Episode 2 – Marilyn Noble

Marilyn Noble herself as well as her home environment ooze creativity. Upon arriving at her home, which she graciously offered as the location for our interview, she gave us a tour. Her home is filled with her own and others’ artwork. She pointed out her digital photography and charcoal drawings adorning the walls. One particular drawing caught my eye and she explained that it was a “double portrait” of her niece. In the drawing was her niece as a young girl, as well as that same niece on her wedding day. Just before beginning the interview she also showed us her outdoor oasis. There were gorgeous fuchsia flowers, which greatly complemented the turquoise colour of her home.

A double portrait created by Marilyn created showcasing her niece as a child and on her wedding day.

Our interview with Marilyn was centred on creativity in later life. Marilyn clearly not only talks the talk, but also walks the walk. She is extremely passionate about creativity herself, as well as inspiring and encouraging others to believe in their creative abilities. She conducts workshops to explore creativity and is passionate about raising awareness and encourages more active engagement with life in the later years.

Marilyn discussed how people are often afraid of being creative, or do not think that they possess any creativity. The reality is that everyone is creative and that creativity does not have to mean being the best, or presenting one’s work to the world. It can be a very personal thing, or a gateway to a new social group. During later life, it is particularly important to become aware and involved in creative endeavors because it is a time for exploration and an opportunity for reinvention. There are also many other benefits to creativity including social connection, emotional resilience and spiritual growth.

Listen to the podcast with Marilyn to learn more about the importance of creativity in later life & visit the links below to learn more about this topic!

Resources and Links:

Marilyn Noble’s handout from the January 24th, 2013 presentation. It’s full of good ideas and contains an extensive list of recommended reading – click here to view in PDF format “Growing Older, More Creative, and More Playful”

The Parable of the Pencil: Click here to view in PDF format “The Parable of the Pencil”

Lessons for Living – What can the old teach the young about living a good life? In this podcast of the CBC radio program Tapestry (January 25th, 2013) we hear wisdom from the elders on everything from marrying the right person, to raising happy children, to staying connected with the people you love. CBC Tapestry host Mary Hynes interviews Dr. Karl Pillemer, a renowned Cornell University Gerontologist, who interviewed over 1000 older adults about their advice for living. Click here to listen to the broadcast http://www.cbc.ca/tapestry/popupaudio.html?clipIds=2329198018

The Legacy Project – another result of Dr. Pillemer’s research. The Legacy Project has systematically collected practical advice from over 1500 older Americans who have lived through extraordinary experiences and historical events. They offer tips on surviving and thriving despite the challenges we all encounter. Visit the website at http://legacyproject.human.cornell.edu

How to avoid creative dead ends by Daniel Goleman


Aging and Creativity – Jackie Muise, STU Journalism, MP3 Music File

No Limits- http://www.unb.ca/cel/programs/creative/nolimits/index.html

Creativity and the Aging Brain


Host: Adam Thornton

Producers: Emily Hudson and Julia Breneol

Music: Adrian Pearson

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