Music, Jazz, and Improvisation

Music satisfies three cornerstones of a Neo Renaissance (Neo Ren) life: Emotional, Intellectual, and Spiritual. Performing music can often satisfy the fourth cornerstone, Physical. Ever see a fat rock-and-roll drummer? Ever check the lung capacity and endurance of a lead Continue reading Music, Jazz, and Improvisation

NaNoWriMo and Neo-Ren

If you read this title and thought NaNoWriMo is some weird hybrid animal that’s a cross between an alien being from the planet Ork and a rhinoceros, then you probably aren’t a writer and you don’t know that the inflated Continue reading NaNoWriMo and Neo-Ren

Technology–A Necessary Evil?

Yesterday my wife and I saw the movie Gravity starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. The writer in me loved the sci-fi/action/suspense plot line as well as the metaphors, the classic “hero’s journey,” and the juxtaposition of the vastness of space Continue reading Technology–A Necessary Evil?

If This Doesn’t Move You, You Must be Dead

A short and sweet post about one of the Neo Renaissance cornerstones, Emotional. In four-and-a-half minutes, you may  experience just about all the positive emotions you can think of. Enjoy. Share with others. Do you have any music to share Continue reading If This Doesn’t Move You, You Must be Dead

A Health Issue all Neo-Renaissancers Should Know About (Updated)

One of the four cornerstones of a Neo Renaissance (NR) life is Physical. A sub heading of that is Health,  the most important aspects of physical well-being. If you’re not healthy, you can’t successfully achieve balance in the other three Continue reading A Health Issue all Neo-Renaissancers Should Know About (Updated)

The Neo-Renaissance Golfer

“My name is Chris and I’m a golfaholic.” The group mumbled in unison, “Hi, Chris.” … Just kidding. Sort of. Golf is certainly addictive to a small part of the population, but I don’t think it has ruined many lives Continue reading The Neo-Renaissance Golfer

A New Way of Looking at the World?

Thanks to Jane Friedman for tweeting this link. Maybe my Neo Renaissance theory is more mainstream than I thought. Thought provoking and worth 10 minutes of your time. I concur with his thesis. My belief is that the more we Continue reading A New Way of Looking at the World?

The Four Cornerstones of a Neo Renaissance Life

We all strive for some sort of balance in our lives, but do we ever find time in our busy days to think about what sort of balance we need or want? Most people would say they want a balance Continue reading The Four Cornerstones of a Neo Renaissance Life

Why Music Matters to the Neo Renaissance Writer

The first protagonist I ever wrote in a novel is Matt Lanier, a farm boy from southern Minnesota with a near-genius level IQ. He’s a professional musician in the classical and jazz arenas, but can also hunt and fish, butcher Continue reading Why Music Matters to the Neo Renaissance Writer

New Beginnings

Today is my first official post as “A Neo-Renaissance Writer.” You may wonder why I changed my blog’s title. Here are a few reasons: The  protagonists of my fiction writing will be Renaissance people (or polymaths)–characters who have a broad array Continue reading New Beginnings