Be Open. Be Receptive.

“The open mind and the receptive heart – which are at last with fortune’s smile the informed mind and the experienced heart – are to be gained anywhere, any time, without necessarily moving an inch from any present address.”

– Eudora Welty

A few mind bending and heart opening finds from around the world found from the front row seat at my own computer screen.
Is your mind open and your heart receptive?



14-year-old Zev from Natick, Massachusetts, has taken the photography world by storm with his surreal photo manipulations. Better known by the nickname of ‘fiddle oak’, Zev presents a highly imaginative portfolio of surreal self-portraits, which he created together with his sister Nellie (aged 17). His work seems to mirror the transition from the fairy-tale childhood worlds into those that are way more complicated and still unknown.   Websites: fiddleoak.wordpress.comflickr, and




The recently released volume of Susan Sontag’s diaries, As Consciousness Is Harnessed to Flesh: Journals and Notebooks, 1964-1980, is a treasure trove of insight — on writing, on censorship, on aphorisms — from the deepest corners of one of the greatest minds in modern history. But besides her extraordinary intellect, what made Sontag a force of nature was also her complex and ever-evolving emotional perception, brimming with extreme self-awareness and keen reflection on her relationships with others. sontagonlove_brainpickings

“Nothing is mysterious, no human relation. Except love.”
source:  Brain Pickings 




The B-24, a WWII bomber, is nearly 70 feet long with a wingspan of more than 100 feet. You wouldn’t think it would be hard to find something that big, but in September 1944 a B-24 went down with its crew of 11 in the Pacific and remained hidden there for nearly seven decades. Hylton’s gripping book begins with a modern-day mystery. Did Tommy Doyle’s father, who was a member of the B-24’s crew, actually survive the crash and live a new life with a new family? Tommy’s wife, searching for an answer, located a man named Pat Scannon, explorer, wreck-hunter, seeker of lost WWII gold, who had been looking for the very same plane for the past six years. Combining the modern-day search for the missing plane and the stories of its crew as they prepared for what would be their last flight, the book is both the tale of an exciting scientific expedition and a little-known WWII story.

“I told my agent I wanted to do a book because I just wanted to find out what the hell did happen with Tommy’s dad,” he says. If this West Texas football coach who had broken down crying was representative of any significant portion of the families of 47,000 men lost in the Pacific, then “there was something big, some big epidemic of this particular kind of grief that I’d never heard about.”  – Wil S. Hylton


Excellent Article on the story, it’s author and the book
t’s already downloaded to my Kindle.

Happy weekend. Happy exploring.

Be open. Be receptive.




6 thoughts on “Be Open. Be Receptive.

  1. What a wonderful smorgasbord of ideas, Bon!! That book looks *fabulous*–made me think of Laura Hillenbrand’s ‘Unbroken’ — another fabulous tale. Definitely going into the ‘reading queue.’ And those excerpts from Susan Sontag–wow! The line that jumped out at me? “One can never ask anyone to change a feeling.” So very true….And lastly that young artist–holy cow! Such creativity. Thank you for this delightful ‘mind buffet.’ 🙂 xo, L


    • Lori…what a great way to put it, smorgasbord and buffet! I love both of those! Unbroken is one of my most very favorite books, ever! And yes, the resemblance between these two books is a bit uncanny. I’ve already started reading Vanished and it is captivating from the get go. I can’t wait to sit down with it later today. The Sontag excerpts are exquisitely insightful …I keep going back and finding something new. Love that you enjoyed all of these as much as I did! Great minds 🙂


  2. wow–you’ve put together quite an intellectual cocktail here. Needing time to process it all, but again, wow. That book looks like a page turner. Hope to see a review eventually.

    For something lighter, thought you might enjoy these tunes:
    Fannie/Tracy is another BoFN contributor and we share a love of ’80s music. You, too?

    Hope to have a picture of steeping liqueur for you soon 😀 Happy Friday!


    • Love that, ‘an intellectual cocktail’ – what a great way to put it! You always have a way! All so different, but yet all captivated me on different levels, though equally. I can’t wait to start the book and what a great idea to share a review. That’s more of Amb’s strength, but perhaps I can give it a whirl, and I might have some depth to add with a particular WWII veteran I happen to know..

      I can’t wait to hear about your liqueur progress, I think I will try it this weekend also. Kinda craving a bourbon/ginger beverage at some point this weekend!

      Thanks for turning me on to Fannie/Tracy’s jukebox tunes for the day. Perfect for a focus-challenged Friday! TGIF!! 🙂


  3. Ah BonBon – touching the heart with each curated piece above. I am particularly drawn to Sontag’s entries – she was such a complicated, brilliant soul and her relationship with Annie Liebowitz so layered, it is especially poignant to read her perspective. “Can I love someone and still fly/think?” How it can provide the lift for one to soar and the drag as well.. Really wonderful post – thank you for giving me so much to think about. xo


    • I love the piece on Susan Sontag many poignant remarks and the creative demonstration of her work just totally captured me. The same line jumped out at me also…the question of love v. flying – the right person should, theoretically add lift to our wings, yes? And the drag being fodder for future flight, perhaps? xox


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