From leJoie Magazine
There are, among us, a growing number of
people who demonstrate a strong sense of compassion, intelligence, creativity,
and selflessness. We don't often hear about them on the news, nor read about
them in the paper. They are not sensational, but quiet, strong way-showers in
a world badly in need of positive influences.
Patricia Daly-Lipe, Ph.D., who resides in Haymarket, Virginia,
is right up front on such a list. She is a highly talented artist, skilful writer
and published author, as well as a professor of writing. And interwoven throughout
all of these strong credentials shines a deep sense of love for all beings, human
and animal. Gentle in spirit, strong in friendship, Pat lives the concept of
loyalty and strength of heart.
"A deep thinker" – a common phrase used to describe
some of the world's finest philosophers and writers – is aptly applied to Pat,
easily seen in |her first book, Myth, Magic,
and Metaphor, a Journey into the Heart of Creativity. Recently
re-published in 2001 by 1stBooks Library, Myth, Magic, and Metaphor offers
one of the best writing manuals on the market today. From those individuals who
write about the animals in their lives, to the professional free-lance writer, to
the published author, this book will be the guide to make one a better writer, a
truly fine writer.
But much more: this book is one to read cover to cover, then
open at random whenever inspiration is needed. Author David Weiss says, "Myth, Magic, & Metaphor ... is a journey well taken. I believe that Mozart
and Rodin would have enjoyed also." Richard Lederer, author of The Miracle
of Language remarks: "Myth, Magic, & Metaphor is luminous with oracular
wisdom about the nature and sources of creativity. From first page to last, this
book will inspire you to be inspired."
Do you wish you could write but don't know how to start?
"Write about everything;" Pat suggests, "the most trivial may be
the most significant. Let the words flow; invent them if need be." She
continues to offer helpful writing insight from both James Joyce and Hemingway.
An aspiring writer, or one seeking to polish existing ability, needs this book
in one hand with pen, pencil, or keyboard in the other.
Perhaps the same advice applies to the soul as well. For Myth, Magic,
and Metaphor is one of those little books that is pure treasure,
the needed lift when the spirit is weary. Open the book: it may fall easily to
pages 104 and 105. And read:
"More than ever, I feel, three aspects of the human
psyche need to be developed, namely: imagination, inspiration, and creativity.
I was as a gem concealed;
Me my burning ray revealed
"Remember the etymology of enthusiasm is `in or of God'.
`Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm
wrinkles the soul.'
"For the artist, there is a clarity and an order in the
beauty of nature. Our participation in and with nature allows us to recognize
that fact. The universe is truly both within us and without/outside us. There is
nothing new in this world that is not old. All this, the artist observes and
Dr. Daly-Lipe has one book in the final process of being
published, a collection of nature writings that will be reviewed and recommended
in an upcoming issue of lajoie. And she continues to write! This is excellent
news for those of us who already know and admire her — her paintings, her books,
and above all, Pat, herself. We can all find hope for the human species, and the
planet in this remarkable person.
Thank you Rita for writing “Standing Tall: A Tribute”. For my web readers,
please look at Rita’s book, Crossing the Bridge, What Animals Have to
Teach Us About Death, Dying and Beyondand check out her web site:
http://www.blessingthebridge.com/index1.html. Also, I encourage you to look
at her son, Tim’s, beautiful art work, portraits of pets:
Rita Reynolds may be contacted at Lajoieco1@aol.com or
PO Box 145, Batesville, VA 22924
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