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Jack Katz: On Creativity, Synchronicity, Fear, and Romantic Beauty and Human Tragedy

By Seth Singleton

Discovery is an original experience.

I first experienced Jack Katz through his art.

I saw a drawing that was hanging in the restroom at Sam’s Log Cabin in Albany, Ca.

My wife and I had stopped in for breakfast. After we ordered our meal I used the restroom and saw the drawing of a mythic figure on the wall.

The title The First Kingdom was written at the top. He stood holding a longsword in his right hand, long hair trailing behind him to the cape billowing to his knees. The name Tundran was written at his feet.

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At the bottom was the inscription “To the Log Cabin, the best place to eat in California. All the best, Jack Katz.”

When we finished our meals I used the restroom again and took a photo of the drawing.

Back at our table, I asked one of the servers named Eric how the restaurant came by the drawing.

Eric told me Jack lived nearby and came in for breakfast. I gave him my card and asked him to let Jack know that I was interested in a conversation.

Eric later emailed me with the contact information for Jack and his associate Brian Miller. We arranged the date for breakfast and sat down in the back of the Log Cabin for a conversation about Creativity, Synchronicity, Fear, and Romantic Beauty and Human Tragedy.

Jack’s Biography – Excerpted from Jack’s website

Jack has dedicated his whole life to drawing and writing.  All part of a mission to get his thoughts out to the universe. His work spans numerous waves of comic book development. His paintings are rooted in the early years of 20th century American illustration and art and reach down into the present,

His most enduring accomplishment is the production of the 24-issue graphic novel known as The First Kingdom. Many have said it was the very first independently published graphic novel. It was re-issued in a four-volume set in the spring of 2005.

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Today Jack teaches anatomy for figurative art students and continues to work on his comic book projects. He is currently creating a number of publications and videos that present his distinctive ideas of teaching figure drawing.

Anatomy by Jack Katz, Vol. 1 is the first volume of sketches. It is a collection drawn from the decades and illustrated for the advanced figurative art student. It presents the many ways that the dynamic human form can be expressed.

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My Hong Kong Travel Log: Part 2 – The Adventure Continues – From the Peak to Macau and Home

By Seth Singleton

We left the Peak for the comfort of our beds and a chance to sleep in for a few hours later than normal.
Then we packed our bags and drove to the port and boarded a ferry to Macau.

We checked in to our rooms at The Parisian before heading down to Santo Antonio where the street food and the shops were brimming with people spilling onto the streets.

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We celebrated some of the most amazing Portuguese cuisines from the exquisite Michelin star restaurant Antonio

The next morning we recovered with a buffet and boarded a ferry back to Hong Kong and a drive through Repulse Bay and the homes of the expatriates.

My wife grabbed a nap while Dean and I made a Hawaiian bread recipe that produced two loaves, six nine rolls and one round.

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The next day Dean joined us for lunch after a doctor appointment and then we returned to the house for a day of relaxation.

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On our last day, my wife joined me on an adventure to see Hong Kong’s local comic book shops. We ventured to Causeway Bay and then finished our evening with a viewing of A Star is Born with Barbara Streisand and Kris Kristofferson.

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The next morning we rode to the airport with Dean and boarded our plane home.

I’m not a world traveler, yet, but my love of traveling continues to grow.

Thank you for joining me on another adventure.

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Are You Ready to Join a Podcast Conversation On a Road to Self Acceptance with Tara Massan and Seth Singleton?

By Seth Singleton

Doing the Hard Things

It’s not easy to talk about a subject like Self Acceptance.

That’s why it can help when you have a guide.

I was lucky enough to meet Tara Massan.

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The Mission

Her mission is to help others lead a healthier life.

She was willing to share her experience and understanding with me and invite me to join her in a series of conversations about what Self Acceptance means and what it can mean for each of us.

Listen to the story of how our first conversation was supposed to be the first podcast, and how starting with Self Acceptance, was something that I had to take to heart when our first recording was lost.

Join us today On a Road to Self Acceptance.


About Tara Massan:

Tara Massan is a Yoga Teacher, Personal Trainer, and Lifestyle Coach.

She helps chronically stressed out adults create healthier lifestyles by addressing their obstacles through her 4 Pillars of Health: Mindset-Movement-Nutrition-Rest.

She is also the creator of Be Moved and has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, US Weekly and the Huffington Post.

She has also contributed to over 20 publications with one purpose: To help others live a healthier life.

You can connect with Tara by visiting her website (www.taramassan.com) or sending her an email at tara@taramassan.com

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A Return to Adventure with My Hong Kong Travel Log: Part 1 – SFO To Sai Kung To Mon Kok to Sneaker Street and the Avenue of Comic Book Stars

By Seth Singleton

Adventure

Somewhere in my 20’s traveling became a frustrating juggling act of responsibility and money.
Gone was the excitement of my childhood.

But, with a little work and a lot of time spent realigning my perceptions I found my way back to the stories at the heart of every journey.

That doesn’t mean that it is all roses and glory, or that I don’t have a few bumps along the way.

It means that the challenges and the rewards are equally important to the value of the journey and the reasons that we share it.

This is Part 1 of my travel log, about my journey to Hong Kong and everything I tried to remember along the way.

And it all starts with a return to adventure.

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Aside from a 30-minute flight delay, our departure from San Francisco’s International Aiport terminal SFO on Cathay Pacific was uneventful and fairly routine. I recorded a short video for my parents and my sister and her family using an app called Marco Polo and then Tracy and I snacked on a yogurt parfait and croissant egg sandwich respectfully.

On board, we loaded movies from the video player mounted in the headrest in front of us and settled in for the long flight. After an early meal service of BBQ pork and thin-sliced beef with tomato with rice, shrimp quinoa salad, and a passionfruit cheesecake, the person in front of me reclined their seat. I

was pinned. My legs are too long for most flights, and about 15 minutes later I had to stand up in the aisle. This happens to me on occasion and I have even written about it before. It’s an unfortunate side effect of air travel that can be an inconvenience if you are taller than your seat. This time I picked up my Ipad and read from a book and then watched a video I had downloaded last night.

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Each time someone passed I would slide back into my seat and then slide back out once they had passed. Because of the narrow space between my seat and the reclined seat behind me, my knees, hips, and butt would jostle the person seated in front of me. I don’t know if this was the only reason that they eventually looked up and back to see me standing with my Ipad, moments before I slid back into my seat when the next person approached. But, when I stood back up, they decided to move their seat back to the upright position.

I waited a moment to make sure this was not just a minor adjustment. When the seat stayed for more than 30 seconds I took it as a good sign, and my wife looked up at me with a relieved smile. I replied, “Yayy, I get to sit down again. That’s always a good part of a trip.”

We landed at 6:45 p.m. local time. We exited customs with our bags to find Dean and Andre waiting for us. We exchanged hugs and followed them to the car in the parking garage. The airport is on an island. Dean explained the layout of Hong Kong as we approached the city from a suspension bridge.

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About 30 minutes later we stopped for a quick dinner. I couldn’t help but chuckle that we had chosen a Japanese restaurant for our first meal in Hong Kong. But, the local influence was clear from the first bite. Not only were the portions twice the size of a similar order I liked to enjoy back home, but the rich flavor of the noodles and the texture of the chicken were absolutely sublime.

I had taken a moment before our food arrived to step outside. My sinuses had been a mess since our landing. I blew my nose into some crumpled napkins until I could draw a clean breath. I looked up at the night sky and smiled at my good fortune.

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Back inside, I could only smile thankfully that we had landed safely, were greeted by family when we did, and soon we would be driving to our new home for the next 10 days. It was the feeling I associated with receiving a gift.

I could only imagine what would happen the next day.

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How Fallback Friday, Michael Phelps, and the Talk Therapy App turned into a Podcast about Defining and Describing Toxic Masculinity

It doesn’t usually happen like this, but sometimes it does

By Seth Singleton

It All Started With Two Words

I recorded this after I heard a news segment on MSNBC that addressed the topic of toxic masculinity and the announcement that Olympic gold-medalist Michael Phelps was promoting an app called TalkSpace that allowed him to discuss his struggles with mental health.

I believe that men should talk

I struggled with speaking openly and recognizing when I was in a safe space where I would not be judged. I did not realize that there was a connection to toxic masculinity.

Guys that I knew growing up harrassed boys and men who were honest about their feelings or publicly demonstrated actions that they characterized as weakness. I didn’t know that it was called toxic masculinity, and I wanted to learn more before I recorded my thoughts.

I read:
1. What We Mean When We Say, “Toxic Masculinity” By Colleen Clemens

www.tolerance.org/magazine/what-we-mean-when-we-say-toxic-masculinity

2. The ‘Toxic Masculinity’ Smear By Ben Shapiro

www.nationalreview.com/2017/06/masculinity-not-toxic-stop-blaming-men-everything/

3. Urban Dictionary By User Submission

www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Toxic%20Masculinity

4. Is Toxic Masculinity a Valid Concept? By Gad Saad

www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/homo-consumericus/201803/is-toxic-masculinity-valid-concept

5. The Most Toxic Patriarchs in Literature By Rebecca Frumkin

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The More You Know

I hoped that this would provide me with enough viewpoints to begin talking about toxic masculinity. I’m thankful that time and the input of others will continue to inform me so that I can share it with you.

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