Entries by Mark Rafter


Bob Dylan Shaman

“An artist has got to be careful to never really to arrive in a place where he thinks he is somewhere.  You also have to realize that you are constantly in a state of becoming, as long as you can stay in that realm, you’ll be alright.” -Dylan, 2007 ” What struck me is that […]

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Reflections on Poetry

I read “some” poetry growing up, not as much I suppose as I would have liked.  Wide swath of poets from TS Eliot to Walt Whitman.  I actually first heard of a number of poets listening to Dylan and Van Morrison; their lyrics are littered with references to their favorites. Why read poetry?  I’ll let […]

The Future, Is Out There

It’s Thanksgiving, time to be grateful … for now, for the future, repeat. ON that subject, here are two quotes I like about the future. “Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today” – Dr. Suess “The best way to predict your future is to create it” – Abraham Lincoln  Thanksgiving […]


Potential vs. Capacity

Think about the difference between potential and capacity.  I have counseled my sons to “realize (their) full potential” – smacks of a self-help platitude but, it’s sincere.  I’ve done the same to myself, feeling like I’ve sequestered myself in an engineering career without taking the risk to ‘realize my full (human) potential’ as an artist. […]


Failure is a Learning Tool

Listen, really listen, to some Dylan songs; there are plenty to choose from, impossible for me to have a favorite. Dylan’s impact on popular music is incalculable; his impact on me profound. Favorite lyric #63: “There’s no success like failure, and failure’s no success at all.” This applies to, well, anything worth doing, including making […]


What’s the Connection?

Technically, this is my first blog post.   I’m starting it in order to better connect to you (yes, you .. the person reading this).   As of today, Star Date 17 November 2017, I am estimating there are exactly ZERO people reading my blog.  Maybe one of these days … We’ll see how it goes. Right now, […]

Who’s The Cuckoo?

17 Nov 2017 – Just re-watched One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest.  Won the Big 5 Academy Awards, including Jack Nicholson’s first Best Actor statue.  Looking towards the White House, the issue of who’s really crazy is being debated on the world stage. Bonus Flick Recommendation: Watch “The King of Hearts” … set in World War […]