Get Your Wonder On

First of all, let me wish you and yours a wonderful and non stressful holiday season, and as we close the door on another year, thanks very much for being part of this blogging adventure. Happy cake and cookie eating, everyone! Whatever your spiritual persuasion, may the childlike wonder of Christmas be yours each and every day.

song du jour: Carol of the Bells, ANYONE but Amy Grant

mood: in a wrapping, cooking, creating frenzy

Step away from l'insanity des holidays for a moment, and go to this amazing site. Better yet, get the book, Museum of Lost Wonder for yourself for Xmas. Amazon has it for under $33. It's been on my wish list for weeks, and thanks to the lovely gift certificate from my generous aunt and uncle, it is now my nightly reading along with Barbara Sher's latest book, Refuse to Choose.

The Museum of Lost Wonder is one of those incredible books that feels like an open window to my lifelong way of looking at the world and a great tool to bring about more creativity as I'm always preaching. It's somewhat in the vein of Nick Bantock's books in its interactive capabilities, yet the format is like no other book I've explored. If you like science, philosophy, or art, venture in and have fun.

Being curled up with that book in bed beats the hell out of dealing the real thing in Atlanta. I do hate to complain when I can drive 15 minutes to stare at the work of Velasquez and Raphael instead of flying to Paris, but the new Louvre-Atlanta exhibit at The High Museum of Art has all the normal dysfunctionality, lack of regard for customers as anything other than an intrusion, and guards, who act like they are beaten and humiliated on their coffee breaks before returning to their posts, despite all the money they've put into two new buildings. Who's brilliant idea was it to have the ticket counter and the coat and umbrella check in one building and the actual entrance to the exhibit in another that must be accessed by walking outside, across the courtyard with not even so much as a covered walkway?!? Typical Atlanta style planning. The one thing that makes going worth all the effort is that those few paintings loaned to the Deep South are hung down low, where an artist can see every detail of the brushwork, or in some cases the miraculous lack thereof, whereas in the Louvre they are hung at a dizzying height far and away above this 5' munchkin gawker.

Oh, and if you already have 400 projects and books started and feel guilty that you can't finish everything, then also check out Refuse to Choose!: A Revolutionary Program for Doing Everything That You Love and learn that you are not crazy, lazy, or a dilettante, and how you can (and why you should) do it all.

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