I heard a talk last night about “the muse.” One of the recommendations suggested the importance of changing scenery to evoke the creative spirit. While I love the implication simply because I love change in general, I believe the urge to create can be inspired by viewing the same familiar scene in a new way. I remember living in the Eagle River Valley and gazing across to snow covered peaks. I never tired of the view. The shifting shadows with the movement of the sun across the sky, the colors changing with the seasons, the melting snow revealing different patterns, clouds: all combined to make it a new and different scene every day. Now in Western Washington, my view includes distant snow covered mountains, islands, farmland, tides, trees, wildlife and, of course, clouds. I stare out my window and perceive small changes, or things I never noticed before. It’s always new. How can I ever plumb the depths of one particular scene?

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About dmdubay

Since retiring from Northwest Airlines and moving to the Pacific Northwest, I have more time to devote to writing. My first novel, "Tales of Two Sisters" was published over a year ago. I have been writing poetry for a long time and am attempting to collate my poetry into a short book, with pictures. A sequel to "Tales of Two Sisters" should be getting closer to completion soon. Gardening and tending the vineyard take a lot of time in the summer. Even though I love the outdoors, these activities do cut down on my writing. So I appreciate that wintertime allows me time to write. Writing, for me, is what brings things into focus and helps me to make sense of the things that life brings. It is a gift to me and I hope that it will be to you also.
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