|Posted on May 20, 2017 at 8:50 PM||comments (0)|
It is the month of May. Bryn Myr May Day, not a Welsh holiday? It is the Remembrance of the May Fourth Tragedy at Kent, Ohio although it is global, if not the details, a general sense. The world is blessed with Cinc de May a wonderful holiday where I liked to make sure I listened to the Barcelona Gipsy Orchestra recalling "sephardemia" abouts, klezmer, saying "manana" appropriately. And Mothers Day. A Sunday in May is reserved to remember the concept of "mother." Mix Mothers Day with Earth Day and you get ... Mother Earth Day. A well-grounded, humbling experience ... in deed it is.
A friend of a friend passed away this month on his birthday doing healthy things, socializing, ... . My friend said that is the way I want to go. I said I want to die on the Day of Atonement (on the year I am to go) when I have a better chance to have the slate clean. I could wait to the Festival of Booths, ... if the Book of Life is still open. If the Book is still open, ... . If a book is still open? Yes. Have a wonderful Mothers Day, organic family, family of choice, nuclear family, unclear family, spirituality-wise, hippie-wise, Mother Earth, necessity, (the mother of invention), Mother Ocean, the Abraham's three religions, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, mothers, other mothers, blessed mothers (mothers-in-law?). It is rather conceptual. This freedom.
It is said everyone is to plant a tree, have a child, and write a book in one's lifetime. This Sunday .... remember your mother? Put down the manuscript you are working on, and ... remember your mother, ... and put down an idea about your ... mother ... in the book. Is the book still open?
Have a really good day,
P.S. One more parenthetical statement today, maybe amusing, entertaining, of interest. Thank you and in gratitude for a reader. (Like "Ohio" is the state that is almost a palindrome, my mother's name is almost like the good philosopher dec. Louis Althusser, former democratic socialist leader of France. L.A.)
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|Posted on May 13, 2017 at 11:55 PM||comments (0)|
I have been in the basement trying out my effects module without in series to other effects. Rather NYC Ramones punk mode. Hints of surf music. Lots of refinement and without another effects with more control, in need of a potentiometre I am I am. Anyway my father encourages me to go at entrepreneuring, modifying/making electronic music projects, build violins/guitars, put the truck panels with Matisse flowers and vignettes, and to call my mother on Mother's Day weekend. I am fortunate after her two brain surgeries, the successful cancer and aneurisms surgeries about a dozen years apart, coaching her to read again, listening to her talk about the latest, and seeing her favorite activity being the flower garden, visiting and seeing her excellent handwriting on the crossword puzzles ... it is a reminder of Julia Cameron's bit on the detail of her grandmother's account of the details that keep us aware that life happened today, sometimes uneventful, sometimes screaming overboard too and too eventful, doing the pace, the cadence, the rhythm of the cycles, circadia rhythmia and its imperfections and differences each day, cycles of similarities and differences, events dividing the moments, the night dividing the day, day/night, another day I wrote/didn't write, another connection with someone for a fever for a better way/life/world/self. All a story, feels worth the time to journal, cheap to bind it electronically/rich to e-bind/accounting for the wealthy times/in gratitude for e-publishing. E-publishing tunes me into my former anthro/archeo professor experiencing a new dig, new stories buried at Nobles Pond in Ohio, not that far from campus. What a retirement. Of friends recalling their version of running into each other after a long stint and different directions, being healthily aware saving one from insanity of being out of touch,learning from the old stories, life meaning more than watching someone else have fun in front of someone else's camera, listening to "scouting out locations" and "inventing situations" and living it myself, being a prepared mind in the right place for opportunities, messing around on the experimental photographs to form stories, form stories around photographs. ... . Looking at my shelves with over fifty manuscripts, some 100K word count, knowing life is important, that the phrase "choose life" is not just a tee-shirt slogan, ... like "BORN to DAVEN!" ???? That I now have the capabilities to write about getting my re-dyed tie-dye teez out of the sink and tub knowing there is a bunch, there are bunches of words behind the props. Like out to see and out to sea and lives have been lost, found, sung about, writtten/typed up/read/heard/listened/used for fuel for making the world better. It still seems from time to time; "all a dream/we had/one afternoon/long ago."
|Posted on May 6, 2017 at 9:00 PM||comments (0)|
Wow, the beautiful animals were the focus of the audience, not the beautiful people of campus, not the high-fashioned eqine magazines, ... anyway ... it was ALWAYS DREAMING the official line for the winning time, so to speak with the Mr. Todd ... for the claim to fame on the 143rd Kentucky "relative mudder." Many others were involved of course.
My family had horses when I was young and growing up around them was a blessing. Dad had a beautiful Morgan stallion. Mom, a gelding Tennessee Walker. When I was one I had a pony, a Welsh who had three colts. I had a feel for animals, just did not know differently. I could walk under the Walker without any troubles. The pony was a focus to ride, gentle. I learned how to give them sugar cubes, Dutch the Morgan, wilder than the others. I loved all of them, loved to run in the field with the colts. Star with his father's blaise, the Morgan, Pepi, ... . Spring and apple time were the only time to really keep a comfortable eye on Dutch (the Morgan.) Dad grew up with work horses at his uncles' farm, who raised my grandfather on the Noble farm. That is the lineage we are related to Angus Nobel apparently, Angus, Alfred Nobel's brother. Missed it by that much.
That was one of the reasons for my BA liberal arts path I focused on mathematics. I could not win the Nobel Prize in math anyway. What, ... anyway, so ...? There isn't one. John Nash/Economics is the closest thing, finding math apps in the group of the sought, treasured prizes. Recall The Beautiful Mind/Nash Equilibrium Theorem. Self-explanatory maybe? Check it out. It is a fascinating concept withother applications.
So today I spent some time with my father. He had a stack of interviewing questions that we asked each other; political systems/government/religion/philosophies/other. He got them from his sister. They seemed to be suited well to a "YouTube Basement, 'Alpine-achia'" segment. (My mom's one hundred percent Swiss, 2nd and fifth generations I believe? Close.) The questions were pretty cool like grown seeds of sophomore "lexical access drill" sessions and beyond, grown, thoughts harvested. He said he was amazed by my maturity and knowledge. I spend relatively a good amount of time studying and mostly applying "mitzvots" (promises/commandments) without getting stiff-necked, axioms and clauses, ... . It sometimes drives my friends to the rolling-eyes mode of operation. Sometimes there are interested.
Interested in the electronic publishing busines? I got a call back this week with some CD music mode work regarding graphic arts for the project; Nick Senanefes, aka the Mediterranean Cowboy, album-instrumental w.t.; Instrumentally Speaking. It is at that. Book covers differ very little from CD work, this being local. I will post some covers of sorts on the website; blog and/or gallery. Anyway it is highly recommended to check out the home business, et c of e-publishing. And KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) is going paper too. We mostly inventoried some art and filed. I talked with some clients, consultees. I am making guitar/keyboard effects modules building to synthesizers. Someone found an old tube amp miraculously and I am to look at it, possibly restore it. Maybe something to write about, upgrade with a coauthor about mod tech that is related. I bought a bunch of switches, capicitors, other components for this "intro e-book" topic in the making. Radio Shack is closing out in town now with up to eighty percent off. In this day, especially if you are older, I would say learn to be a beginner again, do not be afraid of learning somnething new. Continuing studies are important however defined, self-curriculum and not. That is how it is today for some areas in life on life's terms
Bye-and bye for now,
Todd M. from the Purple Goat crew.
|Posted on May 4, 2017 at 11:25 PM||comments (0)|
We will expand this on the evening of the next ... following Saturday hopefully. Let us "see."
|Posted on April 29, 2017 at 9:35 PM||comments (0)|
Take What You Want, ... and Leave the Rest;
Spring and summer surprise! A surprise? IOP (Intent of purpose) might be a catalyst; Our intent is to make the world a better place to be through creativity in music, art, writing, and learning, education and work (for "self"-improvement, yes, no one needs to be alone not by choice, to recve and give, abundance instead of scarcity thinking, frugal actions, intelligent decision making, developing talents (old and new). We have had returns/responses that are requests for workshops, mainly writing. We are calling them Picnic Bench (Writers' and ...) Workshops, realtime and afterwards for those who cannot make it, "suffix cyberspace" break-out sessions.TE Mccormick will be there, a few employees expected and anyone else, members of Purple Goat Publishing's FB writing group, open, referred, et c. who wish to attend. The Picnic root/radix workshop is open to anyone as long as you reply by the first of June 1st, 2017. For those locally with a reasonable transportation solution we will have two sessions three weeks apart; tentatively the 10th, 20th, 30th of June. For those at a distance we will have an immersion "three act" series of sessions on the twentieth (20th).
Creativity, mindset paradigms, reflections on Nat Goldberg's and J. Cameron's writing books, et c. with relevaent discussions on thinking skills; Tony Buzan-mind maps, Dr. E. D Bono's clustering maps as well and thinking hats, ... including thinking skills, life experiences, goal-setting, creating your own writing schedule, the twenty-four hour envelope-where the brain works best, and electronic publishing/fledgling and a "raven" with seasons covering the "desert" rich in opportunities, stepping stones, journey paradigm shifts, rights and freedoms-id est, taking away the toxic and poisonous "playmates" searching for a supportive "renga/ring" of the writer; choosing yourself/otherswriting about what is worth doing/doing what is worth writing about, blooming where you are planted (conference folks look out!) Location will be in southern NE Ohio, east and twenty minutes by auto from Pennsylvania.
Like a healthy learning experience; learn something about your passion for writing, further develop your talents wherever you are, and meet people with similar interests. This is a win/win competition environment situation. Working toward similar goals, we have strengths inductively, exponentially. The Jewish culture has a saying if you might pause to have an open-mind, ... "Unite and conquer." Affirmations, self-hypnosis, meditation, relaxtion techniques, word association, and being the generating producer rather than solely consumer. Life member of International and American MENSA, the int'l high IQ society, the oldest on earth, Todd E. McCormick, M.A. will host. That is me where I also have penned fifty-four (yes, 54) manuscripts (mss.), some in first draft, others to pre-editorial ms. status, a couple have been edited in the non-edit-yourself class. (MENSA is that group M. vos Savant of Ask Marilyn belongs (married to Jarvic, the inventor of the artificial heart and also deceased Isaac Asimov, science fiction writer amongst other notable such not and others elucidated event horizons.) That is me. Take time and as well showing interest, let us know what other topics you may like to see and activated in the workshops. We will allow time at the second workshop for collecting any ideas you have and want to share, seeing more. See the contact page adding ideas currently to supplement our program ... .
There will be a small fee for beverages (coffee-the magic sustenance that interfaces itself into words thru our brains lol.) and a donation. Cruise our website and get a bit of a "picture" of this art of writing and the current expanding llc into Purple Goat Crew LLC of areas "worth doing" such as guitar/violin making and repair, composing, general art paradigms, creativity, documentary work, changing one's life for the better, life goals/livelihood (pro or for the love of it ... "given two choices" ... both.)
And finally ... we will as an option be learning to be a beginner again ... so you may better pursue "closeted dreams involving " ... creativity (also creativity in one's work place/business being your own or an employer's, including to step outside your repertoire/skills list adding an efficacious new set of additional skills and developing old ones), the dreams that can be initiated and become stepping stones on the journey convergent to said dreams. Goals might be continuing studies, portfolios, active energy from inertia to momentum, finding supportive peers, recovery from toxic lives to ascending the "active in recovery" movement ... AIR, the acrostic that contains transcendent connotations and being a "body that is no burden, it is as light as AIR." (Capitals added for intent.) We are serving our community, the world of local/global! We are open to responses for future breakout sessions, again topics, fields of interest, areas to enrich oneself, ourselves, to give your talents, abilities, capabilities, and gifts, however big and small. Come join us. Choose yourself! Oh. ... We are not intimidating and cherish well-groundedness. I.e., bring your own humus. (lol properly.)
Have a healthy moment between events,
TE McCormick, M.A., publisher.
P.S., Ten books of ours on KDP are being "put in the shop for repairs" where WILD MIND OF A CLIMBER is the tentative first book fully formatted to reappear. WMC is the e-version of Ephemeral Mind ... . Thanks again.
|Posted on April 22, 2017 at 10:00 PM||comments (0)|
Well, ... what was good this week in writing? I got some work done , worked with the assistant planning, read short "e" my Dutch dialogues which revitalize me, reviewed memories of writing the Goat series, We Dress Like Spies series, sci-fi Waifs Planet. We were looking at recovery situations/work on 9-11 and the 2008 Great Recession. The basis is life events make moments, positive impulses and negative impulses. The games of skill are to distinguish and be guided by our proper senses discerning decisions to the right way, sooocialist democrat and not, to Louis Althusser deceased. Who by the way binged on coffees AND carbohydrates of the leavened kind THIS week?
Cool Beans (a South American Theatre/Music (of again texture of literary libretto and wave/substance of work, work, work three times over), Group and , London Ruksacks (actually actuaries moving upward to sum it rather acme-demically. the apogee, and concerns; wealth/abundance thinking, justice/mercy, and knowledge/learning, Bloom Where You Are Planted, Band Ripples (cover currently the craze) are convergent to a bundle of victorious less genetic and more social genius, creatives of that variety, progenitor and progeny alike, generating waves of liet motiff, may we? Today's just and next right move morphing regally, legally, royally and loyally to new form nine times over to the social movement either Beat-hoven's Housemix and MaccaBeats, and Jaguar Big Foot (spotted timely), a missing link ... be free from waiting for someone to choose you, you know what to choose as pursuit. Now develop the skills, talent, Homo Habilis nobly ... obligation being change what you see as wrong, progress and contribute to society, the sighted change, D(z) say matthematically like Jensen's Inequality for the L. Carrol/Dbzsn fan(s) Alice, Concrete Film/Cinema/Bioscopen from the, yet to come to you(?) missing ... beat? Choose mode of operation, modus operandi self/society!? Yes. Re- "group" as Alpha Operations Research Capital Period Humankind Beings. Choose yourself! Lovingkindness.