John William Tuohy lives in Washington DC

The artistic journey

I run blogs on Greek philosophy, Roman history, psychology, American history, literature, painting, Pop art, writing and Latin. I spend my time doing this, posting every morning for one hour, because it helps me endure with day to day life, it makes life more pleasant.

During that hour in the early morning, I find myself and I lose myself in the arts. It’s almost a scared time for me.  But let me explain, that doesn’t mean I spend my time working on art to separate myself from life. Not at all.  Despite what some people think, the arts are not meant to escape reality but rather to enhance it.  

So I run those blogs because the arts restore me and really, if you think about it, that’s what the arts for; to revive the imagination, to renew the creative soul and to see what is invisible to someone else. As Picasso said “The Purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls” 

Aging Out of the system: Here's the best advice in the world to a former fo...

Aging Out of the system: Here's the best advice in the world to a former fo...

Some photos I snapped at a concert at the National Gallery of Art in DC

I love photography, I picked it up as a hobby two years ago, I store photos I’ve taken here. Some of the them are pretty good, learning to allow the photo to speak for itself is a learning process.
I store photos that I admire here;


My pal and my well dressed if flashy dog, Bart

Keep the faith

Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe.

Of course that’s easy to say but difficult to put to work in our lives. Faith is a symbolic, powerful doctrine that we train outselves to have and to keep. (You have to work to keep faith because losing one’s faith is easy to do and it is usually lost in seconds.)

I’m not talking about religious faith, here. As important as religious faith is in our lives, the definition of faith goes beyond that. Rather, I’m talking about trust without proof that we should trust, belief without proof that we should believe. Trusting and believing in what we cannot see.
 And why not?  Why not trust and believe in the invisible?

We lose our faith, we lose our nerve and we lose our self-assurance mostly over things we cannot see. Things….worry, negative thoughts, doubt…. that have no proof that they exist. We make them up. The worst thing can happen, true, but we tend to give it life and authority before it does. (By the way, the worst thing usually never happens)

And yet while we allow these negative, pain in the butt invisible forces to dictate our lives we tend to lose faith because we’re looking for concrete, rock solid evidence that faith in the positive is worth having.

If you want faith, create faith. If you need to see it, look for it. Look at the miracles that are everywhere and if you can’t find one remember this, you’re a miracle.

Look, every day is going to be a test of your faith so look for daily affirmations of faith. 
They’re everywhere, everywhere and all you have to do is to want to see them. It’s all about what you allow yourself to see and to think. You are the result of what you allow into your life, it all plays a role in creating us and our attitudes. So see the miracles, hell, be the miracle.
 Remember, a happy person, a person of faith, isn’t someone who enjoys life due to pleasant circumstances. Rather, a happy, faithful person is someone who has decided to adapt a positive set of attitudes about life no matter what the circumstances are. Speak to your soul, affirm your own faith “I have faith in myself and my fellow man. Life is good. I will find the positive and I will live the positive”

Remember to stay reasonably healthy. Commit yourself to that. A healthy body is a happy body and a happy, positive mind.

And dream. Dream about all the great stuff that can happen in your life.  It’s good for you. Dream your oldest best dreams. Our society demands practicality out of its citizens and in the process drains the dreams out of them. Society is wrong. Dream if you want to. It’s your life, not theirs. 

What is the meaning of life?

What is the meaning of life?

 Simple answer. The meaning of life is to give life a meaning.

Here’s the catch, making that simple answer work requires never ending, life long commitment and diligence to your life goals and dreams. 

....and don't forget to have fun, like this guy.  

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Let us dedicate ourselves

“Let us dedicate ourselves to what the Greeks wrote so many years ago: to tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of this world. Let us dedicate ourselves to that, and say a prayer for our country and for our people.” Robert F. Kennedy

Stare at the center of the swirling image for 30 seconds then watch Van Gogh’s starry night come to life

...and tell him I sent you.

“If you have faith when you pray, you will be given whatever you ask for. -Matthew 21:22” 

There's always one..........

“You can be the ripest, juiciest peach in the world, and there’s still going to be somebody who hates peaches.” ― Dita Von Teese”