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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony (June 5, 2007)
  • ISBN-10: 0307341488
  • ASIN: B002BWQ5NG
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,451,549 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Susan G. Wooldridge conducts writing workshops privately, through Poets & Writers, Inc., and with the California Poets in the Schools program. She is the author of PoemCrazy: Freeing Your Life with Words, a Book Sense Pick and a long-running Quality Paperback Book Club selection and Writer’s Digest Book Club selection. She has also written a chapbook of poems, Bathing with Ants.

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Written in easy-to-read style.
G. Cohn
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.
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Very thoughtful, insightful and full of information.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By D. L. Barnett on June 15, 2007
Format: Hardcover
About a decade has passed since Chicoan Susan Wooldridge published "poemcrazy," a book about the magic of words that was a longtime offering of the Quality Paperback Book Club. Words still beckon, but times have changed, and now the creative impulse is called to sustain her in the midst of loss, failure, death. In "Foolsgold: Making Something From Nothing and Freeing Your Creative Process" ($22 in hardcover from Harmony Books), Wooldridge takes the reader into her sanctuaries: Chico Creek, One-Mile, the Upper Crust Bakery.

"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.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Judith Sayland on September 3, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I purchased this book yesterday, hoping it would reach the stellar heights of Poemcrazy, and so far, Susan has not let me down. I have read about one quarter of the book and the only thing preventing me from being further along(I'm a fast reader)is the fact I have been writing furiously in my journal. My hand is aching, my neck is sore, my dog wants to play, and dinner is not even a figment of my imagination. But, I write on - spurred by the intensely personal and motivational words of Susan. So, go out and buy this beautiful, healing book. But get all your chores done first!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Story Circle Book Reviews on March 17, 2008
Format: Hardcover
As a child did you engage in "treasure hunting"? I remember going on treasure hunts as part of childhood birthday parties and backyard play for many summers. I also remember the concept of a treasure hunt being used to help acclimate students my first year of nursing school. Sparse clues led the hunter from one location to another in search of some "hidden treasure."

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.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By G. Cohn on April 11, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Written in easy-to-read style. Very interesting. Couldn't put it down. Almost felt like I was there(maybe I was?)
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!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Audrey C. Friedman on September 20, 2008
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I enjoyed the personal, conversational voice of Susan Wooldridge once again. In "Poemcrazy" she inspired me and gave me my most often referred to teaching tool. This time, in "Foolsgold," she let me know who she is. I wholeheartedly feel that this author is capable of affirming and uplifting any doubting creative soul. My only disappointment was not seeing either photographs of her "boxes" or more creative writing exercises included. I would love Susan to produce a "Poemcrazy II."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. M. Iris on April 10, 2011
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I am sucked into foolsgold. It is beautiful and perfect, for me that is - with the weaving and creativity so organically bound into order. Gently without crushing it. You have bundled chaos and the creative force, the feminine into a delightful binding. You have set spontaneity. Thank you. Such a woman who can do such things. I am honored.

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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