Mar 31·edited Mar 31Liked by Steve Skojec

I really liked it--dreamy and imaginative. I want to encourage you to do more of this. I am not much for fiction, because I don't have time for it, but if you write a novel, I'll probably read it. Be sure to do an audible version, because then I can listen while I create stuff. I prefer nonfiction, but I bet your fiction would have sufficient gravitas to attract a wide audience.

You should write an autobiography as well, but when you feel it's right, because you've had an interesting life. Have you read Ronda Chervin's "En Route to Eternity"? I really enjoyed that book. She wrote a sequel, too, that I got a free copy of it--which she sends to anyone who requests it. And also try reading C.S. Lewis's autobiography "Surprised by Joy" (which he wrote BEFORE meeting and marrying his American divorcee wife Joy Davidman. It was a case of life imitating art, and his "Inkling" friends teased him quite a bit about the "coincidence" of the title of his autobiography and then his meeting a marrying Joy Davidman, whom he only married to save her from being thrown out of England when she was on her deathbed from cancer. Then she went into remission, and Lewis and she had an ACTUAL marriage, which shocked him and everyone else. ) But I digress.

And you may think: oh, it's all been done, "Twinkle Twinke," etc., but I found your rendition enchanting and unique. I will buy it, but I want the hard-back version. I hope you do more of this.

I am enclosing 2 versions of the same song (to encourage you) that are so different that if I hadn't told you they were song, you'd say "those are not the same songs." So what's the point? Your illustrations of Twinkle Twinkle showed me another version of the poem I had never thought of. Really enchanting art. Do more of it.

So, the first rendition of "Don't You Worry Child" is by the original artists, who were DJs! DJ's (twin DJs). Can you believe it? The second version is by the Piano Guys with an Indian singer. The first song, toward the end, is like the end of the world with the parting of goats and sheeps, as seen from behind Christ's eyes (he parts the crowd with a toss of a hand). The second rendition, in my opinion, that Indian lady is singing about the passion of Christ, how He was dragged away, suffered (she gets upset), and then is resurrected (she gets happy). So, figure it out, because I can't see how those two songs are the same, but they are. And I hear her (the Indian, who doesn't speak Spanish presumably) singing in SPANISH occasionally, which surely is not the language she is singing, i.e., "Papacita" (little father) and "Mira" (in front of the Temple) ("Look").

Happy Easter! I had so much joy at Easter mass I became overcome at a certain point--it was the singing and the pastor had brought in a musician to join the others that played an electric violin, and that violin sent everyone into a swoon. I also got to see all the "babies on parade." (Such a treat.) The little ones were all well behaved, too, and happy.

First versoin (original artists, who are called Swedish Mafia House)) and second version by Piano Guys. I can tell you more later about them--they're Mormon (the pianist and the cello player), and the pianist's 21 (20?) year-old daughter Annie fell hiking solo off the side of a mountain in Utah. (She was an experienced hiker, but hiking alone--I don't know if hiking alone is a good idea. I don't think at 71 (or even younger) I'd try it.) But at the time of the recording, his daughter had not died.



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Thanks, Ann, I'm glad you liked it!

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I can't get the images to post. Tech issues. I will confer with some Geeks and get back to you. In any case, the image has deteriorated due to mountain air in the mountain abode.

In the meanwhile, I am sending Episode 1 of "Anna Karenina" which was produced in 1977 by the BBC. All ten episodes are posted, just follow from the first link if you have interest. I doubt you have time or inclination for this stuff. So what is the point? "Anna Karenina" is an example of life imitating art. The main protagonist (Anna Karenina) portrays one side of Tolstoy's personality (IMO). Levin portrays the other side of Tolstoy's personality. I do not want to spoil it, so if you watch it and ask me how this is an example of life imitating art (as was "Wag the Dog" in the life of former Pres. Clinton), I will explain it. Anyway, this production is as close to perfection as movie art gets. Other examples are the late 90's production of "Pride and Prejudice" (with Collin Firth as Darcy) because it really took its time, and also because the script writer, producer and actors were perfect, and maybe the BBC's 14-hour miniseries on "War and Peace" starring Anthony Hopkins as Pierre (who is also a stand-in for Tolstoy IMO). If I can get you the other images of Veronica's veil, I will. In the meantime, In your "spare time" HA, here's part 1 of 10 - part "Anna Karinina". The music at the opening and ending are absolutely gorgeous.


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I am ordering the book through a friend shortly. Long story. I'm a bit tied up, but I will get to it. I am going to my other abode today, so I'll try to get a good picture of my absolute favorite picture of Jesus Christ. I know the image will not convey (that's always the way), but I find that picture of Christ (which is a rendition of the Veronica Veil's image) absolute arresting. It says everything.

Here is probably my second favorite image of Christ's face. It is the oldest known image of Christ's face, and it is in Israel if I'm not mistaken. Why do I like it so much? Because it shows two faces in one. On Christ's left face, Christ's "judging" the goats face on Judgment Day. Christ's right face is His gaze on the sheep on Judgment Day.

Aquinas said there are two proofs or indicators that God exists: 1, creation. Sharpen your sense of wonder. Do you really think all of what we see when we gaze into the sky just "happened'? That is incredible to me--even Einstein (who started as an atheist) said (paraphrasing) "there's an intelligence behind the design of the universe. " When did he come to that conclusion? He tried to come up with a "unifying theory" that would explain everything (movement of the planets, movement within a single cell)--he never achieved it, but in the process, he came to believe that there was an intelligent pattern behind the things he studied. (He never came to believe in a personal god.) Second, there is a God-=size hole in each of our hearts. And nothing else will quite do, will it? No matter how good or bad things get, we need to understand where we came from, what we are, and where we're going. I don't believe it's "nowhere." Then why all the cases of life imitating art and vice versa? Look at Tolstoy--ah, topic for another day... talk about life imitating art! Tolstoy's life is exhibit A.


Here's a song: "Hole Hearted"--hope it helps.


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