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NP Journal for experimenting with ideas, Copyright © 2011-2017 LJ Frank. All Rights Reserved. 

 

Narrative Paths Journal

“We think we know but have yet to discover.”  Thomas Aquinas

 

NP Journal for experimenting with ideas initiated in 2011 within the context of experiences and rooted in treks, voyages, studies and work. The access, integrative content and design of the journal are evolving with the goal of enhancing the reader’s experience. The views and opinions expressed in the Journal are those of the individual authors.

 

“Narrative Paths Journal is a literary magazine focusing on new philosophies and ideas.”  Uriél Dana

 

CONTENTS

About Us

Brief overview of  the vision and people who offer their insights and expertise. Includes a list of NP Journal Group & Contributors: editor, assistant editor, guest columnists, writers, poets and photographers.

Contact: L J Frank at narrative.paths@gmail.com

Announcements

Introductions and links to evolving ideas, philosophies, trends with both narrative and poetic reflections on diverse issues.

Interviewees, columnists and other contributors may list their publications including but not limited to books, articles, book signing events and links to periodical, radio, television, YouTube, theater and film productions, talks, speeches and other programs and performances.

Art

Includes some of Frank’s works of abstract expressionism. He has donated several of his paintings to nonprofit organizations. Numerous works are on display in business and professional offices and private homes.

Guest Column

We welcome guest columnists. With over 1,700,000 impressions & visits from over 90 countries, being a guest columnist offers global exposure for your thoughts or artistic expressions. We also supply links to your online sites, updates to your writings/publications, social media presentations – (see Announcements). Contact information listed under About Us.

A perspective on reality by Audrey Leamon

Inquiries

Philosophical approaches to a variety of artistic, cultural, literary, political, religious, scientific and social matters. An abstract artist’s autumn of realism by L J Frank 

Interviews

Strives to offer insightful and thought-provoking observations of varying lengths in areas that are engagingly diverse and leaning towards the paradigmatic. Most recent: The Art of Jewelry, Interview with  Elaine Cohen.

NPJ Book Review

Books from the past to the present reviewed within the inquisitive, exploring nature of the journal. All reviews are by L J Frank unless otherwise noted.

Publications 

“A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.”  Lao Tzu, Daoist philosopher

Preview listing of L J Frank’s published books with links to retail availability. Frank is also working on two books including a philosophically oriented autobiography.

Rhythms

Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home — Japanese poet, Matsuo Bashō

Contrasting shapes of experiences, ideas, dreams and thoughts primarily in the form of poetry and essays. The words amusing, romantic, haunting, disquieting, nonlinear, obscure and existential are a few of the descriptors for these jottings. Rhythms scheduled to change. NPJ Briefing will be noting added changes in content and design.

Recent:   Can you hear me now? by L J Frank

 

Index

Links to archived Contributors, Announcements, Guest Column, Inquiries, Interviews, NPJ Book Review and Rhythms.

NPJ Briefing

The Briefing includes updates on Visitors by country and region and the Publisher’s Log, observations by the publisher.

Please send Comments about the NP Journal directly to publisher at narrative.paths@gmail.com.

 

Jerusalem The Holy City in the Eyes of Chroniclers, Visitors, Pilgrims, and Prophets from the Days of Abraham to the Beginnings of Modern Times by F. E. Peters   (1985)

I read this monumental work in the early 90s and having stayed in the Old City of Jerusalem for a spell (longer in my mind then the actual number of weeks). I’m reminded of it by recent events designating the city as the Capital of Israel through political manipulation rather than knowledge of history, diplomacy or theological underpinnings and cultural diversity.

The story of Jerusalem is one of theology, sociology, psychology, culture, poetry, poverty, wealth and a multitude of intrigues both enlightening and unsettling. Power, money, God and blood are ingredients in its history.

Jerusalem came before Israel. So begins this epic work of an ancient city with foundations and influences from the Jews, Greeks, Muslims, Christians among other cultures over the centuries. What is sacred to one faith is not sacred to another.

Peters’ insightful and provocative work offers the reader first hand accounts over the centuries of those people visiting the holy city. Man (who claims he is inspired ultimately decides what is sacred and holy whether a piece of writing or a place or a person) is the force behind the city and all the beliefs he brings with him.

Did “God” render Jerusalem “holy” through His perceived acts filtered through the minds of men and women? … Is Jerusalem, “now a kind of freehold to be measured, sounded, dug, rebuilt, restored, and recolonized under appeals to science, theology, or tradition that barely masked the political, military, and financial force majeure that lay beneath.”

Jerusalem is the “Holy City” to different faiths and is “Capital” to those faiths.

This work is told objectively and judiciously. It is a reference tool for understanding Jerusalem’s history and foretells the issues for those who claim they are the rightful heirs. The Torah, the Bible and the Koran were written by men and made sacred by men regardless of how inspired they were by their God. Belief is a subjective experience as is the Holy City of Jerusalem. I felt the subjective experience laying on a cot and writing in my diary many nights and wondering what century I was in.

The Atlantic    APR 7, 2014

Greed Is Good: A 300-Year History of a Dangerous Idea

Not long ago, the pursuit of commercial self-interest was largely reviled. How did we come to accept it?

Cartoon from a 1909 issue of Puck magazine. A caption read, “Dedicated to the states where child labor is still permitted.” Library of  Congress”
“Greed has always been the hobgoblin of capitalism, the mischief it makes a canker on the faith of capitalists.”    HN PAUL ROLLERT  

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The old man read every day since childhood

his appetite voracious for knowledge

the hunger never left him after years of voyages and treks

studies and experiences around the Earth

verses in the geography of the soul

knowledge was core to his existence

nothing else was equal to it,

yet all was temporal including what he had known

and what he thought he knew.

 

The mirror didn’t reflect the vitality within

though the noise of culture affects hearing

while the quality of vision alters bearing,

strands of hair turn gray

regardless

affecting another’s smile

words spoken sideways to his face

ageism, no disrespect intended

some call it “Elderspeak”

with a potion to de-accentuate the wrinkles

a spirit pleading it was not there yet.

 

Another day passes by

and the mindful teacher within asks,

can you hear me now?

The Muse is unearthed in the tomes of ancient literature with undefined preferences with whom she might offer her wisdom. She may appear devoted to her craft while her presence may offer little as to her inner thoughts.

She is found among the pantheon of Greek Goddesses while some have roots in the woven genealogies of Egypt, Assyria-Babylonia, Asia and further back the Muse’s origins are unknown except for etymological etchings in stone and fragmentary papyri that appear seeded in “she who inspires.”

There is the sophisticated modern Muse who enters and mysteriously vanishes from one’s life and who appears in the ephemeral shadow of a morning dream or in the text of high technology for she arrives in different shapes and forms.

To surmise and otherwise hear her voice as she entices and wages a claim to one’s soul one may encounter the Muse in the moment she lures one’s heart only to find she was merely the excited breath of one’s imagination too anxious for an answer to an ambiguous life.

To gaze, to sense, to touch, to taste and immerse oneself in the enigmatic marrow of the Muse’s essence is a journey to the other half of one’s soul. One may move toward the illusive horizon where the sky meets the earth and the path one pursues may disappear beyond the edge of sight, but not the subliminal vision.

Emotions stir with anticipation for the inspirational voice and the whisper of unspoken words conveyed in the swaying of leaves in a spring breeze or the creaking of branches in an autumn wind sweeping across the waters.

In the brevity of a moment the Muse tempts like the Sirens of Odysseus, yet rises above the enigma of her song, for she enchants and seduces even in quiet, an eternal beckoning.

What is the value of money? Will paper money be replaced by electronic money? Who will control the electronic databases? Is the citizen a mere pawn on the chessboard devised by the wealthiest and most powerful?

Sixty years ago the following observation was made:

“Money bewitches people. They fret for it, and they sweat for it. They devise most ingenious ways to get it, and most ingenuous ways to get rid of it. Money is the only commodity that is good for nothing but to be gotten rid of. It will not feed you, clothe you, shelter you, or amuse you unless you spend it or invest it. It imparts value only in parting. People will do almost anything for money, and money will do almost anything for people. Money is a captivating, circulating, masquerading puzzle.” — Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, “Creeping Inflation”, Business Review, August 1957.

Is the pleasure of wealth to found among the wealthiest who circulate most of the wealth among themselves while masquerading it as something else?

What is the value money when you don’t have enough to live on and you are no longer a partner in the circulation of it?

Political language evolves and meanings change. Old words and phrases are rethought in different generations. Tomes (scholarly works) are annually written on any given word and phrase. This is a minuscule taste…

 

Aristocracy:  government by self-perceived “nobility” e.g., family dynasties

Conlanguage:  invented language

Fascism:  radical authoritarian nationalism (form of dictatorship)

Political Ghost (PG):  to become invisible – to cut off all contact

Kakistocracy:  government by the least qualified

Kleptocracy:  government by theft, leaders financially benefit from public office

Microagression:  comments/actions that subtly (unconsciously or unintentionally) expresses a prejudiced attitude toward a member of a marginalized group

Personalized Political Theater (PPT):  staged political performances for self-perceived personal benefit

Plutocracy:  government by the wealthy (old idea with different faces)

Political Prosopagnosia (PP):  inability to recognize or value “other” faces

Representative (indirect) Democracy:  people are represented by elected officials

 

The Vanity Fair Diaries 1983-1992 by Tina Brown  (2017)

Diaries have a historical quality and are seductive. This is not a “historical diary” as such but it does capture Brown’s “presence” as CEO at Vanity Fair. The cast of characters the author knew, with opinions about and how she perceived her role at the magazine and her relationships over the years is potentially interesting. For any number of magazine journalists it offers insights. (A Buddhist monk once suggested to this reviewer if I sought truth I should drop my opinions – and look at the facts)…Brown does a balancing act in her mind.

Brown is in touch with fresh thoughts and ideas, bold, innovative and brilliant at times as she pressed home the challenges at Vanity Fair magazine during a tumultuous decade. Readers unfamiliar with the people the author writes about might not be enamored with her private take. It’s her opinion – the nature of a diary. It’s tasteful or tasteless depending on one’s perspective –  the man who is balding and hairy in the wrong spots and so forth are irrelevant to the inherent worth of the individual.

People close to the scene may eat it up or read it and then have a stiff drink and question a CEO’s narcissism. That’s natural. I would suggest magazine journalists perceive themselves as an alternative breed guided by a philosophy not to waste effort. A well-written story is just that….or as the African proverb suggests, “if you’re not sitting on the edge you’re taking up too much space.”

Brown’s brilliancy I think is how one can move to change a corporate culture and offer vitality and growth….”unless I’m working I’m agitated,” though simple strikes me as somewhat karmic. As a former CEO I appreciate the thought.

Vanity Fair is a slick magazine. Wade through ads and the thought-provoking articles are a pleasure to read and explore the subject matter further.

If you don’t want to buy this entertaining work, check it out at your local public library, and if you’re in NYC, the Strand bookstore at 828 Broadway has several copies on discount. (Now on to the New Yorker.)

Who Rules the World? by Noam Chomsky  (2016)

My take: Noam Chomsky is provocative and insightful, abeit selective and scathing, as he distills and articulates in readable fashion the manipulations of corporate America and the US government who have merged interests whereby all significant decisions are effectuated in large part by the wealthiest power brokers. His work for me is the most salient in its observations about economic, political and foreign policy objectives and misplaced human values and principles.

On a foreign policy level, with economic downstream effects, he explains how America has “exacerbated tensions, conflicts and disruptions that have shattered societies.” Making the world safe for American interests is an ugly fact based story of human greed and the accumulation of power.

Chomsky also states that “a strong case can be made that the primary concern of government is the security of state power from the population…as those who have spent time rummaging through archives should be aware, government secrecy is rarely motivated by a genuine need for security, but it definitely does serve to the keep the population in the dark.”

The effect of powerful interests in Chomsky’s mind is not so much who rules the world, as “what principles and values rule the world?”

This is a fascinating and relevant read especially with the increase in worldwide instability and the deliberate undermining of the US Constitution by the White House and absence of leadership in Congress independent of corporate America and how all but the wealthiest have become mere spectators in an increasingly polarized world.

I’m not sure when the change within began

perhaps it was during my youth

the first book that ever impressed

was it Ecclesiastes or Song of Solomon?

after Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath

or the Old Man and the Sea

and then my Expectations were not so Great,

except for a few unrated foreign films

I snuck in the theater on a Saturday afternoon

for a viewing

with my moustache in place

the director’s cut of a Luis Buñuel’ film,

and later visited the downtown bookstore

witness to Henry Miller’s Tropical books

seductive prospects of a loss

the misplaced virginity of my mind

never the serpentine towards poetic rhyme.

 

So whatever happened to

the Shrew’s Taming?

or EE Cummings let alone the Road Not Taken

and Catch 22 was already public

Heller’s mind revealed;

endless impassioned pleas

love even as a social construct,

enamored with an illusion

when an inner voice murmured wait

passion wounded, hurt and dying misplaced

loathing eats away at the soul

becoming friends passé

a soup spilling over the rim

a bitter taste

the spices of narcissism, arrogance and greed

leaving much unsavory relish on the plate

a desert grows amid the garden

to exist

the spirit of truth remains a spirit.

 

Reincarnation to return in a different form

or resurrection of a mist

choice

just step up to the curtain and pull it back

a doubt scrawled next to a symbol

X marks the spot

an acupunctured vision.

 

The untimely passing of intimates

a reminder of what I am

to embrace, feel, touch and be humble

self-awareness hauntingly remains.

Artist statement: As a four-year old, my earliest memories include a visit to the Statue of Liberty. My brother and I ran up the stairs to the top of the Statue and became swallowed up by the vibrant colors of the patinas. It was a forever imprint. As I got older, I realized art and culture were a critical part of my families’ heritage. My grandfather was a well-known gold leaf sign painter in the first half of the 20th Century. My father and aunt both graduated Pratt Institute of Art in NYC. Much of my artistic input came from my relatives

As a child I visited many museums, went to Parisian fashion shows with friends and totally devoured all aspects of art. When it came to college, as most parents, my parents felt it a safe bet to go the sociology and education route. Although I was truly enveloped by thoughts in sociology, I found a deeper meaning in my art studies. After I graduated, I defied the odds and ventured into Elaine Coyne Galleries. Life was good; I immediately found success with my social pronouncements of art influenced by life.

My view of ecg art wear collectibles is a synthesis of defined design based on art history as well as my own metal sculpture. The patina colorations are the peak of my expression. The process is done with unique formulas using a multilevel process and torch. It takes years for our artisans to develop the skill. Advice to new artisans: Follow your passion and you will be rewarded.

http://www.ecg.com/

http://www.collectibleartwear.com/

 

NP: I read etymologically, the word jewelry is derived from the word jewel, which was anglicized from the Old French “jouel” round the 13th century. It is also very much part of the history of Jewish artisans.

Coyne: Jewelry was worn from the beginning of time as a form of decoration of the human form. The purpose was to attract the opposite sex. Jewish artisans established gemstones as a way to glorify the human form, hence, the origins of the word jewelry. Jews established the gem industry and there mark on jewelry as an established way of self-ornament. The cutting, shaping and establishment of the ruby, diamond, sapphires, emeralds etc., is what brought a new essence into self-grandeur.

It’s important to remember, Jews did not invent jewelry, rather, they brought fresh and classic essence to what has been part of the human experience since man existed. The perspective is one of enhancing the human condition that includes food, shelter, clothing and procreation. Survival of the race and its expressions are built into our DNA. So jewelry first was created as an enhancement of the body; adding gemstones was a step beyond.  Why else are people always fascinated by jewelry? It’s both creative and attraction all in one.

NP:  How would you describe your interest in jewelry making?

Coyne: I have always been interested in the history of jewelry and fashion and therefore, I have always been involved in studying ancient cultures, design, fashion and jewelry and my enthusiasm naturally evolved with my business. The High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia came to me and asked to design some pieces for them based on their collection. The experience was natural, like a duck to water.

I ventured to the museum the very next day and sketched some pieces I truly loved. The following day I called the buyer and they responded by sending a photographer around with me to make sure I had everything I needed to do an excellent job for them. They loved it.

I became the first artist to do replica work for them, as they were becoming “The Museum” in the Southeast. I felt very fortunate that my parents had insisted that I went to museums from the day I was born. My instinct to fall in love with history of jewelry making and the establishment of the jewelry culture was now settled. True love forever and never an opportunity that I would miss.

NP: And what types or kinds of jewelry do you offer?

Coyne: We do theme jewelry like dragonfly and butterflies as well as aquatic jewelry for our museum Gift shops and coastal accounts. We have a big following with botanical gardens and with our dragonfly jewelry flowered and leaf images as well.

The best of our line is our “lost wax casting” and hand forged jewelry, done in brass or bronze and verdigris patina finished, and sterling silver. These pieces are created totally by hand from inception and drawing to final finish. All are available at collectibleartwear.com. 10% off for first time buyers by putting TEN at checkout

 NP:  How do you decide on what to make in these changing times? And what does your work of art signify to you as an artist beyond the costs?

Coyne: I study the trends in our current culture then I find my niche as to where I fit into those trends.  Next I look at other expressions of art and finally I examine my customer demands so as to get a sense of what will have a positive affect on them.

Many artists think independence is of chief importance and dismiss or snub outside influences. I am not that artist. I love the giving of myself to society as a way to breathe life into art and beautify everything I touch. My art is the art of giving. It is the art of touch and embraces the magical in the soul of people and possibly letting my essence, “live” through them. After all it is in the giving that you truly find your self-worth.

Career Highlights – Collectible Artwear since 1974

The following is a small sampling of Coyne’s accomplishments:

Commissions: Atlas Copco of Stockholm and the USA; 1984 Atlanta High Museum Replica Commission, curator approved series commission: Cameroon Collection, Ivory Coast Collection; 1999 Commissioned by Andy Williams, Official Moon River buckle for Hollywood friends, family and his valued employees; 2007 Official Designer of Louvre/HMA exhibition approval from Paris 2007 Fernbank Museum jewelry commission, “Reflections of Culture” exhibit; Newspaper and Magazine Articles, TV and Movie Appearances; 2006: ECII Egyptian cuffs and pendants in Ben Stiller “Night at the Museum” 2006: Egyptian Pendants featured in a “Smallville” TV show, season 3 Personal Appearances: Guest designer for Jazz Night High Museum of Art; presentation of ‘Josef Hoffman Revisited” and “Tulips”; Awards: 1970s Cornell University Best of Show; 2X Winner of Chicago Choice Award; Approval from Swarovski for partnership with Elaine Coyne Galleries, Inc .; 2011 Approval of ecg distribution in Canada; 2012 Participation in the San Francisco Gift Show; 2013 Participation in Dallas Gift Show Red Haute Juried 2014 Guest Designer PA at Gibbs Garden; 2016 Guest designer Magnolia Room.

Self-portrait of the artist as a young woman

I am an artist and a seeker who has explored a myriad of philosophies and theologies over the past 75 plus years. I have a few degrees and worked in education and library environments and in the privacy of my art studio depicting different realities on canvas.

My travels, studies and experiences have led me to believe reality is more complex the deeper we look. Our individual lives are more disparate than the surface of our characteristics.

Decades ago libraries collected 16mm films people checked out. And any given movie could go frame by frame from beginning to end as a metaphor of birth to death. It was always so noticeable when the projector got a little goofy and you’d see a few frames go by out of sync. And like a character in one of those films I may think I’m in control but I have my doubts.

We as observers seem to think the film’s characters have any number of choices but in reality they are enacting a “creator’s” script. From the initial moments of the script birthing to the last scene and the wrapping of the film perhaps after a bit of editing, it’s put back in the film canister tidily or not.

I suspect my life in this universe is much like a film and I’m merely a character of a script designed at birth through my genes, the resources I could intellectually and emotionally call upon were already genetically engineered into my system. I can only do so much with the resources written in my genes, the subsequent script and my surrounding environment encourage and impel if not determine my behavior.

I’m not pointing to the intellectually puzzling pre-destination theology (discourses about God and His eternal plan to save some and not others). Rather I refer to my internal wiring as genetically scripted leading me in a direction. I thought I was choosing during my life but in reality my behavior is a matter of my scripted wiring within the context of environment and survival with only chance or luck serving as a form of “editing the script” and the primary catalysts to a change.

Life indeed is unfair and more so if we have a faulty and dissonant script offset to a degree by our accumulated knowledge, the ability to process experience, our environmental context and the wherewithal to act and a bit of chance and luck not originally written in the script.

There exists the idea of the “branch in the road” premise. We have a choice it suggests to choose one or the other road to our future. Chance for me has played a role. There are a number of physicists who have arrived at an idea of multiple parallel realities. I think I’m correct in suggesting there’s “bleed through “between the universes.  The “bleed through” is where chance, luck and circumstance seem to come into play.

So if I’ve got it right, one goes along living one’s life until a major decision is available and made. Perhaps the decision might be whom you partner with or marry, where you decide to live or any number of things might be considered a significant preference. At such a juncture, the Road-taken and the Road not taken both possess a reality and proceed till the next major thing happens and a decision is made. In the process of the Road-taken one may encounter the “bleed through” of a parallel reality where one briefly experiences the surreal nature of the Road not taken.

I may like to think I have free choice, but exterior to chance or luck, I suspect my environment and my scripted internal wiring serve as the final arbiters.

*Ms. Leamon is an internationally known Master artist. Her husband David was a prominent library director.

Image for Writings

Credit: Jean Philippe-Cypres, photographer

It all began on a Sunday morning before sunrise. I made some black coffee as an early heavy rain pounded the metal roof of the barn in which I was an artist working on behalf of a client. I constructed a number of two by fours in the shape of a large rack upon which I placed a six-foot in height by four feet in width, three-inch deep staple free canvas.

After sketching out an idea in pencil of an old world vision a French artist might entertain for personal sensual enjoyment as well as the expressed wishes of my client, I decided to add touches of realism with an array of oils to give texture, character and life to this promising work. It’s significant to remember I etched a design, admittedly with the mind of a free-thinker and with no one looking over my shoulder, instilled it with a life of its own.

I was alone with my creation save some background music from a satellite radio, and so with the rhythms of the music as a backdrop I indulged myself. I used a long wood handle brush with a modest dollop of paint dripping off the pig bristle as a rather curious shape began to form with each stroke and realistic touches emerged of which I became amazed at how much I progressed over the years.

After nine hours plus a few breaks to rest my diligent hands and passionate heart, there was the appreciation I may have gone too far. For, with each stroke the brush brought the painting more alive than originally anticipated. I hastily stepped back as I noticed the limbs of the figure on the canvas were suddenly reaching out to me and wrapping around my body and drawing me into the painting itself. The more effort I bear to extricate myself from her arms and legs the quicker I realized they were getting longer than I purposefully composed and found myself being pulled into the painting itself, experiencing an existential crisis of dimension and shouting, “Wait! The dimension I’m in is enough!”

It was at that moment I woke up in a cold sweat realizing it was just a bad dream and then something even stranger occurred. I rose from my cot less than fifteen feet from the canvas to find the oversized painting was mostly finished and a voluptuous woman of abstract descent peered down from the canvas with a smile on her face while her right eyelid was partially closed as if she was winking.

 I stood there enthralled with the smell of Jasmine in the room while drops of water splattered next to the canvas from a leak in the roof when the door of the barn opened and my client walked in and closely examined the painting and said, “I love it. Oh, I hope you didn’t mind the flowers I brought in while you dozed off.” She pointed to a vase full of flowers on a shelf behind me.

“Thank you,” I said, while scratching my chin.

Courses & Upcoming Events

On-line Courses
 
The Foundations of Lucid Dreaming
We’re now offering an on-line audio course called The Foundations of Lucid Dreaming. It’s the first in a series of  courses that will lead the listener into the world of this remarkable nocturnal practice. It’s a great place to start if you are new to the subject.
The program includes:
Journey of the Mind at Death
I am offering a free audio course entitled Journey of the Mind at Death that explores preparatory practices from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.
Upcoming Programs
Advanced Dream Yoga Retreat
Sedona

In November, I’ll be offering an Advanced Dream Yoga Retreat at the Sedona Mago Retreat Center in beautiful Sedona Arizona. The four-day program will be a deep dive into dream yoga and the illusory nature of reality, supported by data from neuroscience, physics, developmental psychology, and cognitive science.

This program draws on the ancient wisdom of the East and the modern knowledge of the West to penetrate the mysteries of the night – and the wonders of the mind. You will come out of this program with a new relationship to sleep and dream, and learn how to use every night for psychological and spiritual growth. To enhance the experience, we are limiting the size of the group, but there are a few spaces left.
Death and the Art of Dying: The Bardo of Letting Go
On December 2nd and 3rd, I will be offering the second in a series of programs on death and dying called The Bardo of Letting Go at the Padmasambhava Meditation Center in Denver.
This two-day workshop will include talks, contemplations, meditations, and videos specifically designed to prepare and help ourselves – and others – in the transition of death. It is not required that you have attended the first bardo weekend program to attend this one.
Andrew's CD
Music CD For Sale to Support Global Dental Relief
Finally, I wanted to remind folks that I put together a collection of of some of my live piano performances in a fund-raising CD to support the non-profit Global Dental Relief (GDR). These performances include works by Bach, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, and Liszt. You can purchase the CD on the Global Dental Relief website. 100% of the proceeds go directly to them.

LJF

Currently scheduled

2018:   The Abstract Tattoo,  literary erotic thriller (novel with a twist) 

2018/19: A Mistress, a Man and a Spy, historical, contemporary mystery

2019/20:   A life in pursuit of knowledge, the edges of an autobiography 

Leeds Trinity University

News:

“90% of teenagers believe the scenes of sexual violence in popular TV drama series Game of Thrones – the UK finale of which airs on Monday 28 August – are realistic, true to life and an accurate representation of medieval history, according to new research at Leeds Trinity University.”

 

http://www.leedstrinity.ac.uk/news/teenagers-game-of-thrones-sexual-violence-historically-accurate

Dr Kate Lister’s Journal

Female Sexual Identity – Medieval to Victorian, Interview with Dr Kate Lister

 

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