Wednesday, February 15, 2017

A REMINDER

I was looking through some old Creation Point posts and came across this one from seven years ago that, given the current lunacy in our country and our world, was just what I needed to read today: a reminder to myself about what's really important, what's really possible, stuffed in a bottle and tossed out to sea in 2010, found and opened in 2017.  Here it is, in a slightly edited version:


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While reading Ellen J. Langer’s book Counter Clockwise (which details a 1979 experiment in mind-body connection, in which Langer, in essence, mentally time-traveled a group of men in their seventies and eighties decades into the past, resulting in significant, positive changes in their physical health),  I came across a quote that went straight to the center of my soul:

The fact that something has not happened doesn’t mean it cannot happen; it only means the way to make it happen is as yet unknown.

As someone who believes that the (apparent) limits of the possible exist only to be exploded—as that quote over there on the left attests—I was delighted to come across such  a powerful reminder of a truth I already know, but still, for all my efforts, sometimes forget.

In my novel Imaginalis, the main character, Mehera Crosby, is guided on her adventure by words that many would dismiss as childish imagination:  “Because it’s impossible, I’ll do it.  Because it’s unbelievable, I’ll believe.”  To me this isn’t an immature world view, this is the essence of our existence.  For all the strangeness and suffering life can offer, it’s been my experience that we truly inhabit a universe of magic and miracles—one universe in a simultaneity of universes that we step into and out of with more frequency than we realize—and the more we acknowledge that, the more we realize that the sky isn’t the limit, that the only real limits are in our own heads, the more that magic will come alive for us.  Respond to us.  Transform the world within and around us.  

Just because something hasn’t happened doesn’t mean it can’t.  If we keep our eyes wide, open to the endless impossibilities the universe has to offer, the miracles will come.

Feel free to remind me of that if I forget again.  And I hope, in some small way, I’ve reminded you.




 
©copyright 2017  J.M. DeMatteis

37 comments:

  1. A very important message...and ALWAYS timely.

    --David

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    1. Thanks, David. If we were always in contact with our inner guidance and wisdom, we wouldn't need these reminders; but, being human, it's easy to get lost in the noise and chatter of the so-called real world. (Well, it's easy for me.) That's why we need to regularly remove ourselves and go into the quiet of our own souls where the true reality can be accessed.

      Every little reminder helps!

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  2. "What is now proved was once only imagined." - William Blake

    And I remember a phrase from our 1960s youth: "Be realistic. Expect a miracle."

    And how much of the "real world" is simply an agreed-upon illusion in the first place?

    I agree, with the everyday world so hectic * packed with supposedly vital & urgent trivia, all the more need to go to that quiet place within. For my wife & myself, a good portion of that is simply walking in our local parks & really looking at every living thing we see, so that we feel our mutual kinship. on a very deep level.(May I recommend a wonderful new book on Thoreau, "Expect Great Things" by Kevin Dann, which looks at him & his experience of the world with an emphasis on the spiritual & the mystic?)

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    1. What you say about the "real world" is very true, Tim. I truly believe that the whole game's an illusion and remembering that—and staying connected to the Divine Reality beneath the illusion—is the key to to living.

      Love that Blake quote. (But you knew I would!)

      Thanks for the book recommendation, I'll check it out. And thanks, as always, for checking in. Keep taking those walks in the park!

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  3. Thought you might like to see this. It made me smile.
    http://www.cbr.com/dark-horse-karen-berger-berger-books-imprint/

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    1. Yes, that's fantastic news. As you may (or may not) know, Karen and I were friends before either of us worked in comics and I opened the door for her at DC, introducing my friend, a brand-new college graduate, to Paul Levitz, who was looking for an assistant.

      It's been a source of great pride and pleasure for me to watch as Karen carved a unique place for herself in comic book history and I can't wait to see what she does at Dark Horse.

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    2. I believe you had her trying to ask Captain America out on a date at one point. Poor Ms. Berger, trying to compete with Bernie Rosenthal. She never had a chance.

      I wonder if she would still be interested in Cap now that he has been cosmic cubed into a fascist.

      I am excited about this, even if it is Dark Horse trying desperately to make up for losing its sugar daddy, Star Wars. I mean there are worst ways, right?

      Of course, DH shouldn't have announced this before they had some books to name and release dates.

      Then again, the internet has messed everything up so much, what else could they do?

      I mean spoiler warnings have become so insane to people that they have to be in the loop themselves.

      This is of course caused by the diminishing concepts of of societal norms. With the commonly discussed and identifying concepts of, religion, morality, philosophy, culture, and national identity, dead, dying, or lapsed into a state of relativity, this is out new faith. Shallow politics, amped up past introspection and materialistic concepts that define as has who we are. "I am good, I vote the right way" "I am a part of this, I matter, I was here before you."

      I mean the spoiler thing is so strange, if you can't enjoy something and still know the ending... it probably isn't that good. You would think it would matter less, since you can look it up so easily, but it matters more.

      Then there is the idea of what the internet can do with everything able to be analyzed and torn apart, months before it is out. Remember the Ghost \busters remake? Was it god? I don't know, I don't see many movies.

      But it took a month to earn back what it cost to make it. Not even a bad movie has that problem. Probably because it became a whole thing and most people wanted no part of a debate.

      Then there was the controversy in Captain America a year ago. Poole claimed that issue two was changed to accommodate fans. A month to re-write draw,ink, color, letter, and print a comic seems a little farfetched. Even in these crazy computer times.

      What was the point of this?

      Oh yeah. Karen Berger recreating Vertigo at Dark Horse (come on that is exactly what this is). I'm stoked. I hope it brings in a lot of well known creators for personal works, and grooms new talent. Just like she did before.

      I am excited.


      Jack

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    3. Karen only dates Cap when he's drawn by Mike Zeck. She won't even date a Sal Buscema Cap. She's very particular.

      And, yes, I'm stoked, too. Good things to come!

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    4. Okay, this took a weird turn.

      I was assuming it was the Karen Berger who existed in the same universe as Captain America. Now, the real Karen Berger is attracted to the fictional one? Or at least the artwork of Mike Zeck... perhaps as a whole?

      There is something interesting about taking the founder of Vertigo on to raise sales. Given that Vertigo got to be Vertigo because Clark and Bruce wrote the checks.

      It goes to show how powerful a legend can become in comic...books. Aside from all the potential for storytelling and talent that will assuredly be gathered, it will also be interesting to see what happens when there doesn't need to meet the same hurdles DC had for Vertigo. You know, higher sales quotas and such.

      Good times ahead... but they really should have waited to announce it until I could know WHEN those good times were coming.

      Jack

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    5. I'm sure more info is forthcoming. Maybe even fifthcoming! (Rimshot!)

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    6. Puns are lazy writing, so do me a favor and get all that out of your system before your next script.



      Jack

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    7. https://www.wired.com/2016/09/pun-competitions/

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    8. Yeah, yeah, just don't let it soak into my ScoobsApocs.

      Jack

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    9. All this talk of Ms. Berger losing out to Bernie makes me think even more about how she could have prevented all this Captain Hydra stuff...

      Supreme Hydra: What do you mean you are quitting HYDRA?! NO ONE QUITS HYDRA!!!!

      CAp:I have three reasons 1. I love my wife 2. She's Jewish 3. I don't have a death wish.

      Supreme HYDRA: ... fair enough.

      Jewish guilt and upbringing. Saving the world from Fascism, one Super Soldier Goyfriend at a time. I smell a companion piece to the Greenberg the Vampire Hanukkah Spectacular... "The Bernie who saved Seder...and the world(but who cares about that?)"


      Jack

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    10. I'm thinking the GREENBERG THE VAMPIRE HANUKKAH SPECIAL should be live-action and on Netflix, alongside the other Marvel shows.

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    11. I believe you mean "Greenberg the Vampire's Hanukah Spectacular: from Latkes to AB Negative"

      And, you don't want a netflix special. Once you do that, it will turn into an eight part mini-series, and half of it will be used to promote the next big movie.

      Besides, comics are the way to go. TV is a fad. Comics will be around forever.


      Jack

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    12. But what if I want the GREENBERG special to be a musical? I tried doing a comic book musical when I wrote the XANADU adaptation many years ago, it just didn't work. Unless we include a flexi-disc. (I will now pause while you wonder, "What the hell is a flexi-disc?"

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    13. I have the Flexi disc that goes with my Nexus #1.

      Besides, you could always put the comic online and demand people read it near a computer.


      Jack

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    14. Idea for a tie in if worst comes to worst. McDonalds' meals with latkes instead of fries and strawberry jam (marked blood on packet)instead of ketch up. Of course... I guess it couldn't come with the cheese BURGER. Or could it? You created Greenberg, how strict is he on the kosher front?

      I look forward to the subplot where he has to come around to the new Twilight-ish vampires, which have come along.

      Are you taking notes here? You have got to have a game plan here. You only have 10 months (give or take haven't checked the calendar for Hanukkah). You'll have to start shopping for the holidays in a week or two.


      JAck

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    15. GREENBERG THE VAMPIRE would fit pretty comfortably as a Netflix Original, though not necessarily within the Marvel template.

      I'm not an expert an vampire literature, but I am curious, did GREENBERG predate other attempts to view a vampire through the lens of culture instead of a monster narrative?

      Anyway, I think a GREENBERG film or series would absolutely win an audience with the line, "Bram Stoker was an ass." Funny stuff.

      --David

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    16. Yes, I'm sure McDonald's would be up for that. There used to be a chain in NYC called Kosher King. They might be more open to it.

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    17. Actually, David, I think there was a line like that in the GREENBERG graphic novel. And, yes, I think GTV would work very well as a Netflix series. As for culture vs. monster—there may have been other attempts like GREENBERG back in the day, but I wasn't aware of them.

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    18. Oh, I remember the line quite well! I was quoting it from memory. I thought it was a great opener to the graphic novel. Perfect encapsulation of GREENBERG's subversive humor--and one that stands the test of time.

      --David

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    19. You've got a good memory, David! Well, here's to our imaginary GREENBERG TV show. May it become reality!

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    20. The key to retaining valuable information is to ignore unimportant details--like what day of the week the garbage gets picked up, or when you're required to use a turn signal. Now if you'll excuse me, the guy in the other lane won't stop honking! Sometimes I think social media really is making people more antisocial...

      --David

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    21. Wait, is that true about Kosher King? Was that a real chain?

      As for the first attempt to look at vampires through a human lens, I looked up when Anne Rice's first book came out, and it was 1973. I've never been a big reader of hers, but isn't that her whole thing?

      Also, wasn't that what Harold H. Harold from T.O.D. was. Wait, was Greenberg originally a Harold H. Harold story? God, what a great series that was.

      Plus. even though they were monsters and killers, I am pretty sure there were some EC and/or Creep comics that showed Vampire living within contemporary life.

      Also, I assume the Vampires in Salem's Lot behave much the same way everyone in Maine does. I've never been there... but it seems like they would fit in well.


      Jack

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    22. Yes, Kosher King was a real thing.

      Was Harold H. Harold a vampire? It's been a long time since I read TOD, so I remember Harold (I can see him in my mind) but not what his role was.

      I do think GREENBERG was unique in tone and culture. The original idea was to kind of meld a Woody Allen movie with a Stephen King novel. And I think it would adapt nicely to television.

      And I want the Hanukkah Special to be a musical.

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    23. Harold H. Harold (a character often compared to Woody Allen, and a pulp horror writer) became a vampire at one point during the original run.

      No one is saying it can't be a musical.

      Lyrics could be as he serenades his wife...

      Now I say, "my sweet seniora
      Please pass the menorah."

      Though you make a great lat-ka
      Especially for a shik-sa

      My tastes fall less for jewish deicasy
      as than for blood...type AB

      So long a go do we first date.
      I longed for a mate

      I prayed we would be blissfully wed
      as a so casually said

      I don't care how hard he hit his wife
      I will live John Lennon for life.

      now that I walk as the undead, it is still true
      though I will never do that to whom I love true

      Was Kosher King any good?

      Jack


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    24. Never ate there.

      Re: your song lyrics. Oy!

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    25. OY: I should clear my schedule and grab a plane ticket?

      OY: Don't quit your day job?

      or

      OY: That was to brilliant to allow the project to continue without you. Your in or I walk from Marvel?

      The point isl, if you haven't tried latkes with strawberry jam., do yourself a favor and do it.


      Wait, was Greenberg's chick a gentile? I feel like she was? Then a gain they were married in the 80s.... and baby boomers. They could be divorced and he with another.

      Jack

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    26. Yes, Denise was a very Annie Hall/midwestern type (in fact, if you look at the first black and white story, she kind of looks like Diane Keaton). And they're still together. I can guarantee it.

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    27. ... I'm not sure I like the inferring that Midwestern and Jewish are mutually exclusive. I'm pretty sure we exist. As sure as I can be that anything exists.

      Even with my partial heritage excluded I'm pretty sure that Farmington Hills, Oak Park, increasingly Downtown Detroit and Royal Oak, Livonia, Redford (after a fashion), Oak Park, the shop owners in The Dexter that got their shops vandalized in the riots, And West Bloomfield... especially West Bloomfield, would argue with that. And that is just the places I can drive to in less than an hour.

      In fact, isn't your whole carrier based around two Midwestern Jews?

      This reminds me of when John Oliver made the joke that both Jews and tomatoes are naturally uncomfortable in the upper Midwest. Never mind that 3.7s of those state have major metropolitan areas (Detroit, Chicago, and Cleveland). Also, I think Madison and the Twiun cities have decent Jewish populations (one spawned American Icon Bob Dylan), but I try not to paty much attention to those state.

      also, my grandfather and millions of others in this state grow tomatoes.


      When do I need to be in New York to write those lyrics.


      Jack

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    28. I'm married to a midwestern Jew, so I know there's no exclusivity!

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  4. So, yeah when you work at a place with internet and it's a bank holiday it gets kind of slow around here. That being said, I have completed two issues of KAPITAN KALAMAZOO that feature the new super villain, Glue Bucket Bill. Anyone want copies I will be happy to send them out free of charge. Just email me your address. dwaltzwriter@yahoo.com Thanks for the inspiration, fellas!

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    1. Excellent. I'm glad to hear it. I look forward to receiving my residuals for my input. Don't worry, cash or check is perfectly fine.


      Jack

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    2. Sorry, Jack, I give the mini comic away for free. You're getting paid in copies I'm afraid.

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