Your Own Creativity


Contributing Editor
Walt Pickut

Everybody has at least a spark of creativity in them. And nothing brings it out like Springtime.

The ground seems to create new flowers, trees seem to create flocks of song birds, and every mom knows that in springtime a carpet seems to create muddy footprints. But at least the kids—young and grownup alike—have finally got themselves out of doors again.

This week, the Jamestown Gazette celebrates Springtime with our creative local Lawn & Garden specialists and a special invitation to start creating those special Spring Fixups around your house, inside and out.

Nothing brings out creativity for many homeowners like a chance to plant something beautiful, interesting, and maybe even delicious—from flower gardens to veggie patches.
“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt,” Margaret Atwood wrote in her bestselling book, Bluebird’s Egg. And I’ve always believed the reason God invented fingernails was so that in spring we’d have something to get garden dirt under.

So, whether you’re planting black radishes instead of ordinary red ones; or salsify, the carrot-like root that tastes like oysters; or purple dragon carrots more nutritious than their pale orange cousins, it’s that creative urge that blooms in all of us every spring

But whether you have a garden of your own or just wish you had one, this week’s cover story invites Jamestown Gazette readers to enjoy and explore the Jamestown Public Market. Meet the creative local growers who will be bringing their freshest produce from the fields to your table in one easy shopping harvest.

Springtime is Fixup-Time, too. Home and Garden shows this spring—especially with “meet-and-greet” guidelines beginning to relax—are geared to bring out our own brand of creativity.

Whether you plan to engage some of our most skilled local craftsmen and builders or you are a dedicated DIY-er, consider these ancient words of wisdom and see if they fit you,

“Some people look for
a beautiful place.

Others look to make
a place beautiful.”

And here’s something else you can find at this year’s Home and Garden shows and Public Markets, too—Inspiration.

Kevin McCloud, British TV host of the Grand Designs series, reminds us, “Building or fixing up your own house is a primal urge, one of those universal genetic drives like the need to provide for your family.” Spring fixups can be deeper than you think.

So, our invitation to you this week is to use this year’s Springtime Creativity urge to plant and grow some new ideas of your own, nurture those thoughts and dreams you’ve been too busy to attend to. They can blossom, too.

And for anyone who finds a spiritual note in the music of springtime, I have an artist friend who says we’re creative people because God created us in His image, and creating things is His specialty. Enjoy the urge.

And enjoy the read.

Walt Pickut

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Walt Pickut’s writing career began with publishing medical research in1971 while working at the Jersey City Medical Center and the NYU Hospital and School of Medicine. Walt holds board registries in respiratory care and sleep technology as well as bachelor's degrees in biology and communication, and a master's degrees in physiology from Fairleigh-Dickinson University in New Jersey, with additional graduate work in mass communication completed at SUNY Amherst. He currently teaches Presentational Speaking in the Houghton College PACE program at JCC and holds memberships in the Society of Professional Journalists and the American Society of Business Publication Editors. He lives in Jamestown with his wife Nancy, an MSW social worker, and has three children: Dr. Cait Lamberton in Pittsburgh, Bill Pickut, a marketing executive in Chicago, and Rev. Matt Pickut in Plymouth, IN.