|Posted by John R. Daubney on November 17, 2011 at 10:25 AM||comments (1)|
"After every 'victory' you have more enemies." - Jeanette Winterson from the Sun magazine. 2011
Victory without compassion and respect for all is really a hollow event; one which can have lasting negative consequences. Many are the villains and those more noble in the efforts in history who failed to treat the vanquished with compassion and respect, and their efforts only invited revenge and their own demise. Jesus Christ, Martin Luther King, Mohandas ...Read Full Post »
|Posted by John R. Daubney on November 6, 2011 at 9:15 AM||comments (0)|
Beginning as early as 7 or 8 years-old when I would hear my mother's record player sending out the songs of Perry Como, Bing Crosby, Mantovani, Nat King Cole, and Carmen Cavallaro. From that time, music touched something deep within and took me away on little three and four- minute emotional, and spiritual trips. Music allowed me to rise above whatever difficulties and fears I may have been experiencing at that time. I was hooked! Nat Cole's song, Nature Boy, was...Read Full Post »
|Posted by John R. Daubney on October 21, 2011 at 4:35 PM||comments (0)|
So often passion comes from something a person views as wrong and personally painful. Mother Theresa, Abraham Lincoln, and Martin Luther King, and Bill Wilson, founder of AA, are examples of historical figures who have been energized to create change and empowerment for others through the pain they have experienced. Everyday people are motivated in the same ways.
When I feel great anguish about what ...Read Full Post »
|Posted by John R. Daubney on October 18, 2011 at 10:25 PM||comments (0)|
Today, as I walked in the beauty and peacefulness of the Saratoga Battlefield National Historical Park I spied a hawk floating effortlessly and gracefully on the wind in a deep blue cloudless sky over a wheatfield, most likely looking for his next meal. During the moments I stood silently and observed I was brought to awe by the beauty of life in its natural state. My passion for spending time in spaces like this is in large part due to the opportunity to partake in this banquet of beaut...Read Full Post »
|Posted by John R. Daubney on March 10, 2011 at 9:34 AM||comments (0)|
I was recently interviewed by a budding young video artist by the name of Peter Furlong. Peter has a passion for creating images that present beauty, points of view, in-depth discussions and interviews that focus on what people do, what they believe, and what they care deeply about. Those who interview successfully are people who care deeply about the interviewee and Peter is such a man. His work will doubtlessly move others to follow their passion.
To be e...Read Full Post »
|Posted by John R. Daubney on February 21, 2011 at 6:03 PM||comments (0)|
I have been reading a gripping and inspiring novel written by Jack Mayer, a pediatrician and writer from Vermont. His book, Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project is based on the real-life exploits of Irena Sendler, a Polish woman who was a social worker in Warsaw during the time of the Nazi occupation of Poland and was re...Read Full Post »
|Posted by John R. Daubney on February 7, 2011 at 1:51 PM||comments (0)|
As human beings, we are possessors of a unique life; we are energy manifested in a unique form. It is our responsibility both as human beings and as artists to create a life and work that is ours alone.
That is the gift we offer the world—not a gift of talent, or even of hard work, but of our own uniqueness. It’s not easy. Even if we fail, it is a worthy...Read Full Post »
|Posted by John R. Daubney on December 17, 2010 at 5:03 PM||comments (0)|
On Wed., DEc. 15th I presented a book talk and signing at the Book House in Stuyvesant Plaza in Albany, New York. A real nice crowd showed up which included niece, Karem McKenna, my friend Andy Lavigne, my sidekick Anne Valliere who took some video footage, and old friends, Steve Commins, and Geoff and Karen and Amy Meyers and Cathy Holmes.
Contributors, Steve Holmes and Jackie Hawkins were gracious enpough to show up and contribute to the presentation. Jackie read from he...Read Full Post »
|Posted by John R. Daubney on December 1, 2010 at 9:20 PM||comments (2)|
I have long admired the artist, whatever the medium, and his or her dedication to revealing truth in their work, . In Those Who Walk with Fire, I was very fortunate to interview sculptor Bob Blood, vocalist Perley Rousseau, Cellist Ruth Alsop, playright Howard Meyer, and landscape architect Catherine Weaver among others who have dedicated their creative efforts to telling the truth as they see it, through their work. The...Read Full Post »
|Posted by John R. Daubney on November 29, 2010 at 12:30 PM||comments (2)|
Just yesterday I had the opportunity to be part of a group providing music for our church service.. Music, both performing and listening, is something I am very passionate about. While making music with these 5 other very talented and equally passionate people I was struck, once again, at the incredible joy and soul-connection I experience when I am doing what I love with passion and purpose. We always prepare for performance with a prayer of thanksgiving.. Allowing spirit t...Read Full Post »