Shattered Reflections

Beauty from the Broken

I’d like to introduce you all to my friend Rachel Dueck, one of the most kind and thoughtful people I know, who is also an amazing artist! Rachel has some great insights about art and creativity, and I hope you find encouragement from hearing a little about her own journey.   Rachel is a freelance …

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Why do they call it “dancing for your life?” It’s a phrase frequently repeated on the popular talent show So You Think You Can Dance, a phrase that extends an invitation for the contestant to take one last shot. There are only two sides to this coin—a 50/50 chance to either continue on in the …

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In truth, there are a lot of reasons, and even as a word-loving person I find it hard to express how I feel about this show, what it does to me both as a person and as an artist. But when a piece of art can move you so unexpectedly, it’s worth it to explore …

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In Disney’s recent remake of the classic Aladdin, the genie says something to Aladdin that I find quite profound. Here, I paraphrase in my own words:   “The more you gain while pretending to be something you’re not, the less you’ll have.”   Jafar—the villain—is the villain because he seeks power, status and riches above …

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Setup: The character, Jasper, finds himself in a very real-feeling vision, where he’s in a desert having to face the accusation and pain of all the people who have hurt him or whom he believes he has hurt in his life. It’s a desert of self-condemnation and loneliness; essentially, this world of lies that he’s …

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I used to look up at the stars and feel like I mattered. Because even in possession of all this vast beauty, God still made me. I existed, and that had to mean something. I’m not sure how or when this feeling began to fade. I don’t know if it was merely childhood resilience that …

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“For a moment of silence Theoden stood looking down at Eomer as he knelt still before him. Neither moved. ‘Will you not take the sword?’ said Gandalf. Slowly Theoden stretched forth his hand. As his fingers took the hilt, it seemed to the watchers that firmness and strength returned to his thin arm. Suddenly he …

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Why are writers so afraid? I seem to face a demagogy of unfounded and unexplainable fears throughout a given week, and I just don’t understand. Why the barrage? Why can’t I just enjoy life and live in the moment and stop. worrying. worrying. worrying? It’s like a tick is scratching away at my brain. I …

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