matter in a process that involves design, execution (doing the work) cutting-sewing-trimming-ironing, redesign, assembling the layers, quilting, binding, and celebrating.

An idea not fully completed was discarded because

these images from last week linger in my mind . . .

As they stare directly at me

Daring me to move

Even a muscle

Will make that tail flip up

Exposing its whiteness

Then disappearing

Into the timber.

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A buck and a doe near the driveway

INTENTLY OBSERVING ME.

Paying attention to their surroundings

Observant. Responsive. Ever vigilant.

What will you pay attention to today?

What ideas or images will linger in your mind? 

How will you honor a variety of “processes”?




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5 responses

  1. Even when it seems like nothing is happening there is so much going on around us that all we have to do is open our eyes and see.

    1. Yes, keeping our eyes open to “envision” all the possibilities!

  2. A deer sighting is magical.

  3. Questions, ponderings, so many things floating in and around us-life is full of possibilities if we keep looking. Life is hectic here since we are trying to sell our house on Long Island, keeping on top of our new house being built in VA near my granddaughters, and trying to reduce the stress.

  4. Lovely images of the deer, Fran! Yes, it’s important to pay attention and take in all possibilities. Love how you used the headlines to gather ideas, and good luck with your quilting!

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