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Sunday, October 01, 2006

collections of old stuff

Myth is the public dream, and dream is the private myth. - Joseph Campbell
Joseph Campbell collected myths. I have always admired his work. That is why his quote is often the beginning of one of this blog. I also love photographs and use them to illustrate the posts. Today's illustration of perhaps one of the most valuable photos known. I have posted about it previously here: Edward Steichen's Long Island 1904.
I am an inveterate collector and I enjoy seeing others's collections. Thus, I love to visit museums. The buildings themselves are often just as interesting as the objects housed there. Any kind of museum can draw me in to walk slowly and savor what is collected and displayed there. Almost anywhere I travel I will visit the best ones in that area.
And every day I visit the world via my computer. One of my "internet tools" is a news aggregator called Bloglines. Thus I regularly read updated news items from a large number of websites such as papers, electronic media, blogs, etc. Happy is an interesting site, despite the groans just seeing its name might engender. Here are three articles I collected about collecting that I want to share:
  1. Things have changed as far as sensitivity towards minority rights. Individuals today are not nearly as free to keep U.S. Indian artifacts in their own private collections. As a result there has been a donation to the state of Native American remains.
  2. But not everything has changed. Yale continues to insist on retaining its collection of materials from the Machu Picchu Inca site in Peru. The government of Peru wants it back, and threatens to sue Yale University.
  3. Before and during World War II German Nazis stole from Jewish owners of art. Now the Internet is helping those owners recover their long lost property.

Though I am a "white woman," I was raised (on a homestead allowed by the tribe) on an Indian Reservation. I am of retirement age so I have witnessed with pleasure the increased empowerment of Native Americans. One of the biggest things worth celebrating is the opening of the National Museum of the American Indian. If you are ever in Washington, D.C., stop by for a visit.
My topical post today at South by Southwest is about accountability.

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References on Spirituality -- Favorites from my old collection

  • "A Return To Love: Reflections On the Principles Of a Course In Miracles" by Marianne Williamson. Harper Collins, 1992
  • "A World Waiting To Be Born: Civility Rediscovered" by M. Scott Peck. Simon and Schuster, 1993
  • "Chicken Soup For the Unsinkable Soul" by Canfield, Hansen and McNamara. Health Communications, 1999
  • "Compassion in Action: Setting Out On the Path of Service" by Ram Dass and Mirabai Bush. Bell Tower Pub., 1992
  • "Creative Visualization" by Shakti Gawain. MIF Books, 1978
  • "Finding Values That Work: The Search For Fulfillment" by Brian O'Connell. Walker & Co., 1978
  • "Fire in the Soul" by Joan Borysenko. Warner Books, 1993
  • "Further Along the Road Less Traveled" by M. Scott Peck. Simon and Schuster, 1993
  • "Guilt Is the Teacher, Love Is the Lesson" by Joan Borysenko. Warner Books, 1990
  • "Inner Simplicity: 100 Ways To Regain Peace and Nourish the Soul" by Elaine St. James. Hyperion, 1995
  • "Insearch:Psychology and Religion" by James Hillman. Spring Pub. 1994
  • "Man's Search For Himself" by Rollo May. Signet Books, 1953
  • "Mythologies" by William Butler Yeats. Macmillan, 1959
  • "Myths, Dreams and Religion" by Joseph Campbell. Spring Pub. 1988
  • "Passion for Life: Psychology and the Human Spirit" by John and Muriel James. Penguin Books, 1991
  • "Peace Is Every Step" by Thich Nhat Hahn. Bantam Books , 1991
  • "The Heroine's Journey" by Mureen Murdock. Random House, 1990
  • "The Hope For Healing Human Evil" by M. Scott Peck. Simon and Schuster, 1983
  • "The House of Belonging" poems by David Whyte. Many Rivers Press, 2004
  • "The Road Less Traveled: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values and Spiritual Growth" by M.Scott Peck. Simon and Schuster, 1978
  • "The Soul's Code: In Search Of Character and Calling" by James Hillman. Random House, 1996
  • "The World Treasury of Modern Religious Thought" by Jaroslav Pelikan. Little, Brown & Co., 1990
  • "Unconditional Life" by Deepak Chopra. Bantam Books, 1992
  • "Wherever You Go There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation" by Jon Kabat-Zinn. Hyperion, 1994
  • "Zen Keys: A Guide to Zen Practice" by Thich Nhat Hahn. Doubleday Dell Pub. Group, 1974

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A retired counselor, I am equal parts Techie and Artist. I am a Democrat who came to the Southwest to attend college. I married, had kids and have lived here all my adult life.