Thursday, March 1, 2012

Blind Imagination: A video by Taylor Adam Swift featuring Kurt Weston, the subject of Journeys Through Darkness: A Biography of AIDS

The Blind Imagination: A video by Taylor Adam Swift featuring Kurt Weston, the subject of Journeys Through Darkness: A Biography of AIDS
This is a short add-on to today's post. It has come to my attention that there's a video on Vimeo, called The Blind Imagination, by the phenomenal Taylor Adam Swift. Blind Imagination features interviews with Kurt Weston, the award-winning legally blind photographer in Journeys Through Darkness, and also a few of his photography, also part of the book. 
To learn more about Weston's fantastic journey, check out my book and this inspiring video Blind Imagination, by Taylor Adam Swift.
Hope you enjoy it. Thanks for stopping by!
  Many thanks to Taylor Adam Swift!
Alina Oswald
Author of Journeys Through Darkness A Biography of AIDS

The Blind Imagination from Taylor Adam Swift on Vimeo.

The Art of "Proper" Love per CNN's Piers Morgan in Piers Morgan Tonight and author Joseph Dispenza in Older Man/Younger Man: A Love Story

The Art of "Proper" Love... asked by CNN's Piers Morgan and written about by author Joseph Dispenza in Older Man/Younger Man: A Love Story

Shadows of Love. Copyright 2011 by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Now that February is over, can we still talk about love? Is love still a timely topic? That brings up the important question (and I mean it):

"How many times have you been properly in love?" The question CNN's Piers Morgan always asks on his show, Piers Morgan Tonight, may sound funny, but, thinking about it, it is, indeed, a vital question. Love is, after all, an intrinsic part of life. (Also, I do confess, I'm a fan of AC360 and Piers Morgan; while enjoying the British accent, I'm always waiting for the "proper" love question to come up, usually towards the end of the show.)

But Piers Morgan's question brings up more questions:

Is "proper" love a timeless matter or only pertaining to the month of February, in particular around or on Valentine's Day?

If there is such thing as "proper" love, is such love actually possible? 

And, most importantly: What exactly is "proper" love?

Maybe I should have reversed the order of the questions, but wanted to leave the best for last...
Let's attempt to figure out "proper" love...

First of all, while many countries celebrate love on Valentine's Day, others remember love in March, for example, March 1st, to be precise.  Therefore, the timeless element of love.

Love at Sunset. Copyright 2010 by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
To answer the rest of the questions, read Joseph Dispenza's memoir, Older Man/Younger Man: A Love Story. I truly enjoyed this wonderful book and wrote a short review, which was originally published in A&U Magazine.

Here's my review of Dispenza's Older Man/Younger Man: A Love Story. Hope you'll enjoy the read and the book.

Thanks for visiting,

    by Joseph Dispenza
    Review by Alina Oswald
        "How many times have you ever been properly in love?" CNN host Piers Morgan's question is being asked quite often these days. Yet, to answer the question... properly, one may first have to define "proper love."
        It sounds funny, right? But the few lucky enough to experience it may agree that proper love can be the kind that conquers all. Is that possible? Just ask author Joseph Dispenza.
        Love is the protagonist in his memoir, Older Man/Younger Man: A Love Story, which recounts the author's relationship with a man thirty years his junior. Older Man/Younger Man is a candid, compelling story of self-discovery and coming out to oneself and the world, in which elements defining us as human beings capable of love take center stage--weaknesses and fears, courage, self-doubt and self-acceptance, trust and honesty, and also hope.
        Love--the kind Dispenza portrays in his latest book--is a multidimensional love that, indeed, wins the strength to conquer all, while (or maybe because) it defies society norms, redefining them. It's the kind of love that transcends time, but is it strong enough to survive it?
        Time--or lack thereof--has a multilayered symbolism, intrinsic to Older Man/Younger Man's story and, by extension, to any journey through life and love, as part of life. In Older Man/Younger Man time defines the characters' intergenerational relationship and also a present (time) brave enough to adjust society's views to allowing relationships once considered unconventional (be that based on age or gender) become conventional.
        Maybe the main characteristic of time is defined by the limits it imposes on our physical existence. The threat of this realization weaves through the story of Older Man/Younger Man, amplified by a life-threatening disease that touches one of the characters.
        Yet, facing mortality enriches true, "proper" love, giving it the strength to conquer all. That strength and other attributes shine through in Older Man/Younger Man, a touching story and profound lesson in the surprises of life and power of love.