Coloring Books Anyone?

My wife, Diane, has disappeared. Well. Sort of. To complete the sentence, my wife, Diane, has disappeared at the kitchen table.

What’s this all about? It’s about what has become evidently a rage, the adult coloring book. “The Secret Garden” is not misnamed. It’s an adult coloring book that Diane gives her creative energy to with about 300 sharpened colored pencils.

A blurb says, from people of all walks of life, “It’s an activity that doesn’t have rights or wrongs. You don’t make mistakes. All you have are outlines…and YOU [interviewee emphasis] can color with any blend you wish. It’s great therapy. It’s fun. And you’d be amazed what you come up with.”

When Diane finished her first adult coloring book piece I was privileged to be the first reviewer. I’ve asked her to include it to complete this article. I did. I was amazed. Every shade and tone and what appeared to be a 1,000 colors. [Yeah, that’s hyperbolic, but not by much.] I looked at her and announced a new name, “Rembrandt!”

When the grandsons spent this weekend with us, maybe they can “become adults.” But. Before they arrive we’ll have to find a storage place, because “The Secret Garden” doesn’t want to reside on the kitchen table next to the bowl of spilled cereal. You think?

So, creativity in high gear. But with that a relaxed motion of deciding which colored and very sharpened pencil…and, snap a finger, say “presto” and it’s game on. Well, not that fast. But to color there’s no egg timer and no phone call to make and no meeting on tap. Just a time to relax and create. And think. No rights and no wrongs.

From our family Rembrandt creating from the book, “Creative Coloring Mandalas, An Activity to Relax and Enjoy!” Mandalas represent wholeness. These cosmic diagrams of the universe serve as graphic symbols of our subconscious minds. Creating beautiful Mandalas can help to stabilize, integrate and re-order our inner lives.:

Rembrandt Three

About Mark H Miller

Diane and I live in Leander, Texas. This past June 17, 2015 I celebrated the 49th anniversary of my ordination. We returned to Texas after three years in Washington, during which I served as interim minister in Bellevue/Eastgate and Mercer Island. Am planning to begin a 5th novel that will have my protagonist, Tricia Gleason, serve a year in licensed ministry in Snoqualmie, Washington. The novel, "The Lemon Drop Didn't Melt," will find Tricia wrestling with ministry challenges. None of which more daunting than someone wanting her breathing to stop. All the published novels are available on Amazon and Amazon Kindle under Mark Henry Miller. A primary goal in our return to Texas is to make sure grandchildren get lots of attention--here and in Chicago and Washington, D.C. Traveling is definitely an activity that will not slow down. With that, of course, fishing will happen. To that the t-shirt is apt, "I fish; therefore I am." In addition to novels, the book of Blogs, "Voice Of My Heart," is also available on Amazon.
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