Collaborative creativity

What do teachers do with their summers?

They hang out with fellow friends and hobbyists, bouncing ideas from brain to brain, finding their own worlds enlarged and rounded.

Claudia and I are on the staff of the Curator. We are a collection of poets and artist who are trying to promote the arts among Anabaptists. The Curator publishes a poem a week, hosted a Literature Camp the beginning of August, and recently developed a hardcopy booklet of poems called Leaf Magazine.

So this past summer included meetings in which we discussed things like the font and layout of Leaf Magazine. We Curator staff met in a little café called The Rabbit and the Dragonfly that finds its space under a building in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and fills that space delightfully with themes from Tolkien and Lewis.

Here we nibbled chili cheese fries,
drank Ent-sized birch beer,
and discussed whether or not to use a stylus for the letter “a” in “Leaf”.

Then on July 23 we welcomed a daughter, Josephine!

And in August the three of us traveled to Literature Camp. This weekend included poetry workshops, sessions like this one on embodied worship in which the speaker addresses culture and theology, and also a session in which I explain why I am a poet.

So this past summer was possibly the busiest of my life so far. My beautiful daughter was born. I was a full time electrician who worked nights and weekends remodeling a house, ordered school books during morning break, and did my best to squeeze in space for family and friends.

I blogged much less than I had hoped.

We arrived back in Romania on Tuesday.

BWI
Journey over.

School starts Monday. Join me again this year as the blog reawakens.

Create.

Collaborate.

2 thoughts on “Collaborative creativity

  1. Greetings Kyle,

    I don’t think I have ever had the privilege to meet you. However, I have become aware of your presence as you slipped into our home congregation and slipped out again with one of our fine young ladies. Since then, I have been following your cowslip’s pearl blog. I appreciate your fine sense of the arts and efforts to integrate them with anabaptism. It so happens I have plans to be travelling through Romania on a train from Switzerland to Bucharest on September 24th with my closest Tanzanian colleague en route to CAM’s translator’s conference in Suceava. It would be fine if we could stop in to see you and the budding family for even just a few hours. I could try to research my options with train itineraries. I should be finalizing my train tickets purchase soon. However, I thought I would just check with you first, to see what your schedule looks like and if you might have any local knowledge of train connections and how close you might be to a train route.

    May truth and mercy be yours!

    *Timothy L. Zeiset | Harmony International*

    timothyzeiset@gmail.com * | *+255-763-308-091 * | *(717) 222-1424* | *P.O. Box 1548, Mbeya, Tanzania

    *”The grace of God, bringeth salvation, teaching us we should live godly, in this world” **Titus 2:11‭-‬12*

    *Timothy L. Zeiset | Harmony International*

    timothyzeiset@gmail.com * | *+255-763-308-091 * | *(717) 222-1424* | *P.O. Box 1548, Mbeya, Tanzania

    *”The grace of God, bringeth salvation, teaching us we should live godly, in this world” * *Titus 2:11‭-‬12*

    On Thu, Sep 5, 2019 at 9:29 AM A Pearl in Every Cowslip’s Ear wrote:

    > Kyle posted: ” What do teachers do with their summers? They hang out with > fellow friends and hobbyists, bouncing ideas from brain to brain, finding > their own worlds enlarged and rounded. Claudia and I are on the staff of > the Curator. We are a collection of poets ” >

  2. Greetings Tim,
    I do remember being at Oasis on Sunday when you spoke on Tanzania. And often hearing your letters read. And yes, Oasis grew a very fine young lady indeed.
    We live within ten minutes of Caransebes. There is a train that stops there but I don’t know if it is the one you would travel on. We are in southwestern Romania, 6 and a half hours from Bucharest and 9 hours from Suceava. Timisoara is an hour and a half away and may also be a place your train might stop and we could meet.
    At this point I don’t know what our schedule will be like but would be delighted to make something work.
    Blessings.

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