Our Fathers, Ourselves

Good or bad, weak or strong, alive or dead, close or distant, our fathers are with us.

Juan Thompson – Stories I Tell Myself: Growing Up with Hunter S. Thompson

Sometimes the absence of something truly sends home its importance. In no situation is that more true than when it comes to fathers.

This being Father’s Day Weekend gives us all a chance to be grateful if we were blessed to have a father or father figure in our life.

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My guest this week on most of our PBS STATIONS, Juan Thompson, personifies that gratefulness to its fullest extent. For Juan grew up, with what he himself admits, is probably the most unique father-son relationship of the modern era. You see, Juan’s father was the man whom they coined the term “Gonzo” journalist after, the great but very atypical writer Hunter S. Thompson. 

It would be many years, though, until I could appreciate his gifts and his motives.

Growing up with an iconic legend, known as much for his writing as for his one-of-a-kind wild lifestyle, Juan truly was able to grasp the still important role a father plays in his child’s life.

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What do fathers want most from their sons? Do we only want them to be happy? Do we want them to be like us? Do we want to be loved? I don’t know what my father wanted from me – I know he needed my forgiveness.

What makes Juan’s story so riveting, and our conversation so revealing, is that even with a father who is unlike any you could imagine, if his love is felt, even if realized later in life, an everlasting bond is created.

I saw how Hunter loved my son, and I understood better how my father loved me.

So as we prepare to celebrate fathers, grandfathers, great grandfathers and sons who are fathers, let us also take a moment to think about all those who come from a home where there was no father or father figure. For it is our duty to do all in our power to help these children.

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And to all the unsung heroes – (our FATHERS) – thank you dads for always being with us!

Enjoy this special day,

Barry

 

EPISODE LISTINGS AND TIMES ARE IN THE TAB AT THE TOP OF THE BLOG.

TO CONTACT BARRY YOU MAY E-MAIL HIM AT: barrykibrick@aol.com

 

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The Art of the Father and Son Relationship

There is an art to loving life and that love of life produces art from the heart that creates new worlds!

Jerome W. Jones, Jr. – Artist 

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For over 30 years Jerome Jones, Jr. has been using his original paintings to teach “The art of life through the love of art.” His son, Jeromyah Jones is following in his father’s creative footsteps with his desire to inspire young and old to use their gifts to uplift others.

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I have never met Jerome or Jeromyah, yet we have formed a mutual admiration society. They love my show and I love their art. And when you visit their website www.jeromewjonesjr.com you too will see why I am not the only one who appreciates their work.

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From their portraits to their landscapes to their still-life’s their use of color and light creates an emotional reaction while pulling you into a specific cultural perspective that has a universal appeal.

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I am also as fascinated by their relationship as I am by their paintings. Having two wonderful sons, the father and son bond has always enthralled me.

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What strikes me most however was something I realized after having Dr. Michael Diamond on my show with is book My Father Before Me. These are the words by Dr. Diamond that moved me so:

At any given moment, fathers and sons are working through their own issues, yet they are also uniquely positioned to help each other grow and take the next step.

When you look at each artists work you see the influence that Jerome has on Jeromyah and subsequently how Jeromyah adds a new layer and commentary expanding off his father’s work.

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When you see and feel at the deepest level that this passing back and forth of wisdom and art exists, it is hard to imagine anything more joyous and you can see that beautifully expressed in their paintings.

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Enjoy the beauty of Jerome and Jeromyah’s art, and grab all the wisdom and pleasure you can from your children,

Barry

 

EPISODE LISTINGS AND TIMES ARE IN THE TAB AT THE TOP OF THE BLOG.

TO CONTACT BARRY YOU MAY E-MAIL HIM AT: barrykibrick@aol.com