Most days, Smukler’s bookstore is a quiet, peaceful, contemplative place to be. Then, just yesterday, THE REAL STORY, started complaining.

“I’m lonely,” he whined.


“Are you deaf? I’m lonely. There’s no one here to talk to. You’re a psychiatrist, right?”


“So you can understand what I’m saying.”

“True… But sometimes, being an only child has its advantages. No brother or sister to compete with. You get all the attention. Who’s to say that when there’s another book sitting next to you, that you’ll be happier? Maybe you’ll feel jealous?”

“Trust me. I won’t. And don’t give me all that sibling rivalry crap! It gets old listening to Joe be so gaga over Lara. And he’s so stubborn… If it wasn’t for her he’d be a goner.”

“That’s true.”

“I want to meet some new characters.”

I nodded.

“I heard you thinking out loud. Aren’t you having another baby?”

“I am.”

“When can I meet him?”

“Maybe a month or so.”

“Hmm. That’s not so bad. Is he interesting?”

“He’ll blow you away. But, he’s in a lot of danger.”

“Danger. I’m used to that. Maybe I can help?”

“You already have, Buddy. You’ll make a good friend for NINE NORTH to have.”

I poured myself a fresh cup of coffee, took a deep breath, and settled into my chair.

Thanks so much for reading.

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SILENCE AND CREATIVITY. CAN YOU FEEL IT? by Art Smukler, author & Psychiatrist

When was the last time you got in your car and drove in silence?

No radio. No Pandora. No talk show. No streaming.

A while right?

It’s become a built in habit. Put the car in gear and click on the tunes.

So what happens when you drive in silence?

It just so happens that a lot happens. All those feelings and thoughts that are lying somewhere in our minds, below the surface of conscious thought, begin to surface. Old memories. An interaction with a friend that you haven’t thought about in years. Forgotten lovers. Forgotten enemies.

These are the building blocks of a next novel, or a work of art, or a song. Often, the creative process is just lying in wait within us. That’s how THE REAL STORY, a mystery started. A patient and a girl that I hadn’t thought about in years. The unconscious holds a wealth of information and passionate feelings. The more you free your mind to ALL thoughts and feelings, the more creative you can be.

So…turn off the radio and listen to yourself.

On the other hand, I really do like to listen to jazz.

Hmmm. Maybe I’ll compromise?

Take a comfortable chair in my bookstore, close your eyes, and let your mind wander. Coffee’s on me.

Any thoughts or ideas. Please feel free to share.