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Twenty years ago I asked a Tarot card reader what would I be doing when I was 50. She replied, “I see you doing something so wildly creative, it defies a job title.” Only recently did I realize that was a slick way of saying, “I have no idea of what you’ll be doing.” But that prediction kept me charging ahead to the fifties with zeal and anticipation. Now that the future is today, I’m ready for anything!

Let's Dish About Creativity

It's no coincidence that when dishes pile up in the sink, ideas pile up in my head.

I've suggested to my son Wyatt that him washing dishes would allow me more time to write. He said he'd be willing to if I'd get him rubber gloves, as he doesn't like the feel of the dishwater.

Rubber gloves. I haven't heard a person mention them in years. Rubber gloves used to be a staple of 1960s daytime television advertising, shown during the soap operas my mom called "her stories." On the game show Let's Make a Deal the audience would ooh and ahh when the prize behind the curtain included a Hotpoint dishwasher. Sometime between then and now, a dishwasher morphed from gracious-living luxury into goes-without-saying necessity.

I've used dishwashers before and don't care for them.  They don't save time because you still have to scrape, rinse, load and unload -- and often have to rewash dishes that didn't get clean. Also, dishwashers remove a hands-on component that I find essential to creativity. At one workplace when I needed to think things through, I was tempted to go into the cafeteria and ask if I could help wash dishes.

I remember seeing a wall plaque at a Michigan Renaissance Festival years ago: A creative woman has cobwebs in her corners but never in her mind. There comes a point, though, when cleaning the cobwebs, or emptying the sink of dishes, results in clarity of thought and creativity.

What are the daily rituals that feed your creativity? Let's dish about them here.

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