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Foolsgold: Making Something from Nothing and Freeing Your Creative Process Hardcover – Bargain Price, June 5, 2007
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"When I started the book," she says in her introduction, "I was grieving the death of my father, the end of my long marriage, and the breakup of a subsequent romance. & I began writing these pages when I decided to make a small collage box each day for a year with what I found on my walks -- often the most ordinary, seemingly worthless bits of nothing. That's when fool's gold became foolsgold for me, a field around us, or state of being, where everything can be transformed by our seeing and creativity.
"Merged into one word, foolsgold describes a paradox, the value in what may seem to be worthless. Foolsgold reminds us to look beyond appearances, even in ourselves. What seems to loom in us most darkly may finally be what brings the most light. Everything can be transmuted by attention, play, love." Wooldridge's maiden name is "Goldsmith."
The book contains almost 50 short meditations on life, loss and creativity. Wooldridge wonders how best to celebrate the life of her Poppa Julien, "the renegade bright-star atheist scientist who fled the Jewish fold. ... Sifting through small pebbles as Chico Creek rushes past, playing with juxtaposition, I feel as if I'm engaged in a kind of primitive and almost unconscious creekside alchemy.Read more ›
As summer's end approaches, I am ending the summer in much the same way as I began the summer, with a second read-through of the recently released book Foolsgold: Making Something From Nothing and Freeing Your Creative Process by Susan G. Wooldridge. And now I'm recommending it to anyone and everyone who will listen! Several years ago I read Wooldridge's poemcrazy: freeing your life with words and found her style and material to be delightful and useful. So it is not surprising that I rushed to pick up a copy of her newest book.
What is surprising is that I didn't want to put it down, didn't want it to end, and couldn't wait to pick it back up for a second time. It is well written and informative, yes. But that is not the whole story. This book is far from "fool's gold" in the strict definition of the term. Rather, it is a rare gem.
In her own words, Susan G. Wooldridge says "Foolsgold describes a paradox, the value in what may seem to be worthless... Foolsgold reminds us to look beyond appearances, even in ourselves. What seems to loom in us most darkly may finally be what brings the most light."
I've found many helpful and inspiring quotes in the pages of this book, some of which have made their way already to my computer area as daily reminders. Others have been spotlighted in the SCN WiseWords.Read more ›
Got me thinking in other, more poetic terms. Recently went on a all-night fishing trip with about 60-70 guys sitting with their stocking caps showing above their seats and my thoughts turned to the bright colors and the order of things, not about guys trying to keep warm. Felt like I was hooked, not the fish!
Do you ever have the experience of not being able to read fast enough when you are hungry for what is on the page and your eyes gobble down the words - hiccupping over them and skipping along? It is DEEP and ACCESSIBLE. God that is the gift of a woman. It is what I love about being a woman. It is what I love about reading these words. These words are about me.
Thank you Susan Wooldridge from the bottom of my beating heart.
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This isn't the sort of book I usually read, but was drawn in by the cover at our local library. I downloaded the sample on Amazon and found it charming. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Reader
Susan has some wonderful exercises and the book is very well written. I really enjoyed it, and still refer to it.Published 17 months ago by Decolin
I was definitely disappointed in this book, especially after reading "Poemcrazy" which was fabulous. This book is a chatty style of how I write kind of book. Read morePublished 17 months ago by C. J. Clark
So glad to have this book added to my library of references. Very thoughtful, insightful and full of information. Thank you.Published on October 22, 2013 by M. H.
This is an intriguing book by an author with a great deal to say about creativity as she has embraced it in her own life and how it can be made a larger part of the reader's life. Read morePublished on March 24, 2013 by Marjorie L. Toensing
I esspecially loved the phrase "bug brain socket".
Humor, in real life living, while also sharing hardships and healing.
Foolsgold: Making Something from Nothing and Freeing Your Creative Process is a sweet read. I think combining it with another book, Poemcrazy, Freeing your life with Words by the... Read morePublished on November 9, 2009 by Savannah L. Jordan