Australian Cafe

Australian Cafe

Willaim G Bennis (American Scholar, 1925) once said,

There are two ways of being creative. One can sing and dance. Or one can create an environment in which singers and dancers flourish.


I am indebted to those able to create an environment where beauty finds feet and comes alive. Where the voice can call aloud and become, it may seem for those few enchanting moments, an entity all its own. 


Authors, musicians and artists…my mind is at their door. Studying, reading, listening, recreating. In the process I have read some extremely piercing stories.


I hope to always be studying those who so beautifully fill our world with gorgeousness and art; to always be writing, always looking to those I admire for advice and instruction, always gleaning from the immense wisdom and creativity of the Creator. 


Here is what has inspired in years past:

  • East of Eden by John Steinbeck
  • The Boy and His Horse by C.S. Lewis
  • Until We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis
  • Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card
  • The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
  • The Cellist of Sarajevo (the writing is good but it is how the author challenges my mind that I enjoy. To better understand war) by Steven Galloway
  • Reading Like a Writer by Francine Prose
  • Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

I have read so much more and many of them have been more than worthwhile but these are the ones that I let affect me, become a part of me as they graciously allowed me to become a part of their story. 

This list will change because I am always reading and authors are always emerging. But for now…this is what I have enjoyed.