Art is Life

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This group is about books. It is about art. This group is for people who see art as something that lives and breathes. The painter Mark Rothko said that a person looking at his paintings might gain the same spiritual experience he had while creating the paintings. This group is for people who think of art as a guiding principle in their lives. This group is for people who think of literary voices and characters as being "real." This group is for people who feel rapture in the presence of art. This group is for people who recognize that art gives us the power of transcendence.

My name is Theresa Williams. I'm an author, and I'm starting this group as a way of connecting with people who feel the same passion for art that I do. I am a university lecturer and I want to learn from others. I experience the world primarly through "feeling." As Theodore Roethke said, "We think by feeling. What is there to know?" I am coming to discover that the dichotomy of the heart and the intellect is not as I once thought: I am coming to see that "feeling" is not separate from intelligence but an important form of intelligence. The Native Americans have a term for this: "Seeing With The Eye of the Heart."

I hope this can be a place where we can shed our hard outer shells and share what we know about the beauty and terror of life.

I'm interested in having deep and real conversations about art and life.

Here you are welcome to express your opinions and even to disagree, but, please, this is not a war zone. Do be respectful, gracious, and giving.

The photograph is Walt Whitman's butterfly.

TopicTopicMessagesLast Message 
What Is Art?3 unread / 3razzamajazz, February 2014
Journal of Eva Morelli1 unread / 1Raymond55, July 2013
What are you currently reading?320 unread / 320michaelbartley, January 2013
Paintings/Painters that you love.79 unread / 79Bookoholic73, September 2012
The business of art...?3 unread / 3krolik, June 2012
What Did You WRITE Today?32 unread / 32Naren559, January 2012
Unabashidly emotional music.77 unread / 77Naren559, December 2011
Books or art that fundamentally changed the way you think or feel?57 unread / 57TheresaWilliams, September 2011
Some thoughts on Nobel prize (literature of couse) winners.5 unread / 5Rood, September 2011
identify this painting4 unread / 4chellerystick, January 2011
Super-duper literary figures.7 unread / 7varielle, December 2010
Childhood stories YOU would re-read as an adult.24 unread / 24TheresaWilliams, October 2010
What is a library?9 unread / 9margad, September 2010
Has a book or piece of artwork ever made you weep?104 unread / 104TheresaWilliams, July 2010
The "Hospital" part of my Library38 unread / 38Naren559, February 2010
The Letter Project4 unread / 4TheresaWilliams, November 2009
Celebrate!2 unread / 2TheresaWilliams, August 2009
Oh yes: "Art"!3 unread / 3Naren559, August 2009
Definition of art as a mode of knowing2 unread / 2guido47, August 2009
Which Ted Kooser works should I Buy?3 unread / 3TheresaWilliams, May 2009
The Making of a Graphic Novel3 unread / 3tros, May 2009
Anne Sexton37 unread / 37TheresaWilliams, May 2009
Death and the Afterlife39 unread / 39Naren559, April 2009
Close to the bone16 unread / 16mejix, March 2009
Andrew Wyeth died this morning10 unread / 10Naren559, February 2009
How I Spent My Summer Vacation4 unread / 4guido47, January 2009
The Books Around You47 unread / 47hemlokgang, January 2009
How would you describe your inner life?60 unread / 60Naren559, October 2008
short story website3 unread / 3STOCeallaigh, September 2008
Some things that you noticed today230 unread / 230michaelbartley, August 2008
Animals in literature48 unread / 48ambushedbyasnail, July 2008
Videos8 unread / 8belleyang, July 2008
How Art Made the World1 unread / 1tros, July 2008
Sharing our wriitng, blogs, art, etc.15 unread / 15belleyang, June 2008
Off to P-Town! See you in 3-mo!5 unread / 5margad, June 2008
Facebook47 unread / 47belleyang, June 2008
Writing Groups15 unread / 15belleyang, June 2008
Lines from works that you love.74 unread / 74hemlokgang, May 2008
Ralph Waldo Emerson43 unread / 43TheresaWilliams, May 2008
Author Chat (The Secret of Hurricanes)5 unread / 5TheresaWilliams, May 2008
Activities, Accomplishments, Announcements30 unread / 30TheresaWilliams, May 2008
robert rauschenberg9 unread / 9DMTripp, May 2008
Do you work joyfully...or suffer for your art?79 unread / 79mejix, April 2008
Robert Frost11 unread / 11TheresaWilliams, April 2008
The Satisfaction of the Creative Impulse by Mark Rothko, 19417 unread / 7DMTripp, April 2008
Writing your dreams...13 unread / 13mpramanik, March 2008
Lit. you thought you'd hate5 unread / 5margad, March 2008
When words fail you...9 unread / 9Clueless, February 2008
The Seasons46 unread / 46TheresaWilliams, February 2008
When you just don't "get it."20 unread / 20TheresaWilliams, January 2008
Quotes by authors that you love52 unread / 52CliffBurns, January 2008
Christmas/New Year's stories?6 unread / 6margad, January 2008
Memoir Title?23 unread / 23TheresaWilliams, December 2007
Let's write a story.73 unread / 73MarianV, December 2007
Biting off more than you can chew?9 unread / 9TheresaWilliams, December 2007
Have you ever gone to a reading that turned out to be a profound experience?38 unread / 38CliffBurns, November 2007
Grand Epiphanies7 unread / 7margad, November 2007
Finding more than one path to our creative lives7 unread / 7CliffBurns, November 2007
What is the question?15 unread / 15TheresaWilliams, November 2007
We Come To Something Without Knowing Why15 unread / 15margad, October 2007
Art is Laugh15 unread / 15margad, October 2007
Ill Lit45 unread / 45villandry, October 2007
The Will to Believe75 unread / 75margad, October 2007
Poetry as non-fiction55 unread / 55margad, October 2007
Create a book and author11 unread / 11TheresaWilliams, September 2007
Richard Brautigan15 unread / 15SqueakyChu, September 2007
Voices and Visions Audio1 unread / 1TheresaWilliams, September 2007
From whence love?14 unread / 14TheresaWilliams, August 2007
Place: The South40 unread / 40TheresaWilliams, August 2007
Your voice11 unread / 11TheresaWilliams, August 2007
What Good Is A Group Like This?9 unread / 9geneg, August 2007
Price is (almost) no object9 unread / 9sisaruus, August 2007
Place28 unread / 28southwestpoet, August 2007
Artists', Poets', Novelists' letters25 unread / 25TheresaWilliams, August 2007
Inner, not outer life10 unread / 10TheresaWilliams, August 2007
some of my quilts27 unread / 27TheresaWilliams, August 2007
Fiction1 unread / 1TheresaWilliams, August 2007
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