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the unbelievable ten commandments of writingthe ideas of value, the value of ideasunthinkable, incredible, even improbable, and they’re for you, whether you are creative or un-creative, writer or non-writer, whether good or bad. some of the rules i have borrowed, the others i have gathered traveling one journey of a thousand miles after another. yes, i have been lost, too, quite a few times in fact. i have been a drifter; now i have found myself again. it’s a different me this time.but wait! how dare i write about writing when i’m not a published writer myself? actually, i have been published – when i have been the editor myself. mostly magazines and newsletters, public and private.i am a writer-editor who has been involved in all kinds of manuscripts for many a project in many a field in the arts and sciences for the last 35 years – and, for many of the last 5 years, in the christian faith – and i have had my share of submitting an untold number of manuscripts and being published onc…
The challenge to freedom.I say there are three freedoms: of the body, of the mind, and of the spirit. Gandhi’s challenge to the British rulers was for bodily freedom (political and economic independence); Rizal’s challenge to the Spanish conquistadors was for all three (political, intellectual, and spiritual independence).
Another excerpt from indios bravos! Jose Rizal as Messiah of the Redemption

13 Commandments to Great Public Speaking & Creative Writing

I learned more about feature writing today, 21 February. I have been reading on public speaking. In the latest issue of TOASTMASTER (February 2006), published by Toastmasters International, Michael Scroccaro writes his own ‘Confessions of a Political Speechwriter’ (pages 14-15) and grabs my attention. Michael is the Director of Sterling Communication, which I classify as a mass media company, since it provides its high-profile clients in the US and Canada – politicians and CEOs – services in all manner, shape & form of public relations, crisis management, advocacy campaigns and speeches, better tied up together. You have to be on top of the field to be able to do all that. From where I sit in the audience, I can see Michael has learned his lessons excellently. Communication is not a field for everyone; it is not a one-way traffic or simply a Stimulus-Message-Response system as most textbooks theorize it and many newspapers practice it. I am the Editor of a technical journal …

Great Public Speaking, Great Writing.

13 Commandments to Great
Public Speaking & Creative WritingI learned more about feature writing today, 21 February. I have been reading on public speaking.In the latest issue of TOASTMASTER (February 2006), published by Toastmasters International, Michael Scroccaro writes his own ‘Confessions of a Political Speechwriter’ (pages 14-15) and grabs my attention. Michael is the Director of Sterling Communication, which I classify as a mass media company, since it provides its high-profile clients in the US and Canada – politicians and CEOs – services in all manner, shape & form of public relations, crisis management, advocacy campaigns and speeches, better tied up together. You have to be on top of the field to be able to do all that. From where I sit in the audience, I can see Michael has learned his lessons excellently. Communication is not a field for everyone; it is not a one-way traffic or simply a Stimulus-Message-Response system as most textbooks theorize it and many newspape…
Author's Profile, American Chronicle.Wit & without, writes out of the box (reads between lines too). Has turned into a WRINKER: writer & thinker in one body -> thinking creative -> thinking critical, in all hoping to make the impossible possible, the sterile productive. Prolific: 1 cockeyed optimist, 1 wife, 1 man, 13 children, 1 Catholic in theory. =============#001 THE WRINKER SAYS Learn from your errors - nobody else will.
Filipinos: Barbarians, pirates, incapable of civilization!1902. Stalemate at the US Congress. Then a learned gentleman, a Congressman from Wisconsin, Henry Cooper, thunders his appeal for reason and faith, reason from American laws and tradition, and faith in the barbarians, pirates and savages who have given the world its first genius of a peacemaker by the name of Jose Rizal: he had died gladly and willingly for his country. Cooper tells his fellow lawmakers: On the night before his death, he wrote a poem. I will read it, that the House may know what were the last thoughts of this ‘pirate,’ this ‘barbarian,’ this ‘savage,’ of a race ‘incapable of civilization!’Another excerpt from my book indios bravos!
So we begin with failure.We must learn from the past because we must continue the unfinished business. To learn about a successful Redemption, we must understand about the unsuccessful Redemption. Ours. That is why we remain a damaged culture. We must understand failure. We must understand that ‘Mi Ultimo Adios’ itself is a 100-year old failure. There are other failures we must understand. So we begin with failure. Only after we examine failure can we can bid Adios! to failure.Another excerpt from my book indios bravos!
Make mine English: A poet, doctor, bookstore owner, writer.I am a slave to English, and I am glad that I am. Even proud. I am slave to some things American, like books, like the personal computer, like the Internet (yes, it started in the United States of America), like the cell phone, like the dictionary, like the theories of multiple intelligences (Howard Gardner) and experiential learning (David Kolb), like cable TV, like American movies and movie stars and my favorite writer Ernest Hemingway and favorite poet Robert Frost. And Rizal? He was a slave to Spanish! But I do not love Rizal less. My book will tell you of my journey from being oblivious to being obsessed, from writing a book on Rizal that I didn’t finish to translating his ‘Adios, Patria Adorada’ that I finished, and wrote this book besides. His ideas have become my life’s passionate fancy, to borrow from his ultimate poem.Why did I write this book? I’m a writer. ‘A doctor is advertised by the bodies he cures,’ Roger Mi…
Atlas Shrugged: The Unknown Capitalist Manifesto.Never mind having to read (or reread) Atlas Shrugged now. Just remember, Ayn Rand was Russian before she was American; she was born in St Petersburg in 1905; she graduated from the University of Petrograd in 1924. Searching for freedom (aren’t they all?), 2 years later she immigrated to the United States. In 1966, she wrote Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal.Capital. That is the known Capitalist Manifesto. Atlas Shrugged is the unknown Capitalist Manifesto. So, according to Ayn Rand, the thinkers are important, crucial, the lynchpin. Precisely! They are not the rest of us. We need the rest of us. Where would the lynchpin be without the wheel? And where would the wheel be without the spokes?Another excerpt from my book indios bravos!

The Love Lottery.

A Tale of Four Loves, St Valentine
& The Language of AmourWhat has become of love?This is the story of love memorialized in the 3rd century in Rome and in the 16th century in England, and made memorable in England in the 15th century and in the United States in the 19th century. A Tale of Four Loves. The first was under a dictatorship, the second was under feuding authoritarian families, the third was under conditions of war, the fourth was under a democracy. Love rises under a totalitarian regime; love lives on even after death; love survives the batteries of war; love thrives under a libertarian administration. Love conquers all.Love to you; Happy Valentine’s Day! (Thanks to Studio Melizo for the photo, a cut, holidays.net/).I begin my story in ancient times, when gods and goddesses populated the mythical mind. I am especially attracted to Venus, the Roman goddess of sexual love and physical beauty. Her very name, from Latin, means love. She was the Daughter of Heaven and Sea, …

Love is / not simply this

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Love Is/Not The Christmas MessageWhat is my Christmas message this year, 2006? I have already given it, and their number is legion. Read any of my messages in my blogsites, or articles published by the American Chronicle, Each one is a Christmas message.So we turn to the apt image by Lemoox who captions it ‘Love Messages 2’ (flickr.com/), meaning that it is part of a series. (You can visit http://flickr.com/photos/lemoox/ to view the series of photographs.) You will see why I call it ‘apt image’ if you notice that the obvious suggestion is that of a human holding a camera to the face. The human is decorated with many messages of many colors. One implication is that without man (embracing woman), there cannot be any messages. Another implication is that there cannot be any love without involving a human. Still another implication is that there are millions of love messages bombarbing each one of us everyday.I said love is the Christmas message, didn’t I? The question is: What is love? …

Google is Genius.

Or, The Soul of MSN, Yahoo Trails
& The Language of Internet Searches When Microsoft speaks, the whole world listens. Proof: About the change of plan of Microsoft regarding MSN, I searched the Net and found that thousands of papers worldwide carried the news before and after the actual announcement on 10 February. MSN may be in trouble, but Microsoft isn't. Apparently not. I think there is only one fellow who can out-news Bill Gates, and that is Steve Jobs. I’m impressed with the genius of Jobs in creating and marketing; I’m impressed with the genius of Gates in marketing. I will point to a unique difference between the two: Steve Jobs makes the news, Bill Gates makes the searches. How good is Bill? Join me as I look at the electronic files in the folder named BILL GATES, SEARCHER. Steve Jobs is up there in revenues with the iPod and Bill Gates is down there with MSN. Ina Fried (CNET News) writes of 'stratospheric iPod sales' (10 million the last time I looked); I can wri…

Fuzzy Logic & Avian Flu.

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Or, Murder Most Fowl!
A Study In The Language Of ScienceThis is no joke. D Butler did it – photo shows a Google map of part of Asia where most of the 1800 outbreaks of avian flu (dots in color) occurred from 2004 to 2005 as plotted by Declan Butler of Nature. News of 10 February: From Google News (34,700 pages for “bird flu”), we learn that Iraq, China, Indonesia, Nigeria, Romania, Greece, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Vietnam have cases of bird flu and are scaring people. The Philippines (not shown in the photo is the only Asian country reported free from bird flu. China is the home of the bird flu (New Scientist), as a study confirmed that the H5N1 virus has been circulating in China for a decade, and there are human cases where there have been no reported poultry cases. Even the United States are preparing for a bird flu pandemic. Harvard University in Massachusetts has tested its ‘What If’ emergency management system in case of a flu pandemic.Believe the statistics from the experts: 61 milli…