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 The cover image goes with the old wisdom saying "Who chases two rabbits at the same time catches none."    Twenty-two lighthearted and humorous illustrations accompany old wisdom proverbs that carry some profound truths for life!   Did you know?       "To be a master of metaphor is the greatest thing by far. It is the one thing that cannot be learnt from others, and it is also a sign of genius. "   Aristotle   For your intelligent child within.   Exercising our metaphorical muscle is associated with:        *   increased problem solving       *   greater creativity        *   increased emotional IQ       *   amplifies left/right brain communication       *   helps integrate complex ideas       *   makes things more memorable       *   is simply more fun!  Great for your favorite intelligent child within, home schoolers, language arts enhancement, and local library.     I'd love to hear your favorite wisdom sayings!   Send them to me, please?

The cover image goes with the old wisdom saying "Who chases two rabbits at the same time catches none."  

Twenty-two lighthearted and humorous illustrations accompany old wisdom proverbs that carry some profound truths for life!

Did you know? 

 "To be a master of metaphor is the greatest thing by far. It is the one thing that cannot be learnt from others, and it is also a sign of genius. "  Aristotle

For your intelligent child within.  Exercising our metaphorical muscle is associated with: 

     *   increased problem solving

     *   greater creativity

      *   increased emotional IQ

     *   amplifies left/right brain communication

     *   helps integrate complex ideas

     *   makes things more memorable

     *   is simply more fun!

Great for your favorite intelligent child within, home schoolers, language arts enhancement, and local library.  

I'd love to hear your favorite wisdom sayings!  Send them to me, please?

  Knowing that there is a monthly creativity club meeting of appreciative and supportive friends, I am more motivated to complete projects that would otherwise just reside in my head. That’s big… I appreciate the other creative “projects” or bits of art that I produce more now, knowing that the group will embrace what I bring, no matter how unusual. The blow-ups of my doodles fall into that category. It’s like having a show scheduled monthly – I get ready for the show, I make sure I have paintings for the “gallery.”    -Vige     If you have ever wanted to satisfy your urge to learn to do something new, read this book… As a librarian I think every library needs to get a copy of this book. And any library can host a Creativity & Camaraderie club as a gift to their community.  Ann S.   Just got my copy in mail … started reading it and like it already! useful advice, talking from experience, love the idea! great book, one of those “good-to-have-handy” ones    Emilia, Goodreads review   I  know that without this creativity club group  I never would have participated in the fiber felting group  that I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE now, because I never would have known that the class existed.  That means that I would not have made my first felted scarf.  btw, I’m headed back to do more felting on Sunday!!!!   -Barb   I LOVE the idea of women gathering together to nurture their creativity!  This offers a double dose of benefits, community and camaraderie AND support for creativity, both so essential for our wellbeing.  Too often we ignore our creative stirrings. I hope lots of women are inspired by this terrific idea for a club!   –  Marla Paul,Author:   The Friendship Crisis    The whole time I was reading this Handbook I kept thinking: OMG I want to be in this group! I also kept thinking that I am not very creative and wouldn’t have anything to share…then I had a dream that I was painting! Let me mention here that I’ve never painted anything other than walls & woodwork in my entire life. The handbook inspired me to buy a canvas and brushes and oil paints and off I went! It was liberating! It was so relaxing and fun and … creative, who knew?  Anyways, getting back to the Handbook. It is a very useful guide for anyone who wanted to start and maintain any kind of organized group. The Handbook was easy to follow and included checklists, websites and appendixes that are not only very helpful but inspiring as well.   Debra B.   …I look forward to doing something that involves fun, friends, and not a bar scene.   Jenna, Goodreads review   The book addresses a real and urgent need that women have — and offers a genuine (and fun!) solution. It is well organized and offers a simple framework that anyone can follow to bring more creativity into daily life.  -RB    I write poems to read at my club meeting.  The poems speak to me and I listen.  Without the deadline of the club meeting,  I dont think I’d hear them-or perhaps I wouldnt listen.   – Tracey   I’m a dude – and I dig this. I wish these ladies would invite me to their meetings.    My life is in flux right now because my family is moving, but your book has given me a great idea for meeting like-minded creatives once I am settled into my new home. I will definitely be looking into starting a creativity club when I am settled!    Karen   Quite simply, I really enjoyed reading this book. I feel it clearly communicates all of the necessary information for one to pick up and start a successful creativity (or any) club, it puts the reader in touch with their longing for an experience of camararaderie-, addresses any resistance or self-doubt on the part of the reader and entertains all along the way. While providing all of the instructional and technical information expected and necessary of any ‘handbook’ the book flows like a story.  MP   Mary Mathews generously shares her down-to-earth wisdom in this practical and inspirational guide …do yourself a favor.  Read this book. Then start your own Creativity & Camaraderie Club.  You’ll be serving yourself and others.  Your life will be rewarded in countless ways.  How could you resist bringing more joy and fun into your life?   Dale Schwarz, M. Ed., ATR, LMHC,   Center for Creative Consciousness

Knowing that there is a monthly creativity club meeting of appreciative and supportive friends, I am more motivated to complete projects that would otherwise just reside in my head. That’s big… I appreciate the other creative “projects” or bits of art that I produce more now, knowing that the group will embrace what I bring, no matter how unusual. The blow-ups of my doodles fall into that category. It’s like having a show scheduled monthly – I get ready for the show, I make sure I have paintings for the “gallery.”   -Vige

 If you have ever wanted to satisfy your urge to learn to do something new, read this book… As a librarian I think every library needs to get a copy of this book. And any library can host a Creativity & Camaraderie club as a gift to their community. Ann S.

Just got my copy in mail … started reading it and like it already! useful advice, talking from experience, love the idea! great book, one of those “good-to-have-handy” ones   Emilia, Goodreads review

I  know that without this creativity club group  I never would have participated in the fiber felting group  that I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE now, because I never would have known that the class existed.  That means that I would not have made my first felted scarf.  btw, I’m headed back to do more felting on Sunday!!!!  -Barb

I LOVE the idea of women gathering together to nurture their creativity!  This offers a double dose of benefits, community and camaraderie AND support for creativity, both so essential for our wellbeing.  Too often we ignore our creative stirrings. I hope lots of women are inspired by this terrific idea for a club!   – Marla Paul,Author:  The Friendship Crisis

The whole time I was reading this Handbook I kept thinking: OMG I want to be in this group! I also kept thinking that I am not very creative and wouldn’t have anything to share…then I had a dream that I was painting! Let me mention here that I’ve never painted anything other than walls & woodwork in my entire life. The handbook inspired me to buy a canvas and brushes and oil paints and off I went! It was liberating! It was so relaxing and fun and … creative, who knew?  Anyways, getting back to the Handbook. It is a very useful guide for anyone who wanted to start and maintain any kind of organized group. The Handbook was easy to follow and included checklists, websites and appendixes that are not only very helpful but inspiring as well.  Debra B.

…I look forward to doing something that involves fun, friends, and not a bar scene.  Jenna, Goodreads review

The book addresses a real and urgent need that women have — and offers a genuine (and fun!) solution. It is well organized and offers a simple framework that anyone can follow to bring more creativity into daily life.  -RB

I write poems to read at my club meeting.  The poems speak to me and I listen.  Without the deadline of the club meeting,  I dont think I’d hear them-or perhaps I wouldnt listen.  – Tracey

I’m a dude – and I dig this. I wish these ladies would invite me to their meetings.

My life is in flux right now because my family is moving, but your book has given me a great idea for meeting like-minded creatives once I am settled into my new home. I will definitely be looking into starting a creativity club when I am settled!   Karen

Quite simply, I really enjoyed reading this book. I feel it clearly communicates all of the necessary information for one to pick up and start a successful creativity (or any) club, it puts the reader in touch with their longing for an experience of camararaderie-, addresses any resistance or self-doubt on the part of the reader and entertains all along the way. While providing all of the instructional and technical information expected and necessary of any ‘handbook’ the book flows like a story. MP

Mary Mathews generously shares her down-to-earth wisdom in this practical and inspirational guide …do yourself a favor.  Read this book. Then start your own Creativity & Camaraderie Club.  You’ll be serving yourself and others.  Your life will be rewarded in countless ways.  How could you resist bringing more joy and fun into your life?  Dale Schwarz, M. Ed., ATR, LMHC,  Center for Creative Consciousness