January 8, 2013
Facebook is a wonderful place for sharing everything really, but in this case I'm using it in the name of art.
I'm formally inviting you all to come check out my virtual studio. And, if you like what you see, I invite
you to, well, like my Facebook Art page.
Come one, come all, or something along that line.
All you have to do is click the picture above this post...or you could just click HERE
December 30, 2012
The best book, at least for me, are those that really draw you into the story. They make you care about the
characters, after they've made you believe the characters could, or have, existed.
Even if they are wizards, time travelers, dragons, three-headed aliens, dogs, or even time traveling wizards,
who fly on dragons, battling three-headed, alien dogs, you believe that they are real. Somehow, and
somewhere, they are more than just words on a page.
Every reader out there has read a book, at least once, that made them laugh out loud, cry, close the book
in frustration(just before opening it again a few minutes later), and every reader has been changed, in some
way, by a book they've read.
I don't care if you read romance, fantasy, horror, "classic" literature, or you're still jiving to Dr. Seuss. There
has been at least one moment, during that reading, that you've felt some small spark of emotion.
Many of us can even come to love books. I know that my wife and I have a hard time
going into a thrift store without leaving with at least a half a dozen books.
And, it is that same love of books that makes us cringe when we even imagine burning books.
But, enough of that talk. It makes me cringe to put those two words together.
So, what is your favorite book? Can you name just one? I know I can't.
I'm willing to take a swing at giving you my top three. And, if there are any of the three you haven't read,
I urge you to find the time to do so. And, no cheating here. If you've seen the movie, I'm sure you know
the outline. But, once again, I urge you to read the book instead. Otherwise, you have no idea
what you're missing out on.
Alright, let's get this thing started...
love of books, another for the authors, and a few others for characters I've loved, places I would visit,
and villain's that make me truly cringe.
You can find my book list on Shelfari HERE though, if you would like a glimpse inside my
And, as I always try to leave you, my readers with a mission. I encourage you to make a list of your own,
whether that be on Shelfari or in a notepad. It's a great way to look back at the books you've read, and
find a book, or a hundred, that you'd love to read again or suggest to a friend.
December 27, 2012
What is normal person exactly?Let's turn to the Dictionary for a moment, and see how the word normal pertains to people...
A : of, relating to, or characterized by average intelligence or development
So, we've got a person who is sane (or free of any mental disorder), and/or a person who is of average intelligence or development.
I don't think I've ever met a person who doesn't suffer at least a minor mental disorder. And, because averages are constantly changing, I really have a hard time evaluating what "average" intelligence or development are.
Intelligence, to me, falls into a million different categories, and, having children of my own, I've seen that coming up with an "average" development is nearly impossible. Aren't we all a little different in our areas of intelligence and development?
So, we are forced to pick out who is "normal" based on what a group of "intelligent" people decide is normal intelligence and development?
I read somewhere once that Albert Einstein wasn't considered intelligent as a youth. But, look at what happened with him. He became the father of nuclear physics, and a historically renowned mathematician.
Now, does that mean that being normal isn't always better?
So why do we all strive, at some point in our lives, to be normal?
Look throughout history, and, in almost any area of expertise or achievement, you find someone who doesn't fall under the spectrum of this thing called normal.
You've got Albert Einstein, Nicola Tesla, Winston Churchill, Leonardo Da' Vinci just to name a few.
They were all "masters" in their fields, but were not necessarily considered normal. In fact they were, more often than not, considered mad, crazy, loose a few screws.
On the other end of that spectrum, you've got serial killers(who are often extremely intelligent people), and the recent string of shooters, who are described as often being of high intelligence.
Now wait a minute here. We've got this list of people who were often considered eccentric, or crazy, on the list of "masters", and, on the list of people we consider crazy after they commit an act of extreme cruelty, we find people that were initially thought of as intelligent.
What's that say about the definition of normal? Does it mean that "normal" people are more likely to commit crimes, and eccentric people are more likely to achieve great success?
Just a thought. Isn't that what you're here for?
*The above definition of normal is from the online Mirriam-Webster Dictionary