I love to read and am very fond of the Brooklyn Public Library. This building is etched with with some of the most remarkable quotes ever spoken. My favorite is pictured above: "The Spirit and The Senses so easily grow dead to the impressions of the beautiful and perfect that one ought every day to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture and, if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words."
I think that's why I love Susan Mangigian and her new group, Realtors and Friends That Read. I peek in there all the time but very rarely comment. I'm too busy trying to read all of these books they keep talking about, not to mention chase the little minions around between carting them off to therapy, play dates, the office and open houses (LOL). If you haven't joined this group, you may want to seriously consider it. I am on vacation and have a lot of time on my hands, so they are going to be hearing a lot from me, very soon in fact (starting with this post, actually).
Another reason why I love the Brooklyn Public Library is that I met my very first Empath here. Do you know what an Empath is? If you are a Star Trek fan, Troy would be your perfect example (LOL). If not, here is the artistic view in a nutshell: Empaths have expanded sensitivities, they project and sense emotions and tend to be able to read and understand people (e.g. get in tune or resonate with others).
Quirky artists like me don't find the concept flaky like some pragmatic people do. I would be a miserable artist if I couldn't pursue the intangible, or learn to go beyond a normal person's cultivated habits and traits pertaining to their ability to hide authentic soul expressions in order to connect with them and produce a portrait. A lot of people never really say what they mean might be a simplistic translation for some of you (LOL). People show you what they only want you to know, would be another stab at it as well. As an artist, I have to get beyond what they show me and see what I see until I begin to know what I know about each individual. Only then can I create something in between the reality and the intangible for a person to see what it is that I am seeing. The process is always fascinating. You never know what is going to be revealed until you stumble across it.
Did you guess yet? Today's reading assignment has to do with voluntary v involuntary empathic musings. I hope I find enough material on the subject between the various versions of the Bible, Tenach, and a few psychological readings... I may have to come back or pick another library tomorrow. (In case I do photograph another library, please tell Gail I have been behaving - playing, recreational reading and not wowrking. Gail is now the boss of me during vacation and I do not want to be arrested by the Carol Vacation Police for doing turtle runs. The Gail Rule is still in effect! LOL)
While I work on my Empath R-T-R book list/review, here is a little eye candy of the Brooklyn Public Library where I will be camped out today banging away on my laptop and reading some very interesting and spooky material... Enjoy!
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