Up to Snuff #82: Fiction Ideas

Up to Snuff #82:  Fiction Ideas

By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

Descriptions

Describing people fully (dressing style, body, mannerisms, facial expressions, smell, personality, personality history, events that molded personality, pedigree, claim to fame, why to love or how to love)

Describing thoughts and narration

Describing places

Describing events

Describing time periods or era’s

Describing actions

Describing dialog

Having a thread that unites all the writing

Having a plot, basis or purpose for the writing

Having an audience

Having built a strong visualization and sensuality

Having developed your characters so that people have a feeling for them

Use of technology or software

Giving gifts and teaching simultaneously that values the book (cultural gifts, details)

Scenes as if it were a “screenplay” which they often become

Working from photos or imagery to create richer descriptions

Staging

Beautiful language, introducing vocabulary

Lessons, often used in High School English classes

Tell a good story

A map

A beginning, middle and end

Research histories and parallels

Suspense, thrill, exultation, surprise, build up, crescendo, unveiling, birth, crux, bridge, moving

Page-turner status, glue them in, have something your audience wants eg. fantasy, romance, gifts, bread crumb trails, teachings, romantic lifestyle, spirituality

All the way through its storytelling and descriptions

Use timelines

Settings, international agenda, historical events, history plus romance, valuation or commemoration of things or places, historical lenses (social, economic, cultural, political etc.), dramatic occurrences, blow-up of dots of mundane or ordinary or small events as something special or existential, human condition, a period or era feeling, a sign of the times

Capturing emotional feelings, tears, euphoria, anger, joy, hope, inciting, fears, gaiety, pinpointing emotions

Dialog design

Carry from one feeling to the next, keep suspended

Make a software for each book

Fit, Lean & Beautiful #42

Fit, Lean & Beautiful #42

By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

A photo of a 30 year practicing yogi filled me with joy.  For many starting out it may be nice to study this book list, for others to study and enhance their practice.  Yoga is a very positive and spiritual experience that the whole world should enjoy!  Yoga is something good to make a habit of and find yourself 30-40 years later still lean, supple and limber.

 

Yoga Book List

Yoga for Beginners, Emily Oddo

Workout Labs Cards 1 & 2, Yoga Cards

Teaching Yoga Essential Foundations By, Mark Stephens

I Am Yoga, Susan Verde

Yoga Beyond the Poses, Adrienne Bible

Living the Sutras a Guide to Yoga, Wisdom Beyond the Mat   Kelly Di’Nardo

Ashtanga Yoga The Practice Manual   David Swenson

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali   Sri Swami Satchidananda

Learn to Meditate:  The Yoga’s, Chakras, Concentration Visualization, Liberation, Sujantra Mckeever

The Mindfulness Journal, Barrie Davenport

The Ultimate Guide to the Face Yoga Method, Fumiko Takatsu

The Art & Business of Teaching Yoga, Amy Ippoliti

Trauma Sensitive Yoga in Therapy, David Emerson

Overcoming Trauma Through Yoga, David Emerson

Hot Yoga Masterclass, Gabrielle Raiz

The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga’s, Bernie Clank

A Systematic Course in ancient Tantric Techniques of Yoga and Kriya, Swami Satyananda Saraswati

The Heart of Yoga Developing a Personal Practice, T.K.V. Desikatar

Yoga Nidra, Karmini Dasai

Good Morning Yoga, Mariam Gates

Yoga Sequencing Designing Transformative Yoga Classes, Mark Stephens

Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Swami Muktibodhananda

The Language of Yoga Complete A to Z Guide to Asana Names in Sanskrit Terms and Chants, Nicolai Bachman

Yoga for Osteoporosis, Loren Fisher

Tibetan Yoga, Ian A. Baker

Restorative Yoga, Sue Flamm

Yoga Fitness for Men, Dean Pohlman

Chair Yoga, Kristin McGee

Yoga of the Subtle Body, Tias Little

B.K.S Iyengar Yoga, The Path to Holistic Health, B.K.S. Iyengar

The Healing Yoga Deck, 60 Poses & Meditations to Alleviate Pain & Support Well Being, Olivia H. Miller

The Yoga Handbook an Inspirational Reference for Teaching and Home Practice, Stephanie Keach

The Inner Tradition of Yoga A Guide to Yoga Philosophy for the Contemporary Practitioner, Michael Stone

Embodied Posture Your Unique Body and Yoga, Stacy Dockins

Yoga for Classrooms, Lisa Flynn

65 Yoga Classes, Tim Howell

Yoga Mindfulness Practices for Children, Jennifer Cohen Harper

Functional Anatomy of Yoga, David Keil

The Yoga Plate, Tamal Dodge

Yoga Resource Practice Manual, Darren Rhodes

Yoga as Medicine, Timothy McCall

Yoga Pretzels, Tara Guber

Restorative Yoga for Life, Gail Boorstein Grossman

Namaslay, Candace Moore

The Wealthy Gardener Life Lessons on Prosperity, John Sarforic

Reiki for Beginners, Jessica Fly

Little Book of Yoga Themes, Anjaney C. Handra

The Yoga of Eating and Transcending Diets and Dogma to Nourish the Natural, Charles Eisenstein

Living Your Yoga:  Find the Spiritual in Everyday life, Judith Hanson Lasater

The Fighters Kitchen 100 Muscle Building, Fat Burning Recipes W/Meal Plans

Yoga Bunny

Body Builders Kitchen, Erin Stern

100 Weight loss Bowls, Heather Whinney

Yoga for Healthy Aging, Baxter Bell

Light on Yoga, B.K.S. Iyengar

Power Yoga for Athlete’s, Sean Vigue

The Path of the Yoga Sutras, Nicolai Bachman

Your Spine, Your Yoga, Bernie Clark

Birth Wisdom, Yoga Remedies and Journal, Julia Piazza

The Yoga Calm for Children, Lynea Gillen

Yoga Mind, Rev Mind from Inside Out, Suzan Colon

Yoga the Spirit and Practice of Moving into Stillness, Erich Schiffmann

The Essence of Lightness Roadmap to Peak Performance & Self Mastery Also Historical Fiction Kung Fu, Tom Fazio

Perfectly Imperfect:  The Art and Soul of Yoga Practice, Baron Baptiste

Ten Minute Yoga for Stress Relief, Lisa Shea

Yoga for Scoliosis, Elise Browning Miller

Preliminary Course for Beginners Yoga in Action, Geeta S. Iyengar

Yoga Notes How to Sketch Yoga Postures, Eva-Lotta Lamm

Marvels Marvelous Yoga, Yoga for People, Inspired by a Raccoon, Andrea Rumery

Self Massage & Joint Mobilization of Traditional Thai Yoga, Reusi  Dat Ton part I Handbook, David Wells

A Beginners Guide to Taking Your Yoga Beyond the Mat, Alanna Kaivalya

Yoga for Wellness, Gary Kraftsaw

Yoga Frog, Nora Shalaway

Hatha Yoga Pradipike, A.G. Mohan

Ashtanga Yoga, Gregor Maeble

Kids Yoga Challenge Pose Cards, Sara J. Weiss

The Tibetan Yoga of Dream & Sleep, Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche

How to Read Signs, the Origin of Angels Signs and Symbols, Kaya & Christiane Muller

Insight Yoga, Sarah Powers

Yoga Bio Mechanics, Stretching Redefined, Jules Mitchell

Relax into Yoga for Seniors, Kimberly Carson

Yoga Adjustments Philosophy Principles & Techniques, Mark Stephens

Ashtanga Yoga Practice Cards, Keno MacGregor

Upgrade Your Breath, Logan Christopher

Yoga Games For Children, Danielle Berma

Yoga and the Path of the Urban Mystic, Darren Main

2,100 Asanas, Daniel Lacerda

Light on Yoga, B.K.S. Iyengar

Yoga Anatomy, Leslie Kaminoff

Yoga 40 Exercises for Beginners, Sophie Godard

Yoga for Everyone 50 Poses for Every Type of Body, Dianne Bondy

How Yoga Works, Michael Roach

The Practice of the Yoga Sutra Tigunait, Pandit Rajmani

Yoga, 4 Manuscripts in 1, Elliot Wood

The Key Muscles of Yoga, Ray Long

The Poses of Yoga, Ray Long

On Yoga Architecture of Peace, H.H. Swami Chidanand Saraswatju

Goodnight Yoga:  A Pose by Pose Bedtime Story, Mariam Gates & Sarah Jane Hinder

The Teacher Appears 108 Prompts to Power Your Yoga Practice, Brian Leaf

The Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga, Deepak Chopra

The Secret of the Yoga Sutra, Samadhi Padu

The Yoga Mind, Rina Jakubowicz

Yoga for Beginners, Cory Martin

Yoga Body & Mind Handbook

Yoga Dice, 7 Wooden Dice, 1000 Possible Combinations

Teaching Yoga Beyond the Poses, Sage Rountree

The Yoga Anatomy Coloring Book

Science of Yoga, Ann Swanson

The Yoga Bible, Christina Brown

Yoga:  The Top 100 Best Yoga Poses, Susan Hollister

 

 

Up to Snuff #81: What a books trajectory can be

Up to Snuff #81:  What a book’s trajectory can be

By Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

Fiction-Used by filmmakers, to popular culture, page-turners, high school English classes, libraries, bookstores

Poetry-To musicians for songwriting, also to film if vivid enough or beautified thought, popular culture, libraries, bookstores, poetry slams, readings, reading filmings

Non-Fiction-Historical archives, primary or secondary sources, libraries, school text books, into knowledge, used as a resource, something for study, documentaries, educational films

Up to Snuff #80: What’s what in writing?

Up to Snuff #80:  What’s what in writing?

By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

(Extracted from “A Pocket Style Manual,” By Diana Hacker, Table of Contents)

Clarity-tightening of wordy sentences, preference for active verbs, repairs dangling modifiers, provide sentence variety, find appropriate voice

Grammar-Make subjects and verbs agree, other problems with verbs, use pronouns with care, use adjectives and adverbs appropriately, repair sentence fragments, revise run-on sentences, review grammar concerns for multilingual writers

Punctuation-the comma, semicolon and colon, apostrophe, quotation marks, other marks

Mechanics-capitalization, abbreviations, numbers and italics, spelling and the hyphen

Up to Snuff #79: Vocabulary List #4

Up to Snuff #79:  Vocabulary List #4

By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

Glean

Seize

Immense

Abstraction

Iconography

Banal

Dreary

Rural worker

Harvested

Astoundingly

Monolithic

Subscription

Ostensible

Interpreter

Contemporaries

Stress

Stippled

Sub theme

Jettisoned

Delectation

Glistening

Adolescent

Womanhood

Flatness

Contentless

Motifs

Chromatic Systems

Replica

Steeped

Canonical

Transcend

Proliferation

Hermetic

Atmospheric

Eschewed

Mechanization

Redescribe

Paradigmatic

Aristocrat

Galloping

Headlong

Honorary

Reappraisal

Collectivized

Bureaucrats

Antecedents

Judgements

Re-enactments

Isolated

Landscape

Subtlety

Connoisseur

Unscaleable

Assiduous

Venerated

Explicating

Geographic areas

Zeitgeist

Venetian

Majesty

Raw aggression

Breadth

Ephemeral

Expressive

Passions

Construction

Crowning Achievement

Dynastic

Contemporaneity

Successor

Portrayed

Propagated

Falsity

Comparatively

Pervasive

Undifferentiated

Simplistic

Pointillism

Easel

Stemmed

Counterparts

Retrospective

Forum

Forthrightly

Commodified

Rival

Tightly organized

Disdain

Expressive

Phenomena

one point perspective

Abandon

Impermanent

Neutrality

Divergence

Utopian

Purist

Coalitions

Stylistic

Dextrous

Finicky

Reconcile

Motivated

Definition

Elaborate

Subjectivity

Temporal

Compression

Promenade

Illuminate

Illusionists

Emphasized

Vision

Realms

Symbolism

Literary

Superficiality

Counterbalance

Offshoot

Folk Tales

Mythology

Arcane

Lesser Extent

Patronage

Secular

Cults

Sorts

Binary

Compositions

Transparent

Illusory

Bland

Tenets

Artificiality

Loosely

Sequence

Apologists

Pervasive

Critics

Models

Journals

Itinerants

Wanderers

Collective

Objective

Positivist

Militaristic

Avant-garde

Authoritarian

Theoretical

Interplay

Aesthetic

Classification

Canonical

Immense

Rapidity of execution

Sheer diversity

Rightly

Medieval

Moral

Transparentt

Medium

Depicted

Value

Popularized

Progeny

Linear

Tonal

Outline

Paradoxically

Narrow

Notion

Fluorescence

Underlies

Urban

Fluid

Exchangeable

Investigations

Principal

Commentators

Inventive

Conveniences

Manufactured

Governed

Fashionable

Inconceivable without

Provincial

Pictorial

Asymmetry

Glorification

Mechanically

Observation

Representational

Decried

Garishness

Crudity

Allegory

Pavilion

Exposition

Censorship

Profound

Methodologically

Hobbled

Defined

Paramount

Debates

Extracted from Art History books

Up to Snuff #78: General Classics Book List

Up to Snuff #78:  General Classics Book List

By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

The Handmaids Tale, Margaret Atwood

1984, George Orwell

Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury

The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Of Mice & Men, John Steinbeck

Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka

Pride & Prejudice, Jane Austen

The Stranger, Albert Camus

The Old Man & The Sea, Ernest Hemingway

Frankenstein, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelly

Jaluladdin, Raffi Beyou Miloyan

To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee

Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte

Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte

The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger

Animal Farm, George Orwell

Romeo & Juliet, William Shakespeare

Little Women, Louisa May Alcott

Lord of the Flies, William Golding

The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde

Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen

War & Peace, Leo Tolstoy

The Kite Runner, Khalid Hosseini

Don Quixote, Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

Moby Dick, Herman Melville

Memoirs of a Geisha, Arthur Golden

Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand

Catch 22, Joseph Heller

Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel Garcia Marques

Brave New World, Aldous Huxley

The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Road, Cormac McCarthy

A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khalid Hosseini

The Chronicles of Narnia, C.S. Lewis

Watership Down, Richard Adams

Life of Pi, Yann Martel

The Illiad, Homer

Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy

The Count of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas

Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell

Ulysses, James Joyce

Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov

The Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens

The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien

The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank

A Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Dracula, Braun Stoker

Les Miserables, Victor Hugo

Crime & Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Slaughter House Five, Kurt Vonnegut

David Copperfield, Charles Dickens

A Man Without Qualities, Robert Musil

The Brothers Karamazov, Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Alices Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass, Lewis Carroll

Emma, Jane Austen

For When the Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemingway

Great Expectations, Charles Dickens

Middle March, George Eliot

The Odyssey, Homer

Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Truman Capote

The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver

Swann’s Way, Marcel Proust

The Stranger, Albert Camus

The Trial, Franz Kafka

Anne of Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery

Oliver Twist, Charles Dickens

The Stand, Stephen King

A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Ken Kesey

All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque

Sophie’s Choice, William Styrn

Persuasion, Jane Austen

The Secret Life of Bee’s, Sue Monk Kidd

The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway

Flowers of Algernon, Daniel Keyes

The Republic, Plato

Breakfast of Champions, Kurt Vonnegut

Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert

The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkein

East of Eden, John Steinbeck

Tess of the Durbervilles, Thomas Hardy

The Phantom of the Opera, Gaston Leroux

The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath

Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis

The Thornbirds, Colleen McCullough

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum

Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess

Doctor Zhivago, Boris Pasternak

The Shadow of the Wind, Carlos Ruiz Zafun

The Three Musketeers, Alexandre Dumas

As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner

The Divine Comedy, Dante Alighieri

Vanity Fair, William Makepearce Thackray

The Color Purple, Alice Walker

My Antonia, Willa Cather

Macbeth, William Shakespeare

The Namesake, Jhumpa Lahiri

The Master of Margarita, Mikhail Bulgkov

Quran

Tale of Genji, Murasaki Shikibu

Gulliver’s Travels, Jonathon Swift

Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck

A Moveable Feast, Ernest Hemingway

Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe

The Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer

Mrs. Dalloway, Virginia Woolf

The Complete Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi

Reaching Lolita in Tehran, Azar Nahsi

Foundation, Isaac Asimov

Faust, Johann Wolfgang van Goethe

The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway

Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain

Don Juan, Lord Byron

House of Spirits, Isabel Allende

Arabian Nights, anonymous

Rebecca, Daphne Dumaurier

The Jungle Book, Rudyard Kipling

Mary Poppins, P.L. Travers

The Wasteland, T.S. Eliot

The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan

Around the World in 80 Days, Jules Vernes

Siddhartha, Herman Hesse

Finnigan’s Wake, James Joyce

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson

Like Water for Chocolate, Laura Esquivel

Othello, William Shakespeare

Les Fleurs du Mal, Charles Baudelaire

The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, Sogyal Rinpoche

Mansfield Park, Jane Austen

The Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison

Factotum, Charles Bukowski

The Velveteen Rabbit, Margery Williams Bianco

Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe

Metamorphoses, Ovid

Orlando, Virginia Woolf

The Man in the Iron Mask, Alexandre Dumas

White Teeth, Zadie Smith

Waiting for Godot, Samuel Becket

In Cold Blood, Truman Capote

Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury

Year of Wonders, Geraldine Brooks

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress

The Red & The  Black, Stendahl

Ethics, Baruch Spinoza

Jude the Obscure, Thomas Hardy

Lost Illusions, Honore de Balzac

Cat’s Eye, Margaret Atwood

Candide, Voltaire

The Tell Tale Heart & Other Writings, Edgar Allan Poe

The Story of My Life, Helen Keller

On the Road, Jack Kerouac

The World According to Garp, John Irving

Botanical Shakespeare, Gerit Quealy

The Origin of Species, Charles Darwin

The English Patient, Michael Ondaatje

Orientalism, Edward W. Said

The Golden Notebook, Doris Lessing

The Blind Assassin, Margaret Atwood

The Second World War, Winston S. Churchill

Aeneid, Virgil

Where the Sidewalk Ends, Silverstein

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou

Aleph and Other Stories, Jorge Luis Borges

The Waves, Virginia Woolf

Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy

Up to Snuff #77: Diction, Style and Tone

Up to Snuff #77:  Diction, Style, Tone

By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

Diction-word choice, specific words a writer uses

Tone-reflection on author’s attitude (serious, casual)

Style- can be objective, humorous, subjective, satiric, reflective, detached, pedantic, nostalgic, serious, pessimistic, ambivalent, argumentative, conversational

Annotated-Highlighted points from text

Style

Syntax-Sentence Structure

Vary long and short sentences

 

 

Up to Snuff #76: Vocabulary List #3

Up to Snuff #76:  Vocabulary List #3

By Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

Defiled

Ebbing

Startling eyeballs

Unforeseen

Threshold

Baleful

Prophesied

Inlaid material

Assemblies

Utilitarian projects

Impressive

Proper

Mass

Pinnacle

Epic

Denouncement

Nation overthrown

Purgatory

Post

Amateur

Phallus

Sphere

Vulgarized influence

Ideal beauty

Bridal

Golden Age

Advice

Duties

Devoted

Revising

Encounters

Disastrous

Doctrine

Platonic

Reincarnation

Nationality

Procure

Retreat

Perplexity

Shrine

Sagging skin

Fate

Divine

Engendered

Mandala

Eye, portal

Developments

Fullest expression

Inseparable

Substantial

In comparison

Tradition

Speculations

Sources

Elements

Subject to

Interval

Acoustical Theory

Influential

Orbits

Produce sounds

Spheres

Mode

Standards

Analogy

The former

Behavior

Cause

Structure

Berates

Sensationalism

Pantomime

Prime

Artistic marvel

Progress

Figures

Freedom tradition

Depicting

Ease

Naturalism

Realization

Posture

Folds drapery

Free to invest

Forms

Phallic

Subject matter

Popular

Religious subjects

Pragmatic, less idealistic

Everyday life

Superseded

Predecessor

Virtuosity

Culture

Emphasized

Courtship

Grainy

Decoupage

Body

Physical World

Metaphor

Knowledge of

Condition of

Imagine non living

Syllogism

Imitation of an action

Embellished

Narrative

Pity and fear

Purgation of these emotions

Harmony

Center of the story

Diction

Plot

Incidents

Qualities

Magnitude

Complete

Ornament

Several kinds

Separate parts

Rhythm

Tragic

Powerful moral

Social Myth

Primitive

Proverb

Evolution

Rational

Justice

Explicit

Instruction

Swollen

Philosophy

Violation

Triggers reaction

Chaotic

Result

Theory

Ideas

Drama

Style

Biographical

Feature

Portrayed

Respects

Alternate reality

Outside space

Negative space

Pluralistic

Evidence

Fertile

Control

Razed

Sprawling

Upheaval

Serenity

Speculated

Humanities:  What does it mean to be human?

Dominion over creation

As analysis of human situation

Root human problem

Folly

Shaft

Prize

Practice

List extracted from ”Arts, Ideas and Civilization” By Jack A. Hobbs & Robert L. Duncan, Prentice Hall

Up to Snuff #75: Group Art Exhibition Write Up

Up to Snuff #75:  Group Art Exhibition Write Up

By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

The marquee announced the opening; a group show was featured in the gallery: “Pivots and Pitfalls.” The show was around the “ups and downs” in life and was accompanied by a local social services potluck meeting, where participants and local non- profit organizations volunteers and leaders looked for gaps in the local social system.  The task was to carefully observe approximately 20 artworks, from 20 different artists of varying technique, background and education, now united under a common brief.  Further, the task was to provide critical thought, analysis, as well as citing information that was researched in live interviews at the opening exhibition, from their artist statements and artist resumes.  The resulting product should encompass several paragraphs, each dedicated to an artist that may be presented within the news section of the website under a new branded title, “RAC REVIEW.”

The resulting work began with time spent observing each artwork with notetaking, photographs of each work and a list of the artists with their respective emails.  Then questions were developed that were organized into three primary areas which were sent to each artist with some further questions specific to details in their art work.  The basic query was: 1) what is the theme or story behind this series or body of work, 2) what techniques and materials were utilized in the creation of this work and 3) tell me something about you, where you have shown the work, your education, bio, awards etc.  This basic questioning was built on with additional questions, for example, if the artist was using chromatic layers of two colors to make a third, perhaps a color question was asked.  The perspectives from the brief were vast, from gilded feminist decoupage to an abyss pen world or a voodoo style ball pin covered sock monkey.  Ultimately, the column elicited a greater purpose, both promoting of the gallery and a “second wave,” over the artwork.  The write-up provided more detailed information about the gallery, the show, the artists and art itself and what that can be in any given moment.   The write-up functioned in terms of publicity, marketing and sales, was almost a “star making machine,” it served history and will be what is left after the exhibition closes.

Fit, Lean & Beautiful #41

Fit, Lean & Beautiful #41

By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

Being “outdoorsy” may lead you down many roads including training to be a “Michigan Certified Shoreline Professional” (MCNSP) or a Lifeguard with CPR training from the Red Cross.  If you are on the water or near water there are many things you can do to protect the shoreline, the people near it and get licenses to enter it by boat or buy a ticket and enter it by cruise ship.

You may look into state parks, local nature reserves or venues like “Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy” or “The Leslie Nature Center.”  You can look into The Nature Conservancy, The Ecology Center, Inland Seas Education Association or Master Rain Gardeners.

 You can consult magazines like “Midwest Living.”  Another exciting thing to do is join “Michigan Photo Adventures” Meet Up, which travels to destinations in groups, to take planned photos of lighthouses and spectacular nature.

You may try “vacation learning” and run off to an art residency in Mexico or to a writing residency in Italy.  Research art residencies online or on the Creative Capital website https://creative-capital.org/  or

www.arquetopia.org/  in Mexico or www.widewalls.ch or www.artistcommunities.org/residencies or www.thebalancecareers.com or www.callforentries.com .   Research writing residencies on the “Poets and Writers” website www.pw.org.

Life can be full of “small adventures.”  Good cookbooks can lead to good picnics; a baton twirling can lead to a parade.