Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Finishing What We StART

I went through a stage where I would allow myself not to finish a book. This was good for me, but almost as wasteful as not eating everything on my plate. I just woke up one day, and said, "the world will not come to an end if I decide in the middle of a book that I don't want to finish it." And lo, and behold, the world did not come to an end.

On the flip side, I recently read the last page on a book I did not care for, but you know what, I really liked the last five pages.

Generally, my nightstand has two or three books stacked up on it. Currently, there are six, and the stack is growing. I actually enjoy each of the books, but only in small doses. The last book I gobbled was all over in two days. My reading habits are kind of like my stock investing. The good ones go fast.

That's not necessarily true of art. Art sticks around and grows on you, and continues to enrich you every time your look at it. If you liked it the first time you saw it, chances are you will like it even better the next time you see it.

Take a look at this abstract painting by Rene Hein. It is simple and yet, complex, and every time I view it, there is something else I discover about it.--Ruth Mitchell

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