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Wednesday Apr 21, 2010

Adele Darling

Gypsy in my Mother’s Soul

Adele, my mother, was a poet at heart.

She’s been gone nearly two years now, and she is never far from my heart and mind.

Janet Riehl, the gracious tour de force behind Riehl Life: Village Wisdom for the 21st Century, a social and cultural mecca, is featuring one of my mother’s poems on her website today.

You can read Adele’s poem here.

Sunday Feb 07, 2010

Read the Label

Here’s an excerpt from An Artist Empowered that clarifies terminology I use in the book and on this blog.

I also frequently cite the terms dharma, self, soul, and, as mentioned earlier, the true artist. In the context of this book, dharma is your purpose in life; self is the transcendental essence that is you; not the finite ego self, but the unadulterated self that, by being in direct contact with creation, is the communicator of infinite power and great art; soul is the bearer of intuition, which is the Creator speaking directly to you; and the true artist defies dogma, custom, and social pressure by creating for no other purpose than to create—and should the work edify or entertain, then so be it.

Art and everyday existence are inseparable to the true artist.

Friday Jan 15, 2010

Sincerely Yours

From An Artist Empowered:

When I decided to write a book about kites in 1986, several authorities in the field and a half dozen literary agents told me that I was wasting my time.

I was informed that everything important about the subject had already been covered, the market was too small, and no mainstream publisher would be interested. After listening to this consensus concerto of advice, I felt opportunity calling and went with my intuition—which is the soul singing the divine song of the Creator.

I did find a mainstream publisher.

Nearly two decades later, my book continues to sell both here and abroad, and a new, updated edition was published in 1998. What did I learn? The experts, who may even have been earnest with their doomsday advice, couldn’t grasp the vision I had.

Don’t be deceived: sincerity is often totally wrong.

Saturday Jul 04, 2009

We the People Redux

Here’s a repost from 2004 worth noting and comprehending. We are still the People.

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.”

The ink that would soon turn blood red and now flowed black from Thomas Jefferson’s pen did not write: We hope these truths are obvious.

To its credit, there is not a single utterance of hope or any other passive word in this magical document that the Founding Fathers bestowed upon posterity.

Remember what the master from India said: “It is better to live in fulfillment than in hope.”

The Founding Fathers agreed.

Monday Jun 22, 2009

Janet Riehl’s Blog Tour


Note: This blog tour interview was scheduled for June 23rd—here it is a few hours early.


Janet Riehl, author of an outstanding book, Sightlines: A Poets Diary, has more recently expanded the scope of her book by producing a first-rate audio version (a 4-CD collection) titled: Sightlines: A Family Love Story in Poetry and Music.

Sightlines is deeply personal and its themes are universal. The poems are the literary fruit Janet managed to cultivate out of a family tragedy.

I first connected with Janet last year (2008); she featured a selection of my artwork and my book, An Artist Empowered, on her website riehlife.com. She was also compassionate with her time, good thoughts, and deeds as it related to my mother, Adele, and me. At the time, my dear mother was suffering with the intense pain of cancer; I was her fulltime caregiver; and Janet well understood the demands and dharma of being a caregiver herself.

To help promote Sightlines, Janet is on a blog tour that runs from June through July 2009; on the tour, individual blog hosts engage her from their unique perspectives. Janets previous blog stop was a dialogue with Sarah Luczaj: Who Owns the Poem?—hosted on Change Therapy by Isabella Mori. 

I am pleased to introduce you to Janet Riehl—a person imbued with deep family traditions, eclectic talents and connections, and universal Buddhist sensibilities. What follows is a brief yet penetrating interview with Janet, providing further insight into her process, and how and why these projects developed over time. 

To learn more and purchase Sightlines, visit these links:

Sightlines: A Poet’s Diary is available on Amazon with 31 stellar reviews.

The audio book Sightlines: A family love story in poetry and music is available on Sightlines: A Poet’s Diary is available on CD Baby with an online bonus: listen to as much as you desire online.

Treasure Hunt: for those so inclined, there is a treasure hunt contest; winners receive a free audio book. Details available at the end of the interview. Good Luck.

Note: The bookstore link on Janet’s site contains the blog calendar, Treasure Hunt clues, and reviews.

Click more for the interview—enjoy!