Recovering the Lost and Found

The most interesting things found off the web tend to swing towards nostalgia and the lost and found (ok, for some of us). Can't be too sure what that means from a psychoanalytical perspective - but it's probably best not to over think that. 

Don't know if it's the same for you but blogs and webzines revolving around these themes bring both joy and curiosity, and are the best kind of time-fillers; in-between thousand emails, Kopi-Gao, HTML problems and conquering that pesky drape that just won't fall right (NB: this is one of those annoying moments).

Letting the product evolve on its own by doodling.Letting the product evolve on its own by doodling more than needed.

One favourite time-filler / "found" sites, apart from Messy Nessy Chic and a worthy mention, is Letters of Note, a daily compilation of the most curious and forgotten correspondences - be it from a fax, letter, or directions scrawled on a napkin, etc.. This one here is from an old post, from F. Scott Fitzgerald to his eleven year old daughter Scottie in 1933: oldish but particularly memorable.

The full letter is gold stuff to pass on as a thought-heirloom, especially Fitzgerald's things-to-worry-about list:

"Halfwit, I will conclude.

Things to worry about:

Worry about courage
Worry about Cleanliness
Worry about efficiency
Worry about horsemanship
Worry about. . .

Things not to worry about:

Don't worry about popular opinion
Don't worry about dolls
Don't worry about the past
Don't worry about the future
Don't worry about growing up
Don't worry about anybody getting ahead of you
Don't worry about triumph
Don't worry about failure unless it comes through your own fault
Don't worry about mosquitoes
Don't worry about flies
Don't worry about insects in general
Don't worry about parents
Don't worry about boys
Don't worry about disappointments
Don't worry about pleasures
Don't worry about satisfactions

Shall think about Fitzgerald's list of things-to-worry-about when putting the next Mini-me collection together; along with a young Mark Twain's Advice to Little Girls. All little girls should be encouraged to think independently. It's more than than what Disney makes out Princesses to be in real life. So silly. Mark Twain's Advice to Little Girls is a charming book but impart with caution: it might be better for you the adult, than for your daughter, niece, or goddaughter.

Images and Quote source: Brainpickings

If your mother tells you to do a thing, it is wrong to reply that you won’t. It is better and more becoming to intimate that you will do as she bids you, and then afterward act quietly in the matter according to the dictates of your best judgment.


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