“I had a penchant myself for doing several things at once. I wanted to draw, write, speak.” Patti Smith
Move beyond security; develop a penchant for the unknown; learn; grow; expand. SayQuotable
I have a penchant for fresh notebooks and mechanical pencils. It seems every time I go to the store, I buy a new notebook. I have dozens of them just sitting around. Richard Paul Evans
I read too many romance novels during my formative years. I have a penchant for romantic comedies. I understand why ‘Romeo and Juliet’ came to such a pass. Roxane Gay
A Penchant for the Eclectic & Positive Aspects of Life: As far back as I can remember, I was a deeply distracted and imaginative child. I flitted from one creative endeavor to another in a matter of minutes or days, depending on my mood and how long a particular thing held my interest. I fell in love with an eclectic selection of interests and books, and read everything and anything in my dad’s Study; including my mother’s Cookbooks on the shelves in the kitchen, and the daily newspapers and magazines that came regularly to our doorstep.
Essentially, some might say I was a budding polymath. Ha! I might have become fully so but, if you went to school in the British system, you knew that the path was pretty rigid with a strict curriculum that was enforced to the last letter. There was little room for excessive, youthful exuberance … then again, it was also a matter of timing and teacher. Mind you, I probably didn’t understand half the things I read as a child but, it kept my active mind very busy and I enjoyed every minute of being carried away, from time to time, into a new and distant realm; albeit an unfamiliar one. One day, I wanted to be a ballerina, the next a banker, doctor, model, rock singer and everything in between. I did get a chance to do some of those things; for instance, my poor mother enrolled my sister and me in Ballet class until the very nasty dance teacher informed her we were going to be too tall to become ballet dancers. I was very offended and glared at her in anger until my mom noticed and dragged me out of the class and forever turned her back on that studio.
My penchant for the eclectic was briefly interrupted by the dance teacher. The teacher’s suggestion that we find more suitable activities for growing girls offended me not just because she said it to my mother, within hearing distance, but also because she challenged a belief I held even as a child, that we can try almost anything, explore the world and become better informed about it all. The world was an open door through which we could investigate all that she had to offer so, that early knock from a dance teacher was not welcome. Nevertheless, it opened doors to other forms of dance, martial arts, swimming, yoga, music, sports, you name it, all of which I embraced with the same degree of passion I embraced everything else that caught my interest … that is, at least for some of my interests, until something new, different and complex came along.
“When I was really young, I wanted to grow up and be the sun. Which shows an early penchant for ambition or narcissism or grandiosity or delusion – all of which are bellwethers for becoming a writer.” Gayle Forman
YouTube Video: Welcome Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. via accompanying video shared by her mother, Serena Williams.
There is no great genius without a touch of madness. Seneca
Disappointment has quite a penchant for taking one by a surprise. Pawan Mishra
Americans have a penchant for the future and tend to disregard the past. Alan Dundes
The beauty of the world has two edges, one of laughter, and one of anguish, cutting the heart asunder . Virginia Woolf
I’ve always had a penchant for dialects. I remember getting detention and being told, ‘Have a think about where doing these funny voices might get you someday. Nolan North
Reflections: A Penchant for the Eclectic & Positive: The greatest gift a parent can give a child, after loving them, is a pair of wings to fly and explore the world. As I read the Vanity Fair article and watched the video of Serena, her hubby and her baby above, I imagined what a varied and fun life she is going to have… I can bet on it. My parents gave me plenty of inspiration and, even though, they were neither perfect nor had all the answers, they opened my eyes to a world beyond my own. We had friends from around the globe. They came to our home for dinner parties and we went to their homes too. Children observe these behaviors in their parents so, it is not enough to pay lip-service to having an open mind about other cultures, you must live it too.
I had a penchant for asking lots of questions of strangers and family friends. In another life, I must have been a reporter of sorts… I remember wondering and asking why some people never ventured off their street. They lived small insular lives that began and ended on their doorsteps. Even though some were friends with my parents, they, and by default their kids, never expressed one iota of interest in seeing the world. The kids would say “Why venture afar when we can get ice cream from Joe on the truck. If we move or travel, we will miss his Sunday bell ringing.” Thinking about that idea now strikes me as funny but, to a child, it made perfect sense. It was the familiar; it was home, and it was safe. I, on the other hand, loved that my family traveled and moved around and I looked at each new place as an opportunity to reinvent myself. But, it was a double edged sword… The constant distraction and flitting interests meant that I got bored easily as a child and would get into trouble for stupid pranks or other childhood silliness. There was also the constant disruption of life and the need to make new friends and abandon some old ones. Like Nolan North above, I had my share of detention too. Today, there is a name for all of that but, let me not digress.
WINTER BLUES by Barry Tebb via poetrysoup.com
For Penny Abraham
I wish I had Auden’s penchant
For going about in carpet slippers
Or the late HRH Margaret’s panache-
A chauffered Rolls with six outriders-
This late December day with its sparkle of sun on frost
I’d so much rather be in Haworth’s cobbled street
With cascades of carols in torchlit procession
Or still better with a passionate friend to make love to
By Penistone Crags and then sit in post-coital bliss
In the tea-room, reading Claudel in whispers,
And not as I was, heading for Camden’s
December Trust Board Meeting, of which I’m not a member
But a regular attender, watching the watchers
At a comfortable distance, hoping to hear democracy’s arrthymia.
“Our only solace as writers is in the work itself, and perhaps also in a penchant for blissful ignorance that allows us to gamble, to risk, to keep going where others would tote up the odds and stop.” Gayle Lynds
I have a penchant for playing God’s clowns. Actually, I played Nijinsky once, and he used to call himself God’s clown. Stephen Lang
Maybe my penchant for hippie-deluxe eccentricity came from an escapist dream of a different world. It was tough being a working mom in the 1970s. Suzy Menkes
Qualities you need to get through medical school and residency: Discipline. Patience. Perseverance. A willingness to forgo sleep. A penchant for sadomasochism. Ability to weather crises of faith and self-confidence. Accept exhaustion as fact of life. Addiction to caffeine a definite plus. Unfailing optimism that the end is in sight. Khaled Hosseini
Reflections: A Penchant for the Eclectic & Positive: Were you a happy, sad, complex or angry child? Even though, on the surface, I didn’t appear to be a happy child, my sister Joy held that record and was aptly named, I had a very happy interior life. My inner world was populated with great stories, colorful art and people, and a rich appreciation for the beauty of the universe and nature. I wrote poems and short stories as a kid and, whenever I got into trouble, I would reach for a funny story to ease the tension. My teachers were all convinced that I would be a comedian and writer some day. Oddly enough, my humor is not something that can be scripted. It kinda comes in its own way; sadly, harnessing it is not a snap. With the same enthusiasm I picked up things, I unceremoniously dropped them and that was a challenge. The few things that stayed constant were my love for nature, travel, yoga, good food, and a great story.
My mother was an avid gardener and a gourmet cook so I was exposed to beautiful, exotic flowers and fine foods from an early age. My mother was also a great storyteller and when she wasn’t busy pursuing one of her many eclectic dreams, notice the genetic marker there, she would regal us with funny stories and new and interesting dishes. We also asked her lots of questions about life and requested dishes that we imagined or read about in our story books. Plum pudding was one and, for the life of me, I have no idea why that stuck in my head for years. Rhubarb Crumble and Spinach saute came to mind too and my mom had a favorite dish that she named Everything Fried Rice; it had a lot of wonderful herbs and spices added including raisins, ginger and a variety of dried fruits. Mom wasn’t keen on sweets, but we had a lot of other dishes that filled the gap with savory and sweet treats added to the mix. I will feature more of her recipes in future posts.
“I always had a penchant for falling in love. Every time I found myself without a mate, I fell into a state of low-sizzling panic.” Jane Fonda
American media has a penchant for making stupid people famous. Shibby
A fierce literary woman with a penchant for married men, Margaret Fuller was ultimately torn between motherhood and her final career as a political reporter. Susan Cheever
Out of nowhere, I became a fairly well-known director with a penchant for opera, which I did for 10 years. Then I realized I was taking myself out the theater channel, and so I re-focused on theater. Jack O’Brien
The proclivity and the penchant of a mans persistence for doing work par excellence is a great way to improve his prospect, prudence, positivity, productivity, performance and personality both on the personal and professional field. Anuj Somany
Firstly, there is no such person as Death. Second, Death’s this tall guy with a bone face, like a skeletal monk, with a scythe and an hourglass and a big white horse and a penchant for playing chess with Scandinavians. Third, he doesn’t exist either. Neil Gaiman
What do you have a Penchant for? Where does my spectrum lie? In retrospect, all the distractions and imaginative play that populated my early years helped foster a love for writing, reading and exploration. When I delved into blogging, it became another way to express myself on a wide range of topics. Now, this would be viewed as a problem for some, and you always hear some talking heads going on about niche this and niche that. But I wasn’t bothered. So you can imagine my delight when one day, I found the perfect niche for my eclectic interests = The LIFESTYLE BLOGGER niche! As a lifestyle blogger, I can cover a range of interests and topics and not feel pinned down by an expectation to announce myself as X. I don’t necessarily do that in my personal life so why pretend online? Whatever speaks true to your heart is what you should pursue and do it with the utmost joy and without expectation. The rest will follow in good time… Everything has a season. As for the name they would call what I’ve spent an entire post writing about? ADHD and it is perfectly fine. A dear friend once said, it’s a mark of genius and I choose to believe her infinite wisdom. Another friend reminded me of the renaissance age and the men/women who flourished with a wide range of interests in eclectic fields during that period in history. There is a real provenance and history behind it so, if you ever find yourself feeling down about your divergent interests, just remember you have the mark of a Renaissance man/woman. It’s all good.
Oh yeah, TV is probably one of the inventions that truly understands the eclectic mind! It had to be someone with the same active mind that came up with the idea of multi-channel programming. What a feast for the head… we just need to monitor our consumption. On another note, the 69th Annual Emmy Awards will be televised on Sunday, Sept 17th. Below is a selection of the nominees in some of the most popular categories. I don’t watch the majority of those shows but I am familiar with the work of many of the nominees and some of the shows I’ve seen and enjoyed. I plan to watch the unfolding of that award ceremony on Sunday. I hope you will too.
READ: How To Be A Renaissance Man
For those of you interested in seeing more you can click the link to get the full list of nominations.
Drama Series Comedy Series
“Better Call Saul” (AMC) “Atlanta” (FX)
“The Crown” (Netflix) “Black-ish” (ABC)
“The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu) “Master of None” (Netflix)
“House of Cards” (Netflix) “Modern Family” (ABC)
“Stranger Things” (Netflix) “Silicon Valley” (HBO)
“This Is Us” (NBC) “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” (Netflix)
“Westworld” (HBO) “Veep” (HBO)
Drama Actress Drama Actor
Viola Davis (“How to Get Away with Murder”) ………Sterling K. Brown & Milo Ventimiglia (“This Is Us”)
Claire Foy (“The Crown”) ……………………………………Anthony Hopkins (“Westworld”)
Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) ……………..Bob Odenkirk (“Better Call Saul”)
Keri Russell (“The Americans”) Matthew Rhys ………(“The Americans”)
Evan Rachel Wood (“Westworld”) …………………………Liev Schreiber (“Ray Donovan”)
Robin Wright (“House of Cards”) ………………………….Kevin Spacey (“House of Cards”)
Comedy Actor Comedy Actress
Anthony Anderson (“Black-ish”) …………………………..Pamela Adlon (“Better Things”)
Aziz Ansari (“Master of None”) …………………………….Tracee Ellis-Ross (“black-ish”)
Zach Galifianakis (“Baskets”) ……………………………….Jane Fonda & Lily Tomlin (“Grace and Frankie”)
Donald Glover (“Atlanta”) …………………………………….Allison Janney (“Mom”)
William H. Macy (“Shameless”) …………………………….Ellie Kemper (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”)
Jeffrey Tambor (“Transparent”) …………………………….Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep”)
Variety Talk Series Reality Competition
“Full Frontal With Samantha Bee” (TBS)…………………….“The Amazing Race” (CBS)
“Jimmy Kimmel Live!” (ABC) …………………………………….“American Ninja Warrior” (NBC)
“Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” (HBO)…………….. “Project Runway” (Lifetime)
“The Late Late Show With James Corden” (CBS)…………. “RuPaul’s Drag Race” (vh1)
“Real Time With Bill Maher” (HBO) …………………………….“Top Chef” (Bravo)
“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS) ………………..“The Voice” (NBC)
“Black Mirror: San Junipero” (Netflix)
“Dolly Parton’s Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of Love” (NBC)
“The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks” (HBO)
“Sherlock: The Lying Detective (Masterpiece)” (PBS)
“The Wizard Of Lies” (HBO)
Positive Motivation Tip: Enjoy your eclectic interests and celebrate them!