We are surrounded by talent. Humans express themselves in so many artistic ways. We paint, sculpt, sing, play an instrument, write and more. No matter how we express ourselves, it is our art. I think it is so interesting to explore the ways that we find our way to our art. When you think about it, just about anything we do can be perceived as an art. People sew, cook, garden, design roads and bridges, develop web sites, just to name a few. And the results of all of these endeavors can be considered that person’s art. Even if we don’t all agree on what is beautiful, to the “doer” of these expressions, there is beauty.
My community is filled with beautiful talent. Last week I attended a critique group that is part of the Florida Writers Association/Palm Coast chapter, and what struck me most was that in a small group of people, we had talent in abundance. Although the group members are all writers, both published and aspiring to be so, the one strength that came through was the variety of other skills that this group demonstrates.
For instance, one member is an ER trauma nurse and besides being part of The Rogues Gallery Writers, she also creates beautiful fabric panel wall art by transforming photos with fabric, needle and thread. See it at her FB business page here. Another member has written a beautiful children’s book (yet unpublished, but we keep encouraging her) that not only entertains young children, but teaches valuable lessons and provides tools for teachers. And yet another member is a publisher, as well as a writer. Check out his site here. And the list goes on. See many of their backgrounds at the FWA blog.
Recently I learned of yet another person in our community who took attic finds and family memories of his wife’s grandmother and uncle and using those tools, he discovered his own hidden talent for writing. Mr. John Cordasci of Palm Coast is a delightful gentleman that I had the opportunity to sit down with recently. The love he has developed for the craft of writing is evident and the pride he takes in telling a family story is inspiring. Cordasci’s first book is a novella entitled, Stalag17B and The Pete Skripka Story. Go to buy books on the web to learn more. The author is a retired senior systems analyst that relocated to Palm Coast, Florida with his wife Judy. He was educated at City College of New York and New York University. He served in the Korean Conflict and also spent time in Germany during his military career. He and his wife have three children and four grandchildren. He spends his retirement developing his unfolding writing talent. Find out more in this week’s Palm Coast Neighbors feature where you’ll also learn more about our local community events.
Thanks for reading!!
- Why We Write: Hart Hanson (gointothestory.blcklst.com)
- Creativity Tweets of the Week – 8/19/11 (artistsroad.wordpress.com)
- Still Lives of Wilting Flowers (watchingthehotoreelsgoroundandround.wordpress.com)