Wonder Junkie

I keep six honest serving-men,
They taught me all I knew;
Their names are What and Why and When
And How and Where and Who.
~Rudyard Kipling

2016- A brand New Year- full of potential. It's a time to take stock of what transpired last year and to formulate a forecast for the year to unfold, if we allow ourselves the time to reflect on such matters. I wanted to cheat on the January Muse and offer a rundown of the major events of 2015, but I found this to be an arduous task. The internet offered mainly videos, and I could not find any good lists from which to properly plagiarize. I thought it might be fun to have a list of the good news stories ( not so easy to find for 2015 ) and a list of the bad news ( well there is always CNN for that, and too much bad news to summarize ) but then I would simply be regurgitating old news. But in any event, I thought it might be interesting to muse on the topic of curiosity. I'm curious about being curious. How redundant- like a reflection of a reflection :-)

I want to know everything about almost everything ( I'm not much interested in sports...) I want to know what force makes the flowers bloom, and why we see the sky as blue, how do we capture a photograph and how come my cat and dog can't laugh, how does an airplane really fly and what really happens after we die? On and on this list can go, I really have a quest to know! I am "knowsie"!

Princess often chastises me for being so nosy. I think that term came from sticking one's nose where it does not belong- being unduly curious about the affairs of others; meddlesome. I really try not to actually meddle, but I am often interested in affairs that do not concern me in the slightest. It is just how I am wired. I got it from my momma. We have a thirst for knowledge that is unquenchable.

I believe that curiosity is a great facilitator of learning. A dear friend recently shared a poem. I don't recall too much of the poem, but the part that really stuck with me was the line that mentioned that we do not often ponder that which fits the pattern. If we can spot a pattern, we can attempt, with some accuracy, to predict what comes next. It is often those things which do not fit the pattern that intrigue us. The first red leaf on the tree. The punch line of a good joke. The strange flavor in the casserole ( cinnamon in spaghetti sauce?- my Italian friend says yes! )

I was musing on the different types of curiosity we experience during different life stages. For example, very young children spend much of their energy learning to identify and work their surroundings. A great deal of their inquiry is focused on what, why and how. What is that? Why can't I fly? How does that work? Who is generally a given as young children are most often with close family, and when and where are usually decided by others- when and where to eat, play, sleep etc.

Moving into young adulthood we focus a great deal on who and also how. Interesting that who and how consist of the same letters- at least in English- see? There goes my brain looking for a pattern. Who are we? Who do we want to become? With whom do we want to associate? How will we do all of the things we want to do and that are expected of us? Of course there are also questions of why. Why do I have to learn calculus? Why didn't I get invited?

As mature adults we focus on where ( where has he, her, here and ere in it! ) and when ( only he and hen in when.) Where will we build our life? Where will we live, work and travel? When will we start a family? Retire from work? Cease to be? And of course we wonder why about many things. Why is the universal- rampant throughout all stages of life.

Imagine living a life without wondering why? Why am I here? What should I do? Who should I spend time with? When and where shall I go? I think that is how robots function. They are programmed to do what they do and not ask when, where, who, what, why or how. We can program them to explore- but it is at the request of a human.

Mindfulness teaches the value of living in the moment, remorse for the past and anxiety about the future can devour an immense amount of energy which could be better spent on being present in the present. Let go of attachment and expectation. But I do not find this to be a natural mental state. I really have to put my mind to the task of not mulling over the past, anticipating the future, planning dinner... Imagine.... how would dinner manifest if I did not ponder who ( how many ) would be eating it, when it would be eaten, where it would be eaten ( my house? ) what it will consist of- potatoes, pasta or rice, how it would arrive ( take out or cooked at home ) - the why is the only easy part- because we get hungry! That is another difference between humans and robots. If I could be more mindful I would probably eat much less. If I waited for dinner to manifest, I could be waiting into 2017.

For now I will continue to be the Wonder Junkie. Who will be our next president? Why don't we have better candidates? When will ISIS stop killing perceived infidels around the world? Where shall we go on vacation ( this is settled for 2016! ) What changes can I make to be a better person? How will I implement these changes?

So I will stick to the barebones: Keeping a strong backbone for hard work, keeping my wishbone flexible and active, and exercising my funny-bone as much as possible! ( I added to Raven O'Keefe's quote ) Wonderbone just does not sound right but Wonderbar does!

Wishing all of you a wonderbar 2016! - Jewel

Since this blog is short, I thought I would share this darling article from Reader's Digest- click here to access the entire article.

11 Unforgettable Pieces of Life Advice (In Just 6 Words Each)

Excerpted from the New York Time's Bestselling Book: The Best Advice in SIX words- Writers Famous and Obscure on Love, Sex, Money, Friendship, Family, Work, and Much More ( just in case anyone is wondering what to get for me for my birthday :-)

1) Wanting less feels like getting more.- Tanya Arterburn

2) Remember, French fries are gluten-free.- Jean Lavine

3) Dreams don't work unless you do.- Brandi Vaisey Marsey

4) Basic Needs: Backbone, wishbone, funny bone.- Raven O'Keefe

5) Assume everyone is driving with kids.- Tim Barkow

6) Slightly underpaid better than vastly overworked.- Brent Perdue

7) You're not learning when you're speaking.-Milagros Vega

8) Pack black. Be done with it.- Heather Poole

9) Face your demons, then harness them.-Jeannette Walls

10) Most powerful words: "Thanks" and "Sorry".- Jennifer Egan

11) As like Cary Grant as possible. - Tim Gunn

Recipe

Cherry Tomato / Goat Cheese / Chive Bites

( I found this in the Ralph's coupon book! )

Ingredients:

4 ounces of goat cheese- the kind that comes in a log

25 cherry tomatoes

2 bunches chives chopped very finely

Fancy toothpicks

Directions:

Roll the goat cheese into balls the same size as the tomatoes.

Roll the goat cheese balls in the chopped chives.

Spear the cheese chive ball and then the cherry tomato.

Arrange on a plate. They are gorgeous, festive, and delicious and very simple to make.

Quotes:

All that is really necessary for survival of the fittest, it seems, is an interest in life, good, bad or peculiar.
Grace Paley

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Be not curious in unnecessary matters: for more things are shrewd unto thee than men understand.
Bible

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Creatures whose mainspring is curiosity enjoy the accumulating of facts far more than the pausing at times to reflect on those facts.
Clarence Day

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Curiosity ... endows the people who have it with a generosity in argument and a serenity in their own mode of life which springs from their cheerful willingness to let life take the form it will.
Alistair Cooke

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Curiosity is as much the parent of attention, as attention is of memory.
Richard Whately

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Curiosity is lying in wait for every secret.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Curiosity is one of the forms of feminine bravery.
Victor Hugo

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Curiosity is one of the permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous mind.
Samuel Johnson

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Curiosity is the direct incontinence of the spirit.
Jeremy Taylor

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Curiosity is the lust of the mind.
Thomas Hobbes

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Curiosity is, in great and generous minds, the first passion and the last.
Samuel Johnson

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Desire to know why, and how -- curiosity, which is a lust of the mind, that a perseverance of delight in the continued and indefatigable generation of knowledge -- exceedeth the short vehemence of any carnal pleasure.
Thomas Hobbes

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Disinterested intellectual curiosity is the life blood of real civilization.
G. M. Trevelyan

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Every age has a keyhole to which its eye is pasted.
Mary Mccarthy

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I think most people are curious about what it would be like to be able to meet yourself -- it's eerie.
Christy Turlington

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It is a shameful thing to be weary of inquiry when what we search for is excellent.
Marcus T. Cicero

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Never lose a holy curiosity.
Albert Einstein

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One of the secrets of life is to keep our intellectual curiosity acute.
William Lyon Phelps

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Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.
Carl Edward Sagan

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That low vice, curiosity!
Lord Byron

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The alchemists in their search for gold discovered many other things of greater value.
Arthur Schopenhauer

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The curiosity to know things has been given to man as a scourge.
Apocrypha

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The first and simplest emotion which we discover in the human mind, is curiosity.
Edmund Burke

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The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery everyday. Never lose a holy curiosity.
Albert Einstein

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The thirst to know and understand, a large and liberal discontent.
Sir William Watson

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“Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers” ~Voltaire

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“The whole art of teaching is the only art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards; and curiosity itself can be vivid and wholesome only in proportion as the mind is contented and happy” ~Anatole France

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Curiosity in children, is but an appetite for knowledge. The great reason why children abandon themselves wholly to silly pursuits and trifle away their time insipidly is, because they find their curiosity balked, and their inquiries neglected. ~John Locke

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“It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.” ~Albert Einstein

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“Curiosity is the very basis of education and if you tell me that curiosity killed the cat, I say only the cat died nobly." ~Arnold Edinborough

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“Children are remarkable for their intelligence and ardour, for their curiosity, their intolerance of shams, the clarity and ruthlessness of their vision.” ~Aldous Huxley

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“Curiosity killed the cat, but satisfaction brought it back” ~Eugene O'Neil

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“Seize the moment of excited curiosity on any subject to solve your doubts; for if you let it pass, the desire may never return, and you may remain in ignorance.” ~William Wirt

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Quotes:

I think, at a child's birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift should be curiosity. ~Eleanor Roosevelt

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Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton asked why. ~Bernard Baruch

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I find that a great part of the information I have was acquired by looking up something and finding something else on the way. ~Franklin P. Adams

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I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious. ~Albert Einstein

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Be curious always! For knowledge will not acquire you; you must acquire it. ~Sudie Back

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Curiosity is a willing, a proud, an eager confession of ignorance. ~S. Leonard Rubinstein, Writing: A Habit of Mind

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The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. ~Albert Einstein

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Curiosity will conquer fear even more than bravery will. ~James Stephens, The Crock of Gold

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If you are hungry for food, you are prepared to hunt high and low for it. If you are hungry for information it is the same. Information is all around us, now more than ever before in human history. You barely have to stir or incommode yourself to find things out. The only reason people do not know much is because they do not care to know. They are incurious. Incuriosity is the oddest and most foolish failing there is. ~Stephen Fry

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Curiosity is only vanity. Most frequently we wish not to know, but to talk. We would not take a sea voyage for the sole pleasure of seeing without hope of ever telling. ~Blaise Pascal, Pensées

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A sense of curiosity is nature's original school of education. ~Smiley Blanton

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No one asks how to motivate a baby. A baby naturally explores everything it can get at, unless restraining forces have already been at work. And this tendency doesn't die out, it's wiped out. ~B.F. Skinner

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Curiosity is the engine of achievement. ~Ken Robinson

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Curiosity is little more than another name for Hope. ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827

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The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity. ~Ellen Parr, quoted in Reader's Digest "Quotable Quotes," December 1980

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If you read someone else's diary, you get what you deserve. ~David Sedaris

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To be curious about that which is not one's concern while still in ignorance of oneself is absurd. ~Plato

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Oh, I learn things everywhere I go.... why is it that when one man builds a wall, the next man immediately needs to know what's on the other side? ~George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

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There are no foolish questions, and no man becomes a fool until he has stopped asking questions. ~Charles Proteus Steinmetz

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The larger the island of knowledge, the longer the shoreline of wonder. ~Ralph W. Sockman

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The one real object of education is to have a man in the condition of continually asking questions. ~Bishop Mandell Creighton

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A man should go on living -- if only to satisfy his curiosity.
Yiddish Proverb

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A person who is too nice an observer of the business of the crowd, like one who is too curious in observing the labor of bees, will often be stung for his curiosity.
Alexander Pope

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All my life I've been harassed by questions: Why is something this way and not another? How do you account for that? This rage to understand, to fill in the blanks, only makes life more banal. If we could only find the courage to leave our destiny to chance, to accept the fundamental mystery of our lives, then we might be closer to the sort of happiness that comes with innocence.
Luis Bunuel

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“Satisfaction of one's curiosity is one of the greatest sources of happiness in life.” ~Dr. Linus Pauling

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“When you're curious, you find lots of interesting things to do.” ~Walt Disney

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“Curiosity is the wick in the candle of learning.” ~William Arthur Ward

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“A sense of curiosity is nature's original school of education.” ~Smiley Blanton

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“Curiosity will conquer fear even more than bravery will.” ~James Stephens

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“Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas.” ~Marie Curie

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“A good scientist is a person in whom the childhood quality of perennial curiosity lingers on. Once he gets an answer, he has other questions.” ~Frederick Seitz

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