Strength To Be Human

Straight talk about Art & Artists. Weighing Creativity. Finding Humanity.

March 28th, 2020    

Episode 121: Guest Haus Edition With Special Guest, Scott Simmons —Art in the Age of Corona

Technical Difficulties has prevented John from being on the show this evening. Thankfully, his editorial partner Scott Simmons agreed to join us tonight as a discuss Art in the Age of Corona. We converse about current events as related to the corona crisis as well as art past and present during epidemics and how it often changes the course of society's outlook on religion, faith, recovery, death and the afterlife.

March 25th, 2020    

Episode 120: Interview With Michael Griffith

On this episode I interview NJ-based poet, author and writing instructor Michael Griffith on the merits of editorship, authorship and deeper thoughts about writing.

March 22nd, 2020    

Episode 119: Peculiar Instruments: Ghosts as Characters

In the second installment of Peculiar Instruments we explore how ghostly figures and events are used as characters to illustrate or perhaps voice certain things to heighten a story or maybe be the catalyst to complete the plot.

March 15th, 2020    

Episode 118: Interview With Linda Imbler

This episode brings us back full circle with poet and fiction writer Linda Imbler. She was my first interview for the podcast in Jan 2019. In this segment Linda will speak out her past, present and future writing projects as well as her moments in the writing life.

March 14th, 2020    

Episode 117: Toying With Tangents — Horror in Writing

This new series Toying With Tangents will explore Horror writings from Bloch, Poe, Jackson, King, Barker, Blatty, Shelly, Stoker and Wells. In the weeks ahead we will explore Fantasy and Science Fiction too.

March 8th, 2020    

Episode 116: Interview With John Patrick Robbins

In this second, more revealing interview, John Patrick Robbins, poet, writer, editor, humorist and podcaster, recounts his achievements, publications, nominations and work during the past twelve months.

March 2nd, 2020    

Episode 115: Grumpy Grammar Grapefruit

Time with some fun on grammar and those who grump about it like the world is ending. Let's worry about the coronavirus; not the commavirus. 

February 29th, 2020    

Episode 114: Interview with Phyllis Dodge

Welcome back to the interview segment of the show. Phyllis Dodge is our next interview subject. She is a novelist and her novel "Why" takes an unique view on military veterans and all they must contend with on and off duty. 

February 23rd, 2020    

Episode 113: Metal Future —Are Concerts Worth Going to Anymore?

John and I discuss the timely subject of music concerts in the late 21st century. Are they worth going to anymore? The lip syncing, the expense, the age, the health, the sound, the half the band is dead or kicked out -- why is this experience still a draw?

February 22nd, 2020    

Episode 112: Peculiar Instruments — Houses as Characters

In this first installment of the Peculiar Instruments Series -- Houses as Characters play a vital role for artists to create a compelling atmosphere, metaphoric setting or special voice that often is best done by a nonperson.

February 12th, 2020    

Episode 111: Guest Haus Edition w/John Patrick Robbins — Transitions in Writing (Style/Genre/Theme)

In this multi-faceted episode John and I discuss various transitions in writing that many writers begin to face when they decide to creatively stretch and try something new.

1. Style --- somber to humor, humor to nonfiction, etc.

2. Genre -- poetry to fiction, fiction to nonfiction, etc.

3. Theme -- how to prepare to submit to publications requiring a theme



February 9th, 2020    

Episode 110: Demons –Real or Imagined in Artists

In this episode we will revisit depression and the demons it can bring in the arts by speaking about various famous examples in Art, Music, Dance and Writing. From Edvard Munch to Anne Sexton depression has been a malady in creative endeavors for centuries.

February 6th, 2020    

Episode 109: Question the Quiet — Selected Writings

For the first time I speak at length about my own writings as exampled by the recent print book "Question the Quiet" published by Whiskey City Press.

The basic arrangement of a book project is discussed as well as background information to the various pieces narrated for the show. It's a complete backview of how to put together a collection to benefit the audience and the author.



February 1st, 2020    

Episode 108: Classic Spotlight — Thoughts on Jack London

The first Classic Spotlight for the year 2020 focuses on the famous adventure writer Jack London (Call of the Wild, White Fang). We explore his outdoorsmen spirit, political viewpoints and dark side.

January 29th, 2020    

Episode 107: Guest Haus Edition w/John Patrick Robbins — Our Literary Influences

The first Guest Haus of 2020 and John and I are chatting about the literary figures that influenced us throughout our lives. There's a few you might share and others will be new and surprising.

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