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Writing on Air by Jim Paredes


On, Off, and a Go signal for APO’s big one

Posted on March 10, 2008 by jimparedes

‘It’s not something safe and theoretical. It’s alive, potent and dangerous.’ That’s how I explained the workshop to a caller last night who was having doubts about joining. Upon hearing this, she signed up.

The house is all fixed with chairs, tables, a projector, sound system and is ready for the 38th batch of students of my Tapping the Creative Universe workshop. I am quite excited since this will be the first time that a full workshop will run in this house which has been the setting of much of my creative output since 1986. This where I wrote so many songs that made it to APO’s list of certified hits. I also wrote 4 books in this house plus commercial jingles, blogs, articles and other creative works.

The TCU workshop has not stopped weaving its magic. Once again, it will be a time of big ‘aha’ moments and self-discovery for my students and myself.

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Here’s something we had in Sydney last year which was a huge success there. They will be holding it here soon. I am reprinting an email sent to me that explains everything!

On March 29 2008 the Philippines will join countries around the world as we literally ‘turn the lights out’ for Earth Hour– an event that will fuel awareness on climate change and prove that when the people of the world work together, they can make a difference in the fight against global warming.

Earth Hour will take place throughout the Philippines from 8 to 9 in the evening on Saturday night, 29 March. WWF invites you to participate by shutting off lights for 60 minutes, organizing your own “lights out” event or by forwarding this mail to your friends, workmates and family.

Launched in Ajustralia on the 31st of March 2007, Earth Hour moved 2.2 million people and 2100 businesses in Sydney to turn off their lights for one hour. This massive collective effort reduced the city’s energy consumption by 10.2% for one hour. With Sydney icons like the Harbour Bridge and Opera House turning their lights off and unique events such as weddings by candlelight, the world took notice. Inspired by collective effort of millions of Sydneysiders, many major global cities are joining Earth Hour in 2008, turning a symbolic event into a global movement.

YOUR participation will go a long way in spreading the message that we, as individual droplets working collectively–can create an impetus far more powerful than the mightiest of rivers. For more info, log on to WWI Earth Hour page at www.earthhour.org. or drop us a loibe at 632-9207931, 9207923, 9207926.

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Lastly, I am announcing this early that the APO will be having a major, major concert on September 20, 2008 at the Araneta Coliseum. This will be the kick-off concert to celebrate our 40th year together in 2009. I am happy and proud to announce this. We are very excited to be brealking ground inn terms of longevity, creativity, originality, and just plain good old fun and joy!

We promise you a concert that will be kick-ass, unique and entertaining.

This will be a show to remember. YOu can actually reserve tickets already by calling 4265301/ 4260103. A number of people who have heard about the concert are reserving tickets now. A number of friends and fans from abroad are already planning their trips around this.

More on this as the date gets closer.

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  1. i still feel a sense of regret that i couldn’t join the workshop. i guess the universe thinks i’m not yet as ready as i think i am.
    today i got a package from a friend containing four books by oriah mountain dreamer – the invitation, the dance, the call and what we ache for.
    maybe while i wait for your next run, i can use the meditation and writing exercises to muster the courage to be brutally honest with myself and admit what i really ache for 🙂

  2. jimparedes says:

    We had a great session last night. A few students are still joining today.

    Hope you can join the next run although I still don’t know when that will be. May your continuing journey lead youy out of the desert into patches of green.

  3. I’m good at waiting. Thanks.

  4. Menchie says:

    The Big APO-XL! 40 years! dating X, XX, XXX, ngayon XL! Mayron nga yong extrang L! (gaya ng) L…..

    (This creativity surge reconfirms that this ex-TCU student has learned – and is learning to have fun and bring a faint smile to own face when at play with souls like yours)

    Ang sarap ilagay sa graphics yung first 2 lines!

    Jim I noticed your play at what I guess are your own illos in 3 of your past blogs. What software? Enjoy lahat ng visuals, the literature, and the aural pouring steadily from your person. Inspiring ha. No dramas, just plain good old fun.

  5. Great post Jim. I love the passion and excitement in your post. If you need a kick-ass poster or great concert coverage, I know a guy!!! keep up the great work Jiim.

  6. Jet says:

    Good luck on the concert!

    And I hope Earth Hour in Manila will be as huge an effort as it was in Sydney.

  7. hya says:

    Hi Jim,

    I have been a reader of your blog for many months now and I have always found your posts inspiring. I recently had to go through a very difficult experience and your words have become a source of comfort. It’s good to know there are real people like you. You re-affirm my faith in the goodness of people.

    I would like to know if there is any chance in the near future that you will be having one of these workshops in either Michigan or Chicago. I’ve always felt drawn to it, but this time I know it will really help me.

    More power to you! May you continue to inspire people not only with your words but also with your actions.

  8. Mabel says:

    YESSS!!! APO at 40 years!!! Aabangan ko ang concert na yan!!! At Ipagsasabi ko na!

  9. Joel Owen says:

    Earth Hour really helps in promoting environmental awareness among the young generation.;’

  10. Decking Kits says:

    earth hour really helps promote awareness on how to conserve energy ,’-

  11. we always join the Earth Hour because it is one of the ways that you can show your support on the environment ::



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