Vroman’s

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This is me in Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena.  What a great place!  I’m holding a copy of my book but you see it there on the shelf a little below the one I’m holding.  The section, you can see over my head, is Local Authors.

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Inside Stories

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My collection of short stories is now on Amazon!  It’s called Inside Stories, a title taken from Terry Tempest Williams remarks about the nature of story, how biography is inside story.  I can’t reproduce any of the stories on my website, but please look for my book on Amazon–Inside Stories by Jo Rousseau.

Cinquain

The poem on the poetry page is a cinquain that I wrote about the assassination of Jean-Paul Marat by Charlotte Corday during the French Revolution.  A cinquain can be a number of things: in this case, it’s a five line stanza, the first line is two syllables, then four, six, eight, and two syllables.

Was Albert Einstein right?

Albert Einstein famously said :

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”

I think he’s right, but we should understand that imagination, for all practical purposes, must spring from a foundation of knowledge.  A doctor is a better doctor if he’s imaginative and can transcend his knowledge.  The same is true of any task: we need a foundation of knowledge and then we must apply imagination or we can not go forward.  Knowledge is always the past but imagination is the future.