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Hello my friends and coolest of comrades of this creative commune of candor and delight. Just a quick couple announcements and then I'll be on my merry little way.

Firstly, thank you to all who have submitted an entry as part of our first Haiku Challenge. Based on the exquisite quality and, surprisingly, the large quantity, per capita anyway, of your submissions I am sure we will be doing more of these challenges in the future. As you may have seen on the website, submissions for the challenge will close (not so) promptly at 11:59PM Sunday, January 18, 2015, which, if you haven't been paying attention, is tomorrow as of this writing. So if you've been meaning to submit one of your diminutive creations of the sublime but have heretofore been a dillying and a dallying, well please refrain from such activity until you've met your meaning and have submitted your haiku, after which, of course, the dillying and dallying of a different sort of your choosing may recommence. I hope to publish the next newsletter with all the haiku submissions and announce my selection for the Blog Profile and Guest Post thingy sometime early next week. Cool? Cool...

Okay, secondly, yesterday I published a post that discusses my resolve for committing myself to a deeper and broader intellectual pursuit by selecting an author and reading and studying large volumes of what the author has written, as well reading and studying large volumes (btw, large being a very personal in meaning and relative term) of what other authors have written about the author of choice, as well as about what the author of choice has written (Yeah, that explanation was a bit muddled so how about you just reading the article here, if you already haven't.)

So, what does all that mean to you? you ask. Very good question, I answer. What it means to you is me inviting you to join me in my pursuit. I have chosen Ralph Waldo Emerson as the first author I shall commitment myself to. I will first be reading "Nature," an essay from a collection called The Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson. As I read the essay, it is my intention to publish my personal reflections and other musings, poetry, or whatever, that are drawn from this reading. I invite you to read the essay along with me and submit via my contact page your personal reflections and other musings, poetry, or whatever, and I will publish them here in our little salon-like space of a newsletter. Finally, when we finish Nature, I will select the piece I feel best expresses or emotes what the essay attempts to convey and publish it on the blog, as well as invite its author to write a guest post. And if we find that we have a good showing from our reading of "Nature," our first Emerson commitment, then we will continue the same with each additional commitment.

This could potentially be a long engagement so let's play it by ear, as we like to say, and make adjustments as needed along the way.

I assume (uh oh) many of you already have copies of Emerson's writings; however, if you don't you can get a free copy for your Kindle here, or read it online here, or even download an audio file and listen to it being read here.  Cool?  Cool...

Let me know if you have any questions, comments, or interesting ideas about how to make this the best friggin' newsletter on the planet and possibly the whole universe.

That's it! Now, off I go on my merry little way as advertised...

Peace.
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