Some of you may be wondering where I got the title for my blog…
Several years back I read Cabinet of Curiosities by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Childs. The book was great, but the premise of a cabinet of curiosities intrigued me more than the book. That premise has stuck with me for years in fact.
Cabinets of Curiosities were all the rage in Renaissance Europe. They were basically collections of anything that seemed curious or odd at the time. Most items came from far-away lands and fell into the categories of natural history, archeology, geology, religious relics, antiquities, etc. Some cabinets were actual cabinets or trunks and some collections were large enough to fill rooms. The thing about the cabinets that interests me most is what the collections consisted of. Some would be considered mundane by today’s standards and would resemble modern museums. Then there were the TRUE Cabinets of Curiosity. These fell into the macabre category…amazing, grotesque and horrifying. Think circus freak show.
My pondering of the Cabinet of Curiosities led me to this…we are all our own Cabinets of Curiosities. Internally I mean. We are made up of bits and pieces that we have collected over the years. Some of us lean toward the mundane and some of us lean toward the macabre. Some of us keep our cabinets private and some put them on display for the world to see. Despite what type you are, you are indeed a Cabinet of Curiosities.
I personally revel in the oddity of my cabinet. I have no problem displaying my collection. It sets me apart. I don’t strive to be different like some, but I don’t worry about being different either. I have discovered that I like the bits of oddity, the religious artifacts, the potsherds and antiquities that make up the inner parts of me. They are mine and they are me.
So my blog will be just that…the bits and pieces that make up me. You may not always find it interesting. You may not always agree with my opinions. I can promise a few things…it will be weird, it will be random, it will occasionally be insightful and it will be mine. Welcome to my Cabinet of Curiosities.