PUBLISHER GARY S. SMOLKER’S COMMENTS:
QUESTION: Who is this blog published for?
I love to explore, think about and discover the “reason” behind real issues: what works, what doesn’t work and “why.”.
When I don’t like something, I try to figure out what is wrong, what needs to be done to make it better or to improve it and to then take action to make it better.
My life has been full of mind expanding and intellectually stimulating experiences.
I like to share those experiences.
It is fun for me, albeit sometimes frustrating and aggravating, to raise other people’s consciousness.
According to WordPress, this blog was viewed by people in 85 different countries in 2013.
That being said:
[A] This blog is published for people who want to make an impact on the world.
[B] This blog is written for people who want to be educational and inspirational.
[C] This blog is published (i) for people who want their eyes to be opened further, (ii) for people who are dazzled by art and architecture and history, (iii) for people who are inspired by the richness of living and (iv) for people who want to live a healthier richer more prosperous and longer life.
[D] This blog is written for people who like to read, for people who like to watch and talk about good movies, for people who like to eat and talk about good food, and for people who would like to know more about health and how to live a healthier and more prosperous life.
[E] This blog is published for people who are curious and who would like to be better connected to themselves, to the world and to others.
[F] This blog is published for people seeking better explanations of why things are the way they are, why people think the way they do, why people do what they do – for people who want to know how people make choices and why people make the choices they make.
[G] This blog is written for people who desire to be exposed to other people’s thinking, ideas, perspective, opinions, cultures, backgrounds, real life practical experiences and to best business and health practices.
[H] This blog is written for people who like to identify, learn about and then deal with the real reason behind real issues.
[I] This blog is written for civil dignified people who want to exchange their ideas with other civil dignified people.
[J] This blog is written for people who like to think – for people who are in the “why” loop of things.
The target audience for this blog is “thinking people,” people who think about what is truly important in life –
- people who have an extraordinary curiosity,
- people who are lifetime learners,
- people who want to make their lives better,
- people who want to figure out what went wrong and to make the necessary adjustment,
- people who would consider it a punishment if they were not allowed to read or not allowed to watch movies.
- people who want to increase the quality of life of other people and to make this a better world for everyone.
This blog is published for people who are intense, passionate, purposeful, serious, aware-life-longer learners who are focused and on a mission.
This blog is published for people whose good fortune has been advanced further and further as the result of their ability to put themselves in the right place at the right time.
- My goal in publishing this blog is to increase understanding of issues important to me including (a) what is really going on in the world, (b) how to live a healthier highly functional longer life, (c) why people do what they are doing, and (d) what is worth investing time, energy and other resources in.
I approach writing this blog, much as if you and I were sitting at a table in a cafe having a quiet, informal yet intense conversation animated with a sense of fun and the anticipation of discovery by both of us.
Previous posts contain reviews and comments on popular movies such as Django Unchained, Lincoln, 12 Years A Slave, The Butler, Mandela – Long Walk to Freedom, Can A Song Save Your Life?, Argo, Silver Linings Playbook, The Book Thief, Dallas Buyers Club, American Hustle and The Great Beauty.
Previous posts discuss world famous chefs such as Grant Achatz and how they got to be the “best” at what they do as well as world famous businessmen such as Isadore Sharp and how they achieved their great success in the business world.
Previous posts also discuss and comment on ideas presented in non-fiction books such as Seth Godin’s “All Marketeers Are Liars”; Stan Slap’s “Bury My Heart in Conference Room B”; Sheena Iyengar’s “The Art of Choosing”; Fred Davis’ “Fashion, Culture and Identity”; Harold Evans’ “They Made America”; General Stanley McChrystal’s “My Share of the Task, A Memoir”; Jose Ortega y Gasset’s “The Dehumanization of Art”; Malcolm Gladwell’s “Outliers – The Story of Success”; Ren Koolhaas’ “Delirious New York”; Jean Claude Gautrand’s “Paris ~ Portrait of a City”; Joan DeJean’s “The Essence of Style – How the French Invented High Fashion, Fine Food, Chic Cafes, Style, Sophistication, and Glamour”; Paul Veyne’s “Bread and Circuses – Historical Sociology and Political Pluralism”, Ping Fu’s “Bend, Not Break”, Tom Rath’s “Eat Move Sleep”, William Davis’ “Wheat Belly”, John McDougall’s “The Starch Solution”, David Perlmutter’s “Grain Brain”, Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr.’s “Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease,” Dean Ornish’s “the Spectrum”, Walt Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass”, Pierre Bourdieu’s “Distinction – A Social Critique of the Judgment of Taste”, Jacques Barzun’s “The Culture We Deserve”, Elias Canetti’s “Crowds and Power”, Carroll Quigley’s “The Evolution of Civilizations”, Fernand Braudel’s “Afterthoughts on Material Civilization and Capitalism” and Richard Louv’s “Last Child in the Woods.”
Previous posts discuss film festivals, great restaurants and films shown at the Toronto International Film Festival and films shown at the Palm Springs International Film Festival.
Previous posts (a) discuss how to judge the quality and distinction of a film, (b) report on the early work and debuting works by gifted new film directors and (c) discuss and highlight the work of established master film makers.
Previous posts also discuss quintessential experiences I have had in New York City, in New Orleans, in Chicago, in Toronto, in Paris, in Prague, in London, Moscow, Vienna, Rome, Cairo, Alexandria, Athens, and in Istanbul.
Previous posts discuss what I have learned and experienced with respect to down to earth challenges such as (a) losing weight and (b) changing diet instead of taking pills to prevent heart attacks, strokes, diabetes and cognitive impairment.
Previous posts discuss what I have learned about cultural forces, social trends, business practices, medical knowledge and judgments of taste and propriety that structure our lives.
My personal interests include (a) the science of wellness, (b), health, (c) success, (d) creativity, (e) my high-performance-fast car (a 2013 Nissan GTR), and (e) the relationship of food, diet, exercise, nutrition, diet and life style to health.
I aspire to encourage hard working, ambitious, caring, aware, people who have demonstrated exceptional potential and whose work is a labor of love.
I love great stories, great story tellers, great business people, great business practices, great health practices, great movies, and great books and to share my discovery of them.
I believe life is better when we are connected to talent, to inspiration and to each other.
I try to connect people who are the best at what they do to the right people at the right time by knowing where the best people are, what capabilities they possess, and how they can help others with the challenges they are facing.
I love to watch artistically bold and socially impactful movies and to analyze and discuss them.
I love to read well written material which is socially impactful and to write about and discuss what I have read with other people.
I seek to be part of the process by which great books, great films and the Internet bring people of our world closer together and connect them to themselves and to each other across cultures.
PUBLISHER GARY S. SMOLKER’S PHILOSOPHY:
Exceptional things come when passion comes first.
Life should be led with fun, passion, joy and a sense of style.
To be an exceptional leader you need to be an exceptional sharer of information.
Leaders develop other leaders, they engender a sense of collective passion and purpose while enabling high potential people to thrive as individuals.
Leaders maintain a hunger for revitalization and renewal.
Ideas are the ultimate creator of wealth.
THE GOALS OF THIS BLOG ARE (1) TO SHARE IDEAS, INSIGHTS, KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCES BY BEING A VIBRANT HUB FOR THINKERS; (2) TO STIMULATE THINKING WHICH HELPS PEOPLE VENTURE DOWN NEW PATHS ESSENTIAL TO THEIR WELL-BEING; (3) TO EXPOSE PEOPLE TO THINGS WORTH KNOWING AND THINKING ABOUT WHICH TRANSFORM THE WAY THEY SEE THE WORLD, AND (4) TO HELP PEOPLE MAKE SENSE OF THE WORLD.
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