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We All Have Our Obsessions – What’s Yours?

Posted on Feb 15, 2017 by Lisa Ricard Claro   20 Comments | Posted in The Naked Truth

We all have our little obsessions, don’t we? Those things that draw us for reasons we can neither fathom nor change. A natural segue here would be to mention how writing is an obsession for writers. You know the saying: Writers are either writing or thinking about writing. But no. I’m not going for the easy ploy here, buttercup. What I’m talking about are the oddities that capture our attention. For instance, an author I know—*cough* Cathy C. Hall—loves miniatures. Another friend of mine seeks out the gingerbread cutouts on porch rails. For me, it’s doors and windows.

Yep, you read that correctly. I luuurve doors and windows. Like these, for instance (public domain via and



I could post these forever, but you get the idea.

What is it about doors and windows that sets my heart to fluttering? They are arguably a visual metaphor for . . . well, something. New adventures? A better day? The mystery of what lies beyond? I can’t say. The only thing I’m certain of is that doors and windows, whether open or closed, capture my attention.

And here’s a creepy secret. Shh. Don’t tell anybody. I love how, while driving at night, I can see into houses. As the car drives past those windows with the lights on and the blinds up, there is a period of about three to five seconds when we’re offered the snippet of a view into another reality. I’ve written a million stories in my head about the lives beyond those windows, people I will never meet who, by virtue of their lighted window, allowed me momentary access. They are, in a sense, live portraits. There are a few I remember: an old woman handing an old man a coffee mug, and he patted her leg; children playing chase; a dog pressing his nose against the pane, tail wagging behind him like a metronome.

I’ve never seen anything dreadful through those windows and I don’t expect to. It might make for a pretty good tale—a little Rear Window-ish, though, and I promise you, I don’t carry binoculars with me. That would spoil it and turn me from a mere passerby into a peeping Tom. Besides, I prefer the finite view, that quick blink of insight that passes in a heartbeat, leaving it up to me to create the story I choose.

About a hundred years ago, I dragged the hubster to a local arts and crafts festival with the usual cajoling:

Me: “Hey, hon. I’m thinking about wallpapering the bathroom. Will you come look at wallpaper with me?” There’s a method to my madness. Wait for it . . .

Hub: “What? You want me to spend six hours looking at wallpaper?” Eyes wide with genuine terror.  Hunting for wallpaper is second on his never-do list—first is helping me shop for a bathing suit.

Me: “Well, that. Or we could go to the arts and crafts festival instead.”

Hub: “The festival. Let’s go!”

I love it when he’s so enthusiastic like that. *bats lashes*

Anyway, I learned a lesson at that festival. There was an artist selling the image of a closed door next to a window bearing flower boxes. It was a scene that caught his eye during a trip to Hungary. The colors were copious and bright, the building construction old. The price: too high. We took with us the name of the artist and the painting, with the notion of purchasing a print at a later date. Unfortunately, the card was lost, the particulars forgotten.

Except for the image itself. That I’ve never forgotten, never stopped wondering about the many lives lived behind that door and window. And the lesson I learned is that when something grabs me in the way that did, it is time to seize the day. I wish I had forked over the dough for that artwork. It would have been worth every penny.

But I digress. The point is, windows . . . doors. I can’t get enough. They capture me, draw me in, every time. They speak to me in a way nothing else does.

What has a hold on you? What captures your attention and makes you feel things, makes you dream things? What is your obsession?

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20 Responses to "We All Have Our Obsessions – What’s Yours?"

  1. Comment by Debbie D.
    February 15, 2017 at 10:36 am  

    I can understand the obsession with windows and doors.They are gateways to endless stories about other peoples’ lives. You have a great writer’s mind! 🙂 As a history buff, my obsession is for ancient ruins. The biggest thrill of my life was visiting Greece (plus Ephesus in Turkey) and Italy.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      February 16, 2017 at 10:05 pm  

      Oh, Debbie, that sounds amazing! What a wonderful trip that must have been. I’ve never visited any ruins, though I imagine it would be fascinating.

  2. Comment by Stephanie Trietsch
    February 15, 2017 at 11:07 am  

    I love doors and windows but I like creative ways of repurposing them around the house (also ladders).

    My obsession is toddlers. Those bright-eyed little ones peering over a shoulder or out of a stroller or from a shopping buggy. Parents are generally in a rush and focused on where they are, where they’re going or what they’re looking for. All the while their offspring, still too young to express themselves thoroughly is learning about the world around them.

    A wink or a smile in their direction often elicits the same. The surrounding hub-bub shrinks and I wonder what is going on in the mind. What new wonders are they soaking in through the windows to their world? Sounds, smells (though I tend to avoid dwelling on these…), and sights.

    Some turn their head in shyness. Some grin ear-to-ear. Some giggle. I wonder WHY? Who are they in the family (birth order)? Where will life take them?

    Like I said. Obsession ;-p

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      February 16, 2017 at 10:04 pm  

      I’ve had to tamp down my toddler obsession, Stephanie, as none of my children have yet procreated and I don’t want to appear to be pushing…I’m ready to be a grandma, but they aren’t ready to make me one. I have to settle for smiling and waving at little ones in line at the store. 🙂

  3. Comment by Pat
    February 15, 2017 at 4:03 pm  

    My eye always finds animals first, whether domesticated or wildlife. Second would probably be trees, flowers, and other flora species. Inanimate object would be keys…but only the old fashioned kind. So cool!

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      February 16, 2017 at 10:02 pm  

      Old keys are totally cool! When I was a kid, my grandmother had a skeleton key that opened every door in her house (a BIG stone house with a full attic, full basement, and a laundry chute!). I thought it was the coolest thing ever. So gothic!

  4. Comment by Cathy C. Hall
    February 15, 2017 at 4:17 pm  

    Well, yeah, I like tiny stuff. Particularly tiny DOORS. 🙂

    I mean, who doesn’t like a door or a window? They draw you in; everything in your writer’s soul wants to know what’s on the other side, right? I feel the same way about abandoned buildings and holes and tunnels and overgrown paths. What’s down there? Through there? Over there?

    I could get lost, exploring doors, windows, paths, tunnels. *sigh*

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      February 16, 2017 at 10:01 pm  

      Yep. 🙂 Me too.

  5. Comment by Sioux Roslawski
    February 15, 2017 at 4:26 pm  

    Lisa–When I went to France this last time, with my daughter and granddaughter, I took some photos of some old doors. They fascinate me as well.

    Don’t the windows–at night–emit a golden light? Everything looks so comfy and cozy at night. I too like to glance at windows as we drive by during an evening trip.

    Obsession? I’m obsessed with certain books and certain authors. Other than that, I can’t think of one.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      February 16, 2017 at 10:00 pm  

      I’d love to see your photos of those doors, Sioux. Might make a good post on your blog. Books are a definite obsession. And yes, I agree about the golden light from windows. It is one of the reasons they’re so appealing at night. 🙂

  6. Comment by Claudia
    February 15, 2017 at 5:02 pm  

    Windows are interesting! I have many obsessions…first one comes to mind is totes. I have a closet full of canvas bags, nylon and plastic, all sorts. I just love bags. I guess it might say that I like things contained, ready to travel, packed up for whatever reason!

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      February 16, 2017 at 9:58 pm  

      Totes! That’s an interesting one, Claudia. I also know you love teapots and teacups. 🙂

  7. Comment by Beth
    February 15, 2017 at 7:09 pm  

    Dogs. It’s a simple obsession and many many people join me. I wish I was more original but dogs have me by the heart.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      February 16, 2017 at 9:57 pm  

      I’m with you on this one, Beth. Dogs and cats, both. I write a rescued dog or cat, or both, in all of my novels. I think our fur babies are one of the greatest gifts we humans have been given. Their companionship and love enriches our lives.

  8. Comment by Clairevon Nixon
    February 16, 2017 at 3:22 pm  

    I am drawn to jewelry, books, Christmas Lights, antique stores and architecture.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      February 16, 2017 at 9:55 pm  

      Books and antique stores for sure! I love the smell of books, and antique stores give me woo-woo feelings. lol Kind of like spirits are talking. 🙂

  9. Comment by ButtonsMom2003
    February 16, 2017 at 11:31 pm  

    I used to be obsessed with collecting beavers. Yes, I know it’s weird but it kind of started out as a joke and just ballooned from there. They were great to collect because, unlike owls, pigs, etc., they were hard to find — unless one visited Canada. lol I had to break the obsession when we downsized as there’s just no place to store them now.

    My current obsession is digital books. I am the worst one-click addict. I own more digital books than I’ll ever be able to read in my lifetime. I just can’t seem to help myself. If I see something I like and it’s only 99 cents I figure that’s less than a cup of coffee (which I don’t drink) or a fountain soda (which I also don’t drink). If you add the 99 cent books to the ones by favorite authors that I auto-buy it’s kind of a significant habit but not one I’m ready to break. 🙂

    Re windows: I have a beautiful stained glass piece that used to be a window. My mother bought it for me years ago in Florida and brought it home to me in Ohio. Now it’s back in Florida but I haven’t found a good place for it in our home here yet (it’s rather large) but I will figure something out eventually.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      February 17, 2017 at 8:53 am  

      Beavers? Haha…that’s awesome! My daughter collected cows for awhile, but the problem with collecting things is that the item becomes a go-to for gifts and whatnot. She ended up with so many cows she couldn’t stand them anymore. lol Stained glass windows are beautiful! We see a lot of them in antique stores here.

  10. Comment by Stephanie Faris
    February 17, 2017 at 8:34 am  

    Oh my gosh–I LOVE to look in houses, too! I’m not being nosy–it’s just, as we drive past houses, I wonder what a person’s life is like. I think it’s a writer thing!


    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      February 17, 2017 at 8:53 am  

      Exactly! 🙂

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