May 6, 2018
Now there's a question worthy of a blog post!  Of course, it depends to some extent on one's age and socioeconomic status; if you "have" then the world's typically all right, if you "have not," it's typically not alright, perhaps seemingly even hostile or, yes, downright evil in some instances. I suspect the answer is far more subtile, however, irregardless of one's age or socioeconomic or political perspective. 

An experimental 1982 American film entitled "Koyaanisqatsi" took on this question. In the Hopi language, the word Koyaanisqatsi means "unbalanced life." In a trilogy of films, the second of which was entitled "Powaqqatsi" (1988) and the third and final work, "Naqoyqatsi" (2002), different aspects of the relationship between humans, nature and technology are explored. The conclusion: It's not so much about good or evil as balance. 

So, is the world out of balance? I'll leave that to the readers of this blog to ponder and explore. I personally think so. But I'm not wholly convinced that it's out of balance solely because of humans, nature or technology. It's more about a gradual awakening of all humankind, not unlike Carl Jasper's Axial Age when humanity "discovered" religion. This time, it's a broader awakening, a sort of expansion of consciousness that calls on each of us to look more closely at our actions and their consequences in regard to other humans, nature and, dare I say it, technology, ultimately artificially intelligent technology. And this coming on the heels of a revolution in physics called M-superstring theory, that offers to explain the nature of birth, life, death and infinity. 

If the world's out of balance, is that good or bad? The answer to that I don't know. But I do feel that humanity (and to a greater extent all "conscious" animals and perhaps plants, too) are poised on the edge of a revolution in thinking greater than that resulting from the Renaissance and Industrial Revolution combined. In face, perhaps it is the very result of these two great "unbalances" that we appear to be spinning even more wildly and wobbly than ever before. 

#good #evil #Trump #balance #revolution #Janik


April 23, 2018
"Fake news" isn't new. It's been around for centuries in the form of gossip. But society's never had a platform whereby gossip could be shared on a mass global basis, where its mere repetition and topic popularity could elevate it from believability to assumed truth. Bad news in a rapidly globalizing world, where politics and governments can depend on popular "news" to remain in power. 

The ancient Greeks taught us that there are five appeals that we as humans tend to accept: 1) logos (well-re...
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Savant Bookstore Honolulu MARCH MADNESS SALE

February 20, 2018


exclusively at Savant Bookstore Honolulu

50% off Suggested Retail Price (SRP) of select, in-house display books at our in-house bookstore throughout March 2018 while stocks last,


25% off SRP on all other in-house and online softcover books throughout March 2018 using discount code MARCHMAD


Up to 90% off Suggested Retail Price (SRP) for all our Amazon Kindle eBooks starting 5 March and ending 12 March 2018 via a Kindle Countdown Deal....

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Happy Wolf Moon

January 4, 2018
Being both the night of the wolf moon AND a new year, I want to take this moment to wish all my readers, followers and friends

a Merry Christmas (or Holidays), a Happy New Year, and a howling Wolf Moon!

Daniel S. Janik
Author of 
      THE TURTLE DANCES (Savant 2013)
      A WHALE'S TALE (Savant 2009)
SOURDOUGH SCOTT'S BEDTIME FAIRY TALES FROM ALASKA (Publications Consultants 2005) including the much beloved "Wolf and Moon" tale. 
#wolf #wolfmoon #newyear #christmas #author #whales #turtles #Alaska
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December 25, 2017
It's Christmas Day, and, irrespective of one's religion, it is, in many ways, the ultimate humanity day. True, it's constantly being assaulted by individual religions vying for supremacy, businesses vying for participant's money, and hackers attempting to steal identities and information, but over the centuries, it has remained the epitome of humanism. It remains a day of reflection on all that makes us human. 

Religions are social clubs consisting of humans garnering others to share in and va...
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December 15, 2017
Let's get something straight right from the beginning. Much of today's stated ideas regarding "investment" is simply gambling.

In my mind -- and admittedly it's an old (and hopefully wiser) one -- gambling is about risking everything for an uncertain return. Few would disagree. But today's idea of "investment" is that any "fees" as well as any "principal" initially put up is liable to loss; in many instances the "investor" can even incur debt! What an "investment" means to me, is that any and...
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November 24, 2017
Today was Thanksgiving -- a day to be thankful to Native Americans who saved the European immigrants from extinction in the New World. A time to be thankful for all we as Americans are blessed: Freedom, Choice, Security, Happiness and the opportunity of having my books and poems published! I hope you will join me in thanks by checking out my latest books:

Multi-Award-winning author of

     THE TURTLE DANCES (Savant 2013)

     A WHALE’S TALE (Sav...

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November 22, 2017
There's an increasing amount of confusion these days about what education is and isn't. It's hard to separate the fact from "fake news." But there's a couple of "facts" that can be relied on, even in these changing times:

First, there's a big difference from the business of education (involved in the selling of products) and the provision of education (involved in the service of educating learners). The former deals in money; the latter in truth. These days, educational institutions are sorely...
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Is It STILL Halloween?

November 9, 2017
Last week I was talking with readers to see what they read for Halloween. I got good feedback from:

1. A lawyer and his daughter who both liked William Maltese's WILLIAM MALTESE'S FLICKER (Savant 2010);
2. A retiree who passed out Halloween treats inbetween chapter of Richardo Felix Rodriques' THE SURREAL ADVENTURES OF DR. MINGUS (Aignos 2014);
3. A teen who had everything good to say about A. G. Haye's CHANG THE MAGIC CAT (Aignos 2017);
4. A witch, who, was, well, witchy about everything, includ...
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October 30, 2017
It's already Monday, and I'm wanting to post about Fridays. Guess that's Halloween for you. 

Friday afternoons from 1 to 4 p.m. I host the Savant Bookstore Honolulu at the Hawaii Kai Retirement center. This is my chance as a publisher to meet the public one-on-one and receive critical feedback on our business and publications. Beautiful. Safe. Quiet. Ample free parking. On the bus line. I look forward to meeting YOU there. 

#book #bookstore
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Daniel S. Janik A former physician turned educator, nauralist, author, editor and publisher, Daniel S. "Dan" Janik with plenty to say.


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