By: Linda Riesenberg Fisler
November 9th, 2021
First, I want to apologize for canceling the Chat, Create, and Cocktails on November 4th. John and I were looking so forward to meeting everyone and having a great time. My second apology is for missing the deadline yesterday for this blog. Last Monday, my husband, Tom, crashed on his bicycle, flight-cared to hospital, where he remained until Wednesday. The result was a small amount of blood in the front of the brain, a concussion that for approximately 12 hours resulting in the same questions asked (a loop that would be funny if it weren’t so terrifying for me), two fractured ribs, and a small laceration in the spleen.
The good news is he is on the road to a speedy recovery. This adventure was different from the last time, which left me with anxiety and PTSD. However, it did wake the sleeping dragon, and quieting it again is like slaying Smaug in the Hobbit.
Creativity is a wonderful thing. However, I think those that don’t create don’t realize how much energy it takes to work what they refer to as magic. This energy, or the zone, transcends us into a different dimension, and that takes concentration. The concentration needs not to be interrupted, and sustaining it takes even more energy. Why do I mention this? Try as I may, the best-laid plans of creating, whether that be painting, drawing, or writing, over the last week was not going to happen.
Even when I’m not in my studio, I am writing a scene, painting, or drawing in the back of my mind. I am thinking of ideas that will make the Artistic Harmonies Association different and fun for all of us. I am envisioning designs and suggesting what I might want to explore for the next fun painting. Amid this current adventure, it seems I can’t get past the PTSD guards. Unfortunately, I get one chance to break through that Red Rover line—creativity calling out to me behind the guards. However, I know it is only a matter of time before creativity wins out. I won’t give up. I won’t forsake creativity to the dungeons of my mind, knowing that it is a saving grace.
Sometimes the best-laid plans get delayed, but we control if they get terminated. Yes, it takes energy to stand in front of a blank canvas after a distressing event. Nonetheless, I can’t imagine not creating. My mind is gathering the strength to slay this dragon again. Sparks of imagination are beginning in the mind’s eye. In the truest sense, reserving the part of the brain to imagine is how I survive.
In closing, I want to thank everyone for their understanding, concern, and support. It’s been a crazy week for us. However, the fun crazy is starting to ramp up as we gather our thoughts, boards, honorary members, and schedule for the official launch in January 2022. Thank you for hanging with us, and know, obstacles are a part of any plan. We are still on track, and we look forward to rescheduling the Chat, Create, and Cocktail event after the busy holiday season. In the meantime, don’t hesitate to contact us via the comments section below or email us at
We look forward to hearing from you and onward to January!