Mother Nature as Muse

This week’s Saturday/Sunday edition of the The Wall Street Journal has an interesting article in the “Review” section by regular columnist Jonah Lehrer, titled “Mom Was Right: Go Outside.” 

He cites the findings of several scientific studies that people who spend time outdoors – or even just looking out the window at a view of natural landscaping instead of concrete and blacktop – show significant gains in creativity.

How about that?  All the nature stuff that keeps finding its way into my creativity blog apparently is entirely appropriate!

So in honor of our muse, Mother Nature, here is a photo I snapped yesterday.  The branches of this mock-orange bush, spilling over the fence along our driveway, are in bloom with small, white flowers.  Their beauty is fleeting, just a few days, so it requires attention to notice and enjoy them each year.  “Gather ye rosebuds while ye may . . .”

About Katherine Wikoff

I am a college professor at Milwaukee School of Engineering, where I teach literature, film studies, political science, and communication. My blog is a space for playing with ideas about creativity, innovation, lifelong learning, and the nature of "insight."
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