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09 January 2017 - What New Writers Need
The question asked was, “What mistakes do new writers often make in their writing?” The answers given to the young writer almost universally had to do with spelling and grammar. I have to admit, I was appalled. What a small-minded approach to art. Were those answering this question nurturing the talents of a young writer […]
08 January 2017 - How do I write work that is profound and resonates with people?
The first question you have to ask yourself is, are you profound? You are only going to achieve profundity if you are a deep and insightful person to begin with. If you want to become profound then you have to be willing to do a lot of hard personal work. Understand yourself Be willing to […]
01 January 2017 - My 2017 Wish to You All
2017 is opening with many challenges already in place. I wish you the strength to find courage and to engage with events in order to create a world better than you found it. I wish you the wisdom to be self-reflective and compassionate. Take the time to do what is thoughtful and kind. I wish […]
01 January 2017 - Self-awareness for healthy social justice and environmental groups
Groups and power Groups are important. We do not live on this planet alone. We cannot survive on our own. A group is more powerful than one person—of course. The larger the group, the larger the potential power. To quote Voltaire and Spiderman: “With great power comes great responsibility.” Positions of power attract people whose […]
31 December 2016 - Alarm Bells: Issues, Conclusions, Solutions
Here are the issues: We have a world obsessed with status. We have limited resources. In the search for status we are depleting those resources. The act of depleting those resources is damaging our biosphere. The system of status is causing a greater divide between the haves and have nots, with a steep increase in […]
29 December 2016 - Building for the Future When It Already Looks Grim
Very much like the three little pigs, this is a story about houses. Well, metaphorical houses on a metaphorical island. Because like the three little pigs, this is a fable with a metaphorical point to be made. On this island was a group of people who came to enjoy a vacation among its lush palms […]
20 December 2016 - Perhaps the Time Is NOW!
In Western democracy we are rightfully proud that we are able to execute peaceful power changes via public election. This is far preferable to endless scheming and wars to determine who will run a country. We hand power over to each successive government with the faith that we have sufficient checks and balances in place […]
25 July 2016 - If music be the food of love, play on…
Songs often speak of a culture’s general values, or at least the values that those in power are wanting to prevail. The below study of musical themes includes numbers that show the word “love” is being used less and less frequently. A couple commentators said this was because we are no longer using the word […]
19 July 2016 - Art Under Control
Why We Control Our society is very much into control. How things are valued in a capitalist culture is nonsensically topsy-turvy. Food is a necessity, but we pay our farmers negligible wages. The same is true of people working to provide us with clean water, the removal of potentially septic waste, and daily palliative care […]
12 July 2016 - How Do You Value Art?
How do you value art “objectively”? Part of the point is that it’s deeply personal. What needs to happen is for works to be appreciated authentically. You pay the money because you feel a genuine connection with the work: not because it costs a lot of money, not because it’s famous, not because lots of […]