With a focus on the practice of compassion as an indispensable tool for nonviolent conflict resolution in the 21st century, the Charter for Compassion launched a new blog by Aberjhani on February 3, 2017.
"The timing of the launch," said the author, "could not be better as we are seeing escalations of contentious engagements at just about every level in every area of human activity."
The first blog entry, Considering Strategic Advantages of Compassion in 2017, was co-published at Bright Skylark Literary Productions. However, the new Charter blog will feature primarily original posts like the following:
The blog also showcases a series of digital posters illustrating central themes and principle values demonstrated by Charter for Compassion.
The organization, founded by noted author and compassion advocate Karen Armstrong, has long hosted blogs by contributors interested in helping to resolve humanity's most pressing challenges by means that promote sustainable coexistence. These include: "street therapist" David Breaux, author John Smelcer, photographer Steve Kaye, a TED ED Blog of Charter Stories, and a Women and Girls Blog.
Aberjhani has previously contributed articles to the organization's Voices Education Project and is one of its Arts Partners. On top of the current intensified political polarization in America, the need to increase responsiveness globally to such issues as climate change, domestic violence, and ending the education divide prompted the author to accept Charter for Compassion's invitation to publish the new blog.
Bright Skylark Literary Productions News Notes
Most formal reviews or critiques of books by Aberjhani currently exist in the form of hard-copy newspaper, journal, and magazine articles from the previous decade. A change of formats, however, has gotten underway with recent online posts of reviews focused on some of his earlier work as well as more recent titles.
One notable update is Education Book Mix’s video review of Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance posted on YouTube. The automated voice sounds jagged at moments but the year 2013 marks the 10th anniversary of the publication of Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance and the review on Education Book Mix underscores the book’s importance.
As Noted on Goodreads
Canadian Richard Van Holst, writing on the Goodreads author and readers community website, posted recent reviews of both Aberjhani’s first book, I Made My Boy Out of Poetry, and his more recent popular title, The River of Winged Dreams. While Goodreads boasts than several million members, many of whom often post reviews, Van Holst happens to be among the site’s top 10 best reviewers.
In the review of I Made My Boy Out of Poetry, he described the collection of short fiction and poetry as “brash, bold and daring.” He further notes in the same review that “Aberjhani's vivid style makes a powerful impression. But more importantly, he writes as one who is aware of where he comes from and of his function as a writer.”
Van Holst’s reading of The River of Winged Dreams came after I Made My Boy Out of Poetry, prompting the this response: “They are both intense and packed with meaning. There is still a sense of being mystically connected to nature. The spirituality is still rooted in body, time, place and family, but manages to transcend them.”
Much of the author’s observations are consistent with various online responses to single poems, stories, and articles by Aberjhani posted on the Internet. The following are links to the full reviews:
Richard Van Holst Review of I Made My Boy Out of Poetry
Richard Van Holst Review of The River of Winged Dreams
The Savannah Talks Troy Anthony Davis series made its debut in Aberjhani’s Examiner column three years ago when it was established to track developments in the criminal case of the executed Savannah native Davis and the slain (1989) policeman Mark Allen MacPhail. The seventeenth column installment, subtitled 1st Anniversary of the Execution became on September 21, 2012, one of the most referenced articles about Troy Davis on the Internet.
Although the article itself was published on Examiner, the headline link was featured in a Twitter feed of “top links for the subject” in a story by Gemma Puglisi for Huffington Post. It appears in the above screenshot in the bottom right corner. Moreover, the original article has received more than 500 Facebook likes so far (see the screen shot image below).
The article’s popularity came in part because Aberjhani is one of the few known contemporary authors to have written about the Troy Davis/Mark MacPhail case over an extended period of time and possibly the only one from Savannah, Georgia, to have done so. But it also gained some traffic due to the inclusion of the video by well-known television Judge Greg Mathis. In the video, Mathis states in his no-nonsense style that Davis should have received a second trial in light of all the circumstances and he chastises the state of Georgia for having “blood on its hands.”