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Quick note. I posted a review here--http://www.worldseers.com/blog/2014/2/7/book-review-notes-from-a-blue-bike--on a pretty good book titled Notes From A Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World. A good read overall with lots of good practical advice for people seeking to lead...
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I recently watched the movie Before Midnight with my sweet Anne-Mone, which I really liked. She didn't like the last 15 or 20 minutes, which I have to admit got to be a bit much, but I think overall the movie was pretty good. The basic theme is that Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy are spending the...
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For those interested in a Zen perspective on creativity there will be a series of arts-related retreats this summer at the Tassajara Zen Mountain Center in Northern California (not too far from San Francisco, I believe). At any rate, you can find information about here (scroll down): http://www....
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His death is tragic for many reasons. The loss of his wonderful artistic skills, that his children have lost their father, that yet another otherwise intelligent person fell to heroin, and so on. There's another. He showed that us pudgy, scruffy middle age men can be sexy, cool, intense, and more...
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Just published an interview with Erik Gauger, travel writer and artist, here: http://www.worldseers.com/blog/2014/1/31/travel-writing-like-jerry-garcia-on-guitar He's a really fascinating guy with a beautiful website. Please take a look at what he has to say about travel and writing.
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One of my long-held dreams is to find the time and resources to write in Tuscany. One spark for this was the movie Stealing Beauty where a young woman visits a villa filled with writers and artists. It looked beautiful, like a wonderful place to grow creatively, and relaxing. The other day I found...
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In A Moveable Feast Hemingway spoke of creativity as if the brain were a pond fed by a deep spring. You write for some time and then stop before the pond is empty and by morning the spring has refilled the aquifer. Later in life it was harder to fill the aquifer. Personally, I have been looking at...
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If you write, more than likely you love, dream or want to travel as a writer. I've started my own website (www.worldseers.com) that, in part, is an attempt to help writers travel in a way that is conducive to our writing. As I write on the home page: "You live life with a certain wanderlust and...
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I’m fairly sick of those people, most of them are cancer survivors, who try to turn cancer into some sort of blessing. For most, they are thankful for the clarity that facing death can provide. When life seems short, the ephemera become clearer as does the substance. Time is now of the essence...
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I think one of the most important and most difficult questions a person can ask him or herself is 1) Am I the person I am meant to be? 2) Am I living the life I am meant to live? Well, a close friend of mine (full disclosure, my fiance) has started a blog (http://www.proudlymaladjusted.com/) that...
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There are right wing extremists paying a LOT of money to convince the uninsured to not get health insurance through the health exchanges as a way to screw ObamaCare. To Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, this is the equivalent of murder. As a young man he had his life saved by having health insurance and...
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It is shocking, horrible and stupid, but unsurprising that conservatives such as the Kock brothers and others are telling uninsured people, especially the young, that they should not sign up for insurance in their state's health exchange starting October 1 of this year. Their reason? They want...
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Here it is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltun92DfnPY I love this for many reasons. Of course, I was one of the kids he talks about and used writing as a way to strike back and give voice to my thoughts. I could be subtle, but it gave me a way to express how I felt, which unfortunately later...
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My friend Amy didn't work at the World Trade Center. She worked for a company that managed various corporate gatherings and as it happened she was managing an event in the Windows on the World at the 106 and 107th floors of the North tower, the first to be hit. Such a sad, senseless and...
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The other day I watched a documentary by Tom Shadyac titled I Am. If you don't know who Shadyac is, he directed Ace Ventura Pet detective and a host of other comedy movies for which he made a pile of money. Then he took a tumble on his bike and suffered a concussion that threatened to alter the...
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