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Viewpoint and Appreciation

Viewpoint and appreciation

Imagine two lifelong friends, Bill and bob. They grew up together, shared many adventures and were as close as two men could be as true buddies, like brothers.  They bought houses next to each other and their kids played together.

One day Bill found a pebble lying in the grass alongside the sidewalk as he and Bob surveyed their newly mowed lawns. He picked it up, felt its weight and its smoothness. He held it up to the light and noticed the way the light reflected off of the rounded surface on one side and how a rainbow of colors emerged when he held it in a certain position.

He smiled while holding the stone this way and that, getting different colors as he did so. Something within him relaxed as he absorbed the feeling he sensed gazing at the two inch particle of nature he held between his forefinger and thumb. He thought of how this rock was born, beginning with the fusion of particles through heat and pressure, perhaps thousands of years ago, and wondered why it gave him this mellow and happy sensation, just holding it and looking at it. The stone became more and more real as he rolled it around between his fingers and felt it grow warm in his palm.

“Hey Bob, check this out, man.” He handed the stone to Bob, who glanced at it and handed it back. He said, “It’s a rock, man, nice rock, smooth.”

Bill felt odd. There was a slight invalidation as his sense of values and worth of the stone stood trembling on the edge of “throw it away, it’s just a rock,” or “I see something I have never seen before, feel something new, and it is real.” Bill let out a breath he had been holding since he handed the stone to Bob. It breathed out any of the old Bill, who had always played the “agreement to not be different than others,” and he felt a natural sense of personal integrity and honor, to know that if it is true for me it is true, not what others say is true. This stone is beautiful, and if he can’t see it, it is his problem.”

At that moment Bill lifted his eyes to his environment and saw it all in a different light; it took on a new dimension of livingness he had never seen before. Bob couldn’t see this dimension. He was blind to it.  Bill felt an instant sadness for Bob. But Bill had a new life. He now had a new world to explore, and Bob couldn’t explore it with him, but Bill couldn’t stop grinning. He had perceived the new dimension of beauty, aesthetics and art. And now he wanted to see, to learn, to know more about this, whatever it is. He knew it had worth beyond any accounting, and he could share.

Bob said, “dude, what’s with you, why you grinnin’ like your face gonna break?”

“No worries, Bob, no worries man.”

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Introduce myself and a thought about art

Hello guys, I am L D Sledge. This is my first post on IAC and I intend to post regularly. I am a writer, author, poet, copywriter, visual artist and mess with a piano keyboard, guitar and a couple of other things as a mediocre player. But I love making visual and physical art whether it is an oil or acrylic canvas, a great shot with my camera, piano melody, a flower arrangement or a string of words on a page or pages that gives that joyous heart bursting joy of having flowed something extraordinary. It is all art, whether a fleeting shadow or a childhood memory of geese flying across a great yellow winter moon, with their lonely cries in the night, or the scent of a rose. This world is a sumptuous feast of eye, ear and sensual candy just waiting to be slurped up. It is all candy to me.

The test is not technical perfection. The test is if it creates an emotional impact on the observer. What impact does the Pieta have on you? If you have seen it, as I have, in situ, right there before my eyes, you would receive a palpable impact, as I did. Even looking at a picture of it does that. The artist imbued that marble with his very spirit that lives on and on in the stone, singing its beautiful melody through every molecule and atom of its self transferred through the hammer and chisel of a great artist.

But an artist, whether a writer or painter, makes a serious mistake at trying to create this impact on others. If a writer writes to please others, to make money, as a vanity exercise or as a effort to make an impression on others, it changes the essence of the form to something other than real art in my opinion. An artist must just open the doors and let it out, flowing, without concern of any other person or mind of others, except to please the artist and to make sure it speaks a language that can be understood.


Too much individuality makes it unintelligible, and a thing that renders itself even ugly to my mind and it has an instant effect the moment I lay eyes on it. I went to the Dali museum in St. Petersburg recently, in hopes of seeing something deserving of the publicity. Sorry. His work is strange, kind of scary, gross in a way, certainly not something that you can take away feeling inspired, delighted or aesthetically gratified. He just made lots of noise with melting clocks, etc. There were two or three very excellent pieces, like the Last Supper, which was inspired. And no double he was a fantastic artist. I see good artists waste it on gross, ugly, scary things. That is just my viewpoint.

Art should communicate, create a “good” impact that makes a person better for the experience, taking away a good feeling, free, happy and loving life more than before. How to do that? Just be yourself, and if it is ugly, it may be beautiful to you; don’t fret over it.  Just let it out. Let your art be you. You live on as you in your art. It is your communication line, you have given it life through your brush or pen or fingers on the strings. It may make them feel good, laugh or cry for joy, (maybe not) but just be you, you are eyecandy. But most of all. Just do it. 

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“Tonight” by Michael Graves

Tonight, the dead will remain dead.
And we, my love
aloft with life, shall reign
vibrant and shining, while
breath remains within us.
Glowing like two coals born of
incipient fire, bathed in recombinant light.
Memories of another time
sent to a place away, and told
to be still.
For tonight, the dead will remain dead.

–Graves 6/7/14

I am happy to announce that my book “Messages in a Bottle: Communications to My Future Self” took one of the top awards given by the Colorado Independent Publishers Association in 2018. Find out more about it, and about my book “Reflections on a Crystal Wind” at:


1) Just click this link.…/messages-bottle-paperback/

2) Then, click on the button that says: Free E-Book “A Glimpse Beyond”.

3) Download onto your phone, iPad or computer. “A Glimpse Beyond” downloads in Kindle, iBooks and other formats for your convenience.

Copyright © 2014 by Michael Graves, All Rights Reserved, except the right to forward and to share with friends – with credit — which is held to be a good idea and is thus encouraged.

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And on Instagram at: #mg_poet

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Great Feedback About my Fiction Books!

Author Ronald Joseph Kule

Haunted Robots took me to the edge of my chair again and again. This fast-paced story got under my skin and explored what was “under” the skins of robots, androids and military types – a classic battle of who takes control of the future! An entertaining read that may keep you up at night.” — Tracy Repchuk, 8-time #1 international best-selling author & Linked In Influencer

“Very intriguing… good, fast reading right from the start. I was taken into a world I intend to stay in all the way to the back cover and possibly beyond.” – Billie Wegmann, Executive Director, Celebrity Centre, Munich, Germany

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“Ruined by Murder Addicted to Love… What a pleasure it was to find all this love and adventure in one book! I couldn’t put it down, stirred to find out what would happen next!”  — Sally Nutter, Entertainer, Sacramento, CA

“An ambitious book that tackles mankind’s biggest problem — how to find true love. To categorize this story as simply a romance would be an injustice. This one’s unlike any other I have ever read. You might just fall in love with it.” — DAVID CARUS, Entertainment Producer, Austin, TX


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“‘THUNDERCLOUD (The Oddities of a Young Man’s Journey to Manhood)’ is a stunning novel! I am enjoying it very much and I loved reading about the shoofly pie – the first time I have heard about it! :).” – Jean Hughes, avid Vermont book-reader



You can find my fiction books here

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Intro to the artist Ronald Joseph Kule


Author Ronald Joseph Kule
Ronald Joseph Kule, Author/Biographer

“Internationally acclaimed author, biographer, and ghostwriter of non-fiction and novels” sounds fancy, but I’m simply a professional with skills and a mission to write entertaining, uplifting, and inspirational stories for my readers’ enjoyment. People tell me, “You create emotional stories… paint pictures with words.” Well, I write what I see in front of me, adding my imagination where it improves the story.

Growing up in a cramped house, competing for personal space among seven brothers and sisters, two parents, (most times) at least one good hunting dog, and a score of kids living on our block, I learned to hold my ground, at times from a perch 30 feet up my favorite tree in the woods behind our house.

I was born in Bogota, Colombia, the second son of Polish-immigrant-coal-miner stock and blue-blooded, Colombian-Chilean lineage. Appreciating ethnic values and cultural differences by observing directly disparate social classes and living conditions there paint-brushed a wanderlust onto my life-canvas: I’ve spent time in 39 countries and performed keynote briefings in 17.

While I laugh often and can experience a panorama of emotions just for fun, I prefer to make other people smile and generally feel happier for having met me or, better yet, having read my books. If you curl up with one and find yourself breathless, provoked, inspired, and changed as if you just undertook an important journey that left you more than satisfied, my job as your author will be a success.

Some of my book titles and descriptions:

Non-fiction, Biography; 452 pages Hardcover; eBook and AudioBook.

“Tell started all this television madness about chefs.” – Regis Philbin

Before Julia, Wolfgang, Paul, Emeril, Jacques, Bobby, Mario, Gordon, Rachel, Jamie, and Anthony there was… CHEF TELL!

After ducking physical blows, verbal zingers and pots and pans from fiery, kitchen mentors never dissuaded him, and his mother’s suicide had not dashed his spirited childhood bravado, winning in a park an audition for a cooking slot on a syndicated TV show earns Friedemann Paul Erhardt his place in culinary history.

Within weeks, he appears on-air in 30 cities. Within months, 40,000,000 avid Baby Boomers in 114 cities—far more than Julia Child’s fan base—tune to Evening Magazine or PM Magazine to watch him perform 90-second, cooking segments three times a week. Personal appearances on The Mike Douglas Show, The Dinah Shore Show, The Merv Griffin Show, The Jon Davidson Show; and magazine cover stories and live cooking demonstrations in shopping malls and convention centers add fuel to this German-American prairie fire’s sweep of the nation.

No one has ever seen anyone like Chef Tell—he cooks fast, entertains and teaches America to feel good enough to try cooking his way. A cavalcade of fan mail, more than 1,000 letters daily, blossoms into 14,000 pieces of mail weekly. In Capitol Center of Baltimore Maryland, he draws 20,000 people to five cooking shows one weekend, informing and entertaining enthralled attendees.

Tell’s appeal—ruggedly masculine yet comfortable in the kitchen—crosses gender and generational lines of television viewers. Twenty and thirty-year-old, female and male home cooks swoon over his engaging style and simple recipes.

“You do like this, do like that…very easy, very nice.” And “I see you!” he tells them. “If a housewife or man sees me do something in 90 seconds, they figure they can make it in five minutes,” Tell says.

Yet, Tell Erhardt lacks inner peace and understanding, which he craves. The scars of his childhood and his mother’s ignominious death drive him through three restaurants. He outlasts two marriages, another suicide, sporadic drug use, and clandestine sexual conquests before he finds the two measures of personal happiness he has sought all along: the honest, loyal love of a woman he can trust implicitly, as well as his own syndicated-TV cooking show (after he turns down The Food Network’s arguably first contract offer ever made to a chef).

Just as a new breeze catches the mainsail of his storied career vessel, two untimely falls lead to ill health, lawsuits, marital strife and a (fortunate) discovery of a long-standing diabetic condition. Undeterred, Tell recovers everything: He kicks all medications, manhandles his diabetes with dietary changes and exercise, loses 100 pounds, rehabilitates his marriage, and begins work on his sixth cookbook—an earlier one sold 230,000 copies, this one loaded with diabetic recipes.

But Tell never arrives to teach his cooking class at The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College on Friday morning, October 26, 2007. Instead, he dies alone at home. Surprised and shocked internet and news-media posts include this comment: “Chef Tell has died? Stick a fork in him, he’s done.” Friedemann Paul “Chef Tell” Erhardt would have loved that.

CHEF TELL The Biography of America’s Pioneer TV Showman Chef, forewords by Regis Philbin & Chef Walter Staib, published by Skyhorse Publishing NYC, reveals “the rest of the story” for millions of Baby-Boomer fans to enjoy. (Currently [2020], based on this book, a feature documentary nears production.)

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Non-fiction, Sports, Baseball; softcover & Kindle.

From the Preface:

“’At the end of the year, or the end of the job, if the cumulative effort is good enough, you get a chance to go to the postseason, and that is where it all starts.’ — head baseball coach, Ray Tanner

“The 2011 Gamecocks annihilated opponents. As a team, South Carolina in 2011 finished with a 1.31 ERA in 10 NCAA Tournament games. The Gamecocks’ bullpen finished 6-0 with five saves and an incredible 0.53 ERA in 33.2 innings of work in the NCAA College World Series Tournament games. They did not allow a single, extra-base hit during the entire tournament.

“Freshmen, fresh men, would take their places in 2012.

“Despite the loss of key veterans, Tanner’s vision for 2012’s recruiting class and veterans remained upbeat, even confident. He knew by the numbers that a lot of veteran players with outstanding performances under their belts, who stayed, would continue to perform at high levels. Veteran senior, Friday-night ace and All-American Michael Roth stayed on this year, as did All-American, junior closer Matt Price. Nolan Belcher; Ethan Carter; Colby Holmes; Adam Westmoreland; Tyler Webb; Patrick Sullivan, Logan Munson and Hunter Privette stayed. Forrest Koumas, who made the SEC All-Freshman Team and finished at 6-1 with a 2.96 ERA in 19 games and 12 starts, stayed.

“The biggest question in the minds of Garnet & Black coaches and fans was whether the new infield would gel into a working unit early enough in the season to give them a chance at the end. The infield situation — to get back to Omaha would be a lot to ask of freshman players, but they would work on it.”

Thus, begins the amazing story of Carolina Baseball 2012, Poetic Justice and how the 2012 Gamecocks transformed from a ragtag bunch of individuals into a national-caliber team that almost pulled off a miracle, third consecutive, national championship win — a feat accomplished in history by only one team: 1972’s USC Trojans.

Ronald Joseph Kule’s account follows the saga co-authored by Kule and J. David Miller in Carolina Baseball: Pressure Makes Diamonds – the authorized biography of the 119-year-old University of South Carolina baseball program from 1892 through the Gamecocks’ back-to-back, national championships in 2010-2011 — the school’s first-ever, major-sport championship wins.

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Listen More Sell More sales-training series of books
Volumes 1 & 2 of 3

Non-fiction, sales training. Softcover books/courses; 270 pages

Echoing an award-winning, 1892 ad-copy formula that swept the American sales industry in the early 1900s, this original book offers a unique approach to selling through a sales course steeped on correct, fundamental data that lead to certainty and ability not only to apply the data but also close sales better and easier. The training approach offers a guaranteed understanding of what is studied and can be practiced. Exclusive, author-developed training exercises targetting specific skills are also available on separate checksheets.

Kule’s 39-year, international sales career included door-to-door, in-home, B2C, B2B selling from street level to Boardroom and C-level executive presentations, and keynote-speaker fundraising presentations before professional audiences. He has trained scores of salespeople with this data through international sales-training workshops delivered on request. Maren’s experience includes half-a-century of award-winning consulting about sales, reaching goals, how to choose and motivate staff and administrative functions for the expansion of multi-sized corporations and groups and individuals.  Together, the co-authors represent almost 100 years of sales, sales management, and training scores of salespeople worldwide.

Recommended by international corporate consultants Brian Tracy, Patrick Valtin and Marten Runow, among others, including Stu Sjouerman, CEO of KnowB4, Inc., and Edwin Dearborn, author of Power Branding Secrets.

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Mystery/romance novel; softcover; 265 pages

What does a man do when love rejects him unexpectedly? How do lovers of both genders bring back their natural desires for affection? Once broken, can people ever find meaningful love again? Finally, are there really four distinct paths to meaningful, everlasting love?

In this intense, at times steamy, fictional narrative, Carlos Almarón and his childhood friend Carmela Ariana must confront their difficult pasts after the murder of their mutual lover. Seeking to find redemption and true love, the trials they face bring them to help each other and to discover what is and isn’t important about true love. When Cupid finds them, his arrows strike where and when they least expect it!

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Magical Realism; softcover & Kindle; 270 pages

On a swelteringly hot afternoon in Oklahoma, being on trial bears down upon a Cherokee teen. In front of his peers and tribunal Elders, ThunderCloud stoically endures not only an embarrassment but also the only outcome he richly deserves: ex-communication by decree. Thus, he becomes a young man forced into a world full of strangers and trying circumstances unfamiliar to him. There, he must learn to face his manhood or perish. Near-deadly mishaps, interludes with lovers, ersatz contacts with myriad characters, some good some bad, and time spent within an Amish clan that befriends him prompt his spiritual awakening and decision to return to his Principal People, intent on making amends. On his journey home he collects valuable experiences as well as a motley entourage that includes a ragtag gang of renegade children, a sage Amish runaway, and the woman whom, he hopes, he will one day marry… none of which guarantees acceptance upon his arrival at the Cherokee Reservation he once left in disgrace.

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434 pages, softcover & Kindle

“… Haunted Robots is an unusual and often whimsical story of a disparate group of characters, android and otherwise, who find themselves drawn together in a race to uncover and flee from a black-ops-type conspiracy involving unknown shadowy agencies. Definitely a thought-provoking book and decently entertaining.” – Anthony Wells, U.K. Home Recording Artist

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356 pages, softcover & Kindle,

Foreword by Tracy Repchuk, eight-time international Amazon bestselling author and LinkedIn Influencer.

“Terry” Hitchcock is a humble, God-fearing entrepreneur who survived a kidnapping, homelessness, and gang-life. A USAF veteran, he threw baseballs fast, roused crowds and groupies with his saxophone, and married “The One.” When cancer took his wife and his job, he raised three children alone. Later, he consulted 84 corporations, raised over $100 million for startups, and received awards from two U.S. Presidents. To promote the plight of single-parents and children everywhere, he ran the distance of 75 marathons in 75 consecutive days, winning media attention and capturing the hearts and minds of millions in 27 countries. Reading this inspiring biography, you will learn not only what, how and why Terry survived but also his “Ultimate Dream” and how YOU can participate in it!

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Coming in September 2020:

Conversations with Animals ~ From Farm Girl to Pioneering Veterinarian, the Dr. Ava Frick Story 

Foreword by Dr. Michael W. Fox, BVetMed, Ph.D., DSc, MRCVS

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Ronald Joseph Kule ghostwrites in any genre of non-fiction or fiction by request and on commission. Ne works from his home office in Clearwater, Florida, but, in his words, “… my passport yearns for more nation-stamps, and my bags can be packed on a moment’s notice!”

© 2019 by Ronald Joseph Kule and KuleBooks LLC. Reserved.

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The Cur Dogs Snapping at your Heels

Some people thrive on criticism. The giving part, not the receiving part. Artists are a target for such characters, because artists are trying to communicate aesthetically and because they have put themselves in the spotlight, so to speak – they are easy targets. Don’t let the critics get you down.

Easier said than done. I know some very competent artists who will not put their work in front of the public for fear that someone will criticize it. The fear of invalidation is too much, so they invalidate themselves.

You know you are a creative person. You know your art, music, theater, whatever your field, is good. You know it can make a difference in someone else’s life, bring enjoyment, make people smile, make people feel better simply because you communicated through your art. Never invalidate yourself. And you will then be able to ignore/squash those who try to invalidate you. These people are merely cur dogs snapping at your heels. Don’t throw them a bone by feeling invalidated by their snapping.

One artist I know used to cut up the rejection letters she got from art shows, put them in a blender with some water and make lovely hand-made price tags for her art out of the resulting pulp. Then she sold her paintings at the next show. Whatever makes you feel better.

The best way to overcome the invalidation is to just go out and sell your paintings, music, whatever art you do, in spite of all. To alter an old saying, those who can, do and those who can’t, criticize. Know that the critics who invalidate cannot do what you do.

As I note, I am not referring here to people who pass up your artwork to buy from another artist. That’s their opinion, and they just liked something else better. They are usually kind, but sometimes they need something to match the drapes and yours did not match the drapes. But plenty of people will like what you do and pass up some other artist.

We are all critics to one degree or another – different folks like different things. Put your art out there, and the people who feel as you do will come. And you can bask in the joy of knowing that something you created is gracing the living room of a home you have never even seen.


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John Henry Soto – Actor, Filmmaker, Musician, Writer & Producer

John Henry SotoJohn grew up in the South Bronx during the 70s and 80s during a tough time for that community.  He understands the importance of a neighborhood coming together and working for real solutions.  That experience along with the love and support of his family shaped his early artist passions and gave him  a purpose to try to make the world a better place by spreading beauty with his creative energy.  Music and films were his salvation.  He began to write songs and play guitar at the age of 5, and 15 years ago he started a band to raise the awareness of the world around them. The band is called Glass of Know. The group had a few song on local radio and toured heavily.  The band still reunites for special events.  John recently launched his new record label Anakeion Music with his business partner Michael Katz.   First signed artist is Metanoiz!

In 2013 John started his journey in building a production company.  His intention is to create a place where a filmmaker, actor, musician or writer can feel comfortable bringing their ideas to the table and seeing them come to life.  John will find the best people to work on your project and take full responsibility for your getting it done.  Fully understanding the economics of the business, John also finds great talent that’s affordable for your budget.  As John states, “I want the artist to be shocked how great their project came out and want to come back, create more and tell everyone.” To set up a meeting with John email him directly at

John Henry Soto - musicianAlthough music was his first love he always had a fascination with film. He began studying with the successful theater and film coach Ruth Kulerman in 2007.  After many sessions and plenty of encouragement from Ruth, in early 2008 he decided to start testing the waters by auditioning for many roles.  The response was overwhelming and he landed 17 roles in 5 months.  The roles were small but it gave John enough confidence to continue to work hard and more importantly, he knew he had something special to offer.

Kids TV InternationalJohn has had films in the Asian American Film Festival, New Film Maker Festival, The Katra Film Series, International Film Festival of Manhattan.  In 2008 John was the lead for the film En Route which won first place at the Milford Connecticut Film Festival and shortly afterwards he was nominated for best actor at the Columbia film festival for the short film Good Bye.   In the lead role once again, the film Down & Across was invited to the Cannes film festival in 2011.  Earlier this year The Coffee List made it to the final round at the HollyShorts challenge for in LA.  This film was John’s first attempt at writing, directing and acting in a project.   John is currently producing a TV pilot, Web series and working on a book.  In the near future John would like to enter the lecture circuit and motivate others by sharing his journey.


John Henry Soto

The one constant endeavor that has given the world more hope than anything else is art.

Therefore, artists are the most valuable people on the planet. Someone may argue this and that’s fine but a clear and educated look at history will prove my statement time and time again. From the amazing artists that designed the pyramids and Greek monuments to today’s creators of art influencing elections via social media and giving us hope for the future, artists are the leaders.

We have a mind. We have bodies. We are spirits. If we do not help this planet, who will? The politicians?

Thank you,
John Henry Soto


Here’s where you can find John Henry Soto:

My main site with my work.






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Dawn R. Yurkas (Author D.R. Yurkas)

covering hope by dr yarkas

Covering Hope - A Carter's of Milton Novel - by D.R. Yurkas
Covering Hope by D.R. Yurkas

Growing up I never thought I would be a writer, my first love was music, playing piano, singing and eventually learning a few more instruments in a jazz ensemble. However when I was 12 my mother opened a used bookstore, then a card and comic shop and I was immersed into a world of unlimited books and graphic art.

Eventually I owned my own bookstore and found myself reading a lot of books wondering how they got published. I had been published in local and regional newspapers for my commentary or opinions on social events but never thought I was a “writer” per say.

On a whim I decided to submit a short story to Chicken Soup for the Soul, after being kicked out of a writer’s group for my romantic notions. Chicken Soup accepted my short story and it was published in their Answered Prayers anthology.

Author D.R. Yurkas
Author D.R. Yurkas

After a car accident and my real estate being put on hold I decided to write a novel, actually a series. To say I had lofty expectations was understated, however I had found a new freedom of expression which sent me soaring and spent hours creating a small southern town and a family to put in it. I added mystery, suspense and romance to the mix of drama and I found success, in the form of readers.

There were readers who loved my stories and their words of encouragement keep me pushing onward to develop other story lines and try different styles of writing.

Now writing is a need of my spirit and soul, much like water to live and food to eat. I’ve learned and grown so much as an artist of my craft, listening to others, learning from others and it is my hopes to keep bringing beautiful stories to my readers.

All four book covers by D.R. Yurkas

Carters of Milton Novels
Covering Hope
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Elizabeth C. Sullivan Fine Artist & Musician

hat created by E.C. Sullivan

About the Artist
Elizabeth Sullivan

Elizabeth C. Sullivan gave up an artistic life to single-handedly provide for her child with no help from the adventurous ex-husband/father. When the job was done, she resumed artistic pursuits and has been an artist full time for the last 15 years, and now considers that she reigns supreme as Granny Bess, with 3 wonderful grandsons. Although she has produced artworks in many

world horses by E.C. Sullivan © 2016 E.C. Sullivan. All Rights Reserved.
world horses by E.C. Sullivan © 2016 E.C. Sullivan. All Rights Reserved.

different mediums, she is primarily known as a muralist and watercolor painter. Although often inspired to paint those awesome grandsons, her most well-known works are of horses, buffalo, armadillos, horned lizards, elk, deer, longhorns and other Texas wildlife in a unique style vaguely reminiscent of cave paintings (one of her inspirations). Her most recent murals in Bastrop and Elgin, Texas, reflect this subject matter and style. (However, one of the Bastrop murals had to be of the famous Bastrop chickens.) Ms. Sullivan has sold thousands of prints, hundreds of originals all across the US and Europe and Japan. Her work has been licensed to produce area rugs, coasters, cards, posters, jewelry and other articles. A Swedish company, Scandecor, licensed and distributed her work across Europe and the US, but interestingly, tourists wishing to take a little bit of Texas back home to England, Germany, Japan, New York – a hundred places – choose one of Ms. Sullivan’s watercolors from galleries that carry them in Texas.

by E.C. Sullivan © 2016 E.C. Sullivan. All Rights Reserved.
by E.C. Sullivan © 2016 E.C. Sullivan. All Rights Reserved.

Ms. Sullivan is also a musician – how could you be from Austin and not be in a band? Although the band is strictly volunteer, it has been spotlighted on local TV and in the Austin American Statesman. The band was the inspiration for one of the two cows she painted for the Austin Cow Parade – “Cowjunto.”

She has done hundreds of art shows across the US. Awards from various art shows are listed on her resume on her website. She also teaches watercolor to adults and children. As a volunteer she devotes time weekly to teaching art to autistic kids, and playing music for facilities for the elderly. She holds a BFA from the University of Texas.


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Multi-Talented Artist Robin Beaman

Robin Beaman, multi-talented artist I used to sit “center stage” where artistic endeavors were concerned…I sang and acted in New York and Los Angeles – in church as soloist, musicals, opera and straight drama, both on stage and on TV.  I sang under Leonard Bernstein’s baton in New York, sang in the New York Opera as well as Off-Broadway.  I came out to Los Angeles and pursued my wares in TV – Little House on the Prairie, Highway to Heaven, Hart to Hart, just to name three, and starred in many musicals and straight drama at The Colony Theatre here.

But, as time went on I decided that I’d run the gamut and did what I’d set out to do, which was to touch, move, make a difference in people’s lives, and to entertain to the best of my ability.  So, I decided to do something different.  I felt I’d run the gamut.

So now I’ve taken to helping with art others produce.  I still keep my creative hand in by writing now and then (mainly short stories and blogs), but I’ve found that I especially enjoy helping others polish up their written work by proofreading and editing in order to make their works shine as the bright gems they are.

I have been an avid reader since childhood, simply because there was no television in “them thar days”, so I escaped by reading. I’m so glad I did because I can see grammatical and spelling errors a mile away!

Because of my reading knowledge, I find myself getting engrossed and involved with the story I’m editing, so that when I edit something, it isn’t just a “job”; it’s because I’m interested and wish this story to succeed.  I mean, with the teamwork that develops between us, I can see this story really take off. It starts to live and breathe for me and I can’t wait to see what’s going to happen next. It is important to me that the author’s story is the best it can possibly be.

Another skill or hobby, if you will, is being handy with needle and thread.  With this love of sewing, I stumbled on what is known as counted cross stitch which ends up, when finished, as a “thread painting” done on linen.  All kinds of colorful pictures can be rendered with this technique, sometimes to the jaw dropping amazement of those who see this art up close and personal.  And, to complete the “sewing” picture, I also love to crochet afghans, baby hats, as well as sew knick-knacks like table cloths, hand towels, coasters – well, you name it, I probably do it.

My overall purpose is this:  I cannot breathe easily if I don’t create something, whether it’s for me or through and for others.  I thank my lucky stars that I live around and have friends as artists — that I’m able to support them and do what I can for them.  Life just isn’t worth living without the beauty of art in it.  Period.

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