Midsummer in Latvia – Līgo

Līgo All over Europe, the ancient pagan midsummer celebrations continue to take place.  In Latvia, St. John’s Day (Jāņi), or Līgo may be the most important celebration of the year.  It runs overnight from June 23rd to the 24th. If they can, Latvians take to the woods, fields and beaches to celebrate by staying up… Continue reading Midsummer in Latvia – Līgo

Creative, tough, tenacious – Freya Stark

Freya Stark

Zest for life I might never have learned about Freya but for a book sale where I stumbled on her autobiography, Traveller’s Prelude 1893-1927.  It’s an astonishing document of her experiences up to her mid thirties. Freya Stark had a fascinating life. She was an explorer and wrote more than two dozen travel books about… Continue reading Creative, tough, tenacious – Freya Stark

The Creative Journey

rock paintings of ancient people, showing a hunt for wild animals

My last post about Mary Delany has made me think about creativity in general and creative block in particular. It appears that Mary, during the dark years of her first marriage, didn’t completely abandon her creativity.  When she was forced to nurse and read to her ailing husband, she continued to sew and paint, if… Continue reading The Creative Journey