Research and the Fascination of.

Books are an excellent resource for research
Books are an excellent resource for research

This article was requested of me, sometime ago, and I apologize for the length of time that it has taken to respond. Tamarii , this hub is for you, thank you for asking.

The timing of writing has not been for any other reason than I needed to dig really deep inside myself to discover why I enjoy research so much. It has held a fascination for me ever since my childhood, and believe me , thats a lot of digging.

As a child I would stay at my grandparents, they were antique dealers and their home was filled with curiosities that I would explore and touch, they had one room stacked high with books, and I remember sitting in the middle and just looking in wonder. I wasnt allowed to touch, but sometimes my grandfather would sit with me and read from one of them. He had a fascinating voice and those books just came to life.

"Remember, " he whispered, " you will learn something every day".

I watched as he turned and walked along the corrider to his shop, closing my eyes and drinking in the smell of those old books, and absorbing the imparted knowledge from my grandfather, I vowed that, every day, I was going to learn something.

all music searches the soul
all music searches the soul

Student v Teacher

I have never been content with knowing that something works, I need to know why and how it works.. at school, I infuriated the teachers with asking questions, they used to tell me that , the why and how doesnt matter, just take it that it does.

I stopped asking questions after being told this on numerous ocassions and decided to find out for myself. Years later I came to the conclusion that maybe, the questions were beyond the teachers to actually answer. Arrogant I know, but nobody knows everything, not even teachers, not even me, I am still learning, still researching, still trying to find out, why, things tick.When something or someone catches my attention, I have a compulsive need to find out as much as I can until I my curiosity is satisfied.

I heard a piece of music once that moved me to tears. I had to find out who wrote it, when it was written, what time of the composers life was it written and were their any significant events happening in his life at the time that would provoke such a response from within.

I cannot walk past a bookshop, without gazing in the window and then having to go in. Knowledge on shelves, I am like a kid in a candy store, walking round and round and just to make sure , around again. Sometimes I buy something, others, I just absorb the atmosphere and carry it with me for weeks and months to come.

Why do I love Research

For me, research is not a chore, it is a way of life.  As Louis Armstrong sings Its a wonderful world, I truly believe it is. I have my ups and downs the same as every one else, but in the main its wonderful, and I need to know.

I research for knowledge, I research for fun, I research because I do.

I cannot, for one minute imagine, my life, without, the ability, and the curiosity, to need to know, just, what, makes, it, tick.

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Comments 18 comments

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Tamarii2 7 years ago from NEW YORK

You are the best.You make your fans feel special.You have brought forth another great hub.You did it again! What makes it special is that you reached back to answer.Enjoying your work.You have an amazing gift.The journey has great rewards and you deserve all of the best ones.>peace 2 U.

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hilltrekker 7 years ago

Lovely hub and "research is a way of life"...............yes its so true for me too........thanks for the hub

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Hawkesdream 7 years ago from Cornwall Author

Tamarii, thanks for the compliment, always enjoy your requests, very thought provoking.

hilltrekker, pleasure to see you, great link, intricate photos, loved them.

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Nanny J.O.A.T. 7 years ago from Somewhere over the rainbow

I think many of us have the research is a way of life outlook - it would be sooo boring to think I knew enough or knew it all.

I do understand the fascination with bookstores. I could happily live in one- somebody would just have to throw me a meal or two a day as they passed by :)

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Hawkesdream 7 years ago from Cornwall Author

Hi Nanny, throw you a meal, lol, dont expect anything more than shop biscuits or a tin of kit-e-kat, will you!!!

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Nanny J.O.A.T. 7 years ago from Somewhere over the rainbow

Throw an occasional soda my way - we're on! LOL!

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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

I also love research and soaking up knowledge. I enjoyed your fine Hub here. You told an interesting story quite well. Thanks!

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Hawkesdream 7 years ago from Cornwall Author

Hi James, thank you so much for coming and reading and also for leaving a comment. Much appreciated.

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Candie V 7 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

Ah Hawkes, you do indeed have a curious soul! Never ever let anyone talk you out of it again! Maybe you could find a position in a library or university as a researcher, they'd be lucky to have you!

PS I love the smell of old books too!

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Hawkesdream 7 years ago from Cornwall Author

Hi Candie, would absolutely love a job in a library or somewhere like that.. time has moved on and now I am exactly where I want to be.

Good to hear I am not the only one who loves the smell of books.

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bayareagreatthing 7 years ago from Bay Area California

Kindred spirit here :) Great answer too!

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Hawkesdream 7 years ago from Cornwall Author

Thank you bayareagreatthing, for reading and leaving a comment.much appreciated

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WriteAngled 7 years ago from Treorci, Cymru

Oh yes!!! Books, more books, gimme books. When my daughters were small and we were out together, each time we passed a bookshop we would have to go in. "No, motherrrr, you bought books yesterday, you told us to stop you next time!"

I was funnelled into science at school. When I completed my PhD, I knew lab research was not for me. It was the desk research, the hours sifting through dusty volumes in the stack room that I loved.

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Hawkesdream 7 years ago from Cornwall Author

A common interest, thats terrific, Oh and my hubby has to drag me past a bookshop lol

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Cris A 7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

You have an inquisitive mind, and your fans have to be thankful for that. Thanks for sharing :D

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Dolores Monet 6 years ago from East Coast, United States

I haven't read one of your hubs for way too long! Great hub! This is such a great place for people who like research. It gives us something to do with it!

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Hawkesdream 6 years ago from Cornwall Author

Thank you Cris and Dolores, reading your comments have made me realize how long it has been since I wrote a hub. Think that I will have to rectify the situation sooner rather than later. Thanks again for dropping by.

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Gina145 4 years ago from South Africa

I can understand how you feel. I'm drawn to bookshops too. Sadly I didn't discover the interest in research early like you did. The internet has made it so much easier to find out a lot of the things I want to know that sometimes it's difficult to stop looking even when I must.

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