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Tuesday Dec 20, 2016
Hope is not a Plan
Jefferson and Friends
From my book, An Artist Empowered:
WE THE PEOPLE—did not hope or wish!
In English, the ubiquitous words hope and wish have particular meanings that are imbedded in the American and British psyche.
Hope and wish are passive words; once informed, a creator wouldnt willingly use them.
In the Declaration of Independence, we read: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
Thomas Jefferson didnt pen: We hope these truths are obvious. To its credit, there isnt a single utterance of hope or any other passive word in this magical document that the Founding Fathers bestowed upon posterity.
Friday Oct 14, 2016
Scorched Earth / Michael Savage
Scorched Earth: Restoring the Country after Obama
by Doctor Michael Savage
Hardcover: 288 pages; Publisher: Center Street (September 13, 2016)
SCORCHED EARTH: A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER / A WARNING FOR AMERICA
As the 2016 presidential election looms upon us, Scorched Earth is a clear window into exposing and eliminating Americas enemiesforeign and domestic. Savages book has the common sense power to sway the election for Donald Trump our last best means for saving the nation from degenerating into a third world hellhole.
Review by Eden Maxwell
WHO IS MICHAEL SAVAGE?
It would be a disservice to label multimedia icon Doctor Michael Savage with a polarizing political label. Yes, he holds traditional values as an independent, but doesnt mix with high horse country club Republicans nor does he fear calling out traitors lurking on either side of the isle. Savage, a critical thinker, cuts to the truth like Alexander slicing open the Gordian Knot. Doctor Savage is admired by patriots for his courage and attacked by the leftist pimping media because he exposes their collusion, pettiness, and stupidity, and our decaying political system that if not resurrected to sanity will enslave us all.
Sunday Sep 18, 2016
From my book, An Artist Empowered:
According to believers, Francis Crick, the Nobel Prize-winning father of modern genetics, was under the influence of LSD when he first deduced the double-helix structure of DNA more than 50 years ago.
Whether this questionable and anecdotal account took place or not is irrelevant. Regardless of how it happened, we do know this discovery was the result of ingenuity coupled with passion: a circumstance of a prepared mind meeting intuitive information. We thank Crick and his research associate, James Watson, for being sufficiently aware in March of 1953 to see what was in the genies bottle: the molecular structure of DNA.
Unless you were looking for it, how many would have recognized the double helix, the genetic instructions, or blue-print of life, if they saw it standing on their kitchen table? How many in the presence of an innovation in art would recognize the breakthrough for what it was before it was sanctioned by the powers that be?
Tuesday Aug 30, 2016
Why I Write
Why I Write
When my novella, The Man with the Dog, was chosen as a finalist in a writing contest, I was asked Why I Write.
Why do I write? That depends on the subject and intention at hand.
When I was in kindergarten, I never even played with crayons, yet I became a painter after a great Zen master unleashed the artist within. When it came to grammar, I somehow coasted through high school. As a college freshman, a professor had given the class a short story assignment. I dreaded getting the grade. But, to my surprise, I got an A for content and F for grammar. I had never seen beyond a C+ on an English paper. This insightful encouragement for what I had to say opened my eyes. In an instant grammar for the first time began to make sense. Years later, I became a writer. There seems to be a pattern here.
In my thirties, when I was in the public relations and magazine business, I wrote to influence and entertain. The writing could be challenging, but I was a gun for hire; such work for me was not from passion.
Later in my forties, when I wrote my bestselling The Magnificent Book of Kites (inspired by Bucky Fuller), I had an audience in mind, as the book was instructional with essays for the hobbyist. (Note: Literary agents and kiting experts informed me with sincerity that no mainstream publisher would be interested; my book was on a NYC publishers backlist for over twenty years.)
Then in my fifties, An Artist Empowered, a ten-year long writing project tested me in ways that I could not have predicted, especially about being clear. My motivation was to remember my dharma road experiences and the hard-earned lessons from my mentor, a great Zen master artist. I also wrote this book to help other artists (of any persuasion and form) assess their value now and how to persevere. The art life is not for the meek. (Note: I had an agent and a publisher for this title, but they were intent on editing out the theme. I had to let them go, which turned out to be the best route for keeping true to my vision and words.)
My novella, The Man with the Dog, grew into a companion piece to An Artist Empowered. The novella written in my sixties is a roman à clef backdrop on how I came to learn those invaluable lessons on my thirty-year odyssey to the wellspring of art. The form of these books amazed me with structures that dovetailed beautifully, as in the art of Japanese wood joinery.
Im now working on a novel (inspired from An Artist Empowered) that has been percolating for nearly a decade. The setting takes place in an alternate universe. Im writing to: surprise myself, challenge myself, create an organic reality inhabited with memorable characters, and to explore topics that interest mefrom quantum physics, ecology, to politics. Although Im writing to satisfy myself, not thinking of an audience, fellow travelers are welcome.