I have a confession to make. I hate the winter. I mean I really hate it. Around mid-January, my typically sunny disposition starts to turn a bit cloudy. As winter drags on into March and sometimes even April, it can be downright icy. When snow starts to pile up on my front-porch steps and weather reports are punctuated with winter warnings, I retreat to the warmth of a good book and a hot cup of coffee. But that’s about all I do. In addition to these dark winter months zapping my energy, this time of year also drains my creativity. The grand projects I was so excited to start sit untouched in my spare bedroom. I’ve started to call this room the hobby graveyard. Supplies for sewing creations sit neatly in a corner next to printouts from Pinterest. My lovely purple violin is nearby, resting in its case and waiting to be played.
But this year, I decided to try something different. I would not just hibernate like a bear all winter. No, this year I would get out into the community and get inspired by all the creativity around me. Luckily, I don’t have to look far. When you work with a bunch of talented and creative people all day, it’s not surprising that their talents extend outside the walls of Capstone.
Last Friday I watched Capstone editors Mandy Robbins and Nate LeBoutillier belt out the tunes with their band, The Porchlights. And a few days later, I listened to two more Capstone employees share their original works at the PLRAC/McKnight Artist Grantee Exhibition at the ArtsCenter of Saint Peter. Jill Kalz shared a few of her beautiful poems, and Nick Healy read an excerpt from his novel.
Watching these talented people get up on stage and share what they have created was just what I needed. The next day, I picked up one of the neglected items from my hobby graveyard. Violin lessons start next week.
Michelle Hasselius, Editor