Friday, February 5, 2010


For my birthday, a friend gave me this beautiful book. I keep it by my computer and every day, once or twice, I randomly open it. I am always amazed at the wisdom on each page.

I have tried to order it from my local bookstore with no luck. At the used book sites online, copies are going for over $50. My friend bought it, I believe, off the table of one of the big box book stores, and even they are sold out of it. I'd love to find more copies of it to give as gifts.

Today I opened to this page:

to be curious

Knowledge won't find us, we must find it.
Every day is a chance to learn something new.
Cast your net wide,
Open your mind to the excitement of learning.
Curiosity keeps us young at heart and mind.
When we stop learning, we stop living.

"I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious." - Albert Einstein

As always the page speaks to me. I have been so pleased with my work in the darkroom, a new knowledge that I'm acquiring. And a heads up: my friend and I will be showing our work for the project "Picturing Moore Square" in the Longview Center Gallery on April 2.

This project has taken me outside of my comfort zone in many ways. I'm taking film photographs again, black and white to boot. I've approached strangers, entered unfamiliar and even sinister spaces, learned to make a video on the computer. I've made a good friend of the girl I'm working with. I'm s-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g. It feels good.


Anonymous said...

Heya Mamie!! I located that book (via online) at a bookstore near my apartment!! I have to wait to get the confirmation email from the store to make sure that it is actually there, how much it's selling for, and how many copies they have. Once I get that from them, I'll pass the info on to you!!


Virginia S. Wood, PsyD said...

"I have no special talents," indeed.

I just finished a great two-day workshop with Bessel van der Kolk on the neurobiology of trauma. It was awesome. He was awesome. And I could list all kinds of things I liked about him, but that quote from Einstein boils it down perfectly.

van der Kolk is endlessly curious and always haring off after new ways to work in psychotherapy.

I admire that in you as well, and wish you the very best in this new endeavor. I hope you'll share some of your new work on line for those of us who will miss the exhibition.

mamie said...

Goddesses are said to work miracles, aren't they? If you find it at a reasonable price, please let me know.

Va, I will post the photographs after the show. It's coming together so nicely. We're working with video too - interviews - and I'm excited about having a go at that.