Eggs are nothing to yolk about…and other scrambled thoughts about creativity


Today we shall discuss the Common Egg.

(Of course we shall discuss much, much more.  But we shall start with the Common Egg.)

When you look at the above carton of Common Eggs, what do you see?

Pause for a moment. Look at the spherical white eggs.

Now.  Close your eyes.

Tell us what you saw.

Please kindly describe.

wooden burl. table. shadow.

What was your description?

Was it:  “An egg is an egg is an egg.”

Was it:  “I’m not going to do this assignment.  I have other More Important Things to Do with my Time and what’s the point anyway?  Everyone knows what an egg is.”

“An egg is a conical white hard-shelled sphere which contains a yellow yolk and white which can be scrambled, fried, poached or baked.”

“An egg is a complete protein laid by a chicken.”

“An egg zips with wild energy dashing down the esophagus toward the churning fire of the belly where baby egg spirits release into the scintillating spirit of mankind.”

“An egg?  An egg is a child of the chicken Universe who lives in a carton with his brothers and sisters daring hungry breakfasters to ignore him for one more meal.  At night the egg-children roam around the refrigerator, painting their faces with ketchup and mustard.”

fish clock.

Dear reader, what was YOUR definition?  Were you wild and creative, or did you supply a more standard answer?

There is no shame in any response.

Eggs are eggs, and eggs can be Something More.

Each of us contains a creative yolk in our egg-like brain.

Some of us decide to crack the cultural norm and write, paint, sing, decorate or dance from it.

Others of us like to remain more solidly rooted, like the trunks of trees.

The world needs us both.

We need both within us. We need to express both energies, preferably daily, swallowing creativity and solidity like vitamins, getting our Daily Required nutrients.

Some of us need to remain more rooted when creativity threatens to remove us from the reality of the simple egg.  Others of us need to explore the path of perceiving something ordinary and simple…sinking beneath its ordinariness and simpleness…to expand upon it, detract from it, splash colors and textures on it.

old radio.

Some are afraid of creativity, in our bones.  We’re afraid to appear less-than-normal.  Less-than-sane.  Less than.

We think creativity will toss us off the safe earth into an abyss of Unexpected Unknowings.

This is usually an unfounded fear.

If we know that an egg is an egg is an egg–or at least that most people think so– we are probably safe to toss it into the air of creative unknowing and create something new.

If  we’re unsteady in our basic understanding of reality, perhaps the Universe will urge us to stick with solid definitions.

wooden clothespins.

What is the value of creativity?

Only that we expand our world.

Only that we marry different ideas and honeymoon endlessly.

Only that we delight in inconsistency while being consistently creative.

Only that we laugh long and deep at baby chicken possibilities.  We yolk a lot.

old scissors in snow.

How can we be more creative?

Look at something ordinary.  Old scissors.

Now let your mind dance.

Take another idea.  What do scissors do?  They cut, snip, separate.

What can’t be cut, snipped, separated?

Snow.  Fluffy white snow.

Photograph them in snow. 

A new contrast is born–something unspeakable–something that possibly delights the mind which wants to limit scissors to a role of cutting, slicing, snipping.

inside, outside.

Your assignment today, should you agree to accept it:  scramble, fry, bake, or poach something ordinary into something extraordinary simply by joining two different ideas, textures, thoughts, movements, expressions.

Do you let your creative side out to play often? Can you invite it out today?  Eggsactly what your eggs want to do today–and I’m not yolking!

About Kathy

I live in the middle of the woods in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Next to Lake Superior's cold shores. I love to blog.
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28 Responses to Eggs are nothing to yolk about…and other scrambled thoughts about creativity

  1. You CRACK me up (pun intended)!

  2. Sybil says:

    My thoughts are scrambled over this assignment ….

  3. zookyshirts says:

    Great writing — I like your descriptions of being creative, of marrying different ideas. Good inspiration here, to let our minds dance. And lots of fun puns!

  4. susan says:

    Hi Kathy,
    Still sucking coffee down to wake up but I am planning to play in my studio today to finish a painting I started last week – funny this is my play day – how ever did ya know that? But when I look at your pictures, I almost feel my creativity is in a can versus your truly free-all-over-the-place-unlimited-go-for-it-whatever kind of creativity – wonder if I’m alone in this or your other readers feel that too? Hmmmm

    • Heather says:

      You are not alone! I love that I never know what to expect from Kathy, and that she inspires me to be more creative. I definitely defined the egg by eggsactly what I saw. I was very descriptive, but also very literal. I’m that kind of person. I appreciate other kinds. I continue to work on my whimsy 🙂

    • Brenda Hardie says:

      I agree! You are not alone! I love the way Kathy takes the ordinary, everyday things we see and touch and experience as we go through our daily lives and she turns them all upside down and shakes them up until we see them completely differently! I love that about her! ♥

  5. I love this post, Kathy. You literally inspire me to go cook an egg–draw an egg–write about an egg. I also love the notion of creativity allowing us to honeymoon endlessly–so well said, my friend. And the title here–damn brilliant–not to mention hysterical!

  6. flandrumhill says:

    As an art student I recall being constantly forced into thinking laterally. Like everything else in life, cretive thinking gets better (and easier) with practice. But there will always be days when an egg just wants sit in the carton and be an egg.

    • flandrumhill says:

      Must correct my typo in my recent comment lest you think I’m into creative spelling, which I’m most definitely not. The word ‘cretive’ should be ‘creative.’ Not that there’s anything wrong with creative spelling or cretons (people from Crete).

  7. Susan D says:

    Omlet your delightful blog inspire me further …

    The photos are awesome!

    One Easter, many years ago, I painted the faces of my family on colored eggs … not really a stunning step away from the mundane, and I’m no artist. Oddly, though, the creative powers transformed my fingers and the faces very much resembled each of the family member’s … must go find the old photo. Thank you for the fun and the delight, as always!

  8. lisaspiral says:

    And here I was thinking about breakfast. Great morning inspiration! (What about a semi-permiable membrane that makes an ideal canvas for colored dyes?)

  9. Celeste says:

    I’m not sure if you realize just how much of an impact you have on the lives of your blog readers, Kathy. I have been searching for employment for months now, and spiffying up my heels, skirts, and the like. My heart wants to dye my hair teal and wear funky clothes and do nothing but enjoy the spirit all around me. My checking account wants me to keep my hair brown and just get a job, for gosh sakes. Thank you for helping me keep alive that funky and spiritual part of myself!

  10. sonali says:

    Fantastic! Mix up different ideas, bring out new creativity. This gives us a drive. Thank you Kathy, Let me see how well I can do this assignment. 🙂

  11. P.j. grath says:

    This is UNCANNY, Kathy. Only this morning I was thinking of how it is possible to take ANY TWO IDEAS and put them together and how that’s maybe what I’ll need to do soon in a blog post because all I have are odd scraps–and then you give it as an ASSIGNMENT! Unfortunately, I didn’t see it soon enough for today, and I had other eggs to fry today, anyway. I laughed when I read your words about starting with the egg. Everything does start with the egg, doesn’t it? Well, lots of things do!

  12. Brenda Hardie says:

    Kathy….I am feeling like Sybil…my brain feels scrambled and I feel like Susan in that my creativity appears to come from a can. It wasn’t always this way…hmm…maybe you can teach this old dog a few new tricks 🙂 There was a time, long ago, where I felt great delight in creative writing…I wonder where all that went?
    Hehe…I had hard boiled eggs for breakfast this morning 🙂 How did you know? 🙂
    Guess what! Our 10 inches of snow has turned into RAIN. Looks like we’ll only be getting 1-3 inches of the heavy, wet snow but the biggest concern is the freezing rain expected tonight…could cause travel problems and possible power outages. I’ll be praying like crazy for the people out driving (like my oldest son who works nights).
    Thank you for the creative nudge today…♥

  13. john says:

    You are inspiring! You sing, you dance, you challenge us, you prod us and tease us! I am more inspired to scramble a bit of new software today! This post ROCKS!

  14. Kathy, I live in both worlds. I go wild with creative abandon and then edit it a bazillion times. You inspired me to do the assignment! My description of an egg: Proof positive that Mother Nature is anything but fair. Those hens lay round, smooth, oval eggs and I had to push out babies with big heads, and arms and legs sticking out. (Yes, I edited this five times before pushing “post comment.”)

  15. Karma says:

    Your cre-egg-tivity cracks me up – eggspecially the thought of egg children running around the fridge at night painting their faces with ketchup and mustard.
    I will try to think and express myself cre-egg-tively at dance class tonight. 🙂

  16. Dana says:

    Today, my thoughts are scrambled. My mind is fried. I’m trying to keep the sunny side up, but I might have to settle for being hard boiled.

    Mmm… I love eggs and think it’s time for lunch! Another great post, Kathy. 🙂

  17. Elisa's Spot says:

    Beautiful breasts and baby bottoms and smooth creative life. Growth, eggs, energy, life, fertile….moon, prayer, wind whispers, waving pine branches(no I do not know how I got there) frog peepers peeping and singing, the three sisters fates, the golden mean, the string of life and fate, the scissors that make and unmake at once….mating of two halves for a purpose. The scent of coffee(again who knows, no coffee here.)
    Thanks for this, I needed to get out of my head. I’ll read again later to better follow what YOU may have meant.

  18. Lori DiNardi says:

    Thank God Kathy, when I saw the first line I feared it was going to be another “chicken or the egg” story. Heh. Lovely post, as usual. Do you take these photos? How awesome. You sincerely turn the ordinary into the extraordinary (incidentally, that’s the title of a short story I wrote in “Dogs and the Women Who Love Them”).

  19. bonnie says:

    Eggs: Little Humpty Dumpties, all in a row. When they fall off the wall, they’ll be scrambled, you know. Love the blog. Creative thinking keeps me sane.

  20. Dawn says:

    I’m confused. And inspired. Hey – that’s two ideas…..marry them and what do I get? We’ll have to wait and see!

  21. Whew! Glad this assignment was YESTERDAY and I missed it 😉 Not feeling very creative lately. which is NOT good, because I’m starting to run out of pictures for my blog!!
    I like my eggs devilled, btw. 😉

  22. Kathy says:

    Thank you all for your creative responses. You were all like very fine hens laying your creative eggs in this yellow and green chicken coop. Nobody pecked each other. We all laid our eggs. (OK some of you colored your eggs and penciled faces on them and painted them—wa hoo!) Wishing you all a very Creative Day filled with lots of different ideas that marry each other and live happily ever after in your painting or writing or decorating or thoughts or software designs. You guys are the best! Keep laying! Thank you for pausing here and sharing your thoughts which are, as everyone knows, creative just because they came from your heart!

  23. whatevertheyaint says:

    Reblogged this on whatevertheyaint and commented:
    If you haven’t visited her site, now would be a good time to mosey on over. Actually, I look forward to seeing what she’s come up with each morning, and this post is exactly what I needed today. Sometimes our creative sides go blah and all we can see is the carton of eggs. (At least that’s what I saw) Any other day I might have imagined a ship of faceless, spherical-like creatures kidnapped from their mother–headed to the cold, over-crowded confines of some stranger’s fridge. Anyway, what do YOU see? Thanks for this humorous yet thought provoking read, LSS.

  24. Colleen says:

    Kathy, I’m late but so glad to be here! Am inspired to do some creative unscrambling today. I can sometimes make a fine mess of things when trying to scramble too many eggs at once. Or at least that’s how it feels today. I really appreciate your thoughts…. perceiving something ordinary and simple, sinking beneath that simplicity and ordinariness…..

    And WOW about those amazing photos!!

  25. Kathy says:

    thank you again my creative friends! (Glad you like the photos, too. It was fun to play in black & white.)

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