Newsletter 20150820 Truth is more entertaining than fiction.

Posted: 2015/08/02 in Uncategorized

Proverb of the week:


“Truth is the property of no individual, but is the treasure of all men.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Contents this week

Proverb of the week:

Story of the week:

“Truth is more entertaining than fiction” By Ronald L. Riedell

 “Quote of the week”

Change in Posting Day:

This is a note to let everyone know that the posting day for this blog will be on Sunday nights once a week.  God willing I hope to be consistent but with that said, I know myself and will do the best I can to post interesting and entertaining content consistently once a week so you can read it on Mondays…


Story one


Truth is more entertaining than fiction

My perception of truth is a belief in what I have experienced firsthand, through my five senses in combination with the memories of what I have been told by others.

In reality I am 62 years old;  in my mind I still believe I am twenty and still think like I’m twenty, however, my body accepts the reality that I am 62 by the fact that I am limited in the physical activities that I can participate in.  I shouldn’t use the words ”participate in” more like excel in.  I sometimes now feel like a blind man trying to cross a river I have never seen.  Knowing that across the river is a better life, although never really seeing that life myself.

I have no point of reference or standard in place to guide me to the other side, or even the first hand knowledge that there is another side.

Truth is an abstraction of reality that is subject to evidence, relevance, jurisdiction, and opinion to get others than myself to understand or believe.

Yet I spend countless hours of my life seeking the truth for myself with no perceived benefit to myself other than the knowledge of reality.

Who I am is who you believe I am to you alone; others may believe I am someone else.  Who I am is not, who I used to be, because I change continually.

At 62, I am a surfer, martial artist, philosopher, law student, artist, author, father, teacher, and husband of one wife.  My greatest accomplishment without a doubt is staying married for 44 years.

Lucky Guys

In my life, no one accomplishment has ever been the result of any one action.  My greatest accomplishment was a result of hard work. The hard work that leads to what I consider my greatest accomplishment was a lifetime of compromise and dedication.  Without a doubt, the greatest accomplishment has to be my 44-year marriage.

Being married for 44 years was accomplished partly by my having the good fortune in finding the right person to marry.  The work that is required to make a marriage last is done in three ways: putting God before yourself or your family, loving your spouse before your kids or yourself, and finally, loving your kids before yourself.  First, let me show you how I learned to put God first.

Being raised in a predominantly Christian culture I knew, but rarely practiced, Christianity.  My true conversion came on the battlefield of Viet-Nam.  There is nothing like facing death to remind you how temporary life truly is. I made a promise to IMG_0022God that I would live according to the rules laid down in the Bible. The fear of God was truly the beginning of all wisdom. When I married my friend we didn’t have to make a decision to love each other 50/50, we both gave 100 percent to the other person because we both loved God more than ourselves. One of the ways our love for each other manifested was in the respect we shared for each other beliefs. I learned to compromise in our selection of place to worship God, and I dedicated myself to make sure our choice worked without complaining.

The second way I worked hard in order to make a good marriage great was to put my love for my spouse before the love for my kids. My wife and I agreed early in our marriage that we must come first. It was our example to our kids that gave them the understanding of love; the way we talked to each other, the way we looked at each other, and the way we treated each other. Our kids knew love, not by us talking about what love should be, but by us living it every day. I was dedicated to the marriage and our family.

family 1980The third way I worked hard to have a long lasting marriage was to love my kids before myself. The way I achieved this was to make sure I was at every school meeting, and showed up to every swim meet on the schedule. My career and my life were second to my family. I dedicated everything I had to the family God had given me. I compromised my career by passing up promotions because travel would get in the way of going to my kids’ school events. I finished a bachelor degree at night so as not to interfere with my family. I started law school in the 80’s but had to quit because it would take too much time and dedication to be successful. I did not want to take this time away from my family.

Jamie and meIn conclusion, staying married for 44 years is my greatest accomplishment. This was accomplished through hard work, dedication, and compromise. I put God first, my spouse second, and third I put my kids before myself. The road was not paved, and there was no map to show me how to get to here, but the journey was worth the trip because now I have eleven grandkids who are my friends.

Certain events, during particular times in my live have shaped me into the man I am today. The truth about this is entertaining for that reason I would like to share mine.

It might be interesting for some and particularly to a multicultural and multinational audience to understand the influences and circumstances that went into the foundation of me as the artist that some are willing to spend large sums of money to collect my paintings.

Who is Brother Ron the Artist and Seeker?  Where did he come from, who are his parents and where did they come from?  What did he do in his life?  Circumstantial and synchronistic events that in 1953 started a Lower Middle Class American baby boy to become the legion in my own mind.  The truth is more entertain then fiction.


Quote of the week:


When a man outwardly praises someone, while accusing and disparaging him in his heart, it is hard for the

simple to detect this. Similarly a person may be outwardly humble but inwardly arrogant. For a long time such

men present falsehood as truth, but later they are exposed and condemned.

St. Mark the Ascetic

On the Spiritual Law

Two Hundred Texts

Brother Ron (1953–Present) is a self-taught, American surfer, artiest, author, father, teacher, and philosopher.

 who am I


 “The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of man and they bore children to them. These were the mighty men who were of old, the men of renown.

                                                                                                         Genesis 6:4


And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

Genesis 6:5

As it was in the days of Noah,  so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.


Matthew 24:37

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