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Mark Angelo Askew is the author of "Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Guide Workbook and Keepsake" and the founder and director of the Family Reunion Planning Group that established November as Annual Family Reunion Planning Month.

Friday, October 7, 2016

An Indie Author"s Exploratorium Dream

An Interview with Indie Author Mark Angelo Askew - Part 1 of 5

Mark Angelo Askew talks about the publishing of his latest two books, "12 Best Life Ever! Party and Event Planners", and a children's book, "The Adventures of Chester Peabody Bear", which begins inside an Exploratorium built on a high hill in the center of a great forest.

How long have you been an Indie author?

Mark - I've been an indie author for 5 years. My first indie-authored book was about family reunion event planning. Something I love to do to this day.  As a family man, artist, craftsman, musician, poet and nature observer, I love embracing life and seeing it at it's best.

Is this the reason for wanting to run an Exploratorium for kids?

Mark - Partly. I was raised in a good racial mix of northern Connecticutian art and festival culture as well as Southern Maryland hospitality. I loved the contemplative serene marine life of both worlds. The long walks on the beach. The magnificent sunset sky shows. A good book to read. Family and friends always nearby.

Sounds like you had the ideal childhood?

I would like to say, yes. But as with all children, innocence abruptly comes to an end.  For me, it was when I learned about the mass stockpiling of arms. While I believe the authorities stand in place for important security good reasons, I became concerned about the easing of  international, political and racial tensions. Later I learned that the best way to send a message of peace and goodwill is by allowing people to experience it for themselves.

To shut out the bickering world, see, hear and feel a hushabye deep within. Creating living imagery of happy children frolicking among floating iridescent vesicles.

A moment that touches our core, where our purest joy and childhood innocence still resides and never really ever goes away. Once we sense it our principles and priorities are suddenly transformed. Everyone present is a part of this living art and therefore a part of the message.

Now and then I will venture out to a park or reservoir and put on a free floating iridescent vesicle art show.  In the evening it becomes a magical light show. crowds form. People lay on blankets. The child in us is rediscovered, mesmerized and very much entertained. The message of peace, community, nurturing and joy is spread without a word spoken. An Exploratorium would be the ideal setting to recreate magical moments like these.

Read more...  An Indie Author's Exploratorium Dream Part 2

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