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Mathilda Spears

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If you have chance to perform a TED talk , what topic you will choose?

Everybody has precious viewpoints, if you are given the opportunity, what do you want to tell the world? My choice: what should we teach to the adopted children.

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    Apr 26 2012: I would probably talk about the art of collecting things and that hoarding certain things can lead other things. Most museums started from the basis of one person's collection of antiquities. It took someone who cared, to preserve the past for others to enjoy and learn from. We stigmatize hoarding through crazy TV shows, but my own obsessions with books and records have led me to writing about the subjects of my collections and have led me to meeting some of my cultural heroes and even helped me in TV and movie appearances taht woudl never have happened if it had not been for my collecting passions. I would share with others that collecting can be beneficial if done with purpose and passion.
    • Apr 27 2012: Hi Greg
      That's a interesting perspective. Do you agree the art of collecting things become commercial projects?
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        Apr 27 2012: Yes. At least that is true for the collections that have been turned into museums and somewhat with my own collections. I think people often find a unique way to make their collections "pay off" in some way. My interest in records has certainly gotten me some great benefits and some commercial gain (not that much in actual dollars though...yet).

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