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2016-01-30 15:18:33 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

Happy 79th Birthday, Vanessa Redgrave! Here she is as the inimitable Isadora Duncan in the movie trailer for the 1968 biopic.

Isadora Duncan is the inspiration for one of the main characters in After Sara's Year, my Sara's Year sequel-in-progress. 

Most plusones: 8

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2016-01-26 03:25:49 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s)Open 

Celebrating the art + heart of Etta James, born this day in 1938. https://youtu.be/bwzDxp2TC7I

#music #blues #jazz #EttaJames

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2016-02-09 06:40:20 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

“There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds.”
– G.K. Chesterton

“There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds.”
– G.K. Chesterton___

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2016-02-07 17:36:02 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

“No one is useless in this world, who lightens the burden of it for any one else.”
– Charles Dickens (Our Mutual Friend),  born on this day (Feb. 7), 1812

“No one is useless in this world, who lightens the burden of it for any one else.”
– Charles Dickens (Our Mutual Friend),  born on this day (Feb. 7), 1812___

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2016-02-07 17:15:28 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

Happy Belated Birthday, Zsa Zsa Gabor! She turned 99(!) yesterday (Feb. 6.)

Happy Belated Birthday, Zsa Zsa Gabor! She turned 99(!) yesterday (Feb. 6.)___

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2016-02-07 01:46:14 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

"Na’an says it is my story. Perhaps she is right. Is that why the words come so reluctantly? So many seasons of storytelling and still I hesitate. Of all the stories to stick in my throat, how ironic that it should be The MoonQuest, a tale of the freeing of story itself..."

I never intended for The MoonQuest to be such a powerful metaphor both for my creative journey and for creative blocks and the creative process. But that's what it turned out to be...through my act of surrender to the story that wanted to be told through me.
https://youtu.be/YmS5xiVPXXQ

• Look for The MoonQuest and its two Q'ntana Trilogy sequels (The StarQuest and The SunQuest)
• For more about the personal and creative journey that led to The MoonQuest, pick up Acts of Surrender: A Writer's Memoir.
All my books are available in paperback or ebook from your favoriteonlin... more »

"Na’an says it is my story. Perhaps she is right. Is that why the words come so reluctantly? So many seasons of storytelling and still I hesitate. Of all the stories to stick in my throat, how ironic that it should be The MoonQuest, a tale of the freeing of story itself..."

I never intended for The MoonQuest to be such a powerful metaphor both for my creative journey and for creative blocks and the creative process. But that's what it turned out to be...through my act of surrender to the story that wanted to be told through me.
https://youtu.be/YmS5xiVPXXQ

• Look for The MoonQuest and its two Q'ntana Trilogy sequels (The StarQuest and The SunQuest)
• For more about the personal and creative journey that led to The MoonQuest, pick up Acts of Surrender: A Writer's Memoir.
All my books are available in paperback or ebook from your favorite online bookseller or signed by my to you from my website___

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2016-02-05 19:45:34 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

Remembering Canadian author/broadcaster Peter Gzowski, who died Jan. 24, 2002. Gzowski, for 15 years the voice of all things Canadian on Morningside, his CBC Radio program, was also the last Canadian voice I heard when, somewhat unexpectedly, I left Canada for the U.S. in 1997, for good. I write about this experience in Acts of Surrender: A Writer's Memoir...

"The signal started strong. But as I continued southwest toward Bemidji, Morningside grew weaker and weaker. Finally, Gzowski’s voice stuttered into solid static. Canada was gone. In that emotional moment, I knew that I was, too – for good."

Read more of the story in this excerpt on +Bublish –https://www.bublish.com/bubble/stream/6387

Remembering Canadian author/broadcaster Peter Gzowski, who died Jan. 24, 2002. Gzowski, for 15 years the voice of all things Canadian on Morningside, his CBC Radio program, was also the last Canadian voice I heard when, somewhat unexpectedly, I left Canada for the U.S. in 1997, for good. I write about this experience in Acts of Surrender: A Writer's Memoir...

"The signal started strong. But as I continued southwest toward Bemidji, Morningside grew weaker and weaker. Finally, Gzowski’s voice stuttered into solid static. Canada was gone. In that emotional moment, I knew that I was, too – for good."

Read more of the story in this excerpt on +Bublish –https://www.bublish.com/bubble/stream/6387___

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2016-02-04 22:57:05 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

According to Facebook, the average "degrees of separation" has dropped from 6 to 3.57 (down from 4.28 in 2008 and 3.74 in 2011). Mine’s 2.62. What’s yours? Check it out at http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2016/02/04/facebook-says-there-are-actually-357-degrees-of-separation/ 

According to Facebook, the average "degrees of separation" has dropped from 6 to 3.57 (down from 4.28 in 2008 and 3.74 in 2011). Mine’s 2.62. What’s yours? Check it out at http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2016/02/04/facebook-says-there-are-actually-357-degrees-of-separation/ ___

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2016-02-04 16:34:08 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

“'Can you add something to that?' my wife-to-be asked the county clerk filling out our marriage license with my birth name. 'Like...a nickname?'
“'Like Bubba?' the clerk asked, in all solemnity.
“No!' we exclaimed in unison."
– Find out whether I got married as Bubba (no!!), Mark David Gerson (no!) or some other name (yes!) in Acts of Surrender: A Writer's Memoir, in paperback or ebook from your favorite online bookseller or signed by me to you from www.actsofsurrender.com

“'Can you add something to that?' my wife-to-be asked the county clerk filling out our marriage license with my birth name. 'Like...a nickname?'
“'Like Bubba?' the clerk asked, in all solemnity.
“No!' we exclaimed in unison."
– Find out whether I got married as Bubba (no!!), Mark David Gerson (no!) or some other name (yes!) in Acts of Surrender: A Writer's Memoir, in paperback or ebook from your favorite online bookseller or signed by me to you from www.actsofsurrender.com___

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2016-02-04 05:21:45 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

“Memories of our lives, of our works and our deeds will continue in others.”
– Rosa Parks, born Feb. 4, 1913 and whose life, works and deeds lives on in our memory

“Memories of our lives, of our works and our deeds will continue in others.”
– Rosa Parks, born Feb. 4, 1913 and whose life, works and deeds lives on in our memory___

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2016-02-03 15:28:51 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

Happy 60th Birthday, Nathan Lane!

Happy 60th Birthday, Nathan Lane!___

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2016-02-03 05:52:58 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

Say what? "Amazon is working on plans to open hundreds of brick-and-mortar bookstores, according to a new report from CNBC."

http://gizmodo.com/amazon-will-open-over-300-physical-bookstores-because-l-1756692355 

Say what? "Amazon is working on plans to open hundreds of brick-and-mortar bookstores, according to a new report from CNBC."

http://gizmodo.com/amazon-will-open-over-300-physical-bookstores-because-l-1756692355 ___

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2016-02-03 04:28:46 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

"Every intolerant social post, every prejudiced comment aimed at Muslims needs a response. Your response. We must lead people to a place of tolerance and understanding. We must come together as a diverse and vibrant community. Our values don’t take days off and neither should we."
– from the full-page ad in the Minneapolis Star/Tribune taken out by the Mayo Clinic and signed by its president and CEO, Dr. John Noseworthy

http://intheloop.mayoclinic.org/discussion/it-would-be-un-minnesotan-and-un-mayo-not-to-join-this-cause/

"Every intolerant social post, every prejudiced comment aimed at Muslims needs a response. Your response. We must lead people to a place of tolerance and understanding. We must come together as a diverse and vibrant community. Our values don’t take days off and neither should we."
– from the full-page ad in the Minneapolis Star/Tribune taken out by the Mayo Clinic and signed by its president and CEO, Dr. John Noseworthy

http://intheloop.mayoclinic.org/discussion/it-would-be-un-minnesotan-and-un-mayo-not-to-join-this-cause/___

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2016-02-02 19:49:08 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

WIARTON, ON - Meteorologists were flabbergasted today when Wiarton Willie, the popular weather rodent, emerged from his burrow and was frightened by the sight of the dark, undesirable aspect of his unconscious mind. The large rodent immediately scurried back underground, forecasting an indefinite extension of the cold season of the soul.

http://www.thebeaverton.com/national/national-in-brief/item/588-groundhog-sees-jungian-shadow-predicts-everlasting-winter-of-the-soul

WIARTON, ON - Meteorologists were flabbergasted today when Wiarton Willie, the popular weather rodent, emerged from his burrow and was frightened by the sight of the dark, undesirable aspect of his unconscious mind. The large rodent immediately scurried back underground, forecasting an indefinite extension of the cold season of the soul.

http://www.thebeaverton.com/national/national-in-brief/item/588-groundhog-sees-jungian-shadow-predicts-everlasting-winter-of-the-soul___

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2016-02-02 04:15:57 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

Did you know that I'll do a free author Q&A for your book club, wherever in the world you are? (Isn't Skype great!!?) Have your book club choose from any of my books at www.markdavidgerson.com/books or www.amazon.com/author/markdavidgerson...then let's set it up!

Did you know that I'll do a free author Q&A for your book club, wherever in the world you are? (Isn't Skype great!!?) Have your book club choose from any of my books at www.markdavidgerson.com/books or www.amazon.com/author/markdavidgerson...then let's set it up!___

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2016-01-31 22:58:32 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

If you're a Fawlty Towers fan, then you're also a fan of Connie Booth, the dysfunctional hotel's nearly sane (compared to everyone else) maid/waitress/front-desk clerk. Believe it or not, Connie turns 72 today (Jan. 31). Happy Birthday, Connie, and thanks for the enduring laughs!

https://youtu.be/BKaQLYPf5hM

If you're a Fawlty Towers fan, then you're also a fan of Connie Booth, the dysfunctional hotel's nearly sane (compared to everyone else) maid/waitress/front-desk clerk. Believe it or not, Connie turns 72 today (Jan. 31). Happy Birthday, Connie, and thanks for the enduring laughs!

https://youtu.be/BKaQLYPf5hM___

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2016-01-31 19:44:41 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

Don't Be a Hater
Watching the primary campaigns play out here in the U.S., I have begun to wonder whether we human beings are programmed to be haters and attackers. Maybe it's something primeval, dating back to our hunter-caveman days. I sure hope it's not innate. You might...

Don't Be a Hater
Watching the primary campaigns play out here in the U.S., I have begun to wonder whether we human beings are programmed to be haters and attackers. Maybe it's something primeval, dating back to our hunter-caveman days. I sure hope it's not innate. You might...___

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2016-01-31 18:24:32 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

"'It is better to be happy than sad.' That was the message that Lola Taubman carried with her for her entire life, even after witnessing the horrors of the Holocaust firsthand.

"She was only 18 when she was forcibly uprooted from her small town in Czechoslovakia. Her parents and brothers were gassed upon arrival at [Auschwitz]; she was chosen to live under intolerable conditions. She later endured harrowing death marches at the hands of the Nazis in the waning days of World War II. After a four-year struggle in displaced persons camps, she finally made it to America..."

From Jonathan Ellis's tribute to his cousin, who died in December. Read the rest of Lola's story at http://mashable.com/2016/01/31/holocaust-survivors/?utm_campaign=Mash-Prod-RSS-Feedburner-All-Partial&utm_cid=Mash-Prod-RSS-Feedburner-All-Partial#UaCkOC72fEqB

via Mashable

"'It is better to be happy than sad.' That was the message that Lola Taubman carried with her for her entire life, even after witnessing the horrors of the Holocaust firsthand.

"She was only 18 when she was forcibly uprooted from her small town in Czechoslovakia. Her parents and brothers were gassed upon arrival at [Auschwitz]; she was chosen to live under intolerable conditions. She later endured harrowing death marches at the hands of the Nazis in the waning days of World War II. After a four-year struggle in displaced persons camps, she finally made it to America..."

From Jonathan Ellis's tribute to his cousin, who died in December. Read the rest of Lola's story at http://mashable.com/2016/01/31/holocaust-survivors/?utm_campaign=Mash-Prod-RSS-Feedburner-All-Partial&utm_cid=Mash-Prod-RSS-Feedburner-All-Partial#UaCkOC72fEqB

via Mashable___

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2016-01-31 17:20:12 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

Stuck On You: Happy Birthday, Scotch Tape, 86 years old today (Jan. 31).

Stuck On You: Happy Birthday, Scotch Tape, 86 years old today (Jan. 31).___

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2016-01-31 15:20:29 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

"Master Sgt. Roddie Edmonds of Knoxville, Tenn., was a prisoner of war in a German camp when he refused a German order to separate Jewish American POWs and non-Jewish soldiers so that the Jews could be killed. Instead, Edmonds ordered the more than 1,000 POWs to stand together, telling the German commander: 'We are all Jews here.' Threatened with a gun, Edmonds held firm, and the German backed down."
– The Washington Post

Edmonds was one of four non-Jews, two Americans and two Poles, honored posthumously at the Israeli Embassy in Washington last week. The four joined some 26,000 others non-Jews who risked their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust and who have been recognized by Israel as Righteous Among the Nations for their courage and compassion.

President Obama spoke at the ceremony, the first sitting U.S. President to speak at the Israeli Embassy:“Wh... more »

"Master Sgt. Roddie Edmonds of Knoxville, Tenn., was a prisoner of war in a German camp when he refused a German order to separate Jewish American POWs and non-Jewish soldiers so that the Jews could be killed. Instead, Edmonds ordered the more than 1,000 POWs to stand together, telling the German commander: 'We are all Jews here.' Threatened with a gun, Edmonds held firm, and the German backed down."
– The Washington Post

Edmonds was one of four non-Jews, two Americans and two Poles, honored posthumously at the Israeli Embassy in Washington last week. The four joined some 26,000 others non-Jews who risked their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust and who have been recognized by Israel as Righteous Among the Nations for their courage and compassion.

President Obama spoke at the ceremony, the first sitting U.S. President to speak at the Israeli Embassy: “When any Jew anywhere is targeted just for being Jewish, we all have to respond as Roddie Edmonds did — ‘We are all Jews.’ ”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/obamas-powerful-condemnation-of-anti-semitism-we-are-all-jews/2016/01/29/9b32233c-c611-11e5-a4aa-f25866ba0dc6_story.html___

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2016-01-30 19:11:34 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

Did you know that the croissant originated in Austria not France!? Happy National Croissant Day! 

Did you know that the croissant originated in Austria not France!? Happy National Croissant Day! ___

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2016-01-30 15:52:08 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

The End of Twitter?
(P.S. I'm still there: follow me at @markdavidgerson)

http://www.newyorker.com/tech/elements/the-end-of-twitter

The End of Twitter?
(P.S. I'm still there: follow me at @markdavidgerson)

http://www.newyorker.com/tech/elements/the-end-of-twitter___

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2016-01-30 15:36:08 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

Constance Mackenzie, a staple amidst the murder, insanity and illicit passion of 1960's Peyton Place, was played by Dorothy Malone, who turns 91 today (Jan. 30). Malone starred in the prime time soap from 1964 to 1968. 

Constance Mackenzie, a staple amidst the murder, insanity and illicit passion of 1960's Peyton Place, was played by Dorothy Malone, who turns 91 today (Jan. 30). Malone starred in the prime time soap from 1964 to 1968. ___

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2016-01-30 15:18:33 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

Happy 79th Birthday, Vanessa Redgrave! Here she is as the inimitable Isadora Duncan in the movie trailer for the 1968 biopic.

Isadora Duncan is the inspiration for one of the main characters in After Sara's Year, my Sara's Year sequel-in-progress. 

Happy 79th Birthday, Vanessa Redgrave! Here she is as the inimitable Isadora Duncan in the movie trailer for the 1968 biopic.

Isadora Duncan is the inspiration for one of the main characters in After Sara's Year, my Sara's Year sequel-in-progress. ___

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2016-01-30 02:27:23 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

Powerful inspiration and motivation for writers!
https://www.pinterest.com/markdavidgerson/writingcreativity-inspiration/ 

Powerful inspiration and motivation for writers!
https://www.pinterest.com/markdavidgerson/writingcreativity-inspiration/ ___

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2016-01-28 19:21:32 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

Happy 11th Birthday, Mark David!
In January 1998 "Mark David Gerson" became "Akhneton Yoseyva," a spiritual name that, six months later, would be made legal in an Arizona courtroom. It was a powerful transformation and one that would define my life for the next seven years.  Then one day, ...

Happy 11th Birthday, Mark David!
In January 1998 "Mark David Gerson" became "Akhneton Yoseyva," a spiritual name that, six months later, would be made legal in an Arizona courtroom. It was a powerful transformation and one that would define my life for the next seven years.  Then one day, ...___

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2016-01-28 17:01:16 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

“The distance is nothing, when one has a motive.”
– Jane Austen, 
Pride and Prejudice

Celebrating the 202nd anniversary of the publication of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice

“The distance is nothing, when one has a motive.”
– Jane Austen, 
Pride and Prejudice

Celebrating the 202nd anniversary of the publication of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice___

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2016-01-28 05:56:20 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

“I’m not a word architect or engineer. I’m a word painter.”
– Mark David Gerson • www.markdavidgerson.com

“I’m not a word architect or engineer. I’m a word painter.”
– Mark David Gerson • www.markdavidgerson.com___

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2016-01-27 17:02:52 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

“Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”
– The White Queen to Alice

What impossible things did you believe before breakfast this morning?


“Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”
– The White Queen to Alice

What impossible things did you believe before breakfast this morning?
___

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2016-01-27 14:47:00 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

Celebrating the genius that was Mozart, born this day in 1756.

#music #piano #mozart

Celebrating the genius that was Mozart, born this day in 1756.

#music #piano #mozart___

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2016-01-27 06:19:11 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

"Find your passion, and embrace it. Passionately!"
– Mark David Gerson

This is my "Rule" #9 for Creative Living, which appears in several of my books for writers, including From Memory to Memoir: Writing the Stories of Your Life and Birthing Your Book...Even If You Don't Know What It's About • http://bit.ly/books4writers

"Find your passion, and embrace it. Passionately!"
– Mark David Gerson

This is my "Rule" #9 for Creative Living, which appears in several of my books for writers, including From Memory to Memoir: Writing the Stories of Your Life and Birthing Your Book...Even If You Don't Know What It's About • http://bit.ly/books4writers___

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2016-01-26 18:22:04 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

Remembering and celebrating Paul Newman, born this day in 1925.

Photo (c) PA Images: Paul Newman and wife Joanne Woodward arrive at the Canne Film Festival in 1973 

Remembering and celebrating Paul Newman, born this day in 1925.

Photo (c) PA Images: Paul Newman and wife Joanne Woodward arrive at the Canne Film Festival in 1973 ___

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2016-01-26 06:17:28 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

I have finally activated my long-dormant Tumblr account, where I'll be focusing on lots more inspiration. Please drop by www.markdavidgerson.tumblr.com and follow me there! 

I have finally activated my long-dormant Tumblr account, where I'll be focusing on lots more inspiration. Please drop by www.markdavidgerson.tumblr.com and follow me there! ___

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2016-01-26 03:43:43 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

“Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.”
– Virginia Woolf

“Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.”
– Virginia Woolf___

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2016-01-26 03:25:49 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s)Open 

Celebrating the art + heart of Etta James, born this day in 1938. https://youtu.be/bwzDxp2TC7I

#music #blues #jazz #EttaJames

Celebrating the art + heart of Etta James, born this day in 1938. https://youtu.be/bwzDxp2TC7I

#music #blues #jazz #EttaJames___

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2016-01-25 19:51:14 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

Celebrating Robbie Burns Day with this quote from Sara's Year and the Burns statues in Montreal (left) and Halifax (right); both statues figure prominently in Sara's Year. (The Montreal statue also shows up in After Sara's Year, my Sara's Year sequel-in-progress.) • http://mybook.to/sarasyear

The Scottish poet was born January 25, 1759.

#RobertBurns

Celebrating Robbie Burns Day with this quote from Sara's Year and the Burns statues in Montreal (left) and Halifax (right); both statues figure prominently in Sara's Year. (The Montreal statue also shows up in After Sara's Year, my Sara's Year sequel-in-progress.) • http://mybook.to/sarasyear

The Scottish poet was born January 25, 1759.

#RobertBurns___

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2016-01-25 18:17:21 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

"Na’an says it is my story. Perhaps she is right. Is that why the words come so reluctantly? So many seasons of storytelling and still I hesitate. Of all the stories to stick in my throat, how ironic that it should be The MoonQuest, a tale of the freeing of story itself..."

I never intended for The MoonQuest to be such a powerful metaphor both for my creative journey and for creative blocks and the creative process. But that's what it turned out to be...through my act of surrender to the story that wanted to be told through me.

https://youtu.be/YmS5xiVPXXQ

• Look for The MoonQuest and its two Q'ntana Trilogy sequels (The StarQuest and The SunQuest)
• For more about the personal and creative journey that led to The MoonQuest, pick up Acts of Surrender: A Writer's Memoir.

All my books are available in paperback or ebook from yourfavor... more »

"Na’an says it is my story. Perhaps she is right. Is that why the words come so reluctantly? So many seasons of storytelling and still I hesitate. Of all the stories to stick in my throat, how ironic that it should be The MoonQuest, a tale of the freeing of story itself..."

I never intended for The MoonQuest to be such a powerful metaphor both for my creative journey and for creative blocks and the creative process. But that's what it turned out to be...through my act of surrender to the story that wanted to be told through me.

https://youtu.be/YmS5xiVPXXQ

• Look for The MoonQuest and its two Q'ntana Trilogy sequels (The StarQuest and The SunQuest)
• For more about the personal and creative journey that led to The MoonQuest, pick up Acts of Surrender: A Writer's Memoir.

All my books are available in paperback or ebook from your favorite online bookseller or signed by my to you from my website___

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2016-01-25 18:00:05 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

Happy Birthday, Somerset Maugham, born this day in 1874 and who probably never wrote 15 truer words than these!

“There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.”
– W. Somerset Maugham

Happy Birthday, Somerset Maugham, born this day in 1874 and who probably never wrote 15 truer words than these!

“There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.”
– W. Somerset Maugham___

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2016-01-25 17:40:36 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

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In January 1998 "Mark David Gerson" became "Akhneton Yoseyva," a spiritual name that, six months later, would be made legal in an Arizona courtroom. It was a powerful transformation and one that would define my life for the next seven years.  Then one day, ...

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In January 1998 "Mark David Gerson" became "Akhneton Yoseyva," a spiritual name that, six months later, would be made legal in an Arizona courtroom. It was a powerful transformation and one that would define my life for the next seven years.  Then one day, ...___

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2016-01-25 17:11:38 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

“Why aren’t you writing? Why are you listening to my words instead of writing your own? What is holding you back? Whatever it is, it’s time to rekindle your passion, reignite your creative fire
and answer the call only you can answer: The Call to Write!”
– Mark David Gerson
www.calltowrite.com

“Why aren’t you writing? Why are you listening to my words instead of writing your own? What is holding you back? Whatever it is, it’s time to rekindle your passion, reignite your creative fire
and answer the call only you can answer: The Call to Write!”
– Mark David Gerson
www.calltowrite.com___

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2016-01-25 03:34:15 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

“There is no right way. There is no wrong way.
There is only the way that works for you, in this moment.”
– The Voice of the Muse: Answering the Call to Write
by Mark David Gerson

http://mybook.to/voiceofthemuse

“There is no right way. There is no wrong way.
There is only the way that works for you, in this moment.”
– The Voice of the Muse: Answering the Call to Write
by Mark David Gerson

http://mybook.to/voiceofthemuse___

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2016-01-24 16:20:16 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

Remembering Canadian author/broadcaster Peter Gzowski, who died on this day in 2002. Gzowski, for 15 years the voice of all things Canadian on Morningside, his CBC Radio program, was also the last Canadian voice I heard when, somewhat unexpectedly, I left Canada for the U.S. in 1997, for good. I write about this experience in Acts of Surrender: A Writer's Memoir...

"The signal started strong. But as I continued southwest toward Bemidji, Morningside grew weaker and weaker. Finally, Gzowski’s voice stuttered into solid static. Canada was gone. In that emotional moment, I knew that I was, too – for good."

Read more of the story in this excerpt on +Bublish –https://www.bublish.com/bubble/stream/6387

Remembering Canadian author/broadcaster Peter Gzowski, who died on this day in 2002. Gzowski, for 15 years the voice of all things Canadian on Morningside, his CBC Radio program, was also the last Canadian voice I heard when, somewhat unexpectedly, I left Canada for the U.S. in 1997, for good. I write about this experience in Acts of Surrender: A Writer's Memoir...

"The signal started strong. But as I continued southwest toward Bemidji, Morningside grew weaker and weaker. Finally, Gzowski’s voice stuttered into solid static. Canada was gone. In that emotional moment, I knew that I was, too – for good."

Read more of the story in this excerpt on +Bublish –https://www.bublish.com/bubble/stream/6387___

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2016-01-23 18:16:26 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

Maybe not so different than the 1940s after all, when too many of today's Republicans seek to deport Muslims and want to roll back civil rights for gays, reproductive rights for women and health care for all while they happily accept the support of virulent racists and bigots...

"It was a very different culture in the late 1940s, when Minneapolis was known as the 'anti-Semitism capital' of the nation. In an attempt to remind citizens of a higher principle, then-Mayor Hubert Humphrey retorted in anger, 'All men are created equal, and if we don't believe it ... maybe we should stop saying it!'"
– Marilyn Carson Nelson, CEO of Carlson, the Minessota-based parent company of the Radisson hotel chain

Maybe not so different than the 1940s after all, when too many of today's Republicans seek to deport Muslims and want to roll back civil rights for gays, reproductive rights for women and health care for all while they happily accept the support of virulent racists and bigots...

"It was a very different culture in the late 1940s, when Minneapolis was known as the 'anti-Semitism capital' of the nation. In an attempt to remind citizens of a higher principle, then-Mayor Hubert Humphrey retorted in anger, 'All men are created equal, and if we don't believe it ... maybe we should stop saying it!'"
– Marilyn Carson Nelson, CEO of Carlson, the Minessota-based parent company of the Radisson hotel chain___

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2016-01-23 18:06:02 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

The MoonQuest: Dozens of five-star reviews and soon to be a major motion picture! http://mybook.to/themoonquest

#books #movies #fantasy #qntana

The MoonQuest: Dozens of five-star reviews and soon to be a major motion picture! http://mybook.to/themoonquest

#books #movies #fantasy #qntana___

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2016-01-23 17:30:18 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

Happy 83rd Birthday, Chita Rivera! Rivera was born this day (Jan. 23) in 1933. Here she is, just a few years ago, on the Judy Garland TV show.

http://youtu.be/DAXg3Pfj5Ns

Happy 83rd Birthday, Chita Rivera! Rivera was born this day (Jan. 23) in 1933. Here she is, just a few years ago, on the Judy Garland TV show.

http://youtu.be/DAXg3Pfj5Ns___

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2016-01-23 17:25:27 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

"Whatever brought you to this page, chances are that you're not writing, that you're not writing what you want to be writing, or that you're not writing with the discipline and commitment that leads to completion. It’s time to change all that. It’s time to journey into the heart of your passion and creativity. It's time write naturally, effortlessly and flowingly."
– Writer's Block Unblocked: Seven Surefire Ways to Free Up Your Writing and Creative Flow by Mark David Gerson • in paperback and ebook from your favorite online bookseller or signed by me to you at www.bit.ly/books4writers

http://mybook.to/writersblock

"Whatever brought you to this page, chances are that you're not writing, that you're not writing what you want to be writing, or that you're not writing with the discipline and commitment that leads to completion. It’s time to change all that. It’s time to journey into the heart of your passion and creativity. It's time write naturally, effortlessly and flowingly."
– Writer's Block Unblocked: Seven Surefire Ways to Free Up Your Writing and Creative Flow by Mark David Gerson • in paperback and ebook from your favorite online bookseller or signed by me to you at www.bit.ly/books4writers

http://mybook.to/writersblock___

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2016-01-23 13:37:14 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

A different kind of parallel parking: Early "vertical" parking structures in overcrowded cities. 

A different kind of parallel parking: Early "vertical" parking structures in overcrowded cities. ___

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2016-01-22 18:11:36 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

Finally, a Home for My Book Excerpts!
Two years ago when I streamlined my website , the first pages to go were those featuring excerpts from my books. It had been simple, with only one or two books, to include excerpts on my site. But as the number of my  published titles swelled from two to fo...

Finally, a Home for My Book Excerpts!
Two years ago when I streamlined my website , the first pages to go were those featuring excerpts from my books. It had been simple, with only one or two books, to include excerpts on my site. But as the number of my  published titles swelled from two to fo...___

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2016-01-22 17:31:32 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

Celebrating the filmmaking genius of Sergei Eisenstein and D.W. Griffith, both born on this day (1898 +1875).

Celebrating the filmmaking genius of Sergei Eisenstein and D.W. Griffith, both born on this day (1898 +1875).___

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2016-01-22 04:48:01 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

How's that for a cosmic number: I just hit 5555 followers on Twitter! If you're inspired by my posts here, look me up on that "other social network," where many of my posts are Twitter exclusives! @markdavidgerson

How's that for a cosmic number: I just hit 5555 followers on Twitter! If you're inspired by my posts here, look me up on that "other social network," where many of my posts are Twitter exclusives! @markdavidgerson___

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2016-01-22 04:24:39 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

Sporting a beard? Your face might contain fewer bacteria than the faces of your friends who shave!

http://mashable.com/2016/01/20/beard-mrsa-study 

Sporting a beard? Your face might contain fewer bacteria than the faces of your friends who shave!

http://mashable.com/2016/01/20/beard-mrsa-study ___

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2016-01-22 04:08:35 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

The Cat comes back! Cats returns to Broadway on Aug. 2 after a 16-year absence. The musical theatre sensation closed in September 2000 after 18 years and nearly 7500 performances, making it Broadway's fourth longest-running show.

http://mashable.com/2016/01/21/cats-revival-broadway-2016/#xx1iAA2Sm052 #theatre #musicaltheater 

The Cat comes back! Cats returns to Broadway on Aug. 2 after a 16-year absence. The musical theatre sensation closed in September 2000 after 18 years and nearly 7500 performances, making it Broadway's fourth longest-running show.

http://mashable.com/2016/01/21/cats-revival-broadway-2016/#xx1iAA2Sm052 #theatre #musicaltheater ___

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