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Malibu parents ought to encourage the arts

Chris Bashaw, Assistant Editor
12:43 pm PDT May 27, 2014

Throughout my college career, I managed to leave my dormitory missing my keys, my wallet, my phone and I vaguely remember walking halfway to a biology class without my shoes on a particularly early morning.

I’ve managed to pull myself together, but despite my past tendency toward forgetfulness, there were two items that I never seemed able to leave behind: a pen and a Moleskin notebook.

While digging through a bin full of items I haven’t paid attention to since I graduated from college, I came across a collection of those notebooks.

In them are half-written poems, one-liners and apparently more than 100 haikus that seem to be observations about life and love from the mind of a young adult who was trying to figure it all out.

I’m still a young adult and by no means have I got anything more figured out than I did then, but things are a bit different now: In my free time, I use a camera to pursue the things I used to pursue with a pen – observations about the world and trying to figure things out through a creative outlet.

When I learned about the Kids on Coffee event at Bank of Books and Malibu High School creative writing teacher Eric Carrier’s final project requiring his students to recite their poetry at this event, I found myself recalled to my own poetic pursuits not even five years ago.

I wrote in an earlier column about the value of the performing arts and their value for a child’s development, but I believe the same holds true for the entirety of artistic endeavors, and every child ought to be introduced – if not encouraged outright – to express themselves through these avenues. 

No, they aren’t always the kinds of things a life can be built on, but they are definitely the things that can furnish a life and make it feel unique.