The Ten Demandments
1) Love "LOVE", as everything you are; and more than anything else you could ever be!
2) Do not create, worship or submit to any images as a substitute for the fullness and purity of "LOVE" Itself.
3) Be not frivolous, or half-hearted when invoking "LOVE's" blessings.
4) Allow yourself at least one full day each week for gratitude for Life. And rest in, and Love, fervently, the unique Life, that is the "LOVE" you are.
5) Bestow "LOVING" respect upon your parents, and all elders, so that you too, after living many years, might receive the wisdom, the order & the necessity of that same Loving honor.
6) Do not terminate, (beyond the need for self-defense), any other human life created by "LOVE".
7) Be faithful to your commitments made in the name of "LOVE".
8) Do not take what is clearly, (or even questionably), not yours as being an entitlement from "LOVE".
9) In the name of "LOVE", let your voice & your heart speak only truth concerning your neighbor.
10) Lust not after the blessings that "LOVE" has seen fit to bestow upon others. But, be overwhelmingly thankful for your own blessings provided by "Love"- no matter how humble.
-Brian K. Johnson, Sr.
American Author and Poet Brian K. Johnson, Sr. began writing poetry back in his high school days in the seventies. Like many others who had started writing early in their lives, he drifted away from the art and focused on life’s responsibilities, seldom incorporating the craft as an outlet of expression.
While working as a firefighter in a New Jersey town, however, Brian or “B” (as he is often called), felt compelled to return to poetry and started a business creating commissioned sentiment/art works for clients. These works ranged from the deeply personal & intimate, to matters of education, addictions and nursing home care.
His company (then), The DoodleMan Writes Publications, solicited the talents of several excellent visual artists like Colleen O’Hara Stonehouse & Michael Waters to interpret the texts for each project. Mr. Johnson folded the company in 2010, however, and formed a new publishing concern, Brian Johnson Publishing, and expanding on the original mission plan.
Mr. Johnson is also an educator and percussionist, using rhythms from around the world to teach students about the fundamental applications of “beats” throughout all cultures-both current & historic- demonstrating how syncopation can set the tone for various techniques in learning and rites of passage. rHe found that drumming represented a life pulse (both, consciously & sub-consciously) that can facilitate a sense of inner freedom and confidence that can assist to propel the energies of participants toward their goals.
As a Drum Circle Facilitator, “B” has been building a following of "Circle Goers" who join him in this percussive ritual of freeing-up and transmuting stagnate, negative energies from within.
Brian sees the merging of both poetry and percussion as a complimentary and extraordinarily viable tool for learning. It is a practice with an historical basis through which global cultures of every region and “neighborhood” have established bonds of common experience and unique social identification. With this fact in mind, he developed the Choices Seminar to explore these applications, and to facilitate avenues for personal advancement for his students.
Throughout and beyond his firefighting career, he had continued to work closely with young people from all grade levels and diverse cultures. In addition to the Choices Seminar, he introduced a “life preparatory” program called Social Rite of Passage, which gave students an understanding of, and an appreciation for the practical applications of the disciplines and infinite forms of Art experienced in various aspects of our everyday lives.
In 2007, Mr. Johnson began reciting poetry at the Historical Hopkins House, in Haddon Township, Camden County New Jersey. With encouragement from his family, and from seasoned poets and artist of various styles- from Pulitzer Prize Winners and candidates, recording artists, etc.), Brian began to compile his works into a manuscript. His first publication Mountains Moved, is introduced within this web site.
Mr. Johnson was born in Atlantic City, New Jersey in ’56. While growing up he moved often, living for a time in Baltimore, MD, New York, NY, Washington, DC and Philadelphia, PA before returning to Atlantic City in the eighth grade. He attended Holy Spirit High School in Absecon, NJ, graduating in 1974.
Mr. Johnson went on to attend Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree.
In 1984, Brian joined the Pleasantville Fire Department and rose to the rank of Deputy Chief before retiring at the close of 2005.
For over a decade, Brian and his late wife, Wendy, have owned and operated, Herban Legend LLC, Fair Trade, Socially Conscious Boutiques in Historic Smithville, Galloway, N.J., and in Hammonton, N.J.
Love for The Creator & all created
Love for our True Selves and all of our aspects,
Love for family & friends...
The heart seeks this.
Knocking at partially closed doors.
Resolving to open them further,
we journey deeper beyond each threshold
to become again….and again anew,
as one of the infinite many
who excel beyond the finite.
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