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Episode 30: Brian on Living our Creativity

Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia.

Thank you for listening in.


I am joined by my brother, Brian,  to discuss integrating creativity within our busy routines that compete for our time and energy. Do we celebrate or minimize the creativity within ourselves?  Brian has a marvelous understanding of the creative process and welcomes you to share your experience with us on

Put the kettle on and join in the conversation.

I am your host Rebecca Budd and I’m looking forward to sharing this moment with you.

Thank you for joining Brian and me on Tea Toast & Trivia.

Creativity, at its foundation, is all about connecting. When we value our creative efforts, we accept an adventure that transcends time and location. We are all creators with a capacity to share our personal stories within the greater journey.

One last thought comes from Henri Matisse: “Creativity takes courage.”

May we embrace this call to action and celebrate our creative endeavours.

Until next time, dear friends, safe travels wherever your adventures take you.


By Rebecca Budd

Blogger, Visual Storyteller, Podcaster, Traveler and Life-long Learner

14 replies on “Episode 30: Brian on Living our Creativity”

Oh what a marvellous listen – is there no end to your family’s talents?! I absolutely loved this conversation – how wise Brian is on all the subjects you spoke about. Please, please have him on again for the next instalment!

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Brian is my youngest brother, and considered the philosopher of our family. He has a marvelous sense of humour and our entire family has suggested he become a comedian. Brian will be so pleased that you enjoyed and joined the conversation. Thanks to you, we now understand how to podcast from a distance. We are perfecting the sound as we go along. Thank you for all your encouragement – so very very much appreciated.

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I am convinced that there is so much creativity in our world that our stories will be remembered and celebrated. I love how you share creativity within a global venue. You bring your street to my street. What a wonderful way to use technology for good and positive outcomes. Brian will be so happy that you joined the conversation. By the way, September 30, 2019 is International Podcast Day. How serendipitous!

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I listened to your conversation with Brian on my drive back from Vermont this past week. I’ve been thinking about creativity quite a lot recently. The college where I work has identified it as a degree competency and put it on a rubric so that it can be measured. There’s something not quite right about that.

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Oh my! I have to think about the whole idea of creating a rubric for creativity. Benchmarks are indeed beneficial, but creativity is limitless in possibility. I admire anyone who undertakes the monumental task of identifying and structuring creativity in a rubric. I remember the first time I viewed modern art and how I needed to revisit my thinking. I recalled that there were many people, living during the time of Monet and Van Gogh, who looked askance at emerging art movements. Would I be the same when a new art movement was introduced during my lifetime? I appreciated Sir Ken Robinson’s thought on education: “You cannot predict the outcome of human development. All you can do is like a farmer create the conditions under which it will begin to flourish.” This is an excellent conversation!

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Oh, my goodness, Sir Ken Robsinson! When I was teaching a critical inquiry class, the students on the teacher certification track LOVED Sir Robinson’s approach to education, particularly the education of young children. My own approach to creativity in the classroom is the same as his: creating the conditions under which it has the best chance of flourishing. Unfortunately, the necessity of assigning grades is not well-aligned with these conditions

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I agree – assigning grades is problematic. It leads to questions like “will this be on the exam?” How we we instill the love of academic rigour and align it to a measurement system. I find that this question has implications for life-long learning and our ability to engage as we age.

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Where education gets itself in trouble is when it pushes academic rigor for its own sake. Performance standards have to have a direct connection to the real world (whether the world of scholarship or the world of work).

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I can’t thank you both enough for opening my eyes to what comprises a wealth of creative expression. As a mother of seven grown children, I can actually see how creativity played and continues to play a role in my relationships with them. I’ve also seen how parents have to put their artistic gifts into perspective for the sake of their young families. Did you know that the Greek origin of the word poetry (poesy) means to create? So making and sustaining relationships is truly creative, as you both explain. I needn’t feel less because there’s no longer an urge to create works of art in the traditional sense; I’ve helped create and encourage my other works of art! This podcast is deeply inspirational. Hugs!!

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Thank you Mary Jo for your profound and encouraging comments. I have shared them with Brian, who sends his thanks along with mine. I did not know that the Greek origin of the word poetry means to create. I have come late to poetry – maybe I was not ready to understand the significance or meaning behind the words. Now, I am finding that reading poetry aloud is a marvelous way to begin my meditation. Seven children – what a wonderful gift. I remember the day I was told that I would never have children – ever! And yet, miracles happen. I have a son who has taught me that compassion, generosity, and expectation are the creative gifts that we can offer to a world that needs our highest and best participation. I am so glad that we are sharing a life-affirming conversation. Hugs coming your way.

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