Fit, Lean & Beautiful #40

Fit, Lean & Beautiful #40

One day one may wake up and choose to be “outdoorsy.”  The journey starts when you start to plan your outdoors life.  You may need a car with racks on top for example, to be able to transport kayaks.  You may look at RV websites for a Winnebago.  You may stop at the Secretary of State for a State Park membership and map.  There are local beach websites one may also research.  Then of course beach activities like bringing a volley ball or beach ball, Frisbee or aquatic shoes to the beach.  Some beaches promote artistic endeavors, where you fill your van with a table and an easel and paints then set up at the beach to paint the vista or boats or people.  You may venture off to lodges or remote locales that you arrive by boat and walk the nature trails etc.

It’s worthwhile to scout local, state, regional and national parks and locales and collect and study maps.  There are dunes and caves to be explored across the country.  Look in the book “Caves and Caving:  A Handbook and Guide to American Caves-from simply enjoying them to professional spelunking,” by Don Jacobson & Lee Stral.

The common things one needs to lead an adventurous and outdoorsy life are things like: tents, back packs, coolers, maps, kitted out van, cooking utensils, binoculars, kayaks, canoes, boats,  rig up for bikes on back of car,  simple outdoors clothing, art supplies, sporting or gaming apparatus, fishing poles, water sports equipment, books, and journals. It’s good to buy a car with possible trunk bike rack and roof boat rack.

You can look at magazines like Midwest Living to find out about remote lodges in Michigan.  You can look at the cabins and lodges for rent or sale on Craigslist.  You can purchase within a natural setting or on a lake or you can vacation in natural areas around the world.

You can picnic frequently or stay in tune with fruit harvests or flower bloomings. Travel to treks, mountain ranges, waters or forests.  You can engage in intensely beautiful studies and place on your calendar, perhaps weekly gardens. Convene around the fire.  Buy a kite.  Take a pilgrimage.  Pack up a back pack and go exploring around an area with picnic and snacks.  You can grill a variety of things even pineapples to serve with yogurt.  Travel down a coast and rent a cottage with good sunsets. Travel to a cider mill in season and go apple picking. You can use natural beauty products from www.iherb.com like Himalaya Lotion or rose water spray.

You can plant a garden and your own ecosystem.  You can bring the outdoors indoors and grow an indoor vegetable garden with pots and plastic trays or egg cartons.  You can buy windsocks or wind chimes, or sew a teepee, or put up a Bedouin tent in the backyard.  You can light a fire and sing songs.  You can go for long walks or runs.

You can tie and dye in the backyard or dye fabrics.

 

Happy & Existential Birthday to Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu May 28, 2019

Happy & Existential Birthday to Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu May 28, 2019

By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

This year I was planful about my journey forward which is one of my favorite pastimes.

I thought I would craft an original career as a scholar, artist, international teacher, diplomat and author.

I envisioned teaching parts of the year abroad.  I imagined myself either starting a school, running a department, or teaching a semester here and a semester maybe in Ghana or Mexico.

I adopted the new vision to be an “international teacher.”

The other thought I had was how an artist succeeds.  I think there are plucking grounds for ripe and primed artists via artist residencies.  I was at the Studio Museum in Harlem and The Saatchi Gallery showed up to see artists in residence.  In Europe, there are residencies like the Rijksakademie that also connect artists to European galleries.  Artists in art residencies have completed BFA and MFA, have a body of graduate and professional work, professional studio-they are vetted artists and ripe for the picking.  Also their associates within these programs are other artists that become colleagues and make introductions and form their creative circle.  You get mentorship at residencies that polish the artist.  Perhaps that is something someone like me should do, both go to residencies or perhaps run one in Michigan or in Ghana.

What I think galleries do or should do is keep databases of their groups or pools of artists and keep building on these artist profiles and send them briefs for appropriate shows.  So artists are revolving in different shows.

We need in America more residencies for artists where artists are connected to galleries.  There are new emerging markets for online art sales like with the Saatchi Gallery that are pursuing high and low strategies and price points with print and original sales-where everyone walks out with something.

One thing that many art departments failed to recognize is the need for art writing to bring art to life where the viewer has more information and ability to engage.  The Sotheby’s Institute has an online certificate course in art writing.

I am still having many thoughts about giving and philanthropy.  There need to be backbones in communities.  You have to know when not to be poor but to find a way to make yourself rich because you’re the backbone.  When you need to provide jobs and shouldn’t stop thinking until you have achieved appropriate wealth and vision strategy.  When you have not occasional monies, but regular monies and look to models like the Salvation Army that runs big thrift stores to power shelters etc.

I am thinking about successful systems.  I am thinking about when art provides  “ideas and inspiration” and when art is “functional” and provides a viable solution to a problem or then, is it no longer art?

An existential birthday for me has been buying spiritual books every year around my birthday.  I got: “Ceremony,” by Leslie Marmon Silko, “The Masters and The Spiritual Path, Climb the Highest Mountain Series,” By Mark Prophet, “Foundations of the Path,” Mark. L. Prophet, “The Path to Attainment,” By Mark L. Prophet.

This year I gave myself a ton of gifts which was a thrill.  They are still on the way to me.  I got myself a “birthday shirt” which is light blue with daisy embroidery.  I ordered a bicycle pump and will start cycling again this season when it arrives.  I got a picture of the ocean. I got a risograph print from artist Ryan Molloy.  I got a piano theory book.  I played “Happy Birthday” on the piano several times.  I am attempting to memorize the notes.   I ordered three pairs of shoes, 2 summer sandals and a pair of green New Balance.  I got tart pans.  I baked and baked:  Brownies a la mode, peanut butter cookies, poppy seed muffins and lemon bars.  I got serving trays and a large bowl good enough for paella.  I imagined my future dinner parties.  I got a pink sheet.  I got a house cleaning house dress that is pastel/ carnation/ frosting colors.  I got a nightgown.  The nightgown reminded me of dogs and fireplaces.

My mother sent me some money.  Another friend in Chicago sent a blender for some margaritas.

I got Bruce Lee Video’s, Willy Wonka, vintage Disney, I got Chinese Music, some musicals and foreign language tapes.  I have been loving both cassette tape and videotape.  I got some plastic containers to organize my school work station.  I got a new curling iron.  I got some “Aveda Stress-Fix” oil perfume that smells divine.  I got rose water spray.

I applied to a writing program and researched another writing program and both filled me with the joy of anticipation.  I got a “Pocket Style Manual” by Diana Hacker (writing) that covers clarity, grammar, punctuation and mechanics, MLA/APA/Chicago/CSE, usage and grammatical terms.

I got an “Intermediate Algebra” book by D. Franklin Wright/Bill D. New.  I am a big fan of the highly useful algebra.  I thought about books, informational books, culturally defining books like “Castaneda” or “Wild Irish Rose” or “Arabian Nights.”  I thought about Creative Non-Fiction and Poetry.  I thought about placement within knowledge.  I am working on a book about Interdisciplinary Studies.  I thought about learning.  I thought about auditory then recognition in early learning and throughout life and in advertising, this strange link, how one comes to know, how one comes to have.  I thought about analysis and how it makes you way smarter.  There’s tacit knowledge, but there’s graduated and developed thought.  Becoming a thinker.

I started a book log this year.  Our local Ypsilanti library is recommending that children read about 1000 books a year.  I am aiming for longer books maybe 388 books this year.

Those are some of my main thoughts on this 2019 birthday.  I am really happy to be so peaceful and serene.  I spray rose water on my hair to catch the beauty of the rose to it.

Fit, Lean & Beautiful #39

Fit, Lean & Beautiful #39

By Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

If you find that your suits are not fitting well enough, you may need to define your muscles.

As do many bodybuilders, a man or a woman, but especially a man, men need muscle or bodybuilding powders to build and define their physique.  Suits may drape strangely on a man who has yet to define his muscles then pump up with weight training.  Muscular development may be a basic part of being a man.

One police officer said it is important for his position to be able to “run 2 miles fast.”  2 miles fast is a benchmark of good health and endurance.

Another important point to know with summer coming is that outdoor swimming pools absorb rays from the sun.  Tanning and slimming are therefore hallmarks of swimming pools.

It’s a nice time to get a “hard body” plan design.  Some people work out with the same personal trainer for even 30 years.  A good job is often one that you can turn into a later business and that affords good health and beauty.  What generally is good to include are liposuction, exercise weights, yoga, stretching, pool time and possibly a dog to get in enough walking.

The eyes really benefit from attention in the way of drops or eye gels.  It’s a noticeable experience to have creams and drops just for the eyes.  Try Oil of Olay Eye Gels. Other good products by Oil of Olay are “Regenerist Cream” and “Grapefruit Extract Facial Towelettes.”   You can also work on your eyebrows to better frame your eyes.

Spring is a good time to gear up with fresh and sweet designs for the warm weather.  You can purchase online madras, plaid or batik fabrics to make cool tunics for the spring and summer months with matching pull up pants.

Spring cleaning can be deeply rewarding.  Try to deep clean and clean carpets; replace mattresses, can openers, car, water filters and toothbrushes often.  Every spring cleaning try to at least replace your mattress-it will freshen your house tremendously.  It’s good to deep clean doorways and even spray clean your shoes with Windex or other cleaners so dirt is not tracked into your home.  Usually, salts and things linger in carpets and in doorways coming out of winter.   A good caddy improves cleaning as well.  You can carry around a bucket of cleaning supplies.  Be sure to dust with something like a swifter duster and clean thoroughly all the window sills where spider eggs are for later hatching.  In the spring, things do start hatching.  If you live in a brick house expect some ants.  Try to number your tasks.  Perhaps clean twenty things in a room.  Move out beds and furniture and vacuum below.  Clean out the vacuum too.  It’s good to replace all bulbs for good Feng Shui. Try to improve the light in your house.  Open the windows while you clean and let fresh air into the house.  Clean off cupboards, thoroughly dust artworks.  Get all your framing done and work on your art collection.  Get all your dry cleaning in and meditate on a clean home and spirit.  Try to professionally clean your house.  Know how to emergency clean it too.  Research cleaning, cleaning tools and agents.  Clean drapery and blinds as well.

Try to spiritualize your home and plan some “intellectual good times.”  You can spiritualize with music, core value books or spiritual readings such as “Don’t Look Before You Leap,” By Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh (OSHO).  Other books by OSHO:   “112 Meditations to Discover the Mystery Within,” “Madras for Awakening Chakras,” “The Book of Secrets,” “Love Freedom and Aloneness,” “Courage,” “Finding Your Inner Power and Your Potential.”

Intellectual good times may be dates to the library by yourself to research your career.  Check out books in your field or career choice or try to learn a new skill or do research.  If you are so inclined you may write a research paper.  What can be a quick thrill is to research books in a keyword search on the computer while there and order them online after.

Culinary Book List #2

Culinary Book List #2

Compiled By Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

German Cook Book

German Pastries

Ethiopian Cook Book

Cook 90 David Tamarkin

The Broad Fork by Hugh Acheson

Bobby Plays Bar Americain Cook Book  By Bobby Flay w/Stephanie Banyas

Joy of Mixology $30

Maldon Salt Bucket $29 Amazon

Silver Palatte Cookbook

Ethiopian Cook book with Bread

Mourad: New Moroccan

King Arthur Flour

 

Mexicanplease.com

Thespruceeats.com

Thegourmetgourmand.com

www.mylatinatable.com

 

 

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat   Samin Nosrat

Flavors of Africa  Evi Aki

Dishing up Dirt, simple Recipes for Cooking Through The Seasons  Andrea Bevis

Fair Foods  George Geary

Princess Pamelas Soul Food Cook Book of Afro-American Recipes  Pamela Strobel

America’s Test Kitchen

Better Homes and Gardens 100 Recipes You’ll Make Forever

A Taste of Latin America Patricia Cartin

Melba American Comfort Foods   Melba Wilson

Mario Batali Big American Cook Book   Mario Batali

Deep Run Roots Vivian Howard

Melissa’s Southern Cook Book   Melissa Sperky

The Hungry Fan’s Game Day Cook Book   Daina Falk

Sweetie Pies Cook Book  Robbie Montgomery

The Best American Recipes Fran McCullough

Food & Wine Annual Cook Book  Kate Heddings

The Peach Truck Cook Book  Jessica Rose

Ruffage A Practical Guide to Vegetables

Indianish Recipes & Antics From a Modern American Family  Priya Krishna

Magnolia Table A Collection of Recipes for Gathering   Joanna Gaines

How To Taste     Becky Selengut

The Family Table Living Nomadic   Smollett-Warwell, Jazz

Feast Food of the Islamic World, Helon, Anissa

Soul, A Chefs Culinary Evolution in 150 Recipes

American Cookie   Anne Byrn

Sweet Home Café Cook Book A Celebration of American Cooking   Albert Lukas

Bring it, Tried and True Recipes for Potlucks and Casual Entertaining, Ali Rosen

Home Front Cooking  Tracey Enerson Wood

Cooks Illustrated Revolutionary Recipes America’s Test Kitchen

Chinese Heritage Cooking From My American Kitchen  Shirley Cheng

Garden to Table Fresh Recipes From Williams and Sonoma Test Kitchen Nicole Hill Gerulat

African American Heritage Cook Book

Southern Living

Family of the Spirit Cook Book

Cooking The North African Way  Mary Winget

Cooking The West African Way Bertha Vining Montgomery

Cooking The East African Way  Bertha Montgomery

 

Fit, Lean & Beautiful #38

Fit, Lean & Beautiful #38
By Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

One of the best books you can buy on fitness is called “Stretching” by Bob Anderson and illustrated by Jean Anderson. You can order Stretch and Strength Charts for your home gym or exercise area from:
Stretching Inc.
Box 767
Palmer Lake, Colo. 80133
1(800)333-1307
http://shelterpub.com
shelter@shelterpub.com

Bob Anderson offers stretching charts for the following: Aerobic Exercise, Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Boardsailing, Bowling, Computer and Desk, Curling, Cycling, Equestrian, Everyday (general), Figure Skating, Football, Golf, Groin/Hip, Gymnastics, Ice Hockey, In-Line Skating, Kids, Legs, Lower Back, Martial Arts, Motorcross, Neck/Shoulder/Arms, Over 50, Partners, Pregnancy, Racquetball/Handball/Squash, Rodeo, Rowing, Running, Skiing (Downhill), Soccer, Softball, Surfing, Swimming, Tennis, Triathlon, Volleyball, Walking, Weight Training, Wrestling, X-Country Skiing.
He also offers pocket sized cards for running, cycling, every day or travelers.

It’s beneficial to intellectualize your fitness regime and become knowledgeable about health simultaneously.  Good fitness may start in the brain!  See below Fitness Book List:

Fitness Book List

Stretching, By Bob Anderson
Stretching at Your Computer Desk, By Bob Anderson
Getting in Shape Workout Programs for Men & Women, By Bob Anderson
Alexander Technique, By Wilfred Barlow
Awareness Through Movement, By Moshe Feldenkrais
Bike Tripping, By Tom Cuthbertson
Breathing, What You Need to Know, By Ruth and Edward Brecher
The Complete Book of Running, By James Fixx
Essential Exercises for the Childbearing Year, By Elizabeth Noble
Foot and Ankle Pain, By Rene Cailliet
Guidelines To Successful Jogging, By Rory Donaldson
Healthful Eating Without Confusion, By Paul Bragg
Helping Yourself With Foot Reflexology, By Mildred Carter
Hypokinetic Disease, Disease Produced By Lack of Exercise, By Hans Kraus
The Knee in Sports, By Karl K. Klein
Knee Pain and Disability, By Rene Cailliet
The Knees: Growth-Development and Activity Influences, By Karl K. Klein
Low Back Pain Syndrome, By, Rene Cailliet
The Massage Book, By George Downing
Mucusless Diet Healing System, By Prof. Arnold Ehret
New Aerobics, By Kenneth Cooper
Oh My Aching Back, By Leon Root and Thomas Kiernan
Prevention and Treatment of Running Injuries, By John Pagliano
Richards Bicycle Book, By Richard Ballantine
Run, Run, Run, By Fred Wilt
Runner’s Medical Guide, By Richard Magni
Running Free, By Joan Ullyot
The Shocking Truth About Water, By Paul Bragg
Super Brain Breathing, By Paul C. Bragg
Touch For Health, By John F. Thie
Treatment of Injuries to Athletes, Don H. O’Donoghue
Track Technique, By Fred Wilt
Van Aaken Method, By Ernst Van Aaken
The Mindful Practice of Falun Gong, Meditation, Health and Wellness Beyond, By Dr. Margaret Trey
Falun Gong, Li Hongzhi
Light on Pranayama, the Yogic Art of Breathing, By B.K.S. Iyengar
Iyengar, His Life and Work, By Iyengar
Yoga 28 Day Exercise Plan, By Richard Hittleman’s
Yoga for Women, Nancy Phelan and Nancy Volin

The majority of the book list is extracted from the bibliography in “Stretching” By Bob Anderson pg. 189

Up to Snuff #74: List of African-American Writers

Up to Snuff #74: List of African-American Writers
By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

Maya Angelou
James Baldwin
Toni Cade Bambara
Amiri Baraka
Octavia Butler
Audre Lorde
Ntozake Shange
Angela Davis
Bell Hooks
Eldridge Cleaver
Ta-Nehisi Coates
Ralph Ellison
Marcus Garvey
Nikki Giovanni
Lorraine Hansberry
Chester Himes
Langston Hughes
Zora Neale Hurston
Jamaica Kincaid
Toni Morrison
Alice Walker
August Wilson

Up to Snuff #69: Book List, Complete List of Greek Tragedies (Plays)

Up to Snuff #69: Book List, Complete List of Greek Tragedies
Translated by David Grene and Richard Lattimore
By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

Aeschylus 1 Oresteia
Agamemnon
The Libation Bearers
The Eumenides

Aeschylus II Four Tragedies
The Suppliant Maidens
The Persians
Seven Against Thebes
Prometheus Bound

Sophocles 1 Three Tragedies
Oedipus The King
Oedipus at Colonus
Antigone

Sophocles II Four Tragedies
Ajax
The Women of Trachis
Electra and Philoctetes

Euripides 1 Four Tragedies
Alcestis
The Medea
The Heracleidae
Hippolytus

Euripides II Four Tragedies
The Cyclops and Heracles
Iphigenia in Tauris
Helen

Euripides III Four Tragedies
Hecuba
Andromache
The Trojan Women
Ion

Euripides IV Four Tragedies
Rhesus
The Suppliant Women
Orestes
Iphigenia In Aulis

Euripides V Three Tragedies
Electra
The Phoenician Women
The Bacchae

Up To Snuff #68: Book List, Complete Shakespeare and Some Associated Writers

Up To Snuff #68: Book List, Complete Shakespeare and Some Associated Writers
By Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

William Shakespeare (39 plays, 154 sonnets, 2 long narrative poems)

The Comedies
The Comedy of Errors
The Taming of the Shrew
The Two Gentleman of Verona
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Love’s Labor Lost
The Merchant of Venice
As You Like It
Much Ado about Nothing
Twelfth Night
The Merry Wives of Windsor
All’s Well That Ends Well
Measure for Measure

The Histories:
Henry the Sixth I
Henry the Sixth, 2 and 3
Richard the Third
King John
Richard the Second
Henry the Fourth, 1
Henry the Fourth, 2
Henry the Fifth
Henry the Eighth

The Tragedies
Titus Andronicus
Romeo and Juliet
Julius Caesar
Hamlet
Troilus and Cressida
Othello
King Lear
Macbeth
Timon of Athens
Anthony and Cleopatra
Coriolanus

The Romances
Pericles
Cymbeline
The Winter’s Tale
The Tempest

The Non-Dramatic Poetry
The Narrative Poems
The Sonnets
Venus and Adonis
The Rape of Lucrece
A Lover’s Complaint
The Phoenix and The Turtle

Collaborations
Prince of Tyre
The Two Noble Kinsmen (w/John Fletcher)
Henry the Eighth (w/John Fletcher)

Compiled Works By Shakespeare:
First Folio

Other Writers Associated in Style, Friendship or Reproduction to Shakespeare
Ovid, Metamorphosis (inspired Shakespeare)
Edmund Spenser- The Faerie Queene, Mother Hubberds Tale, Amoretti, Epithalamion, The Shepherds Calendar
Thomas Hardy
William Faulkner
Charles Dickens
Herman Melville, Moby Dick
Geoffrey Chaucer
John Gower
Virgil
Baptista Mantuanus
Voltaire
Goethe
Stendahl
Victor Hugo
TS. Eliot

Up to Snuff #67: Key Things to Think About When Writing

Up to Snuff #67: Key Things to Think About When Writing
By Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

What one aims for when writing is often the good perfected book that can go into schools. One must have all their ducks in a row, good education and degree’s lined up neatly to get the respect they deserve. A writer needs to have a good brain “tape” and hopefully wisdom. Maturity is also key and very often writer’s mature into writing and unfold as they grow older. A writer needs enough practice and should write regularly. It is also beneficial to cultivate a rich creativity, build something up and work from it. You can write from education and degrees. It helps to perfect writing and dialog in fiction if you use the right software. Writing non- stop with tablets can help to collect a setting, dialog or build up a fiction or a non-fiction book. One key some writers use is to always use a plan. Journalist’s with plans are often more successful. Another key idea for a writer is to do a little branding. Your book generally succeeds when it can be used to teach something.

Wise choices are good for a writer like collecting books and building a library and reading vs. TV. Wise choices can also promote preservation of your brain by avoiding ignorant TV programs and choosing a non-violent route for ultimately a healthier brain. Avoid crime or violence in music, choose programing and entertainment that aligns with your views. A good hobby to have is to research books. To propel yourself, what is crucial is to self- educate as much as possible by reading things in your field and building “ladders” for yourself to study. Education is generally not on a platter; you must have a rich self-education, experiential learning, to prepare you for and combine with your education. Set high bars and work towards mastership studies. Be a wise guide and look for good teachers, private teachers and align with smart people. While you are studying you can also be assembling notes for future writing, books or teaching. Buttress your books with classes and experiential learning to build a strong foundation for your books and writing career.

One key area for a writer to development is analysis. Analysis in the end impacts ones total and complete knowledge frame work. A good way to propel and acquire knowledge is via asking questions, just as in a PHD, one may start with a question or hypothesis to frame a greater study. Great books are something to use to build understanding of writing, vocabulary, analysis and very often romance or passion for your personality. A percentage of your reading and writing should be “KB” or knowledge based reading. Try to get up high enough in every subject that you can study independently and have it be meaningful. It is important to have high standards, bars and goals. You may feel “the power” to do something special in the world or for mankind-have something to offer.

Originality arrives from a variety of sources. It can arrive from bringing three disparate things or concepts together to make a new form via juxtaposition. Well- crafted questions can help you to arrive at original ideas as well as analysis. Research and inferential writing are some of the best ways to get at original evidence based thinking. Taking an aspect or a perspective where you slice off a piece of something or take a sampling can also be an essential way to look at subject matter. You can also write your thesis and later write associated variables as in an APA research proposal which can be developmental and a good path to original thinking. Observations and field work can be good to achieve original notes and writing with descriptions. You can use something you create like a microcosm, a catalyst or something like a “maquette,” to feed off and generate original ideas. Critique your writing to elevate it and get additional perspectives.

What is essential to a writer is to think about what is detrimental and available vs. what is responsibility and choice. Things that weigh heavy on the readers brain and could be avoided are things like: suicide, abortion, crime, killing, negative ideas and instigation, misogyny, low self-esteem, alcoholism, drug fame as opposed to health promoting, humanitarian, Paradisian and the world you want to live in.

One big challenge the writer has is to have a daily “digest” of enough words to adequately build their vocabulary. What is often recommended is to use a Thesaurus when searching for a word or something like “Soules Dictionary of English Synonyms.” A Thesaurus will build your vocabulary out sideways. It is good to read frequently and classics with better vocabulary choices. It is worthwhile, to read the classics with a dictionary and pen and paper. To advance rapidly, read every summer or regularly the dictionary itself. There are on Amazon.com a few books on building the vocabulary, the vocabulary from classic roots, vocabulary workshop, and vocabulary flash cards. You can sign up for new words delivered to your email box on M-W’s Word of the Day. Other good places for information on writing are the “Purdue Owl” website, the “Library of Congress” Database, “Wikipedia” and the “Poetry and Writers” website.

What can ultimately be good is to organize your reading so when you first wake up in the morning you have morning reading and before bedtime reading. It is good to catch your favorite current events in the morning along with your favorite online magazines and blogs.

A nice ways to round out a personality is to heavily read in subject areas. Try subscribing to better newspapers around the world like Chinese English Papers, “NY Times,” “Washington Post,” “The Guardian” in London, “BBC News,” and international English language papers to get a good cross section of news. You can watch Mexican news on TV’s “Telemundo” plus “CNN” or other respected TV news sources for weather and broadcast news stories etc.

Other things that are nice to subscribe to or view are sources like “MXDWN,” or “Pitchfork” or “Rolling Stone,” “Entertainment Weekly,” “Noisy,” “Stereogum,” “Alternative Press,” “Brooklyn Vegan,” “BBC” and “Tone Deaf,” as some of the online music magazines.

Art Magazines like “Art in America,” “Art Forum,” “Juxtapoz,” “Virtuogenix,” “American Art Collector,” “Hi Fructose,” “Fine Art,” “La Mode,” “Photo Play,” “Art Market,” “Art News,” “Cloth Paper Scissors,” “Aperture,” “Aesthetica,” “NKA,” “Fine Art Connoisseur,” “Daguerreian Society” or art websites that regularly send email news like “E-Flux” also make for good information about art. “Bio News” is an online science news source.

More than 1600 Literary Journals can be found on the “Poetry and Writers” website at pw.org. To read things like poetry, short stories and creative writing or essays try a variety of literary magazines like “The Paris Review,” “Ploughshares,” “The Kenyon Review,” “The American Poetry Review,” “The New Yorker,” “The Atlantic,” “Poetry,” “New England Review,” “The Missouri Review,” “The Gettysburg Review,” “Cimarron Review,” “Sewanee Review,” “Antaeus,” “Esquire,” “O’Henry Awards” or “Columbia Journalism Review” or “Michigan Quarterly Review.”

There are also a variety of culinary sources out there like the blog “Cooking without Limits,” or magazines like “Bon Appetit,” “Food and Wine,” “All Recipes,” “Marth Stewart Living,” “Better Homes and Gardens.”

Try reading in an area or subscribing to journals online or in print to spruce up, to stay on top of your field and improve your skills. Many magazines can be found by searching online or in magazine.com, magazinestore.com or discount mags.com. A good writer is well informed and well-read.

A good writer’s kit may be tablets to take notes, pens, tape recorders to record notes or dialog or interviews, a telephone recorder for interviews, camera’s, video cameras, a Wi-Fi device, a telephone, a watch, a sketch pad to make a sketch or a diagram of something and maybe a pocket dictionary or if you can carry it-a laptop and work in every café with Wi-Fi around town. It may also be nice at times to have an artist’s easel and capture in paint a rendition of a place or create a set. BN.com out of New York sells telephone recording devices. It is good to get started collecting all the basic tools of the trade.

Up To Snuff #66: Book Review and Fiction Lesson, “The Sun Also Rises,” By Ernest Hemingway

Up to Snuff #66: Book Review and Fiction Lesson “The Sun Also Rises” By Ernest Hemingway
By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

Hemingway’s 1920’s based fiction novel, covers spiritual dissolution, often describing both Jewish and Catholic Views, immorality and bacchanalian bar hopping and on a lesser note, unrequited love. What may resonate with the reader are micro points like the French, “aperitif” and “digestif” and grander points like his two city, “international agenda.”

“International Agenda” in fact may be what the reader is left with thinking, of what it means to write fiction and how it can be done across two of the world’s most amazing cities, in this case Paris, France and Pamplona, Spain. Hemingway’s piece of modernist fiction, leads the reader to ponder fiction itself, being something of illustrious descriptions, the practice of detail and analysis as description. How one may plan trips or excursions to illuminate a story and embody the setting. One can imagine Hemingway carting around small tablets of paper to bullfights and down Parisian streets, even while in carriages.

It is in fact, the emotion about descriptions, in fiction, that grips you. What also grips the reader is how a writer may become an instigator and define a place, time period, era, a group or a movement. In this case the book chronicles a group of writers and Foreign Correspondents in Paris and appears to be autobiographical. “The Sun Also Rises,” describes the romance for the writers life, the spontaneity, the comradery with other notables of the time period, and how the stories unfold into novels, articles and love affairs, some of which manifest into marriages, others that go unrequited.

They were described as a “lost generation,” perhaps many facing short lived marriages in favor of the dramatic high living of a traveler. What becomes interesting is the fame and publicity that writing generates, the resulting introductions that create, the “Who’s Who” lifestyle. Reporters regularly write about and therefore hob nob with notables, if at the bullfight-the bullfighter.

It is as if a writer must cultivate a “writerly” richness. The writer is at once a manufacturer, instigator, and conjurer. Everything for the writer becomes vivid, when you desire the writing to be as good as life, if not better. Having more power to act as taste master, direct society via writing, and dress your content. Hemingway was a master of description much like James Baldwin. Hemingway would make wonderful “observations,” such as to watch, the feet of dancers, to bottle their dance performance, as difficult as that may be.

Hemingway was an angler as was seen in later books like, “Old Man and The Sea.” He was later overseas, with many of the same interests he may have cultivated in America; which became a part of his “international agenda”-fishing in Germany and Spain for example.

The good fiction may be written in “non- stop” fashion. The writer establishes their setting, carries their tablets and writes literally “non-stop” while traveling; then at a later time transcribes collected details to form the story. Then perhaps an editor or programs help you to iron out your dialog. Perhaps if you are guided by some kind of “North Star” and utilizing precision, you will reach a fine piece of literature at the finish.

Great planning may go into a classic piece of literature. One may pursue degree’s or charter boats and acquire nets. Some of literature’s greatest works may not have been easy to come by. Hemingway provides a good fiction lesson.