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Telling a great story and writing what I think -- a master raconteur

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I have been writing essays published exclusively on this website for over ten years. When I commenced writing, I certain what I wanted to present to my new worldwide audience; I didn't have a real direction. I thought a Weblog (now universally refered to as a BLOG) might be a good idea.

On my seemingly never-ending journeys across the expansive Internet, I meet people monetising their blogs by sharing space with sponsors. There are companies who will happily populate your "free" space with commercials. If you write interesting stories, provide interesting material or have informative content, people will come to your site to read, be entertained, argue and learn. And if the sponsor provides relevant advertisements, you (and she/he) can make some money.

One morning I said to myself, well what the heck, I'll start a blog too, write a few stories, optimize them so the web searches point to me. I won't make it too interesting so people won't mind clicking out and away on the adverts, and I can make a few bucks in the deal. An Internet magnet, so to speak.

But things never work out as you plan. As an old Yiddish expression goes, Men tracht und Gott lacht, roughly translating to "Men plan and God laughs". I assume Google's business model wasn't what they initially assumed -- businesses and people must be flexible to survive and go with the flow.

That's OK. As body of writing grew, I became more interested in the creative side of writing than in potenial financial gain. Art is art and creativity is creativity. I use the same skills writing creatively as I use to produce fine-art photography. To my mind, art is the ability of an 'artist' to look at the existing world, and, using his God-given skill and learnt techniques, to produce what he sees, feels and smells, in an 'artificial' form which viewers enjoy. Emulate God and further His Creation. This can be done from a lump of stone, a blob of mud, paint on a stretched canvas, a camera viewfinder accompanied by software or a keyboard.

The artist who visualises the end work in her mind's eye can create a work of art. The writer creates a word picture, enabling the reader to smell the salt spray, feel the fog blowing on her face and feel the thunderous vibrations of a mob of passing brumbies, all from his armchair.

Last year [2017] I published a book in which I demonstrate both my writing and photographic skills under one cover. Here are some excepts from the book.

Many cultures have story telling traditions. Civilisations pass their heritage to future generations via narratives; elders relate to a younger generation. The Talmud contains stories that are far more meaningful than they ostensibly appear. See, for example, the wonderous tales of Rabba bar bar Hana -- and the Vilna Gaon's esoteric understanding.

Most great works including the teachings of the Buddha, the Mishna, the Kora'an and the new testament, started life as purely oral works, with a prohibition of casting them into stone, unchangeable.

Rav Nachman of Breslov said, "The world says 'Stories are meant to help you sleep'. But I say, 'Stories are meant to wake you up!'" Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach said, "The essence of a story is understanding life."

Something I found soon after entering my writing affair was my inability to write fiction. I can stretch, bend or manipulate the truth to some extent, but cannot write pure fiction. Probably a result of my scientific background and of my understanding that midrash, the teaching of Torah via legends, is not a lesson in history, rather an attempt by our Rabbis of the first millenium to understand difficult questions that arose in their study of biblical texts.

I have not created a diary, nor a reporting system for any political philosophy. My writings cover much and varied ground. My past, my thoughts, my childhood, my hates, peeves, hatreds, loves, family, our collective history . . . all presented here in full technicolor on my wide screen.

Now, over two hundred and something stories later, I certainly do not have a blog *. I am now hoping to produce a book based on what is here, my bible studies (not yet published -- unless I use them to write my PhD thesis) and many, many photographs I have taken on my travels across the globe.

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* Dictionary definitions of blog include "a website which displays in chronological order, the postings by one or more individuals, and usually has links to comments on specific postings", "a website containing a writer's or group of writers' own experiences, observations, opinions, etc, and often having images and links to other websites", or "a regularly updated website or web page, typically one run by an individual or small group, that is written in an informal or conversational style".