Let's Talk with Diane A.S. Stuckart
Color My World!
Not only is September 14th my brother David’s birthday (Happy Birthday, Bro!!), it’s also National Coloring Day. According to the crayon gods, today is the time to embrace our inner child and revert to a time when our biggest worry was picking the right shade of blue from the box of sixty-four.
Yep, coloring isn’t just for kids anymore. Unless you’ve been living off-grid, you probably know that adult coloring books have been big business since the 2010’s. In fact, our friends at WebMD list seven benefits of adult coloring, one of which is helping induce a meditative state (and who can’t use that!). https://www.webmd.com/balance/features/benefits-coloring-adults
But coloring, like the craft of writing, is not without its controversies. And I’m not just talking colored pencils as opposed to crayons. The biggest among them may be the battle between the “coloring within the lines” camp versus the “scrawling all over the darned place” contingent. Lines folks tout the hand-eye coordination benefits along with general neatness. Scrawlers speak of the bold unleashing of creativity. The conflict rather reminds me of the old “plotter versus pantser” debate in the writing community. Neither of these approaches is wrong; they’re simply different ways to the same end. The books eventually get written, the pages are ultimately colored, and all is right with the world.
But segueing back to my brother. David earned his MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and spent many hours volunteering his time counseling homeless and low-income folks. I mentioned to him about coloring and mental health, and he had this anecdote for me:
“I had a middle-aged Navajo male client with memory issues. One session, he described how he loved to paint Cherokee powwow dancers as a youth [so] I brought colored markers and paper to the next session. [Finally] he confessed that his grandmother warned him not to paint powwow dancers out of respect for the ceremony, but then he told of fond memories how she influenced him growing up. This coloring activity brought back vivid memories without even a single stroke on the paper.”
Are you an inside-the-lines type or an unrepentant scrawler? Comment by 9/20 about your coloring philosophy for a chance to win a paperback copy (US only) of PEACHY SCREAM by Anna Gerard.
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