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The Spirit and The Senses... A Few Reasonable Words.


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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Comment balloon 16 commentsC Tann-Starr • August 15 2008 11:41AM


Wow, that's a huge a.. library!

I'm not interrupting the vacation....keep vacationing....GAIL RULE :)


Posted by Lisa Heindel, New Orleans Real Estate Broker (Crescent City Living LLC) about 12 years ago

Lisa, that place is fantastic!

P.S. You guys can interrupt the vacation with some conversation, after all I am supposed to be relaxing (LOL). The Gail Rule is kinda cool, I just don't know what to do with it, which is why she is now the official Carol Vacation Police (LMAO).

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago


Are they making you sneak blog while on vacation.....looks like you are having a great time......

Posted by Julie Chapman, New Homes Sales Ormond, New Smyrna, Daytona Be (DR Horton ) about 12 years ago

Julie, how very astute! They have been trying to kick me off of my computer for the entire three weeks. We are compromising. As long as I do not "work" I can blog. No real estate, no turtle runs, absolutely no work routine. I have all this time on my hands...  God only knows what I am going to do with it (LOL).

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

C-I am really amazed at the size of the Library. The Library we have here could set in that building and still have enough room for many more. We have a nice Library but notheing that outstanding. I love the etchings on the columns. It is a really beautiful building. I know you enjoyed it.

Posted by Laura Watts (Positive Properties, LLC) about 12 years ago

Laura, I have always loved coming here. It is hard to describe how this place feels. It's like you can taste the rarefied atmosphere. It is just such a dignified and lovingly crafted building. Lots of beautiful details and truly a remarkable place to learn -- the collections stored here are phenomenal!

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

C - getting hard to find different ways to say "nice eye candy", but keep it up. Thanks for guiding me to the new group. I will have to check it out. I love big, classic libraries.

Unfortunately, I could never be an empath. Not that I don't believe, I just too often don't have a clue. Keep sharing.

Posted by Mike Saunders (Lanier Partners) about 12 years ago

Mike, I don't have a clue about a lot of things every single day (LMAO). If you only knew... :-) That's the way life is supposed to be, full of interesting surprises to be unwrapped like a present. It's nice to connect once in a while. It's even nicer when I get to connect with great people like you all. I love my CC familyand AR is great!


Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Carolyn, what a stunning library.  I love to go to the library and very often my eyes are bigger than than the equivalent of time to my stomach... if that makes any sense.  I can't bear to leave any book there that I might want to read, even though I know I can go back for more!  You are such a good friend and I do appreciate you for encouraging people to join the group.  xxoo

Posted by Susan Mangigian, Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches (RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A) about 12 years ago

Susan, I love being your friend and it is truly a great group! I love going to the library as well. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

The size of that building almost brings tears to my eyes.  What a generous gift to the people of the area.  There is so much info on the Internet that a lot of people don't take the time to visit the public library.  I am going to make an effort to drop in and visit ours soon.  cheryl

Posted by Cheryl Willis, MO Broker - Mt Vernon, Monett, Aurora, Barry & Law (RE/MAX Solutions- OZARK MISSOURI) about 12 years ago

Oh man, that eye candy is phenomenal! Wow. And thanks for the heads up for Susan's new group. I love to read also. I will go check it out! You are an amazing photographer! Thank you,

Later in the rain~Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) about 12 years ago

Cheryl, it is truly a beautiful building, indeed. I agree, a great landmark and gift to the community.

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Deb, it is a great group and I do hope you will join. I'm working on my first book review. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Loved the quote on the plaque.  The title caught my eye and carried me here.  Beautiful library.

Posted by Margaret Mitchell, Seacoast Maine & NH Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Yorke Realty) about 12 years ago

Thank you, Margaret. A very beautiful building, indeed. The library is engraved with quotes all around. I've always wondered how the quotes were selected. They are absolutely profound...

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

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