Welcome to Mary Anne Radmacher's blog.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

How Close Are You To Your Dreams

This young lady, a talented musician, fit in my arms years ago when I said
I would operate as her Godmother. Differing roads and varying perspectives
may have "fired" me, essentially from a job I accepted then, in earnest.

And these many years later I cannot help but want to help her realize her
passion, her dream of her first recording. She's a talented and wild creative -
and if that sparks a fire of enthusiasm in you...I'd love for you to visit her
project page and put some money in the rainbow pot.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/kathryndueber/the-kathryn-dueber-project

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

LIFE BEGINS WHEN YOU DO

That's the title of my book released exclusively through SimpleTruths.com in February of this year. I've just learned that the title has been in their top ten titles for three months in a row.

Today they are offering my book at a 25% discount. Since it's an ideal book for graduation and for retirement - I thought I'd let you know. I hope you'll enjoy a copy for yourself, as well.

Here's one of my favorite pieces from the book,

"Challenges mold me, they do not make me. Praise encourages me, my own intentions inspire me. Successes spur me on but it is the reward of perseverance that satisfies me. Lack may assail me yet understanding "enough" assuages my hunger. Criticism may knock but I choose whether to open the door. Abundance showers me and generosity lights the path. Pain may permeate but hope prevails. As long as I'm breathing, I'm living, all the way, my way, beginning fresh each day. I may have a stare-down with dawn, but I hear the Great Voice say, "Life begins when you do." mary anne radmacher

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Creating Alone In America

The impact of "Bowling Alone in America" was a heightened awareness of how isolated many of our common pursuits have been. The irony of the "cyber community" is that each participant is alone, in the company of a technology instrument, while participating in this greater sense of community. It does not argue with the facts: it is a functional contradiction. Increasingly we are alone when we are together.

For independent creatives this has long been a familiar song. A professional editor, Betsy Lerner, refers to this often in her book THE FOREST FOR THE TREES: An Editor's Advice to Writers. She says, "Whenever I attend writers' conferences, I am struck with the overwhelming sense of alienation that many aspiring writers seem to feel.." Further she addresses the irony that creatives, writers specifically, work to cohesively join and connect with the world - while working alone, with no human contact, for hours, days and weeks at a time.


http://www.athenadreams.typepad.com/design
http://www.etsy.com/shop/athenadreams


My friend and fellow creative, Liz Kalloch, has addressed this issue wonderfully. If these issues seem familiar to you, you will take school and comfort from Liz here: http://www.scoutiegirl.com/2011/05/are-you-a-seeker.html

Learn more about Liz and her work at:

The impact of "Bowling Alone in America" was a heightened awareness of how isolated many of our common pursuits have been. The irony of the "cyber community" is that each participant is alone, in the company of a technology instrument, while participating in this greater sense of community. It does not argue with the facts: it is a functional contradiction. Increasingly we are alone when we are together.

For independent creatives this has long been a familiar song. A professional editor, Betsy Lerner, refers to this often in her book THE FOREST FOR THE TREES: An Editor's Advice to Writers. She says, "Whenever I attend writers' conferences, I am struck with the overwhelming sense of alienation that many aspiring writers seem to feel.." Further she addresses the irony that creatives, writers specifically, work to cohesively join and connect with the world - while working alone, with no human contact, for hours, days and weeks at a time.


http://www.athenadreams.typepad.com/design
http://www.etsy.com/shop/athenadreams

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Serving Commitments of Our Past

When my friends asked me to be godmother to their daughter and I said, “Yes,” we had no idea different, unconnected roads were ahead of us. And still…candles were lit for this beauty and her brilliant sister in every cathedral I’ve visited. I prayed for their spirit of adventure. Still do. Kathryn Dueber is on a creative journey. If you are inclined to help a young person realize a dream, this is a good one. Check out her “song.”


The Kathryn Dueber Project

www.kickstarter.com