The thing about a real economy is that it's like the game of Monopoly. When one person has all the money, the game is over. In a game of Monopoly, that’s charming, but in a real economy, it’s a problem.
If you have childhood memories of the famous game Monopoly; If you love their little figurines, counting up the money, and those get out of jail free cards, here's the history of this amazing holiday and what you can do to celebrate it.
History of Play Monopoly Day
The idea of the Monopoly game occurred back in 1903 when American anti-monopolist Elizabeth Magie create a game in order to explain the single tax theory of Henry George. Henry George’s tax theory was that owning a monopoly over specific arrangements and interactions of materials could be caused great issues to the economy, and thus supported land value taxes and patent rents onto monopolized companies and businesses.
Lizzie Magie henceforth decided to create the game, called the Landlord’s Game, in order to explain the effects of monopoly into simpler terms and thus created her patent in 1904 and published her game in 1906.
Although Charles Darrow created a semi-copyrighted version of Monopoly, it wasn’t until the Parker Brother’s in 1935 sold a similar game called Monopoly that it gained popularity and as history states it, in 1991 Hasbro Inc. bought Parker Brothers and thus bought Monopoly.
Thus, with this long history of tradition, Monopoly is now one of the most popular board games in the world. Each year different editions are developed. Fans through the internet get to vote on new piece designs and potential editions for fans to collect and play.
It’s become part of the American tradition for families to play together, and this holiday is just a tribute to the fun that is Monopoly.
How to celebrate Play Monopoly Day
What better way to celebrate this fun holiday than to play Monopoly. Have a family gathering one night and play with your brothers and sisters. Invite friends over and have a board game night with drinking, snacks, and board games. Go online and vote for the next edition of the monopoly game.
You can also use the hashtag #playmonopolyday and let everyone on your favorite social media websites what day it is today.
When I began writing this blog almost 2-1/2 years ago I used to write bits of mytho-philosophical writings and some excerpts on the skill of writing. Later I went more into interviews and sometime would post reviews and excerpts of my writing. In recent issues, I've focused on other writers works but not put much of myself or interests in the blog. Going forward, I intend to show a bit more of myself and the way I think through articles of interest. I'm posting this particular article today because it mirrors the soul of a writer!
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Here's one I found in Phanes - A philosophical Journal by Angel Millar called: The Potential For Genius
"[The man of] talent is like the marksman who hits a target that others cannot reach; [the] genius is like the marksman who hits a target…[the] others cannot even see." –- Schopenhauer.
In the musical version of J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan, when Peter tells Wendy she’s “just too grown-up” to return to Neverland, what he really means is that she’s lost her artist’s soul. In our society, most of us lose this soul, while as children we have it naturally and are encouraged to have it.
Peter Pan is the Eternal Artist, the God and Goddess, the genius. He flies high above the world, defying even gravity. He teaches others to fly, but they have to believe in magic, in fairies – in themselves – in order to do so.
Peter Pan is profoundly lonely. Most other children grow up and join society; they learn to conform to the sensible ways of adults. When Captain Hook asks, “Pan, what art thou?” Peter proclaims: “I am youth! I am joy! I am freedom!” He is truly mythic, representing the Great God Pan in human form. He alone knows the way to Neverland, which is the secret Magic Circle, beyond all time and space.
Sometimes when flying within my own Magic Circle, I experience an intense déjà vu of when I was a boy, dancing around our dark basement to the fantasy music of Peter Pan with only a flashlight for the stars. I may have been Peter then, but I’m certainly Pan now!
Which leads us to the delicate and controversial subject of genius.
At the climax of Ionesco’s play, Rhinoceros, when everyone else in the world has turned into the animal of the title, the hero Berenger unlocks his liquor cabinet and surrenders to his favorite bottle of brandy. As a testament to his individuality, he faces the audience and toasts: “I’m the last man left, and I’m staying that way until the end. I’m not capitulating!” And he drinks as the curtain falls.
What is being said here about the artist, the individual, the genius? Well, for one thing, that it ain’t easy! Stella Adler, the great acting teacher, used to say, “Never psychoanalyze the artist.” What she meant was: don’t label him (or her) an alcoholic, a narcissist, an obsessive-compulsive. The life of the artist, the genius, is the struggle to triumph over the confines – and cruelty – of society; and to do so at all cost.
How can we judge the life of a “sensitive” genius like Tennessee Williams, Kurt Cobain or Sarah Kane, the late English playwright, by saying that their excesses led them to their doom?
Or how can we condemn the life of a “brutal” genius like Picasso, Wagner or Crowley, when they fought to leave us such great bodies of work?
In Surviving Picasso, the Merchant/Ivory film, Anthony Hopkins struts across the screen like Shaw’s Superman, like Crowley’s Man of Will. Beyond morality, Hopkins’ Picasso is one with art. To do, to will, to paint. And to make love! Nietzsche said, “Whatever is done from love always occurs beyond good and evil.” This is the driving force of the artist.
Prejudice, incidentally, is the opposite of art. It’s a narrowing of the higher faculties. There’s “positive” prejudice: the maitre d’ at La Goulue restaurant said, “We have the best frites in New York.” (Which perhaps was true.) And there’s “negative” prejudice: the subtle bigotry of racism, anti-Semitism, homophobia.
Prejudice always stems from a narrow way of seeing. “You’ve got to be carefully taught,” wrote Oscar Hammerstein. Art, on the other hand, comes from an opening of consciousness – beyond mind, beyond judgment – and beyond fear or jealousy, which is what prejudice is really about.
Great art calls to us to be bigger than ourselves. That’s why the art of a nation is the soul of a nation. And art will always beckon to us to rise above our prejudices – to see the world from a higher perspective, a perspective of love (Ace of Cups) over fear or cruelty (Nine of Swords).
The genius is the individual who brings this art to the world.
The Age of Aquarius, the astrological sign of genius, has finally begun to bloom. At last, we are no longer “dawning.” What does this mean? Well, first of all, it means that the religions of the former Piscean Age, founded on sin and archaic laws, have become passé. It’s time to celebrate the new spirituality, where religion and science converge.
Einstein said, “Science without religion is blind; religion without science is lame.” He was obviously ahead of his time. The religions of the Piscean Age negated science; the religions of the Aquarian Age will confirm science. And the genius will triumph as his own God.
More and more, scientists and physicists acknowledge what ancient religions always knew about magic and psychic phenomena. The relationship between spirit and matter, between the psychic and the mundane, is being recognized as something tangible and scientific. We’re beginning to realize that we are the masters, that God is not an all-powerful bearded man in heaven, but instead a power within each one of us. Yes, there’s a “cosmic energy” that you could call God, but what’s significant is the magical link that every human being can make with this energy.
From personal experience, I can assure you, it’s real. It’s exciting. It’s the way we’re going. Now I’m an Aquarius, so why take my word for it? All I can say is you’ll see: we’re finally in the Aquarian Age – let’s wake up to reality!
Once I attended a performance of Philip Glass’s The Voyage at the Metropolitan Opera. I’ve always considered Philip Glass, the Aquarian composer, to be a visionary artist. And his iconoclastic opera got me thinking about the nature of genius. So without further introduction, here are some ideas on genius versus society:
We all have the potential for genius.
A genius is someone who succeeds in making contact with his/her higher self, Higher Genius, or Holy Guardian Angel.
A person who is in touch with his/her genius is totally individual.
Stella Adler (also an Aquarius) made her students promise to take all “indication” out of their work. Indication in acting or any art form is the hinting at genius, copying it without experiencing it.
If one is not expressing his genius, his individuality, then his expression, in art or in life, comes out as cliché.
The alternative to genius is society, the middle class.
“The artist is the highest class,” Stella used to say.
Society is threatened by the genius, though greatly enriched by him/her.
Society insists on conformity and is therefore the greatest enemy of the genius.
The genius tears down society.
The number of genius, the number of Aquarius, the number of magical power.
It suddenly occurs to me that I’d better address the subject of how the author views himself in this area, lest he be accused of having secret (or overt) hubris beyond belief. Let me try to be as honest as I can about this. Years ago, someone said that my eyes see more than they can handle. I think this was true at the time. And although I can be so thick in some ways, I was told by the best psychic I ever met, the late Clifford Bias, that I’m “near genius” and “the best attitude is to kid about it,” otherwise I might be considered a “conceited ass.”
Thinking this was good advice, I tried to take myself less seriously, but it took a long time to develop a sense of humor about myself. Once, while chauffeuring Jackie Onassis, I found her lost umbrella on Madison Avenue. “You’re a genius!” she cooed. That was during my acting days; but more recently, at least two people have told me that I have a genius for reading the cards.
This may be true, but I really think it’s the work that counts. People don’t realize the work I do at night to be able to read their cards in the day. The discipline I have in my daily life is more than most people I know. “A” was never good enough for me; it had to be “A-plus.” Maybe I was trying to please my father or my mother or whatever; but for me the “plus” was always the magic, like the glitter on a magical candle: not at all necessary, but oh, so dazzling. I worked for the “plus.”
When I’m writing, I work all day and all night. It’s an intense, grueling process: the work just takes over, like a fever. Sometimes I wake up with my latest chapter in bed in the morning. My work is my lover; I’m devoted to my work. I’ve always been this way: I have to give the very best that’s in me.
Whether this makes me a genius or not, I don’t know. But I do know what Irene Bertuzzi, a flamboyant palm reader in Italy, told me when I was 17: “Your life line and your work line intersect: your life and your work are one. Your father goes to the office and leaves his work at the end of the day. But you, Jimmy (my childhood name) – you will succeed! Because you can do it! You have it in you! But you will have to go through so much pain first…because you are so sensitive: I can see it in your eyes.”
That was the summer of 1970: Porto Santo Stefano, Italy. They were playing Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love” – and I was about to be a senior in high school. I thought the sensitivity in my eyes would make me a famous actor; little did I realize that it would be the way I’d make my living: a “sensitive” is another word for a “psychic.”
I’ve tried to be honest about how I personally relate to the subject of genius. So now we can proceed, finally, and focus on you: the person with the potential for something great.
The first principle on my eleven-point list was “We all have the potential for genius.” OK, I’ve said it; but now you’ve got to do the work.
In his excellent book, Young Nietzsche: Becoming a Genius, Carl Pletsch asserts that geniuses are made, not born. I tend to agree. Pletsch says: “In his struggle to please Wagner, Nietzsche discovered his own creativity and learned many of the psychological characteristics of genius: audacity, narcissism, and single-mindedness. Eventually he would be able to practice these virtues of genius.”
Are you ready to practice the “virtues of genius?” Not if you believe in a “selfless” philosophy or religion. There’s no mincing words here: to be a genius, to accomplish something extraordinary, you’ve got to practice “selfishness.” Let’s not obliterate the self, the ego, too quickly on our spiritual paths. If we sit around meditating on a mountain somewhere, we might attain the Buddhist “no mind,” but we certainly won’t design that palatial estate, erect that superlative sculpture, or shoot the film that will influence people around the world.
The choice is yours; this is not an article about enlightenment. This is an article about achievement. Are you ready to achieve something in your life? If so, you have to figure out what that is. And then you’ve got to fight for it!
If you choose what Crowley calls your “True Will,” then the doors of life will open fairly quickly and naturally on your chosen path. It’s amazing how the universe helps us when we’re doing the “right thing,” and how it socks us in the jaw when we’re not. (See the movie Run Lola Run.)
So first you need to discover where your potential for genius lies. It may not be where you think it is. The espresso maker at Caffé Sha Sha years ago was obviously unhappy with his job. His coffee wasn’t the greatest, but every Friday, when he purchased the flowers for the weekend, his floral arrangements were unbelievable. I tried to encourage him to do this kind of work for a living, but he wasn’t interested. Some people just love to be miserable.
Has anyone ever told you that you have a genius for something? A genius for flowers, or a genius for people, or a genius for cars or for picking out the best hat? Comments like these are clues that we probably do have genius in these areas. And I believe that we all need to get in touch with the genius part of ourselves, to begin utilizing it 150%, and to make a lot of money doing it! Unless you prefer to meditate on top of a mountain – and maybe that’s your True Will, which is fine.
But whatever your will in life is – get to it, get on it, and get going! If you choose the mountain, then go find it and stop dreaming about it. But if you choose the work, if you choose greatness, if you choose any of the arts – it’s got to be the number one choice in your life. There’s simply no compromise with this: genius is something you work for. You can’t have it two ways; as I tried to tell a friend, choose either the New Jersey family life or a great career in the theatre – but “You can’t have both, dahling,” as Stella often reminded us. There are exceptions, of course, but they’re exceedingly rare.
Are you ready to take the leap and pursue something magnificent in your life? You’ve got to do it with your blood, your guts – every ounce of your being. And there’s no guarantee that you’ll ever “make it.” The only guarantee is that you’ll discover who you are.
At the climax of Peter Pan, Tiger Lilly decrees: “Peter Pan is the sun and the moon and the stars! Peter Pan is the love of delight! Peter Pan is the bravest and strongest of all boys!” And Peter answers, “Yes, I know. I don’t say it to boast – it’s because I cannot tell a lie.”
The genius doesn’t need to lie; his life and work tell the truth. - Kyler James
Kyler James is the author of the novel, The Secret of the Red Truck, which made Dennis Cooper’s favorites list for 2014 and sold out repeatedly in New York City bookstores. A former actor and NYU graduate (studied with Stella Adler), Kyler started reading Tarot cards on film sets and has been a professional psychic for over 25 years, amazing people (and animals) with his talents. He has written columns and short stories for a number of magazines and is known for being “The Wizard of Washington Square” when the weather succumbs to his will. Kyler’s next novel, Mercury's Choice, is forthcoming from Rebel Satori Press.
Last week I interviewed Geoff Habiger and Coy Kissee - This week it's their character!
1. Go ahead and introduce yourself.
My name is Saul Imbierowicz. I just started working at the Post Office as a mail sorter a couple of weeks ago.
2. Tell us where and when you were born.
I was born in Chicago on August 13, 1909.
3. How would you describe yourself?
I’m just a normal guy who has been happy to finally be able move out of my parents’ house and live on my own. I enjoy going to ballgames (I’m a Cubs fan ever since the Black Sox scandal back in ’19) and going out on the town with my friends. We can usually find a speakeasy that’s not too run down, or even just go to a moving picture. Though now that I’ve moved out, I have to pinch my pennies much more than I did before.
4. Tell us about where you grew up.
I grew up in a Jewish neighborhood in south Chicago. I had a lot of friends, both in my building and around the block. My dad works at the packing plant as did the dads of nearly all of my friends. That’s how we knew each other; well, that and from Temple.
5. How old are you?
As of right now (editor – February 1929) I’m 19.
6. Did you have a happy childhood? Why/why not?
I would say that I had a pretty a happy childhood. I mean, I’m Jewish so, as you would expect, my parents play a huge role in my life. Nothing truly bad ever really happened. My Dad never got hurt at the packing plant, which has been good. I did break my arm playing stickball when I was 9, and I had an Uncle who fought in the Great War, but he managed to come home safely. We did lose my grandmother and a couple of my older relatives to the flu epidemic, but my immediate family stayed healthy.
7. Past/ present relationships? How did they affect you?
I didn’t have a lot of past relationships – I mean, I went out with a couple of girls during high school, but nothing serious. Recently, I just started seeing the most gorgeous gal named Moira. I met her at the diner at work and we just hit it off. She seems to really understand me and we’ve had a lot of fun so far (though we’ve only been on a couple of dates).
8. What do you value above all else in life?
My family. Even though my sister always gives me a hard time and Mom and Dad and can
Sometimes be overbearing, I love them all and would do anything to protect them.
9. What are you obsessed with?
Paying my rent. (grin) And, of course, my new gal, Moira. Beyond that, I love to follow the Cubs.
10. How do your beliefs make life better for yourself and the people you care about?
I’m not sure how to answer this. I don’t know if I have any beliefs. I mean, I go to Temple (less now that I’m living away from home, I admit), and I had my bar mitzvah, but I don’t know if I would say I have a strong faith or belief. I try to be polite and nice – my mom made sure of that – but I don’t know if that’s made anyone’s life better or not.
11. Biggest fear?
Letting my family down.
12. What line will you never cross?
I don’t know. I’ve not really had a situation where there was a line that I just knew that I wouldn’t do something if I had to.
13. What is the best thing that ever happened to you? The worst?
The worst was breaking my arm because I had to stay inside most of the summer and help Mom. All the other boys teased me about it and I missed out on playing stickball. The best, I’d say, was meeting Moira.
14. Most embarrassing thing that ever happened to you?
When I had my bar mitzvah, I mispronounced some of the Hebrew during the reading from the Torah. I didn’t realize what had happened until a bunch of the men in the congregation started laughing. I suddenly realized what I had really said and my face went beet red.
15. Biggest secret?
I don’t have a lot of secrets. I mean, my Mom doesn’t know about Moira yet, so that probably counts. She wants me to settle down with a nice Jewish girl and move back to the neighborhood.
16. What is the one word you would use to define yourself?
Unremarkable. There’s really nothing special about me.
17. What is your current goal?
To keep my job at the Post Office so I can continue to see Moira. I don’t think I could ask for much more in life right now
Christian Terry is my next author. Welcome Christian
What made you want to be a writer?
The art of storytelling always had my heart from an early age. Putting words together to form that story had always grabbed my attention at an early age.
When is the release of your next novel? Name genre or if it’s part of a series. If your book is part of a series tell the readers about the others that are out for sale.
My next book Seven Lives is the second book in my Respawn Saga series should be available by the time this interview is posted. It is Science fiction/fantasy . The first book in the series is Ten Lives which is available now.
How important is it to read books when you want to be an author?
Very important! You have to read, reading is one of the fundamentals of writing. You have to read to write. The more you read the better at your craft you’ll be.
Do you remember the first book you read?
I do not remember the first unfortunately but I do remember the first adult novel i read was Michael Critchton’s Jurassic Park when I was in elementary school.
What book are you reading now?
I’m in the middle of Eye of the World by Robert Jordan and The Log
of a Cowboy by Andy Adams. Both great so far in their own right.
How did you come up with the idea for the book or series, especially the title?
Video games. I had always thought wouldn’t it be cool if someone would write a story on a character like Super Mario or Sonic the hedgehog and had multiple lives to save a world. Since I had not saw anyone write that story I decided to write it myself.
Which character do you identify with most in your novel?
Mike Wesely. Mainly because I know what it’s like to be forced into situations that you don’t have any business being in. Trust me, I can relate.
How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I’d say twenty percent of it is realistic with the Atlanta locations and such. Other than that not really realistic.
To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
I do hike in the woods near my home during the fall. I get my best ideas by marching through there.
Tell us how the atmosphere needs to be for you to be able to write. Example, music on or quiet etc.
The house has to be quiet and my headset will be on full blast listening to original video game and motion picture soundtracks. To top it off I’ll have a glass filled with whatever drink that I was craving at the moment.
What is one goody you must have at your desk when you’re writing?
My pens and my notebooks, can’t do a whole lot without those.
Which part of the publishing process do you detest most?
Drafting. It has to be done to make everything fit but to me sometimes it can be painful. Deleting great things that you wrote only to see later that it would have nothing to do with the story. I hate it but it must be done.
What is the worst thing you’ve had to overcome before publishing your novel? IF it’s too personal just make a generalized statement if you can.
I’d say just creating this series by itself. It started off on napkin papers and two years later it’s in readers hands.
When you need some extra encouragement who do you turn to?
Friends and entertainment. Mainly the Rocky movies.
How do you market your book?
Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Have readers ever contacted you? If so, tell us the best thing they’ve said to you.
Yes. I was told that it was really good and the dialogue was pretty funny. She didnot like that it ended with sort of a cliffhanger.
Who do you trust to read your finished books before publication
I have a few folks in mind.
Tell us all about your very first book signing. Take us there with your description of people, place, food, décor etc.
It was in the middle of a hot September day in downtown Decatur, Georgia at the Decatur book festival. There were hundreds of people passing through the area. After I made my speech about my book there were several excited people waiting in line to get a signed copy. One of them was my eighty year old grandmother. I won’t ever forget the smile on her face.
Is there a message you’d like to send through your book?
Life is hard but we have to keep fighting for it. Fight to survive. Fight to live.
If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
I think John Boyega would do a great job as the lead. He’d just have to learn southern accents and mannerisms.
Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
I’d love to meet Shigeru Myiamoto the creator of Super Mario and Zelda. Id want to pick his brain on creativity.
Do you have any hobbies?
Gaming and reading books and comics. I’m a huge music fan too.
What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
My favorite show ever is Lost. I’m also huge film buff. I enjoy everything from comedies to gangster movies to superhero films.
Hot wings, Mexican food and pizza. Sometimes in that order if I were hungry enough.
What’s your sign, lucky number
Scorpio and the number seven.
What’s your favorite color.
Do you have hobbies other than writing?
I podcast with friends on the weekend. Discussing gaming and news that has happened during the week.
Imagine a future where you no longer write.
What would you do? I’d probably be yelling at young kids to get out of my yard.
You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
Spend it with the people I love...then find some sort of sorcerer who could get me a life extension.
What do you want written on your head stone?
Here lies Christian Terry...good luck collecting your money now!
Are there any mistakes you made with your first book?
There were a few errors that I have corrected hopefully with this new one I’ve rectified things.
What kind of advice can you give to other either aspiring authors?
Read, read, and after you’re finished reading read some more.
When in doubt, who do you trust to help you out?
Friends and family.
Tell us how we may get a copy of your book. (Kindle, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, paperback etc.)Social media links and websites?
Amazon : https://t.co/jFphPK741
Pieces of Heaven: A Haunted Horror Short Story of Visceral Regrets Kindle Edition
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