I said “Perhaps I’ll see you there” in the
Pondering Pool description, I had no idea people would actually
show up. But here we are, all splashing in the pool – some
finding comfort and validation and others swimming off in
directions of their own… masterfully riding the ripples.
That I am able to live my passion is a blessing, that it helps
others is more than I could ask. Below are some of my favorite
words from the generous people who took time to write.
I am transported by the
images and messages of The Pondering Pool and it's magician,
Susan Mrosek. Take a dip, if you dare.
Jamie Lee Curtis
No, I may not know you, but I
have met you before. You are me if I had the imagination
and creativity in writing and drawing that you've been
blessed with. Your talent reinforces my belief that the
things I feel are more universal than just my own head. I wish
you would write more so I could read more about me.
Thank you for sharing.
Shann in Oregon
Susan, you are truly a poet.
Fresh, creative, full of zest and spice, and full of the
most wonderful way of meeting life head on with courage and
strength. It is no surprise that you are a cult figure
that people admire and love and can't get enough of. You
are the person all of us would like to be – that is, those
of us who can climb up to a position where we can learn what
kind of a person we would LIKE to be. Your writing has a
way of giving people permission to just be who they are and
be comfortable with themselves. It lets us laugh at
being too serious about things that are truly
inconsequential. It lets us stick our hand in things and
places, where others tell us it doesn't belong, rummage around,
and pull things inside out and get a good look at them with
lots of tickle-fun encouragement to do so. You show
us how to blow away and climb over, with elan, all the absurd and
nasty indoctrination we grow up with, leave it behind,
ignore it, and grow beyond it like a beautiful and funny
butterfly with a few precious abnormalities. I will be
rereading and rereading.
Pat in Arizona
It's a desperate time in my
world lately. And a better comfort than food right now is to read
and re-read your bits of wisdom and humor and lose myself in the
vision of a beautifully done portrait. Are you a doctor of the
mind and heart? A scholar of life? Or just a person with the most
spectacular gift of telling tales of woe and glee. Today I wish
that I could brand one piece of your gift onto my soul. Tomorrow
I will give it greater thought.
Elaine in Arizona
I have been SO MOVED by your
art and words of inspiration that I had to write you.
…I've been telling people that I'm
rekindling my desire to create art, however I can't seem to start
a painting on my own. I keep taking classes to make sure I'm
"ready" to start, to do it right??? What's with that?
Well, I've been reading and learning about some of my reasons for
hesitations etc., and today I came across your cards for the
first time. WOW! They blew me away!!!! I bought eight of them
right there on the spot!!! First one I saw was “Exclamations,"
suddenly I could picture myself creating a drawing and feeling a
sense of expression that I had never experienced before!
Then I read "She let go." Oh my gosh, it solidified the
need I've had to do, which is stop using excuses! Just do it!
Let go and do it. Then I read "Porcelain handle"
and "There you have it," then "Exhaust myself,"
and finally "Bloomed" – that card truly gave me
the encouragement to really believe that I will find my
purpose, I will bloom, and there will be bright years ahead!!
You did all that for me in one little innocent trip to the
hardware store (the flower shop next door is always a pleasure to
stop in, so I did, and there you were).
So there you have it, I have been touched by
your creation... you have "tweaked" my brain, my heart
and my soul... and isn't that what art is about? I hope to do the
same for someone else some day!
Madelene in Oregon
I received your wonderful
book for Mother’s Day. How very special it is and you
are. I’ve had one of “those” years.
Both parents died, my husband lost his job and we moved away from
a place I loved. Thanks to my son, my daughter-in-love and
a close friend, there was always one of your cards taking me by
the hand down the bumpy road. When I had trouble finding my
own words, you provided them for me! What a special talent you
have. Thank you and keep them coming... you never know when
you’ll need some just a little more red.
Julie in Iowa
Just wanted to thank you from
the bottom of my heart for doing such beautiful work. There is
such goodness there. Your illustrations and writing resonate with
my deeper parts, plucking the cords of grief, longing, mysticism
and giddiness that remind me that I am indeed alive.
Many thanks for making my life more
thoughtful... our town more beautiful, our world more tolerant.
Mamie in Montana
“No, no questions –
just awe and gratitude.
I found Susan Mrosek's cards today and my life
is more colorful for it. Not only are they funny and sad and
insightful and quirky – the drawings are so lusciously
twisted I cannot stop looking at them, tracing lines, tasting
colors, letting myself be delighted over and over. I gave "Beside
the point" to my significant other – and tomorrow I
plan to hand "Working on it" to my art history
professor together with a late paper on renaissance art patrons,
hoping it will mitigate my tardiness.
You made me smile today – thank you.
Pia in Texas
I was floating in a pool, origin
unknown, and had several drips of
thoughts, spreading in
directions of their own, and I pondered, as long as
while still floating... and then I awoke.
Thank you for wherever you come
from... and more.
Jean in Oregon