Dear Creative Thinkers International Family--
By now everyone has received the communication that went out notifying you that CTI would soon go offline. There is no sadness in this announcement because we have actually had a much better run here at Ning (September 2007–July 2015) than many others around the web and the race is not done yet.
During the most volatile periods in world history, not everybody chooses to attempt to make a positive difference. I am deeply honored to acknowledge that, as a community, members of Creative Thinkers International did endeavor to do so. Through our collective talents as poets, photographers, artists, musicians, fiction writers, filmmakers, essayists, bloggers, and much more, we employed creative vision to help counter those agendas dedicated to destruction for its own sake and which added to the stultifying regression caused by social polarization and xenophobic mindsets.
I am grateful to have shared this venue with you and I hope to share others in the days ahead as well. The goal has always been to help empower your unique gifts and promote sustainable social and political harmony within the Global Village. We are not abandoning the definitive vision of Creative Thinkers International but the time has come to revise the means through which that vision is expressed and distributed.
With Love to All,
Any attempt to write a biographical essay about someone as multi-talented and prolific as the late Ja A. Jahannes would be incomplete without immersion––or re-immersion––into a comprehensive sample of his works. In Jahannes’ case that would mean listening to diverse genres of music, going through numerous powerful poems, revisiting provocative essays, and revisiting intensely-original memoirs, novels, and plays.
Getting it all done in the short amount of time allotted by deadlines would not be possible but enjoying the challenge would be. In the course of rising to meet that challenge by penning the essay 5 Ways to be Geniuses Together, Celebrating Ja Jahannes, I naturally looked for suitable quotes to include with the essay. Upon finding more than I could use, I was inspired to create the three quotation graphics posted with the article.
From that point, it wasn’t much of a leap to realize that our modern shell-shocked world could possibly benefit tremendously from a collection of quips and witticisms distilled from the glittering torrent of fiction, sermons, librettos, stories, papers, etc., that seemed to flow with such ceaseless determination from Jahannes’ inspired soul. A good title for the collection might be The Wit, Wisdom, and Genius of Ja A. Jahannes. Moreover, if I were a traditional publisher taking on such a project I would push for both an illustrated hardback edition and a primarily text paperback edition.
Contemporary award-winning American author of classically-styled works in history, poetry, creative nonfiction, speculative fiction, and journalism.