About This Website: The World of Four Ps

For years, I have wanted to have a website devoted to my creative work: photography, poetry, plays, satires, essays, reviews, etc. Finally, I now have a way for my friends and family and others who may be interested (perhaps lured to this site by someone's recommendation or link) to see the results of my lifelong love affair with the arts. Welcome! 

I hope that you might resonate with some of these words or images and, if so, I'd love to receive your reactions. Artists do their creative conceptualizing and building their pieces mostly in isolation. But we produce these works of art not only for ourselves but for an audience. At least, that's how I see it: Unless that connection is made, the process of art is not complete. 

There is a fourth member of the "P" club, other than Poetry, Plays and Photography. For decades, since my high school days until now, I have been writing about, and been active in, Politics. It's my way of trying to figure out the world -- and, I hope, helping to repair it. I took that calling seriously enough to get advanced degrees in American Politics & International Relations and wound up college-teaching.

Appalled and afraid following the installation of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney in the White House in 2000, I began writing essays for various political websites, trying to serve as a voice of reason and sanity in a government and society gone loco and nasty. In 2002, with 9/11 in mind, Ernest Partridge -- a fellow retired Ph.D academic, lecturing mostly in the field of environmental ethics -- and I got more serious and founded our own online political-analysis website, The Crisis Papers (www.crisispapers.org)  Though the website is somewhat diminished these days, it continues to serve as a repository for our wide-ranging essays. 

I would love to get your feedback on those political essays -- along with a number of satires, fantasias, etc. You can check them out at  www.crisispapers.org/weinerpubs.htm. Thank you.  

A request: Please alert friends and colleagues about the existence of this website, assuming you like it, of course. I'd especially love to get more eyeballs on the photo images. Thanks. Finally, a giant tip-of-the-hat to consultant/designer Benjamin Martin in getting this website up and running: benjiart@gmail.com .