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Tour d'Horizon

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 Music and Wonder describes two passions. Music is a sonic phenomenon, wonder is less easily summarized. There are more passions, but this is plenty to work with for now. The music stories support artist's projects. The wonder stories seek their own destinies, or perhaps provide cautionary speculation. CELEBRATIONS OF MUSIC: The Dream and Journey of Juan Sánchez , The Pond by the Old Cider Mill , Mysteries of the Crystal Healer , Giant Strides , IN MONUMENTS OF WONDER: Nova Hearth , View of the Moon , The Flip Flakes Caper , Troubled Sleep , Zebra Island , Voree and the Outlands While we are getting introduced, this might be a good time for me to present something of my biographical notions. My explanation that I have been rehearsing needs attention. This is an exploration of the world of dreamers who create invisible treasures, and the realms of actors, liars and other story tellers, so much awaits. BrainVoyager  In which I portray a reviewer of electronic music, and now also at I

The Elysian Mythos

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The idea for my story seemed original to me, but as I developed it, I began to realize that the story is the same as most science fiction adventures, humans heading into new territories to escape trouble created by their own reckless industry. My focus is on the burden of the survivors to follow the destination that they did not choose, a destination that was imposed upon them by their ancestors who have died and left them in the predicament they are in. Until the moment someone actually gets to the New Earth, nobody really knows what is going to be found there. It is sort of like death, nobody has come back to say definitively, but one day our grandchildren, or their descendents, are going to find out for sure. It is nothing like death, as natural as finding air to breathe. The problem is that the distance is  greater than any human lifespan, those who set off on this journey will not reach the destination, those who do arrive will have never walked on the surface of a planet, having

Flip Flakes (with Robert Geiger)

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This story was written as a collaborative project with Robert Geiger, we were looking for ways to amuse ourselves and traded two stories back and forth. The other story came to be titled Zebra Island . I would write something on one story while Robert worked on the other, then we would swap, trying to put the plot into more and more difficult circumstances. You might notice that the above graphic says my name only, this is because the typesetting technique I used to create that picture came out that way. Robert is busy with other things these days; we have been buddies since way back, we both came up in our home town of Albion, Michigan, which is located in Calhoun County. There are no mountains in Calhoun County, this will mean something if you read the story. The Flip Flakes Caper is the story of two kids. When the lad tricks his neighbor into buying him a box of forbidden cereal, he finds a note which sends him on a strange adventure, and his sister gets caught up with him.  Origin

Troubled Sleep

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 The air suddenly got really cold, which puts me on alert. I try to look at my hands but I can not see them, too dark. As I twist and look behind me I see a shadow on the opposite side of the room creep past on the floor, and I try to gather my forces to react and survive it again. I have done this before. I do it all the time. This always happens, so I prepared to fight back this time, instead of folding and giving in to it again. When I turned and was prepared to fight whatever it was, of course there was nothing and I was mistaken. I started to relax and exhale, quietly releasing the energy of the scream that was building up inside and laughing just to calm myself down. But that moment is when I saw it much closer to me, right in front of me. Huge. It was standing tall and about to tear me to pieces. The claws were so close, and they reached out to pull open my abdomen again, it always goes this way. I turned to run but again I could not make myself move in any way like running. So

Zebra Island (with Robert Geiger)

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Zebra Island is a place that floats around in the ocean, the big universal ocean that covers most of the surface of the planet (Earth) where various creatures, some small and one who is big, and some scientists (and of course for this story there are some accidental adventurers) have spent some time. In the above illustration, there is a blank box on the beach. Clues are left in that space for your navigational amazement. I did not say they were helpful, but they provide part of the full experience. The original story was presented in one long slog, but that was difficult for anyone to make it through. For some reason the serial format works much better, methinks. It starts in San Francisco (the one in California) with an unreliable narrator who cannot remember his name, but he knows that whatever his name is, it is NOT Courage Joiner, however you want to spell it. Of course the unasked question is, if he does not remember his name, how can he be sure he is not Courage Joiner? He escap

Believing in Your Own Magic

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 The dream and journey of Juan Sánchez The dream of Juan Sánchez as an instrumental music composer is to tell his own stories without lyrics, which allow people to connect with the music on an emotional level. He does not want people to only listen to his music, he wants them to feel it and connect with it. As a pianist, he hopes to play live concerts around the world in the coming years. "To hear music is one thing, but to feel it, it’s just another. I prefer to feel the music as when I only listen to it, I do not get the same level of satisfaction." On a deep level, music is language for emotion. It allows us to express feelings that we can't quite express or feel with language. Music is also a feeling and story. "When I was really little, my parents would turn on a cassette tape in the tape player in my room for me to fall asleep to,” he shares. “Only it didn't exactly help me fall asleep--I would stay awake listening to it because I would imagine a story to g

The Pond by the Old Cider Mill

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  In 1883 there was a man, named Claude, who lived in France in a house very near a barn that was once an old cider mill, with beautiful gardens where he grew flowers gathered according to their colors, and he left them to grow rather freely. Claude had many projects and many friends with interests ranging from literature, affairs of the world, color theories and collecting Japanese woodcut prints to botany, horticulture and nature. And he liked to paint. In the present day there are two people, named Dudley and Dean, who once visited that same house and old cider mill with the beautiful ponds and gardens. They have a garden of their own at their home, also with rhododendrons, azaleas, irises, lilies and a willow tree, plus a pond nearby. They have many projects and many friends with interests ranging from healing music, chakras, affirmations and relationships to environmental issues. And they like to make music. Dean and Dudley Evenson share many parallels with Claude Monet, they brea