Thursday, August 28, 2008

Five Minutes with Maggie- Ordinary Sparkling Moments

Ordinary Sparkling Moments: Reflections on Success and Contentment by Christine Mason Miller (

What does it mean to live authentically? Must you be a painter, a sculptor, or a poet to be creative? How do you find the wisdom in ordinary moments? Artist Christine Mason Miller poses these questions, among many others, in her book Ordinary Sparkling Moments: Reflections on Success and Contentment. She challenges her readers to identify those moments that are extraordinary in our everyday lives, and she shares moments from her ordinary life – while washing her dishes, for example – that she recognized to be profound and extraordinary.

Throughout the book, Christine's honesty and openness create a connection, a tie with the reader. The story is almost her autobiography – tracing her artistic roots through her successes and set backs – but there are profound nuggets of inspiration woven into her story.

Though the book is about personal growth, Christine doesn't instruct on how to live an authentic life; she carefully asks how you live authentically. She explores big themes: family, friendship, fulfilling our wildest dreams, overcoming setbacks. She asks: What do you value? What do you wish for? How do you manifest those things in your everyday, ordinary, and extraordinary life?
Beyond the story, each page, from the front to the back cover, is a splash of colorful inspiration. The mix of printed text with handwritten passages is like a visual playground with a mix of postcards, old photographs, new photographs, bits and scraps of colorful paper, and oodles of colorful designs. The book feels personal, like a glimpse into the artist's own journal or scrapbook. This darling little book is a must-read. It's a lovely bit of fuel for the creative fire, and though it's fairly short, it's packed full of inspiration, authenticity, and creativity. -Maggie Marton

Cindy's note: The sound of this book reminds me of SARK. I love anything that will inspire my creativity and give me a sense of contentment and peace, especially through art. I need a little kick in the pants once in a while, a book to keep me on track with positive thinking and working toward my goals. This is a must-read. I'm headed over to her site right now to buy it.



Blogger Swirly said...
What a lovely post!! Thank you so much. @ 8:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...
I love reading about creativity, I'm definitely going to pick up this book and the SARK book!!! @ 4:10 PM  
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