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A Surprise Holiday Gift of Sponsorship
by Aberjhani   
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Last edited: Saturday, December 23, 2006
Posted: Friday, December 22, 2006

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Secret Santas seem to be some of everywhere these days.

I tend to look at the holiday season more as a time of thrilling surprises for others than for myself. As a result, I was stunned when an AuthorsDen administrator (thanks Matt) informed me that some brave and generous soul had opted to sponsor my membership on the site.


In fact, I was doubly-stunned because this marked the second consecutive year that an anonymous sponsor––also known as a Secret Santa––had chosen to bless the fruit of my pen in such a manner. All serious writers––whether professionals or hobbyists––enjoy feeling they are communicating something of value to someone somewhere in the world. Therefore, I was grateful for this affirmation of my own work as represented by an unknown sponsor’s––also known as an Angel––magnanimous gesture.  I could not help feeling curious about this mysterious individual; and, oddly, I could not help feeling proud of him or her as well. 

I am curious because this person most likely is aware of the negative criticisms that my work sometimes draws but chose to make their own positive evaluation of it. That struck me as admirable not on account of how it benefited me but because it revealed there are still people in the world who dare to stand apart from a given herd and exercise their own informed sense of aesthetic and cultural value. In an era when celebrities make headlines for not wearing panties and athletes draw million-dollar checks for brawling in public, receiving the gift of sponsorship for one’s shared works becomes a bit like winning a junior National Book Award.

The individual prompted to present such a prize, I imagine, would have to be someone who takes the time to sort though the brutal cacophonies and chilling furies of the world as well as their own soul to extract from them a balanced understanding of both. They would likely have some quiet regard for the lives of those whose poems, essays, short stories, plays, novels, pamphlets, and biographies joined energies to give birth to what we call the literary tradition.

For such a person to simply take note of one’s efforts is a gift in itself. For him or her to lend concrete support to the presentation of that work––in this case The Black Skylark Z-Ped Music Player ––is an act of both camaraderie and beneficence for which I am glad to say Thank You. Hopefully, whoever you are, you will enjoy my new poem, “Angel of Hope’s Persistent Flight,” when I post it this weekend and whatever works, in different genres, follow thereafter.

This is also a good time to say thank you to all of those who have shared blessings of literary and musical fellowship with me throughout the year. If you have not yet taken advantage of the free download for Visions of a Skylark Dressed in Black, I hope you will: to do so please click here . In addition, the CD download for The Goddess and the Skylark, Dancing Through the Word Labyrinth makes a great last-minute gift for a friend or yourself.


Happy Holidays from Aberjhani   


Web Site: Visions of a Skylark Dressed in Black

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Reviewed by H. Lena Jones 1/23/2007
It's good to know there are people out there who truly care for others. "Love one another, as I have loved you..." said Jesus. I'm glad to see that's actually happening. Doesn't make the world look so bad, does it?

God Bless
Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 12/26/2006

It takes an act of gratitude to gift someone as it takes an act of love to understand it... "A Surprise Holiday Gift of Sponsorship" shows that the rings that link the chain of grace and humanity are active energies flowing from the pen of its author.

Whoever was privileged to sponsor Your Den is surely a blessed soul.

May Your life be a long healthy creative one through a blissful living.

I enjoyed the reading of "A Surprise Holiday Gift of Sponsorship".

I salute You, Poet.

In gratitude and admiration,

Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 12/23/2006
Congratz Aberjhani...I know the feeling because a very dear Angel paid my fees and also my gold my case I know who the Angel is but not allowed to mention his name....but there are wonderful people out there who care!!


Warm Merry Christmas Wishes to you and your Angels!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Gwendolyn Thomas Gath 12/22/2006
Aberjhani~Life is always a blessings and even that much more when you least expect it. Continued love, success, and support to you we all care about you and think you are such a valuable member of AD.
Continue to keep your eyes on the prize and the Lord above.
From the Heart...
Reviewed by Randall Barfield 12/22/2006
very sincere letter or article. you're worth that sponsorship! now i wish it had been me! peace and felicity
Reviewed by Sage Sweetwater 12/22/2006
Congratulations as the recipient of such a Holiday of Sponsorship. To know that someone of anonymity has taken the time to evaluate your work and deem it worthy of sponsorship in this fast-moving current of society today is an unselfish trend in which acts of kindness follow from others. In the growing amount of diversity, we optimists in the extended family of authors will turn to the keyboard and crank out prolific literary persistence, confident about our chances of being recognized by those of higher literary merit, the heavy hitters, in the upcoming year of 2007 and sharing it with our writing peers....Happy Holidays to you, Aberjhani...Blessed Be.


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