Tuesday, August 14th, 2012
Angie Azur an MG/MA writer and interviewer for Teazurs has completed an interview and posted it on her website. I am now posting the link on my Interview page of my site here. She is turly a great gal and, as always, I appreciate her efforts on behalf of Until Today: Stories and Poems on Life as I Know It.
You can find her link listed below. Enjoy her hard work.
Wednesday, May23rd, 2012
Crystal Kelly, of WordPress.com, has conducted an interview with me and posted it on her website and I now am posting the results here as well. She was a joy to work with and I appreciate her efforts on my behalf and on behalf of Until Today: Stories and Poems on Life as I Know It.
You may find the link to her interview here.
September 3rd, 2009
Pamela Wilson of Prime Access Media, Atlanta, Georgia, conducted an interview with the author regarding why Moments of Mine was written and what the author expects to accomplish with his new book. The following is the session in question and answer form.
1. Why did you decide to write this book?
Poetry has been my therapy. I have been writing poetry for many years but really only as a personal outlet of expression. In the mid ninety's my writing became more serious and I began to share them with others more readily. While I was teaching High School I would broadcast a poem on our faculty email, I would share them in my bible classes that I taught, and things really started to change. My colleagues at work and my brothers and sisters at church became interested in my writing and encouraged me to put them into a book for publication. I did not yet see the merits of this venture but continued with my writing as a personal satisfaction and, once again, very inexpensive therapy. Now I relish the opportunity to share my writing on various subjects and look forward to publishing my next volume in 2010. Good things do come to those who wait.
2. What do you want people to get out of this book?
We are all in this together. We are not alone. Our relationships with God, our connection to each other, and circumstances we find ourselves in are not uncommon. My hope is by sharing thoughts on various personal and daily issues will allow others to see that we all experience the same things, just in different ways and in different times. My hope is always to reemphasize that we are not alone. Additionally, I hope to foster some interest in the poetic form of expression. It is a form of communication which is thoughtfully delicate while having great impact. It requires an honest and intuitive observational skill we all had as children but many have forgotten or left it unused for too long to be of use any longer. It requires contemplation of the days events, both personal and societal. It requires viewing events which intersect our lives on a daily basis in a much more dynamic way. My hope is that others will see their own lives played out vicariously in my words in some way. Again, we are not alone.
3. How is this book different than other poetry books today?
Moments of Mine is a different book in a couple of ways. One way is that it is divided into my life's priorities from God first, Family second, Occupation third, and finally, my responsibility to be involved, informed, and engaged in the events of the day which impacts my life. Secondly, it is different by actually allowing the reader to be involved in the inspirational process of poetry. On one page is the inspiration for a poem, or the inspiration to a series of thematic poems, and on the facing page is the actual poem as it has taken shape in word form. Poetry is, to me, an expressive art form conveying a view of reality that might not have been so clearly seen before by others. A view that is an underlying principle held personally by others which, to them, define the events described. If that is accomplished then others see the picture I have tried to paint through my words. That is the target I am shooting for.
4. What is your philosophy for success in life?
Life is to be engaged, enjoyed, shared with loved ones and friends, reacted to, changed where it needs to be changed, and maintained where it needs to be maintained. It is the springboard for family members to find their way. It is, as John Lennon once said, “what happens when we’re busy making plans.”
5. What kind of books do you read?
Biographies are my favorite books. It is good to see how others have experienced issues in their lives and made use of them to make an impact on other lives Very Capraesque. Their story could be my own, either now or in the future.
6. What are your hobbies?
Ten years ago it was running. I ran 2,000 miles per year for over 25 years. It was compulsive. I was also compelled to do 100 setups and pushups each and every day. I know…it was crazy. Now, it is reading if I had to pin one down. I really don't get a chance to read as much as before for some reason but I still enjoy it. I will read at least a book every month on average and sometimes more. Once finished I am compelled to keep the book because it is now a part of me and therefore difficult to loan to anyone. So don’t ask. It is a quirk of mine.
7. Briefly describe your career progression
My first job was as a reporter for the Atlanta Constitution, City State Page listening to courtroom cases in Fulton County. Great stories play out every day in our judicial system. Many authors will simply sit in court to acquire plot lines for future novels. Through a college friend I tried my hand at Insurance Sales. Good at first but not so much afterward. I was in the insurance industry for 4 years until I snapped out of the trance. The trail from there has been both bumpy and fulfilling. I have been the Southeast Regional Vice President for a physician recruiting firm. I have been an outside representative for IBM in Savannah, Georgia. I have been a public school teacher in Elementary School, Middle School, and High School. I have served two years as Director of Admissions and am currently serving as the Student Services Coordinator for the largest aviation maintenance training facility in the country. Where I go from here I anxiously await God's direction.
8. What is your greatest professional achievement?
I have not yet reached my greatest professional achievement.
9. What is your most cherished personal moment?
There are so many to choose from. It could be my graduation from college with my family in the audience. It could be delivering all or part of the eulogies for my mom's funeral or one for my two deceased grandsons. It could be officiating and conducting the marriage ceremony for friends or my daughters. It could be a moment when someone tells me I was right about an issue in debate. It could be knowing that my wife loves me today as she did many years ago and is still supportive. It could be the expressed love of my children and the satisfaction of knowing they want to be around us with their own children now in tow. It could be working in God’s kingdom and truly feel as a messenger or ambassador for the only sovereign body truly worth representing. It could be any or all of these things simultaneously. All of this is what makes life worth living. Don’t you agree?
10. When/how did you become a Christian?
Like many people growing up with concerned parents I too was exposed to the framework of church at a young age. However, one of my poems in Moments of Mine is called First Found Faith and it conveys the idea that the first framework of your spiritual life may not be the most constructive for you. My awakening was due to the example of my wife. Rather than be a brow beater and bearer of the hell and brimstone message she demonstrated true Christian faith in her daily living. It caught my eye as something very different. My life has never been the same. My view was very evolutionary at the time and could not clearly see what religion was truly all about. Through attending church with my wife I was introduced to many new concepts and ideas regarding spirituality. Not long after these revelations I was baptized into Christ. It was February of 1985 after a six-month long bible study with a college Biology Professor. God truly works in mysterious ways. I, in fact, have been His messenger myself on many occasions since that February evening.
11. How has your faith shaped your life?
Since my awakening to the Spiritual world my life has shaped my faith as much as the other way around. I have lived my life with Galatians 5:16-17 staring me in the face. My good angle is on one shoulder and the evil angle is on the other always trying to lead me in different directions. I think I follow my good angle more that the other but the decision is always in my hands. This is the difference between being Spiritual and saying you are Spiritual. This is ultimately what my wife demonstrated to me in order to lead me toward a more fruitful and fulfilling life. I am so thankful for her example and for the forgiveness I receive daily from my God and my wife. We should all know that we are forgiven as we forgive and judged as we judge. We should all remember to be a good example to others in every way because sometimes we are the only bible anyone reads.
12. Any other thoughts you want to share?
There is no more powerful component to our personal health or well being than the prayers on our behalf by others. I will keep this in mind forever and pray for you as I hope you will pray for me and my family.
There will soon be a radio interview posted - interview time is mid November 2009 - check back for the link.