Sunday, March 29, 2015

When More is not enough, there is Mohr.

Michael Mohr (photo provided)

Michael Mohr's non-fiction graces the pages of the upcoming issue of aaduna. Here is the opening to his piece, "Conquering Mount Whitney: The Push of a Lifetime."

I’ve spent a lot of time in the mountains. From an early age, my father and I would hike in the ranges of Ojai—my hometown—a blip on the map twenty minutes inland from the coast, an hour north of L.A. After my youth, I’d spent years on and off hitchhiking all over the United States, sometimes going into the woods—without anybody knowing—for a week at a time, with only minimal food and water, surviving just fine, reading Keroauc’s On the Road.

            But one thing I’d never done was climb a serious mountain, or experience real altitude.

            Fast forward to age thirty. I met a young man my age who’d recently tackled Mount Ranier. For some unconscious reason, this man’s trip to Ranier inspired in myself a strong, palpable desire to tackle something I’d never tackled before; to do the thing I’d always, deep down inside, wanted to do—to face the symbolic ascent of life within me: to ascend a serious mountain.

So when more is not enough, there will be Mohr!  We will also feature another piece by Michael, "Are You a Writer or an Author" in aaduna's 5th anniversary/spring 2015 issue....scheduled to launch in mid-April. 

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Kat Kruse, still a real cool name!

Kathryn "Kat" Kruse (photo provided)

In the January 7, 2015 blog post, I introduced you to Kat Kruse.  Don't remember?  Maybe you do!

Regardless, the name is still cool and so is the person behind the name. 

Click here to read my Conversation in aaduna's current issue with writer Kathryn Kruse.

I enjoyed our chat. 

You probably will enjoy reading what she had to say, and maybe even my responses.  Oh my!

Yeah, Kat name.    

NOTE:  This is the final conversation for aaduna's current issue (Fall/Winter 2014) Watch for future conversations in aaduna's next issue scheduled to launch in mid-April!

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Sunday, March 15, 2015

“Don’t believe me just watch.”

May 29, 2014…in Auburn, NY, aaduna, Inc. presented a literary affair featuring poets, writers, and musicians who recreated the ambiance and spirit of the historical Harlem Renaissance period.  The affair was a fundraiser for aaduna, the global online literary and visual arts journal based in that City.  Comments after the affair and then on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media raised the same question or statement, “Are you going to do this again next year?”  …“You should do this again next year.”

“Don’t believe me just watch.”

Flash forward…May 28, 2015, Theater Mack, Auburn, NY…aaduna, Inc. will be back at it! 

In the Spirit of the Harlem Renaissance…Revisited, 2015…doors open at 6:30 pm with a artist meet and greet…vibrant words and live music…poetry, fiction, spoken word from Cyd Charisse Fulton, Dr. Kevin Jenkins, Howard Nelson, Heidi Nightengale, Bobbie Panek, Catherine Poku, Tearz, and Raymond Nat Turner.

Bringing the “downstate/uptown” voices of Harlem/NYC to join the “uptown/upstate” voices of Auburn and Rochester to vibe together in another aaduna fundraiser.

“Don’t believe me just watch.”

SAVE THE DATE.  TICKETS $10/PERSON IN ADVANCE from an authorized seller, $12 ONLINE (includes S/H,) $15 AT THE DOOR (CASH ONLY.)  For further info, e-mail -     (Tickets will be available at the end of March)

Last year was SOLD OUT.  Don’t be left out!

Can’t make it?  Send us your LOVE and MONEY!  Make a donation via Pay Pal or a check/money order made payable to aaduna, Inc., 144 Genesee Street, Suite 102-259, Auburn, NY 13021

May 28, 2015.  The spirit of the Harlem Renaissance returns to Auburn.   SAVE THE DATE!
This event is funded in part by Poets & Writers, Inc., with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

And thanks to Peter Gene Hernandez aka Bruno Mars!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Fifty shades of ...what? The ____side of the moon? bill berry further exposed.

So, here is the deal. 

As you know, every so often and usually once in a blue moon, we get the rare  opportunity to see another shade of bill berry.  Wasn't it just the other day that we saw him read one of his works and then talk about his approach to craft?  And while he still rather exist in the shadows behind the shadows, on the other side of the moon, other folks find ways to tell us a bit more about who he is.  And the moon shines brighter on all its sides then what we expect.

See video story here  or view below:


Friday, March 6, 2015

The End…maybe not.

Most stories find closure with these two words, “the end.”  However, with sequels, prequels, and new plots and scenarios for characters, “the end” may just be the beginning.

 Find out.
Read storyteller Kenneth Gary’s Conversation now available at

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

When “Once Upon a Time” is more than just storytelling.

I suspect the overwhelming majority of us grew up with having stories told or read to us when we were children.  For those of us who are now parents, we routinely carried on this activity across family generations, from our children to their children - our grandchildren.  And if we are blessed with acuity in advanced age, we continue to tell stories to our great, grandchildren and remind the generations before them, including ourselves, of stories buried in the recesses of memories. 

For most cultures, an oral tradition encompasses stories, tales, fables, family history and legacies, and chronicles our very existence.  But, we rarely get a glimpse of whom and what situations is behind the storyteller…the motivations, learned wisdom and respect for elders.

So without heralding the blasting of trumpets and ornate fanfares, I invite you to read my Conversation with Kenneth G. Gary starting on Friday, March 6 – March 13 at  Click on Conversations.       

Our storytelling.

Stay creative,

Monday, March 2, 2015

Hawaiian Shirts in the Electric Chair. What the ----?

Scott Laudati has a voracious appetite for weaving words into subtle forms, never lingering on or catering to artificiality or pretense.  His “HAWAIIAN SHIRTS in the ELECTRIC CHAIR” erupts into a road trip through life where he masters love, despair, hopelessness, sentimentality, courage, and stark realities.  Laudati’s poems slap you in the face with kid gloves and the emotional ambiance lingers in the corners of your consciousness, waiting for your re-assessment….

Scott Laudati, reads at aaduna fundraiser event May 18, 2014

An aaduna contributor and participant in last year’s “In the Spirit of the Harlem Renaissance” fundraiser at Bill’s Place in Harlem/NYC, Scott’s book of poems is now available on Amazon.


free ebook


OR watch Scott RIGHT HERE (below)