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Randy-a writer’s don’ts to avoid drawing a blank

      He sat on a bench.   He left everyone else behind.   He became still, centered himself, eliminated distractions, and was quiet and sat there for as long as he could stand it.   Ten years before then, on a beach in southern India north of Goa, he had tried the same thing.   And both times the results were the same mainly because he was looking for results.

      This was exactly what he had been doing most of his life, an orientation he had followed.   Exactly, he thought in terms of results and became extremely frustrated when nothing came.   He changed settings, and his mind went back to the beach in India, to watching sunsets that were so spectacular there.   Both times, in both places, he wanted to write something truly original, something read long after his death.   But no ideas came.   Blank.   And he didn’t want to wait for something to come.   He hadn’t brought along any paper or a pen or a pencil, and maybe he had anticipated nothing would come out of his brain.   If he had written something, what would it have been about?   About sitting on a beach or a bench, perhaps.   If he had waited long enough…

      The story could’ve been about sitting on a bench in a park…in Vienna…waiting and wondering, penniless and waiting, wondering if he would come back.   In his story, in Vienna, he was no longer focused on himself; he however was writing about something he knew about…penniless and feeling abandoned in Vienna.   In Vienna and penniless, he had left his wife (and in this case with a gibbon) on a park bench, while he searched the city for a place for them to live.

DESTITUTE IN VIENNA (okay WIEN)

Americans Find Themselves Destitute after a US Telegraph Strike Leaves Them Penniless

Vienna, Austria (okay Wien) November 23, 1972
 
      Threatened with hunger and unable to afford tram fare, two young Americans, husband and wife….  Maybe it’s not the best start, but at least it’s a beginning.   Better than sitting on a bench and drawing a blank.   So it doesn’t pay to simply sit there or pay to be impatient.   Nor can you think in terms of results.

Good night, Randy Ford

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Paul Baker-Baker Idea Institute: make connections, discover solutions, launch an idea!

     According to a recent article in the New York Times, “…now that we’re hip-deep in what has be called both the ‘Creative Economy’ and the ‘Conceptual Age,’ no one can afford to ignore the artist within…” 

      Dr. Paul Baker, internationally renowned theater director, professor and author of THE INTEGRATION OF ABILITIES, employed multiple intelligencies-visual, auditory and kinesthetic-to create theater, address learning differences and investigate ideas, theater related or otherwise.  His approach to theater and problem solving has inspired entrepreneurial leaders in diverse fields from the arts to business to science.  The Baker Idea Insittute will be a home base for adults of all professions in an age where right brain thinking is becoming more and more necessary to compete in the global marketplace. 

     In three (now two) hands-on dialogue/workshops, participants will study non-hierarchical systems of collaboration among theater artists, educations, city governments and businesses.  It will be an invaluable opportunity to investigate how creativity and the “artist within” can heal the linear thinking world. 

      WHAT IS AN IDEA?   November 7-9, 2008

      CREATIVITY: THE NEXT LITERACY  HOW-TO’S FOR PARENTS, TEACHERS AND BUSINESS LEADERS January 16-18, 2009

      THE SOUND, THE FURY AND COGNITIVE REASONING  March 6-8, 2009

Don’t miss these phenomenal facilitators and workshop leaders

      Harvey Seifter Founder/CEO of CREATIVITY CONNECTION and author of LEADERSHI ENSEMBLE: LESSONS IN COLLABORATIVE MANAGEMENT

      Sherry Kafka Wagner  Consultant and international urban planner

      Virginia DuPuy   Mayor of Waco and CEO of DuPuy Oxygen

      Bob Lewis (aka Tumbleweed Smith)  Radio personality and oral historian

      Susan Russel Marcus   Arts educator and author of NEW WORLD KIDS

      Cindy Herbert, Ph.D.   Noted author and psychologist

      Jamie Laurie   Musician

      S-Ankh Rasa   Composer and performer

       Daniel Pink, author of A WHOLE NEW MIND  An M.F.A. is the new M.B.A.

      WHERE: Dallas Children’s Theater 5938 Skillman Dallas, Texas 75231

      Call now for fees, scholarships and additional information  Contact Deborah Mogford at 214-978-0110 ext 176 or email: deborah.mogford@dct.org

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The Society of Southwestern Authors-more books from the fair

RV in NZ by Carolyn Harris ISBN-9748552-0-0

      How to spend your winters freedom camping South-way South in New Zealand?

      Reviews:

      “I thought it was very funny. I kept chuckling out loud and reading bits to my wife.”   Jim Eagles- New Zealand Herald

      “If you are planning a trip to New Zealand and want to explore that wonderful country first hand then give a careful reading to Carolyn Harris’ RV in NZ!”  Midwest Book Review

      “If you have the trill of camping and still keep a bit of civilization with you, do look into this book.”   Book Review Café

      “I enjoyed reading the glossary as much as the book and was interested in how a country so remote can be so like us in every way.” Joanna Daneman, Top Amazon Reviewer

      Available from Amazon.com Your local book store or marbemountain@snowcrest.net Visit Carolyn Harris at www.rvinnz.com

      INTRODUCTING A HORSE DOCTOR IN WORLD WAR I

      LETTERS HOME, THE TRUE STORY OF LT. HARRY FRANK HUNT, VETERINARY RESERVE CORPS, AMERICAN EXPEDITIONARY FORCES, WORLD WAR I compiled by Faye Converse Brown

      “Lt. Harry Frank Hunt, from the farmlands of Kansas, USA, volunteered to serve with the Veterinary Reserve Corps attached to the U.S. Army.   He shipped out from Hoboken, New Jersey, on March 14, 1918, on the transport Matsonia, and landed at Brest, France, 12 days later to join the American Expeditionary Forces.

      “Diary entry, March 15, 1918: ‘At sea.   Four vessels in bunch besides guard.   Transports were Pocahontas, Mallard, Alois and Matsonia. Cruiser Rochester acting a guard and several torpedo boats could be seen in the distance.   Vessels were in single file early but came up abreast about 9 A.M Beautiful sea with some whitecaps.   Morhning clear but chilly. Ordered out at 10:30 for lifeboat drill and order to keep our life belts on all the time.

      “Horses and mules by the thousands were used to move equipment and guns from Service and supply to the battlefront. Lt.   Hunt treated the injured, sick and sometimes starving animals, as shown by copies of telegrams he sent asking for grain and hay.

      “Telegram from Lt. Hunt, VRC, Auglure, to Chief Veterinaran, AEF. Tours: “Horses dying here due to lack of grain. French say impossible to get grain.”

      “October 19, 1918: ‘I took a good bath today and I think I got rid of all my friends the cooties…

      “November 10, 1918: ‘I saw a Bosch aeroplane bring down one of observation balloons today.   I was almost under the balloon and it was an interesting and exciting scene.

      “November 17, 1918: ‘Sunday night.   It is a very peaceful, quiet evening. A good deal more quiet than when I last wrote to you.   It has been quiet since last Monday at 11:00 o’clock.   I imagine that the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month 1918 will never be forgotten because at that time the largest war in history ended.   It was the first time in over four years that shells cease being thrown across the battle line..”

      “There are photos, copies of military documents, quotes from veterinary military histories, and quotes, maps and diagrams from General John J. Pershing’s Final report.

       “Loraine Machintosh of ‘The Sunsiter’ in Pearce, Arizona, said, ‘The reader gets to know this fine young man through his newsy letters.   The author did a fine job assembling this story of the uncle she never knew.   It is a beautiful book, both physically and story-wise.

      “Love of country and family, devotion to duty, historical facts, humor, romance, suspense, and tragedy are all a part of this story.

      Daphne Publishing Company

      7425 E. Serenity Lane

     Tucson, Arizona 85750

    Phone: 520-577-1036

     E-mail: fdbrown@juno.com

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