Your Personal Renaissance

An artist must have his measuring tools not in the hand, but in the eye. – Michelangelo According to the dictionary, a freehand drawing is “done by hand without the use of instruments, measurements, etc”. You use your hand and observational skills. All children know how to do this, and some remember how after they …

Love Defeats Hate

The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference. – Elie Wiesel I have been upset and heartsick these days. Two days ago a psychotic beast walked …

Spontaneous Fluctuation

The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled. – Plutarch We all know our brain has two hemispheres. And the right side is creative and emotional, and the left side is rational and fact-based. Binaural beats are an auditory illusion created when two different tones, with less than …

Dante’s Fire Escape: the passing of a great poet/publisher/artist/man

Poetry is a flower of an instant in eternity… Poetry can be heard at manhole covers, echoing up Dante’s fire escape. Lawrence Ferlinghetti Lawrence Ferlinghetti passed away this week at the age of 101 years old. Ferlinghetti was a poet, publisher, painter, and co-founder of the very famous City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco. He …

Set Your Imagination Free

Stay firmly in your path and dare. Be wild two hours a day! – Paul Gauguin Human beings have been around for hundreds of thousands of years. Even the most ancient cultures can only be traced back a few thousand years, less than one percent of human existence. The impacts of the Industrial Revolution have …

Matters of Perspective

The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper. – W.B. Yeats Where you stand and how you see changes your perspective. Your perception of your life, essentially, is your life. Do you remember the first time you heard your recorded voice? Did you think who is that, is …

Positive Visualization

Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter. – Mark Twain Google the phrase “the human mind has the power to shape reality” and you will find my writing. This is not just my personal philosophy. I believe this because I have experienced it. I know it is …

Happy Martin Luther King Day

The words and deeds of Dr. King have inspired me since I was a little boy. His message is knitted into the fabric of my dreams. May more people take his powerful words to heart. Let’s strive to live his dream of tolerance and peace, love and understanding. Let us all hope that the dark …

Finding Equilibrium

Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth. – Pablo Picasso The Winter Solstice has just passed. The night sky is filled with celestial drama, as Jupiter and Saturn align so closely they appear almost as a single star. Fluttering atop the cosmic wheel, the times of long darkness and short daylight …