In the current episode of Jeff Curto's Camera Position Podcast (Episode 149-The Roots of Ideas), the author speaks to the process of collecting, formulating, building upon, and using ideas. How many times have we driven by or walked by something, without the camera, and had the moment unleash a host of creative thoughts? Jeff speaks about the various ways of capturing these snipets for later use in whatever medium. As I have returned to writing in the past three years, initially stimulated as a coping mechanism in response to a great personal loss, I have learned it is hard to predict when the beginnings of a poem or essay will emerge (and in what form-a single word, a sentence, a quote, or quite simply as a vague idea). If I do not capture these cognitions empirically, they are not there in the morning, or if they are, have lost the initial meaning and all the branched thinking that was a part of the gestalt in that moment. I typically carry a small notebook in my briefcase and glovebox, and if for some reason they are not available, use the memo recorder on my iphone. I have a large Word file of poems, in progress, ideas for poems, and even single words of interest with personal notes about them for further creative exploration. Jeff also mentions the various social networking options for saving ideas, but these have never been for me-there is something about handwriting a thought, note to a friend or family, etc. that is a distinctly different experience. Listen to this brief podcast, and whether you are a photgrapher, writer, painter, sculptor, or just a critical thinker, give some thought to how you collect and save your ideas.