Monday, December 28, 2020

Finding Diamonds

As 2020 draws to a close, I keep thinking about the quote attributed to Thomas Carlyle:

"No pressure, no diamonds."

This past year was undoubtedly filled with stresses and pressures, but I will still take some "diamonds" (perhaps some still in the rough) with me into 2021.

Here are some ideas and projects (with links) drawn from this past year's blog posts that have stuck with me:

Motoi Yamamoto's "Saltworks"  It's always fascinating to me how humble materials (like salt)  can often yield works of great beauty and elegance.

Finding Inspiration Outside (While Trapped Inside)  I found much solace, and much to appreciate, in the outdoors this year.

Reading Recommendations  Looking for and finding new ideas and inspiration in a wide range of books ...

Pandemic Diversions  There were lots of great things to find streaming online and on TV, too.

"Feets-On" Museums?  It was written as a tongue-in-cheek response to the backward notion of "touchless museums" but there's still something there, not least of which the accessibility piece ...

And last, but not least, my "Pandemic Project" -- the Museum FAQ Conversations on YouTube with museum colleagues from all around the world.  Worth another look and listen, if I do say so myself. And COMING IN 2021 -- Museum FAQ 2.0!  Let me know about a topic or person (including yourself!) that I should include in the next batch of Museum FAQ videos.

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