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PETER GREENAWAY, a world Art ‘Reviver’ is… WALKING IN ROME with ANGELO MERANTE — a Roman INI artist
May 23, 2014

Preceded by silence just like a perfect tempest, it tore my recently cloudy, gray world with the energy and light of the brightest, strongest lightning. The experience was sudden but not surprising – after all, lightnings and tempests come together. What was it? – A confirmation that my favorite film director, painter and writer Peter Greenaway and my favorite INI artist Angelo Merante are going to walk together in ROME, among impressive ancient Roman monuments, such as the Ara Pacis of emperor Augustus, while commenting onnew perspectives in creative film and all art of tomorrow.

ARA PACIS INTERIOR. Are they the two artists featured in my story? Who knows. Rome is a city of many secrets.

The artists will most likely emerge from one of the events of the 3 edition of MASHROME, an International Film Festival (MRFF) which will take place in the ARA PACIS Museum (pictured). About 100 filmmakers, invited from all over the world will celebrate with their works‘Arts experiences in the remix era’. The eagerly awaited highlight of the festival will be the master’s lecture by Peter Greenaway on June 6 : “Cinema is dead! Long live Cinema!”

Cinema, being the youngest art, has had nonetheless an eventful history. It’s gone through vast transformations. So much so that some artists and critics suggest it’s no longer the cinema that we used to know. Peter Greenaway, whose unique films bring paintings to life, is one of those who say that cinema has died . — At the same time ….he is creating , what seems to have a long-life ahead — cinema of tomorrow. Who needs to be reminded that all whatever most important painters put on canvas… Greenaway imagined as living organisms … able to move beyond frames.– And filmed them as such, guided by the power of his poetry, intellect, sensitivity, vision and visual genius.

So soon, between June 3 and 6, the art and film fans will have one of rare occasions to fill MRFF and watch the screen come alive with figures and backgrounds known from famous paintings. Figures, brought to life on the the screen will be stepping out of canvas and crossing the frames , moving, walking, talking, writing, dancing, praying. — Courtesy of Greenaway’s incredible talent and invention of modern film techniques.

Every film and art true lover knows that Greenaway’s best ‘revived art’ works – films and other creations (close to something in between visual art/cinema/sculpture…) were created in or inspired by Italy, Rome included – where Angelo Merante lives. Among the unforgettable ‘Italy inspired’ Greenaway’s works there are films as “The Belly of an Architect” and “The baby of Mâcon”. Other famous works go beyond the concept of film and involve paintings as “The Last Supper” by Leonardo as well as a physical replica of Veronese’s “Wedding of Cana”. A spectacular exhibition with projections opened in a church in Venice to enthusiastic applaud of viewers.

As I said the news of Angelo Merante’s meeting with Peter Greenaway was not a surprise to me. It surely will not be to anyone who knows both versatile artists. So I could expect that their paths were ready to cross. New ideas must talk together. Angelo Merante confirmed my hypothesis, adding: “ What Peter Greenaway made in his cinema is what I call – about my own art and the art of all true creative authors, as Greenaway is – ‘aesthetic communication’, a concept that goes beyond conventional definition of poetry, painting, cinema, video… and so on.” By the way, it is a concept developed by Inism since 1980. Anyway, this idea is something that you can find in both Inists and Greenaway. The English filmmaker said: “Every medium has to be redeveloped, otherwise we would still be looking at cave paintings..My desire to tell you stories is very strong but it’s difficult because I am looking for cinema that is non-narrative”.

What’s in it for us, millions of people unable to go to Rome to meet in person Peter Greenaway and Angelo Merante? What’s in it for us, unable to breathe the inspiring Italian air and watch Italian art (from ancient Roman art to Byzantine, from Giotto to Renaissance, from Caravaggio to Baroque… all that is well represented in Rome, not only in museums, but also in churches and in private houses – nobles’ historical palaces and villas) up to contemporary and avant-gardes as Futurism or Inism (also these traces are well represented and you can find them in Rome). What of all that will be in the conversation of these artists – revived by them when they will be walking and talking just like we are? What’s in it for us unable to leave our jobs and families, stack where we are, under some grey, uneventful clouds?

What? – LinkedIn, of course. Asked by me a couple of hours ago ANGELO MERANTE AGREED TO GIVE ME A “FRAGMENTED INTERVIEW”. Due to busy schedules of both of us, as well as your busy schedules Friends, our Readers – I will ask Angelo on any given day just one question about art and/or Italy. ONE QUESTION on A SINGLE ISSUE. The first question will be about the current Roman festival of creative films… and/or about his meeting with Greenaway. The second perhaps about Greenaway’s art and/or his opinion about new creative films presented in Roman festival.

Is it certain? –Generally speaking, yes. But I will not swear on it. I am so enthusiastic about the Festival and so much is going on in its preparatory stage –that I may just be tempted to write one more article about it, to finally convince you to start packing and go to Rome. Omnis dies facit historiam. –Yes, every day makes history. I mean, in Rome–NOW.

In any case :

MY “QUESTIONS to ANGELO MERANTE” about ITALY will follow immediately after all the reporting on the MASHROME FESTIVAL ; ONE QUESTION AT A TIME. After all it is hard to imagine what would THE WORLD ART of the two past millennia be like…. if Rome and Italy did not exist.

And it is impossible to imagine a serious Art Fan who doesn’t know the major source of the the world art of the past two millennia and especially since the Renaissance and by the same token various genres of contemporary art.

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A—Z LIFE WISDOM …in quotes ( 4 ) : ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE ! ( part 1 of 2 ) !

A LOVING HEART BEATS FASTER and releases more energy ! It is needed also to perform any and every action of self-improvement. So the Chief Spirit Integrity (who gave the sky Kingdom her name) makes sure that her sister –Spirit LOVE is FIRST to begin work on imperfect, incomplete humans in desperate need of moral values. And so LOVE meets them first to prepare the soil: hardened hearts and closed minds. Her closeness, soft touches and positrons she emits make those hearts beat faster, generating will and power. Subsequently all patients (with the exception of psychopaths) show hight levels of optimism, passion and desire to live and love. They are love-ready!
Spirit LOVE leaves her patients when they are LOVE-READY. She knows that for a life choice to be right—it must be made by the person who lives it. So she gives her patients total freedom in choosing earthly objects of their already growing affection. Afterwards she revisits once or twice to send them more of her positrons so they are ready to meet the other inhabitants of the INTEGRITY Kingdom : Wisdom, Truth and Integrity as well as the C-Sisters. ALL THE SPIRITS KNOW that morally weak humans must be continuously reminded what is right and what is wrong. So they keep doing this using visual, audial and physical tools and methods to make their patients stay the course. Countless Integrity Kingdom success and failure stories prove indeed that there is no good life without love.
WHERE THERE IS LOVE THERE IS LIFE said Mahatma Gandhi. The previous millennia’s wisdom could have added to his vast personal experience. Although I am not sure —given his heroic but tough life –he would agree with the ultimate idealism of Aristotle who claimed that „Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies”. But what he said certainly embraces Sophocles’ observation that „One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life. That word is love.” The importance given by Gandhi to love is mirrored by the quote of C.S.Lewis : AFFECTION IS RESPONSIBLE FOR NINE-TENTHS OF WHATEVER SOLID AND DURABLE HAPPINESS THERE IS IN OUR LIVES .”
“ LOVE IS LIKE A FRIENDSHIP CAUGHT ON FIRE. In the beginning a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. As love grows older, our hearts mature and our love becomes as coals, deep burning and unquenchable ” is a quote of Bruce Lee embraced by many quote writers. For a good reason: True Love and Friendship are inseparable. Deepak Chopra words play the same music: „To understand love we need to understand its spiritual meaning, to measure it by what it can accomplish. I personally believe that love can heal, love can renew, love can make us safe, love can inspire us to be our best, and love can bring us closer to God. ”
„LOVE BEGINS AT HOME and it is not how much we do…but how much love we put in that action.” is Mother Teresa’s piece of advice, proven millions of times by loved and unloved children’s lives. Advice echoed in countless quotes on the subject. Who will not agree with the golden thoughts of Oscar Wilde and Max Muller, respectively, that you should „Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead” and ” A flower cannot blossom without sunshine, and man cannot live without love.”
So It’s The Spirit LOVE who meets humans first– clearing the way for Wisdom, Truth and Integrity. Love is the Light to the ‚Book Wisdom” because “A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge.”(Thomas Carlyle). Love leads to ‚Life Wisdom’as Orson Welles explains with depth and sensitivity: We’re born alone, we live alone, we die alone. ONLY THROUGH OUR LOVE and FRIENDSHIP WE CREATE AN ILLUSION FOR THE MOMENT THAT WE’RE NOT ALONE”. J.O.Zimmerman says convincingly: „Love is also a beacon for Integrity which means creating love from a place of wholeness, rather than looking for someone to complete you. When it comes to love, two halves don’t make a whole. When you’re complete with yourself and believe, “I am enough”, you’ll attract a partner who is also whole. KNOW THAT YOU HAVE THE POWER TO CREATE THE LOVE YOU DESIRE !
And LOVE….. LEADS US TO THE TRUTH. As Mahatma Gandhi stresses with deep emotions: “When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of
T R U T H.. &.. L O V E … H A V E … A L W A Y S… W O N ! There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it–always.”
“if you want to be loved –be lovable” (Ovid)
THE LABYRINTH OF LIFE and LOVE
„The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature”. ~ said Joseph Campbell to MAN, each of us — a mini-Universe.

‚TO BE LOVED, BE LOVABLE’
And so, a believer in Ovid’s advice you thought you were LOVABLE more than enough and love-ready? Are you French, Spanish or Italian ? How else could you think : Your facial features are chiseled . Your regularly exercised body classically proportional and tanned on Mediterranean beaches! Your sun kissed skin is warm, and smooth— thanks to healthy Mediterranean diet. Your eyes — shining and inviting and speech a winner due to excellent, university public speaking course plus —consumed at lunch time — a glass or two of good Bordeaux or Chianti.
Your conversations’ subjects are genuine LOVE material: poetry of Ovid, Dante, Petrarch and Boccaccio . Your heart and soul are open; so is your bank account —for a woman of your life. Your attire is impeccable. So are your manners — perfect imitation of a Renaissance man, always in vogue. You know the right time, place and price for flowers, dinners and expressions of affection. You give before you take and you have given a lot. And after just 30 days of your perfect courtship….
…. your DARLING CELIA left you and ran away with a simple sailor !
WHY DID IT HAPPEN TO YOU ?!!!
SPIRIT LOVE of The Kingdom of Integrity WILL COME TO THE RESCUE; she will tell you all you need to know. All you have to do is TO ASK HER. But, remember, do NOT ask her until you are prepared, until you managed to ignite in yourself sufficient degree of enthusiasm and optimism. Spirit Love alike the other eight Spirits feels contempt for losers and refuses to help them. IF those 30 days with Celia was all you got in the love department in all the 45, 55 and—God forbid!—65 of your life—your Fate gave you a rotten deal indeed. But when you meet Spirit LOVE—don’t bore her with your bygones. Not only she would not listen but she would leave you instantly…All she wants to know is that you have picked up the pieces, learnt from the experience and you are eager to use her help to find the NEXT LOVE FOR LIFE.
Let me prepare you for her teaching specifics by showing you the general picture.
SHE WILL SURELY TELL YOU THE FOLLOWING :
Artemis, the Greek Goddess of Love started all this ‚wrong pairing’ millennia ago. She loved to play with people’s feelings. She found it hilarious to observe two individuals evidently wrong for each other falling madly in love and displaying soon afterwards signs of madness. You must know that in ancient Greece love was considered ….. a „temporary insanity”. To make any such improbable love connection Artemis got her son, Eros involved. A little joker carried on him at all times a bow and and a set of arrows — a gift from his mother he clearly enjoyed. Whenever she pointed to him her two targets —he shot an arrow right in each person’s heart.
Venus, the new name Artemis got in Rome, did not change her ways a bit. If anything they got stronger. They also got more clear, refined, elegant, classy. It is Greeks who called love a ‚temporary madness’ and attributed its weaknesses no less than strengths—in their democratic ways—to all sections of the society. It is Romans, however, who recognized LOVE for what she was: passion, power, life changer. Nowhere in early literature it is more visible than in Ovid’s „Metamorphoses—The Art of Love”. But during the Ovid’s times qualities of love became known only for the lucky few who could read…The time for love to set man’s heart ablaze would came 13 centuries later. First in Rome, how else.
SPIRIT LOVE’S GREY–GREEN EYES WOULD FILL WITH TEARS…
…soon dried out with irritation she would feel for you, a weak, selfish human being crying over your lack of luck in your imperfect love. Spirit LOVE, long millennia old is history herself, filled with all the world REAL dramas. So expect to hear from her that you deserve no pity. Expect to hear from her some appropriate bits and pieces of the millennia long development of civilization. You will learn of the long millennia when ideal, romantic, passionate love setting hearts and minds on fire… did not exist.
For long millennia it was just sex; for procreation, for domination, for fun, for killing the time… for ALL people any age in any millennium before the Renaissance. Think of what deal they got. Love was then just about sex, forbidden, restricted . If abundant, it was usually forced : a purely physical experience. Shadowed with fear of not needed procreation or threatened by guilt or hell. What love as you experienced it –with its series of candle light dinner, flowers, boxes of choclates and love notes– had to do with it ? — Nothing.
And God knows how much longer the humans would have been lost in the labyrinth of loveless life, unable to make any sense of it if not…
THE BLACK DEATH of the 1347-1348
…. when 1/3 of the Europe’s population perished and the rest was shell shocked asking: Why are WE alive ? Many had been suffering improbable pain of having lost all their families..Suffered to be alive and wondering: There must be a reason for us to be spared.. As you know those were the times when people were clueless about viruses and bacterias. So the unenlightened masses would blame various evil powers or Gods’ anger. The elite would rationalize and think. Many, in different areas of human activity came to the same conclusion: It is time for CHANGE.
ROME — RENAISSANCE ENGINE
The late Middle Ages —with Dante’s „Divine Comedy” a pearl of literature in general and love literature in particular —was one of key paths leading to the Renaissance Humanism. Told in Dante’s shining Italian his eternal love for Beatrice was the first lesson for the romantic man how to love a woman. Petrarch and Boccaccio would strengthen the fire of love with their own flames. However, it must have been the direct influence of the Black Plague that a blaze of love quickly engulfed not only couples in love but their family members, friends, associates, humanity. This all embracing love was born of this unimaginable common tragedy. The despair the Black Death caused and not only his love for Laura — resonates in the Sonnets of Petrarch. So his title as the Father of Humanism, as he would soon be called was well deserved. But, one must know—he lost in the plague not only his beloved Laura but almost all his family members.
WHAT LOSS HAVE YOU SUFFERED?
This is the question Spirit LOVE will no doubt ask you sooner or later. She does not believe in gain without pain. She does not believe love is or should be a stream of couples in „temporary madness” blinded to the outside world existence. She believes love is an all embracing ocean being created and creating at the same time. Already millennia old at the time when the Roman Renaissance broke out she knew it all . And so when she saw Rome’s Renaissance being born she knew how it would develop. And soon it did.
Rome’s fortunate geography gave it, as we all know, access to oceans and other countries wealths. The plague did not destroy it. The rich and enlightened plague survivors multiplied their riches with the reinforced will power. Those were the times of the original quote whose contemporary version reads: „If it doesn’t kill you—it makes you stronger”. And they did it when during Renaissance Rome became the leader of Europe in economy first and then in literature, philosophy, science and art. Nothing seemed accidental and superficial. All was planned and prepared for the never ending Roman Empire ruled by its Rulers wisdom, integrated with the concept of beloved PATRIA, PADRE, FAMILY. AND LOVE —Pillars of balance, stability and happiness.
SO, YES, THERE ARE DIFFERENT FORMS OF LOVE

— AND LOVE FOR A PARTNER IN A LOVING RELATIONSHIP is by no means the most treasured. And there is no reason to believe it should be first.
— Be sure, that will be one of the first things Spirit Love will tell you. She will surely add: Before you embark on building your life with somebody else —build yourself !!! So first find out WHO YOU ARE . Secondly, BE YOURSELF. And then, only then build and strengthen your talents and skills, develop your values to create your your character and personality. Simultaneously, in accord with your true nature—a mini copy of the universe— perfect your habits, manners and tastes. Learn to choose priorities, people, things and interests. Become as good as you can be, as you were meant to be : not a half — somebody has to complete, but a WHOLE : A MINI UNIVERSE !

And then a MIRACLE No 1 WILL HAPPEN: YOU WILL LOVE YOURSELF !
„Love yourself” is a demand of the contemporary psychology for our imperfect world. It has been proven numerous times that only happy people can spread happiness. Ergo: only people who love themselves can love other people, nature and all forms of life, their own creations included: be it manual, intellectual or artistic. But, remember —Spirit Love will say—you can’t really, truly love yourself unless you see enough reasons for that. Therefore you do have to go through a number of processes of self-improvement I Then and only then the world will open for you its many new horizons you never imagined existed. Namely that:
LOVE IS ALSO… ART ABLAZE, and SCIENCE, and LITERATURE, and ARCHITECTURE
and anything else for which your (LOVE FILLED) HEART BEATS FASTER, with true passion. And once you become a self-confident, self-loving man, a true, balanced mini-universe — you will generously love all and everything which deserves to be loved : your fatherland, your family (especially and unconditionally your children), your friends, your city. You will love a team of people you work with as well as a team of people you play with. More: you will love —and therefore you will be ready to help —MANKIND, suffering poverty and all injustices. Your loving heart will make you fight for human rights, animal rights, nature rights.(I will devote a separate article to each of these sorts of love in the future). And then …
A MIRACLE NO 2 WILL HAPPEN: YOU WILL BE LOVED BACK ….
…by human armies everywhere, having touched some people in so many different places. As a consequence of your Love and Action (they are inseparable, go hand in hand. Love can only be won and held on to via actions) filled life —more often than not you will also meet this one and only—Celia, Dolores, Julia or Eve. It is a natural course of things, in the right place (I’ll give you a few possible scenarios in future chapters). But if you don’t —trust me, it will never be a big problem. Because pretty soon your part of the universe will be LOVE-filled . LOVE will be in the air ! You— shaped by Spirit Love and your own determination and passion— will be ‚lovable’ and because of that — loves in all forms will throw themselves on you and embrace you, day and night.

Attention: Those of you who are not familiar with the concept of my series „A to Z Life Wisdom…in quotes” —please read or re-read (I have re-edited them since I first posted them) the FOUR proceeding chapters: 1, 2, 3 & 4 to learn about the Kingdom of Integrity where 8 Spirits (including Spirit Love) live. They are instrumental to each story and the entire series. When finished, „A to Z” will be a perfect series on VALUES. Until then most chapters will be edited and re-edited to finally began perfect parts of the whole —the series „A to Z Life Wisdom in quotes”. The numbers of chapters appear immediately after the word ‚quotes’ in the title.
BS

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TO SEE RIO and DIE ?!
TO DIE in RIO ?—How does it sound? Have you ever thought about it ? Have you ever considered it as a possibility ?… Me neither. You…should !!!
We all have to die some day, somewhere. And many of us plan our lives. Do you think about the time and location to live and to die ? Yes, the time and the location can make a difference between life and death. If you are an ultimate risk taker and decide to risk death— the time and location make a crucial difference in the kind of death you will suffer, the related cost of the transportation of your body and/or your funeral. The last but not least—how you would go down in history: as a winner or loser. It is a crucial factor to many; me included.
The story I am about to tell you is the history in the making and due to the people involved —it will sell well on eBay some day! So if you get involved —you will profit !!! You may even get very rich !!! Don’t get discouraged by the fact that the key players’ names don’t ring the bell ! They don’t … YET. But they will, sooner or later: such is the power of a typical victim’s blinding, mortal pain, fury, frustration, despair — with tears filling the eyes for too long. Man hit too hard in the stomach and heart, with too many scars left in his brain and once too many times broken spirit—wants revenge, wants to get even.
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A BELIEVER IN RIO
On Sunday, October 13, 2013 I paid the Rio’s Christ the Redeemer the last visit of my over a month long tour through Brazil to say „Good Bye”. It was a warm, early evening. Had a feeling the Christ’s open arms embracing the city of 7 million embraced me as well. How could I not. The beams of light spreading from the statue were descending Corcovado mountain on the tops of tall trees to join streams of city lights at the mountain’s foot. And there I was: standing and looking up, focusing the lens of my camera Sony@55, whispering: „I will be back”. Felt great and grateful. How could I not ? I came to Rio with love and was loved back.
Eureka !!! My journalistic mission was accomplished. During a little over a month long tour through Brazil I did all the research for my planned ebook on Brazil. I photographed and wrote up seven Brazilian cities and their top citizens here and there plus a portion of Paraguay : Sao Paolo, Ribeirao Preto, Curitiba, Foz ( from there as every curious tourist I entered Paraguay), Brasilia, Salvador and finally Rio de Janeiro The latter was the city where I was earlier, in 1992 as an accredited journalist for the Earth Summit. I felt in love with it then. But then, pressed for time, most of what I researched there was about the environment.
RIO HAS IT….. ALL
RIO meant much more to me this time. I called the shots. My ebook was my private matter. I made the time to research ALL I could. So on that fateful —as you will learn soon–October 13, 2013 I was confident the time came to thank Heavens, symbolized by Christ the Redeemer for its blessings. I was certain LIFE, DESTINY or GOD would soon give me glory and fame everyone seeks and I… needed. I was sure to get it via the well planned Brazilian ebook. I was sure I would get it because I deserved it. I did because I was pouring all my energy, sense of justice and all my love into it. The ebook was to include the country’s exaggerated sports ambition, despicable corruption, unfairly distributed wealth and undeserved poverty of millions as a consequence.
Glory and fame I needed mainly to sell well my Brazilian ebook and rebuild my finances, destroyed totally in the so called ” U.S. economic crisis” of 2008. The memory cards —I had in the camera case I carried– contained thousands of pictures and a dozen of short video films. Never before IN MY ENTIRE LIFE had I shot so many so extraordinarily beautiful and unique pictures. Dozens had been commissioned to the tune of 5—10 thousand dollars ( my fee was to depend on pictures’ quality of course) by a number of publications where editors valued my photographic talent. The cost of my Brazilian tour was ….calculated in its future profit.
IN BRAZIL SPEAKING PORTUGUESE is not „an advantage”. It IS A MUST !!!
Thinking of my future Glory, in Corcovado I boarded a bus to …GLORIA, the district of RIO where —traveling on a budget— I moved the night before into a hostel called „BELLAS ARTES” ON RUA CANDIDO MENDEZ. I stayed there just one night, the previous one). I don’t remember the bus number and I can’t explain where in Gloria I got off but it doesn’t matter. What matters is that — in accord with the bus driver info —I got off at a place new to me. The darkness of the already late evening added to my confusion. I knew it was close to my destination but I did not know how to go, where to turn. So I asked a passerby (in at least two languages and with some help of my hands) : „Where is Rua Candido Mendez?” He answered with a few words of English and his hands ( Yes, you guessed right: I don’t speak Portuguese and he hardly spoke any English).
I thought I understood him. —I did not. I thought I followed his directions — I did not. Not understanding the direction in a WAR ZONE RIO IS CAN PROVE DEADLY. Remember the movie „One bridge too far?”. One street too soon could have similar consequence. That’s what I did. I was supposed to turn into the Rua Candido Mendez where the previous night I moved into a hostel BELLAS ARTES. Instead, I turned into the the street which is parallel to Rua Candido Mendez and runs just below it. Rio is located on many hills. Parallel streets are often connected with stairs. That is one of many such cases. But it took me at least 10-15 minutes walk before I realized I was on a wrong street. I was next to sure I lost my way when I saw a crowd of people. It was around 8 pm.
CROWD, POLICE & THE STAIRS —MONSTER !
IT WAS A LARGE CROWD OF YOUNG AND VERY YOUNG PEOPLE. YES, CHILDREN AND YOUTH; STANDING, WALKING, SITTING. THERE WERE TABLES WITH SOME FOOD AND SODA ON THEM. IT WAS SOME KIND OF AN ORGANIZED GATHERING. . There were some adults there. Noticed two policemen, approached them and asked: Where is Rua Candido Mendez? In response they pointed to HUGE IN WIDTH and LENGTH BADLY DAMAGED, MONSTROUS STAIRS ascending several floors. It was easy to figure out by looking at the adjacent, tall apartment building.
IT WAS A BIG GATHERING. Some participants were sitting at the lowest steps. It was so crowded everywhere and the stairs made the place pretty scary. THOSE ARE EXTREMELY HIGH , WIDE STAIRS LEADING UP . STAIRS WITH DAMAGED, NARROW STEPS, HUNDREDS OF THEM, NO RAILS FOR SUPPORT. Frightening really. Very, very dangerous stairs. One look at the young and very young people celebrating the day was enough to figure out they belonged to a poor section of the society. Taking enough time to think about it one could have and possibly should have come to the conclusion that they were inhabitants of the numerous Gloria’s favelas. But I did not know enough about Gloria.
I KNEW THE STAIRS. So when I saw them I knew where I was . I saw those stairs a few times before from Rua Candido Mendez. The stairs join both streets. If „joining” can be done by such a monstrosity nobody— but favelas’ youngsters having nothing to lose– ever used. A few youngsters I noticed on those stairs the day before. So when I saw the stairs I realized that the way for me to get to the hostel „Bellas Artes” was to get back to where I turned into this street and take a different turning one block further down. I did just that. Before turning into my hostel street however I went to a corner bar for a sandwich. So it must have been close to 8.40 pm when I began walking up on Rua Candido Mendez toward my hostel Bellas Artes.
RICHER IS SAFER
Wasn’t totally unfamiliar with dangers, alike most people who travel to Brazil. I was told Brazil is a country where human life is cheap. I knew that this country unimaginable inequality and various injustices are as old as the country itself. Trained in psychology and psychiatry I knew what damaged children can do to societies, and I could discuss millions damaged Brazilian kids entering adulthood…I wasn’t unfamiliar with the U.S. Department of State Report-Allert for travelers unwise enough to choose Brazil as their destination. I can’t say that nobody warned me; a few Brazilians did. And so I knew that when in Brazil you are safe …nowhere: not on the bus, not on a boat, not in a taxi, not on the street, not in a hotel, let alone a cheap hostel…
Was aware that richer is safer, even though never 100% safe. And so when in Brazil, for one’s own safety one should stay in expensive hotels, choose chauffeured limousines or rented cars. Was never told but could have guessed (the writing was on the wall everywhere) that one should avoid going out in the evening even in a company and should never, absolutely never go out at night alone. Saw that all the entrances to both private homes and apartment buildings are heavily gated and fenced. —Should have drawn the conclusion that Rio (as any big Brazilian city) was a war zone and since I already made myself an easy victim of the location —I should have not made myself a victim of circumstances. But I did, unable to put 2 + 2 instantly. Meaning, that —what I realized much too late—that I was most likely mingling with a crowd of some of the 1 million angry inhabitants of Rio’s favelas. That right there I made myself an easy target. They saw my camera. They heard when I asked the policemen about Rua Candido Mendez….
….SO A CHAIN OF CRIMAL ACTIONS MUST HAVE STARTED ON THE LOWER STREET…
But it did not hit me until much later. That evening I was a little daydreaming, perhaps. I felt a winner with my camera bag full of treasures. Among them the camera itself with two lenses; one with a huge zoom, the other one for portraits and other close-up as. Also in it there were 6 memory cards with thousands of pictures and videos! The best I had ever taken in my entire life; the Brazil’s unique beauty helped to achieve the result . My next day departure for New York was not doubt on my mind. And I was so proud of myself. I knew that traveling on a budget I did a job many professionals heavily financed would not have done. But with this understandable, I think, daydreaming, I was sufficiently conscious of my surroundings….With perhaps one exception: one hidden danger which slipped off my mind as I was not really familiar with the area..
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ME, A VICTIM OF A VICIOUS STREET BURGLARY
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Walking along a big apartment building I did not realize that the street I was on— yes, Rua Candido Mendez — was wrapping around the building along which I was walking , making —as the building itself—a 90 % angle at its corner. So being on one arm of the angle I could not see what was going on on the other. All happened right there, just as I made the corner. Right there, a few meters from the monstrous STAIRS. Suddenly several hands grabbed my arms and shoulders, 4 or 6, I couldn’t tell. I did not see the attackers and don’t know why. I felt hits and squeezing all over my body and pulling on my camera case. I was pulling back hard and harder, determined not to lose my treasures. I don’ t remember feeling fear for my safety. I remember despair, TOTAL DESPAIR. And then… nothing.
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WAKING UP & FACING THE REAL WORLD
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I woke up laying on my back on the pavement of Rua Candido Mendez, meters from the monstrous stairs and not far from the hostel. I was shell shocked. Obviously I must have lost consciousness because I did not remember being pushed to the pavement or landing there. All I registered — having regained consciousness— was that my camera, memory cards with thousands of pictures, documents and some money were gone and I was alone on the pavement. All I felt was total numbness. I did not think I was seriously hurt but could not move. Two people passing by helped me get up and took me to the hostel. Only there I realized my arm and leg were heavily bleeding and I was bruised all over my body and that I had a growing headache.

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The shock of such an experience is the hardest during the attack itself but does not pass overnight. The pain of my injuries, however superficial, could have contributed to the fact that only a couple of days later, when I landed in New York it hit me with the force of a lightening :
It must have been a few individuals of the youth gathering at the lower street who —knowing where I was heading—climbed the monstrous stairs to attack me on Rua Candida Mendez.
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CONCLUSIONS ?
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—An hour or so later I was at the police station.
—The next day I inspected the place where I was attacked and …counted my blessings : Had I fell 20 centimeters further to the right, a part of the pavement covered with very sharp stones—I could have died.
—Two days later, a day later than scheduled, with a temporary U.S. passport replacing the stolen one, I landed in New York.
— A month later I was free of daily headaches and most bruising.
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From psychological damage and various material problems as a consequence of this attack I haven’t fully recovered up to now. From psychological damage— I don’t think I will ever recover.
Certainly not until and unless Brazil stops being a breeding ground for hard core criminals it is now. Criminals who have been living on the streets since infancy, have never had a childhood and pay the society back the only way they know how: with the same they got.
I will explore the issue in the second part of this article.

YOU CAN BE YOURSELF ONLY….if you know WHO YOU ARE

„BE YOURSELF”, „BE DIFFERENT”, „BE UNIQUE” —are key demands of Wisdom. They are really Shakespearian „TO BE OR NOT TO BE”.
Those demands have been repeated through millennia. Also in ‚golden thoughts’ here on our Linkedin site. Those golden thoughts, no doubt, plant a seed in many people’s minds. But do they grow to become healthy, beautiful trees ? —Not necessarily! Not always. Certainly not often enough.
Why? Because to be yourself —you have to know …WHO YOU ARE ! And many people don’t. As a new (nominated March 6) Linkedin INFLUENCER I started a series of motivational articles on the Publishing Platform on „HOW TO LIVE?” I will publish 2–3 new ones each week for the next 4–6 months because ‚How to live’ is a complex, complicated matter and verbalizing it in a simple and interesting way will take time. What is obligatory in any responsible educational and motivational writing such as this is answering all „wh” questions: WHO? WHAT? WHERE? WHEN? WHY? and HOW?
WHO? is the question which, obviously, must be answered first. Without ‚who’ to think, say and DO —there can’t be any ‚what’ whenever and wherever anyhow. So my series began to answer the basic „WHO” questions: Who are you? Who am I ? Who each of us is ? Some of you who have read the first article were probably surprised, maybe even shocked that ….you don’t know. No wonder. Without self-examination, without going back to the roots: our childhood —most people won’t simply guess.
THE CHILD IN YOU —is where you have to reach first to —gradually—learn who you are. The child whom you must not let die in accord with some Linkedin ‚golden thought’ I shared and commented on repeatedly. There is nothing more important than reaching to that little child, reviving it, understanding it, loving it. It is so important that ! So, remember: focus all your energy and insight at the beginning of your self-discovery to subsequently know with 100% certainty „WHO IS THE CHILD IN YOU „.
MAN, whom Dalai Lama calls „the strangest creature” is what has always interested me the most, in my long years as a very active general assignment journalist, the one who writes about almost anything and everything. MAN, PEOPLE continue to interest me the most in my multimedia activity. Focusing on and off on motivational articles and speeches to improve people and their lives has been and will always be the most natural thing for me.
„ROMANCE with ENGLISH” still on Amazon, was my very well received motivational book (published in December 2002) about the issues I am discussing here. The title ‚English’ can be substituted by any extra activity any man usually has and should have. The book enthusiastic reception which never ceased (and I am now asked to deliver to Amazon more copies of the book) is not only the result of my journalistic skills, sense of humor and personal experience but my very solid, time and energy consuming research of the best books on the art of self-discovery and the art, wisdom and sense of living; books by sociologists, psychologists, philosophers, ancient sages and writers like myself.
Expect nothing else than solidly researched advice from me on my publishing platform. Use this advice to have the best life you can have. And help me expand a group of my followers so my message will reach more people, will change more people and subsequently contribute to deep changes the world needs.
Bozena Sawa
ps. The part 2 of „Who is the child in you?” will be published in a day or two.

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HOW & WHY to FIND OUT WHO YOU ARE ? ( 1 of 4)

IF YOU WANT TO CHANGE THE WORLD-START WITH YOURSELF !
.As this quote kept circling on Linkedin for awhile I wondered how many Linkedin members in need of self-improvement took this advice to heart and sprang to action, since no change can be done with words alone. So, let’s go on a road to discuss what needs to be said, planned and done.

WHO ARE YOU ?
“If you cannot say it simply –you don’t understand it well enough” said Einstein and presumably he also meant human nature. So can you answer this question? Can you write all that really matters about you at the back of your business card? If not, don’t despair–you are not alone. In fact, most people can’t. If time is on your side, you will not only gain but perfect the knowledge about yourself . It may not happen if time is statistically against you, shrinking rapidly since you reached a certain age. However, regardless what age your are if you don’t know who and what you are, in other words what you can and cannot, should or should not DO to be fulfilled and happy as well as useful to people –you must find that out. ‘Better late than never’ although –no doubt– ‘the sooner –the better.”
— HOW ?
— WRITING A DIARY !
A diary is the best way for you to get to know yourself. Well proven. Commonly recommended by all mind and spirit top experts, including Deepak Chopra. And you must know yourself to dream, plan and live a life rich in sense and purpose, full of joy and fulfillment.
You must get to know yourself to effectively start changing your life for the better.
This truth was already a subject of philosophical and literary works of the ancient sages, not to mention their eternal because truly universal ‘golden thoughts‘. The truth is also well known to Americans. Unable to get to the least accessible vessels of their interior and reach the child hidden somewhere there –they look for help among psychologists, psychiatrists, and in recent years more and more often to specialists of the New Age.
Getting to know yourself is a must investment and no cost will be too high. However, I strongly advise you NOT TO seek psychological and psychiatric help as long as you have no mental illness, serious trauma and/or dramatic difficulties in your marriage.
WHY? –First, because not knowing yourself–you won’t be able to ask a psychiatrist or psychologist appropriate questions and give correct, precise answers. Secondly, it is more than probable that you won’t find qualified, wise experts but only mediocre ones who will do you more harm than good. Thirdly, you are more than likely to be unable to open up completely and tell your therapist the whole truth and comply fully with a recommended, lengthy, time consuming and exhausting therapy. In such a case the best therapist would not help.
A psychiatrist? A psychologist ? No. Maybe never. Surely not now.
Get to know yourself by yourself –writing a diary. Find a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed by people, phone calls or outside noise– for a few hours per day. Close your eyes and look for a child you were 20, 30 or 50 years ago. Go back to the earliest memories of your childhood. A photograph from that period on your desk could be of help…
(to be continued in part 2, 3 & 4)
(I took the picture at the very end of the winter on Broadway. The Opera is on the left hand side)
Bozena Sawa

ps. Don’t start writing until you have read part 2 & 3 to be published in the next few days.HOW & WHY to FIND OUT WHO YOU ARE ? ( 1 of 4)

IF YOU WANT TO CHANGE THE WORLD-START WITH YOURSELF !
.As this quote kept circling on Linkedin for awhile I wondered how many Linkedin members in need of self-improvement took this advice to heart and sprang to action, since no change can be done with words alone. So, let’s go on a road to discuss what needs to be said, planned and done.
WHO ARE YOU ?
“If you cannot say it simply –you don’t understand it well enough” said Einstein and presumably he also meant human nature. So can you answer this question? Can you write all that really matters about you at the back of your business card? If not, don’t despair–you are not alone. In fact, most people can’t. If time is on your side, you will not only gain but perfect the knowledge about yourself . It may not happen if time is statistically against you, shrinking rapidly since you reached a certain age. However, regardless what age your are if you don’t know who and what you are, in other words what you can and cannot, should or should not DO to be fulfilled and happy as well as useful to people –you must find that out. ‘Better late than never’ although –no doubt– ‘the sooner –the better.”
— HOW ?
— WRITING A DIARY !
A diary is the best way for you to get to know yourself. Well proven. Commonly recommended by all mind and spirit top experts, including Deepak Chopra. And you must know yourself to dream, plan and live a life rich in sense and purpose, full of joy and fulfillment.
You must get to know yourself to effectively start changing your life for the better.
This truth was already a subject of philosophical and literary works of the ancient sages, not to mention their eternal because truly universal ‘golden thoughts‘. The truth is also well known to Americans. Unable to get to the least accessible vessels of their interior and reach the child hidden somewhere there –they look for help among psychologists, psychiatrists, and in recent years more and more often to specialists of the New Age.
Getting to know yourself is a must investment and no cost will be too high. However, I strongly advise you NOT TO seek psychological and psychiatric help as long as you have no mental illness, serious trauma and/or dramatic difficulties in your marriage.
WHY? –First, because not knowing yourself–you won’t be able to ask a psychiatrist or psychologist appropriate questions and give correct, precise answers. Secondly, it is more than probable that you won’t find qualified, wise experts but only mediocre ones who will do you more harm than good. Thirdly, you are more than likely to be unable to open up completely and tell your therapist the whole truth and comply fully with a recommended, lengthy, time consuming and exhausting therapy. In such a case the best therapist would not help.
A psychiatrist? A psychologist ? No. Maybe never. Surely not now.
Get to know yourself by yourself –writing a diary. Find a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed by people, phone calls or outside noise– for a few hours per day. Close your eyes and look for a child you were 20, 30 or 50 years ago. Go back to the earliest memories of your childhood. A photograph from that period on your desk could be of help…
(to be continued in part 2, 3 & 4)

(I took the picture at the very end of the winter on Broadway. The Opera is on the left hand side)
Bozena Sawa

ps. Don’t start writing until you have read part 2 & 3 to be published in the next few days.

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“Nobody knows what’s in him until he tries to pull it out. If there is nothing or very little, the shock can kill a man” (Earnest Hemingway)

“WHO ARE YOU?” –Answering this question most people respond with the name of their ….profession. This wrong answer is the right answer to the question: What are you?
Yes, most people are confused and don’t see any difference between the two questions which, of course, are two totally different ones. The confusion is caused by the fact that the majority of people have no idea WHO they are … without realizing it. The knowledge is essential to be oneself, to be real and to have a real, meaningful, good life.
You’ll pull out the knowledge of who you are, “what’s in you” as Hemingway put it–writing your diary ! You will do it at the already set up isolated, quiet space where nobody and nothing will disturb you for good few hours in short intervals; if not daily, then every second day. You will do this ‘pulling out the truth about yourself’ in stages.
First, you must rewind your memory tapes. Yes, move them backwards, to the very end: the first thing you remembered which you experienced as a small child. Secondly, wake up your sense of vision, hearing and smell associated with that first event you remember: pictures from that time, a video and a piece of music if available, may help. Thirdly..click ‘play’ and start rolling…Forward ! Slowly ! Paying attentions to details ! To miss nothing….
STOP right here if you still have doubts whether you need this self-examination: a written life-confession to oneself.
So, how can you be sure that….you don’t know yourself ?
You don’t know yourself I F for a long time you’ve been staying in a 9 to 5 lousy and poorly paid job certain it is the only way to let yourself and your family survive. But even if for years you have kept yourself stuck in a a well paid but detested job and environment which has offered you no understanding and respect, let alone love and you have never tried to change it–you don’t know yourself. If in key areas of your life you either move backwards or make no progress—you don’t know yourself. If you go through life without joy and without even a shadow of success so without a reason for pride and joy due to accomplishments –you don’t know yourself !!!!!!!
If you are rich and famous who married for money and now– ‚having it all’ what you always wanted– sink your sorrows in alcohol or silence them with drugs–you don’t know yourself. Little comfort that your elderly husband leaving you alone to look for a fountain of youth via young starlets may not know who he is either. Even if in your opinion as well as the one of everybody who knows you well you are perfectly happy because 90% of the time, when you are in public you beam with self-confidence , look great, feel great , smile, laugh and enjoy yourself –if you can’t explain the remaining 10% of internal turmoil –you don’t know yourself.
If you swear you are a lucky person, a ‚product’ of a happy childhood and best schools, a recipient and holder of prestigious prizes and dream jobs, an owner of pricey possessions with a terrific family and social life but 10% of your life is filled with deep depression or sadness, various forms of addiction and reckless behavior you can’t explain –you don’t know yourself. If you kill the time glued each evening to your small TV screen watching worthless reality shows and putting on extra pounds with super portions of pizza and cola–you don’t know yourself.
By admitting you have problems and agreeing to aggressively look for them in the deepest, often also darkest corners of your subconsciousness you will gradually open up to see yourself as a member of humanity with its majority more often than not shortchanged by life traumas which began in childhood. When they were too painful to bear , they were suppressed by the carrier’s sheer will power to survive. Dormant for long stretches of time just like dormant volcanos they erupt with their destructive force.
The diary you are about to begin will let you find out all the roots of your current failures. They may be very personal, traumatic and painful. Or they may be of seemingly indifferent nature, which does not mean that less damaging to you psyche. These are unexpressed passions, unfulfilled dreams, unrealized plans, unused talents and skills.
Forgotten and burried talents are most often the reason of your current big dramas in your life. Oh, yes, you don’t know yourself if you haven’t used your true talents. Be sure, you have some. Everybody has some! You don’t know yourself if you are clueless what are the ones you have.
What are they and why have you not used them?
How should I know?! Maybe you have weak, faulty gens ? Maybe on top of that, your childhood, a blueprint of the entire life was a nightmare ? Maybe life gave you few chances to practice and check your capabilities ? Maybe due to the lack of knowledge or the lack of confidence, self-doubt, laziness or fear, insecurities and inferiority complexes you have never tried to look for and therefore never found the truth about yourself. And find the truth about yourself you must to ever be yourself, be real. You must even though it will most likely not be easy or pleasant. There is no reason to doubt Paul Valery who says: “To penetrate one’s being, one must go armed to the teeth”.
Imagine sitting down by your desk or table, moving your memory tapes forward slowly and writing your diary, beginning with the first childhood experience you remember… But don’t start writing yet. You will in a few days once you get accustomed with Part 3 of this series.

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HOW & WHY TO FIND OUT WHO YOU ARE? (3) : A CHILD’S JOURNEY FROM THE PAST..

YOUR KEY TIME MACHINE … RIVER JOURNEY: A DIARY !
„I struggled in the beginning. I said I was going to write the truth, so help me God. And I thought I was. I found I couldn’t . Nobody can write the absolute truth.” said Henry Miller. But you have to. All the way beginning as close as possible to the seed.
A PLANT SEED put in the soil will grow if you water it, care for it , nurture it properly.

A CHILD needs a lot of nurturing, beginning with Love. What about If he doesn’t get it (let alone if he is subjected to various kinds of mistreatments)? What was the child you once were getting? Get on the Time Machine & revisit your past. It may be the most important journey of your life !!! The answers about the details of your past may be the most important answers you need to know.
START A DIARY —A JOURNEY THROUGH YOUR PAST ! WRITE: THIS IS MY STORY…. MY NAME IS…I WAS BORN….I REMEMBER…

…………………………………….WHO IS THE CHILD IN YOU ?……………………………………………..
This Diary– journey will answer this question for you. The answer is THE KEY to your future LIFE QUALITY !! So, take it seriously. Remember, you will never know who you are unless and until you have this question answered, deeply reflected on and —subsequently—your life changed (if change is needed and in most cases it is although to different degrees).

……………………………………CHILDHOOD — THE SOURCE…………………………………………….
YOUR JOURNEY must start in a far away place: somewhere in your early childhood. GO BACK TO YOUR JOURNEY DEPARTURE PORT : THE FIRST THING YOU CAN REMEMBER. Focus on it long enough to imagine you have been transferred in time by a magical TIME MACHINE. Focus to feel vibrations, to start your memories flow, like a stream then like a river. You know what it is:, some event, an accident, a play…, something tragic or joyful. You realize, of course, that the TIME MACHINE must bring you back to the present, don’t you. Yes, you are embarking on a LONG YOURNEY.
THE CHILD is making this journey, not you !!! THE CHILD YOU WERE 20, 30, 50 or 60 years ago !!! You have to put on paper „the raw material”, the facts the way they were unfolding THEN; the feelings which elated and tormented you THEN. YOU — when you were a little, defenseless, totally trusting, inexperienced CHILD, largely lost in the big world, relying on others. For you to successfully reenter and inhabit the mind and heart of your 3, 5, 7, 13 old SELF — you must prepare not only mentally but physically.– You must prepare your surroundings to enable you to imagine you are reliving your life. DO IT ! It will be the most important journey of your life. It will RESCUE YOU, AN ADULT. If rescue is what you need.

…………………………………….SHUT OFF THE OUTSIDE WORLD………………………………….
SHUT OFF or dramatically limit living in the present for the period of this discovery journey. It should start with a longer period: a week or at least an entire weekend. Followed by regular, several hours long sessions every day or every second day. The whole process may take weeks or months. The length of this period can’t be planned because the speed of your memory river cannot be predetermined. Just know that you have to be flexible, able to adapt and adjust. If you are organized, focused and determined –you will finish sooner.

………………………………..RELOCATE TO YOUR PAST …………………………………………….
……..almost completely for the periods of writing. Cut yourself off the XXI century messy world outside your room window. „But it’s spring..”, you are saying. Sure, I know.. So open the windows but only if there are rows of trees, a field or an empty sea shore outside. Draw the curtains if your window faces a supermarket or a busy, noisy street. As you keep traveling in your past — you must eliminate all means of communication with the outside world; distractions such as telephones or TV sets. Visitors are not allowed, even your loving husband, child or the best friend.
……………………………………PREPARE THE ROOM … FOR YOUR PAST………………………….
SIMPLICITY usually serves the mind better than abundance of furniture and other objects… Emptiness leaves space for imagination and memories, facilitates mood changes. So write in a simple, uncluttered space… Unless you have some objects from your childhood or other period of your life you are exploring. It could be a doll, a teddy bear, a dress, a collection of your favorite fairy tales, a guitar — which can trigger and enhance your memories. For the same purpose you will find it helpful to surround yourself with photographs from different periods of your life…CHANGED for appropriate ones as you progress.

……………………………………..A T T E N T I O N: …………………………………………………………..
PROFESSIONAL WRITING & SELF-DISCOVERY DIARY WRITING ARE NOT THE SAME. So, DO NOT confuse the diary writing process you are entering with professional literature Miller is referring to. He had the right to limit the truth of his confession for public consumption (NOT ALL IS FOR SALE; NEITHER IT SHOULD BE ! ).
YOUR DIARY—which you write only for yourself !— MUST BE : First THE TRUTH, FULL TRUTH & NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH. Secondly TOTALLY UNCENSORED & UNEDITED. Nothing must be subtracted or expanded by your present reflection. Nothing must be interpreted by your XXI century mind’s perspective. Nothing must be organized for clarity (you will do it later, when the diary is finished). YOU MUST write all the memory river is bringing to your mind. In the order it is bringing it to your mind. In ways it is bringing it to your mind. At the moment it is bringing it to your mind. So write all the memory river is carrying: pearls & garbage, glories & failures….pride & shame, pain & joy !!! ALL! Every detail !

The point is: to put as few dams as possible on the river of your memory; to facilitate this river’s uninterrupted flow for long stretches of time….
because …. IT IS REALLY… NOT YOU WHO IS WRITING THIS DIARY !!! IT IS YOUR AWAKEN SUB-CONSCIENCE !!! In order not to disturb the sub- conscience and TO KEEP THE MEMORY RIVER FLOW, try to : 1. work on your diary for longer, not short periods of times 2. If you must stop —do that, of course but only after you feel you have completed from A—Z a chapter of your life.—So at the next session you will start a new chapter.

………………………………. START WRITING & KEEP WRITING…………………………………………
You are about to open the door to the flood of your earliest memories …Are you one of those who have never written anything longer than compulsory school essays, emails, maybe an occasional job application” ? If so, the process of writing your diary will surprise you with its technical ease. Your will have an impression that some higher power writes with your hand. Your will have to hurry to write down the stream of thoughts rushing through your head.
The richness of details, both the facts and their associations, will astonish you. The phenomenon of your memory pulling out tiny events from your kindergarden years will amaze you. You will marvel over long forgotten triumphs. And you will be terrified by skeletons in your closet and demons you used to fear. –Long forgotten failures and humiliations will hurt you again. Keep going to the source of your pain. Do it step by step, peeling off its multilayer cover as you would peel off the multilayer of an onion. Do it till the very end, till you cry !!!! This inevitability is well expressed in a rhetoric question of Ring Lardnere: „How can you write if you can’t cry?”

………………………………..THE MAGIC & THERAPY OF WRITING……………………………………….
This is the magic of literary activity, both professional and amateur one. This is its discovery force and therapeutic potential.
The process of writing such a diary can be compared to a sincere conversation with the closest friend in whom you can confide anything. In each case the result is an uncontrolled, uncensored and therefore absolutely sincere stream of words. The stream growing into a river built of words and images flowing from the SOURCE which is your CHILDHOOD. The river unable to stop in its speedy run of rediscovering your past life journey. The river which does not evaluate or judge. The river which does not care what gives you pain or joy, what you want to remember and what you would prefer to forget. The river which will take you everywhere and remind you everything.
……………………………..SO „CRY ME A RIVER..” ?…………………………………………………………
Oh, yeah. In tons of cases of the screwed up majority —us, people from the wrong side of the track, those words of a popular song are right on the money. Your tears are inevitable and for God’s sake don’t try to stop them !!!! CRY !!! Let your long suppressed emotions run their course. If you don’t have too many skeletons in your closet and too many frightening demons—it will be an exhilarating journey and tears may seldom fill your eyes. But If lots of skeletons and demons inhabited your past —the journey may be very painful, making you cry and scream a lot. You have to take it !! You have to endure it !! The pain is all worth it !! „IT”? —A GOOD FUTURE, HAPPY, BALANCED, FULFILLING LIFE you want and deserve !!! GO FOR IT !!
Bozena Sawa
ps. On the last day of April or one of the first days of May, I will publish the article No 4, the last of this series. In it you will find out what to do with your huge research material about the child you were. Get your diary to you high school graduation. It would be counterproductive to discuss the future now when you must be totally focused on writing about the past. So then, in the article No 4 I will discuss how you should prepare the foundation for your happier future (if the present left much to be desired and so it negatively influences your present).

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Professional Biography
BOZENA SAWA
Writer/Photographer/Documentary filmmaker (30 years of experience)
My work is my passion. My mission gives it meaning.
I live in New York, Warsaw and — on and off — other countries.

LIFE IS A JOURNEY
That’s my motto, and a way of life (so: airports, airline tickets,new people and places)
Traveled the world! And will— to write up & film places which need exposure
for an emergency, well deserved glory and any noble reasons. Ads at the end of
each ebook is something I am continuously looking for —to realize what I plan.
European—American
Born and raised in Poland I lived also in the U.K., Scandinavia and France
and traveled to other EU countries.
Got to know well : communism, socialism and capitalism. As a general assignment journalist, covered most topics.

MULTIMEDIA via COLUMBUS BRIDGE
I am merging daily my various skills of a word and image “craftsman”
to create multi-textured e-books for the XXI century man.

Current offers of my creativity
I. E-BOOKS enriched with not only my photographs but also
my A—Z mini-videos and audios
II. TV DOCUMENTARIES DONE WITH TALENTED PROFESSIONAL CREWS.
III. PUBLIC SPEAKING (MANY TOPICS)
IV. WRITING. All subjects and forms. Including newspaper and magazines
features, essays, copy writing, promotional articles, speeches etc.

Education
Warsaw University — MA Literature/Languages;
Columbia University School of Journalism
—Certificate in Advanced International Reporting;
Languages: English, Polish, Russian,German & French

Interests
Eclectic by choice: From the best classical forms of literature, music, painting,
theatre and film to contemporary ones. I embrace and express innovation, originality,
experimentation.People are my No 1 fascination.”Untravelled paths”— my favorite ones.

Professional Past
Hundreds of press articles (incl. interviews with outstanding world famous individuals
(among them 10 Nobel Prize winners), dozens of TV documentaries and a few books
and stories in collections of works by different authors.

Life Goal
To help create the world with liberty and justice for all— NOW, for FAST results.
My serious involvement in various civic causes is shown on my two pro publico bono websites:
www.BozenaSawa.com & www.AkcjaPolonia.com
Both websites are my mission and serve my mission.

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