Featured Question with Forrest and The Thrill of the Chase Treasure Hunt: Mind Faucet

treasure huntMr. Fenn, of the books you have written, which is your favorite and why? ~thanks BW


Thanks for the question.

My memoir probably, BW.

Several times I’ve reread the last part and pretended I was talking it to my parents, neither of which lived to read it for themselves. Parts of that book just poured out of me like a faucet had been turned on in my mind.f


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55 Responses

  1. SL says:

    A patent was given for the ‘Fenn Faucet’ around 1810:


    • pdenver says:

      Do you know if these two brothers are related to Mr. Fenn?

      • SL says:


        The only connection I’ve found is the last name of….Fenn. I wasn’t expecting to find anything; then there it was.

        Long line of accomplished achievers; the Fenn’s.

        • pdenver says:

          I think it’s great to see that they are. I wish I could go through pages of my family journals and see what they have done, but I don’t believe anyone has done so. I know some have gone through Ancestry.com, but haven’t really shared much information they’ve found before their passing.

  2. litterateone says:


    “Until now I have resisted telling them to get back in the box where their thoughts are comfortable and flow more easily.f”


  3. BW says:

    Mr. Fenn, thank you for answering my question. Such a beautiful answer. The older I get, I find myself remembering my parents more and more.

  4. Mindy says:

    By “it,” do you mean the last part of the memoir, or the memoir as a whole?

    Thanks, Jenny and Forrest and Real Person BW 🙂

  5. pdenver says:

    Thank you for the “Featured Question,” Jenny, BW, and Mr. Fenn. I enjoyed it.

  6. Thanks f
    The end makes me sad as well.

  7. SL says:

    The Flyer replied that he has “reread the last part several times” and pretended that he was talking to his parents.

    Heartfelt thought and a memory shared with us by two, caring and loving people.

    Thank you to The Flyer, BW and others sharing warm feelings.

  8. WyMustIGo says:

    Warm waters halt at a faucet too.

  9. ROLL TIDE says:

    “…pretended I was talking it to my parents…”


    But nobody would believe it so, I’m not even going to say it.

    Hey BW, I was at a little league game the other day, sporting my Tide gear of course, when some guy walked up and said “Hey, you got a second ?” Thinking not much about it ,I said sure and when I turned to look at him, he was representing with his Auburn gear. He was from Mobile.

    That made my day, we talked for about an hour.

    Do I got a second… nobody let’s me live that one down.

  10. cynthia says:

    Yep, poured out like a faucet in the warmth of spring. Thanks ff, Jenny, and BW.

  11. Sparrow says:

    Thank you Forrest,BW, and Jenny.

  12. SL says:

    How many linking faucets, (spouts) are there?

  13. litterateone says:


    Inquiring Minds what to know, much like you select the photos, who titles these featured Q & A’s and or other words from Forrest.

    Thank you.


  14. Dan says:

    Thank you Mr. Fenn the Admin Jenny and BW.

  15. JDA says:

    Thanks for the post Forrest. Oh how the memories must flow, they must spring from decades of happy times with your parents. JDA

  16. squat cobbler says:

    Thank you Mr Fenn, This Q & A is spot on. It is a game changer. I think it could seal the deal 100%. The problem with a leaky faucet is sometimes no matter how hard you try the drip just wont go away. Drip, drip, drip, and plumbers are just so expensive these days. When this happens, I like to take a spanner and hit it on the head of the faucet. Mind you dont hit it too hard. It just might exacerbate the problem.

    • BW says:

      Squat Cobbler, I must be slower than molasses in winter. How could this question be a game changer? For me, it was a simple question that I was curious about and decided to go for it….so I ask Mr.Fenn.

  17. Sambalamb says:

    What is the best way to contact Fenn with a question???

    • BW says:

      Sambalamb, to have a question answered on Jenny’s site, submit your question through her contact tab. That is how my question was answered. Hope this helps.

  18. Jake Faulker says:

    I’m sure the faucet turned on in your eyes as well.
    Thanks Jenny, Forrest & BW

  19. Muset says:

    My mind is not flowing well right now.. there is something plugging the pipe.. I will attempt to unblock it tomorrow..

    Thanks J and f

  20. Thanks Jenny, you’ve had some great post lately.

  21. 23kachinas says:

    Did you add instructions for the readers of your memoir to go outside and read it? In 1,000 years maybe outside won’t exist? Or even be a word? Or maybe it will mean something else different entirely.

  22. Buckeye Bob says:

    Mind faucets can be a hard thing to turn off. It’s both a blessing and a curse. Personally, I don’t want to forget those we loved and lost. We’ll see them again.

  23. Inohury says:

    “Mind faucets can be a hard thing to turn off. It’s both a blessing and a curse.”
    ‘Specially with a broke spicket.

  24. Strawshadow says:

    Thank You Jenny, BW and Forrest,
    A declaration of life itself and boldly written, there comes a time to wrap it up and pull the bow, an honest truth be told. The tabula rasa of yesterday began with a simple water mark whose emotion was defined with the final stroke of a pen, a wonderous work of art.

  25. Point Foot says:

    The memories you have shared I imagine will enrich the lives of others for many generations. Thank you Forrest for all that you have done and all you continue to do. I know my live is already enriched because of you!

  26. Ramona says:

    “Parts of that book just poured out of me like a faucet had been turned on in my mind.f”

    Like warm waters flow into a basin?

  27. Jdiggins says:

    Forward, backward, left, right, cold, warm, turn around, Chase your tail then knock three times on the ceiling and call me in the morning. :-]

    • Buckeye Bob says:

      Exactly. From my perspective a person only gets it if they already have it and Forrest is just checking those waters.
      Because he’s got that kids book coming out, which makes me wonder if there’s a reason for him to know when it’s going to be found.
      FF is trolling for answers, lol.

  28. Onuat says:

    And so it flows…..on and on and on.

  29. Jdiggins says:

    Put your left foot in, put your left foot out, put your left foot in and you shake it all about…
    Reminds me of someplace…lol

  30. Buckeye Bob says:

    I’m changing my text color to invisible. T’ell with the pithy aunts.

  31. Chesney says:

    “Just What the Doctor Ordered, More Stupid Rain”! 🙁

  32. tighterfocus says:

    I get a little tired of writing that appears like it’s trying to show great literary merit . . . when it doesn’t.
    If someone says that their book “wrote itself”, I immediately brand that person as a bit of a phony.

    I like down-to-earth writing, but a down-to-earth person should stay that way. Anybody they impress
    by phoniness isn’t worth impressing, in my (down-t0-earth) opinion.

    Forrest, please stay down-to-earth. I like you that way. Fancy words from you are not needed.

    • Chesney says:


      With all due respect, I don’t consider “faucet” to be a “fancy word”…. nor any of the other words he wrote in the above. If you read the poem correctly, follow the clues, and read the book several times; there are some good clues to get you exactly to where the chest is. Please don’t be too critical of Mr. Fenn, you don’t need anything more than the poem and he doesn’t HAVE to offer us anymore hints or literature.

    • Buckeye Bob says:

      When ff said that his book almost wrote itself, that was a clue.
      He spent those 15 years on the poem, and on the book’s chapters at the same time.
      There are many hints in the book.

  33. Ron Ricker says:

    Wow. Forrest said that the book almost wrote itself. Ive often told others that i watched the poem practically solve itself in front of me.
    however not in its entirety.

    Jenny, your site has been behaving quite odd lately. Odd for intentional lack of a better word.

  34. Thomas says:


    (from The Adventure of Being Alone by Eric Sloane)

    I find comfort and peace in solitude. There are those who would live by the side of the road and watch the race of men go by, but my idea of a perfect place to live is a farmstead where I can’t see another house. Even a distant chimney shatters my sense of tranquility; at night, faraway lighted windows are prying eyes watching me.
    You can tell a ‘loner’ by his work: a writer who enjoys being alone writes as if talking to himself, and a painter of the same sort views landscapes without benefit of people to enliven the scene. My countryside subjects seldom have anyone there, and for a while I wondered if I had lost the knack of painting people. Presenting an art award to me, Louis Nizer brought that up, and I squirmed. “Sloane seldom has people in his paintings,” he said. Then the famous lawyer with the gift of words delighted me. “But there is always someone in Sloane’s paintings,” he added. “It is you!”
    Knowing the difference between alone and lonely can be more important than other things a student learns, and when I think of the time I spent with Latin, I wonder why the simple subject of living was never considered a proper school subject. The appalling number of recent dropouts, runaways and teen-age suicides might indicate the need for children to know the fine art of coping with being alone.
    Solitude in youth is painful because the art of living comfortably with it has not yet been learned; it is usually only in maturity that solitude becomes delicious. At one time, when life was confusing and my mind lacked decision, I went to people for advice. I have since learned that the answers were usually within me all the while. Now when I am perplexed, I seek seclusion and, in the eloquence of silence, I wait for the replies to arrive. And they do.

    • JDA says:

      So perfectly said. As one who is most comfortable in my own presence, and not in the presence of others, I found Eric Sloan’s words personally touching. Thanks for sharing them. JDA

    • anna says:

      Eric Sloane was truly a creative and gifted genius in multiple fields…he was outstanding in his field and apparently most comfortable standing alone in his field.

      As you study the life works and biographical material of history’s renown geniuses, whether matmaticians, astronomers, philosophers, writers, artists, scientists, most were their own companion…and kept their own counsel.

      Do you think geniuses with multiple personalities believe they are solitary, or irritated that they are keeping company with others?

      • JDA says:

        I certainly do not qualify as a genius, but the reason I like to “seek my own counsel” is that for some reason, other people sap my energy. If forced to be in a social situation, I am exhausted at the end of the gathering. That’s just me though. JDA

        • Mindy says:

          Same with me, JDA. Going into a crowd is the one of the most nerve-wracking things I can conceive. Speech class in high school was the worst. In college it was a little better, but still terrible.
          I tremble at the thought of ever visiting Disney World again. Lol.

      • JC1117 says:

        That’s funny, Anna.

        Personally…I like to find a secluded spot…out-of-the-way…and just watch my multiple personalities in action. They do some crazy stuff sometimes. They leave me dumbfounded on occasion….emphasis on “dumb”. LOL!

        But seriously…I do find that my mind seems to be more liberated late at night…after most people “around me” are settled down or asleep. I’ve always loved to go outside in those moments…and gaze at the stars…and talk to Somebody who’ll Listen.

  35. SL says:

    Thank you for that, Thomas.
    Thank you.

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