July 5, 2018
The fourth of July is when everyone American celebrates the birth of the United States of America, right? Maybe. But I've always believed that it's the day when the world celebrates MY birthday, replete with fireworks. Like Yankee Doodle Dandy, I've always been a firecracker, and I guess I will be until I pass from this crazy world. In the meantime, I bring that energy into "thinking outside the box" in everything I do. 

Take education, for instance. A university professor for over 40 years, I summed my experience and outlined a new approach to education that I believe would benefit educators and learners alike in UNLOCK THE GENIUS WITHIN (Rowman and Littlefield 2015). More than a new approach, it's a total rethink of learning and education. Try it, you'll like it. 

Then take medicine. A retired physician, in the early 60's I contributed to a national "outside-the-box" rethink of medicine and recommended (1) the elimination of venipuncture (it is associated historically with a roughly 5% bacteremia) and the substitution of microprocessor-based transcutaneous sensor readings, especially important for the newly born and elderly; (2) the reinstitution of "home visits" as they, alone, give a medical provider direct information on the socioeconomic health of the individual (that's half of disease and recovery) and prevents spread of infections disease; (3) the use of luxury hotels for non-critical, post-operative recovery; (4) the elimination of "health insurance" (has health insurance ever really insured that one would live healthy? Poor, perhaps, but not healthy, really); (5) development and implementation of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) approaches, especially those involving the safe laying on of hands; (6) removal of routine deliveries from hospitals; (7) strict separation of infectious and non-infectious patients at every stage of medical care; (8) the return of "home" clinics that adhere to the above; (9) a stronger emphasis on sane cardio-activity, especially activities that are highly social like dancing...I could go on and on, but there's little hope for humanizing medicine in a "money-is-everything" era like today. 

Okay, then take the environment. At various times in my life, I've been a professional naturalist; during others I've always been a naturalist-at-heart. Let's start with returning to a sane approach to preserving what's left of our planetary ecology. How about returning to a Conservation Corps for young men and women, and for the under- and unemployed, instead of leaving them with the choice of selling flesh or drugs, unemployment or military service. That would be a huge start. The next biggie would be re-valuing everything environmental from an experiential/recreational rather than monetary point-of-view. After all, money is the great, addictive illusion, entrapping endless individuals and squeezing the life from them they originally sought to live. The world would also benefit from an emphasis on stress relief instead of war. Then get rid of nuclear energy, cars, airplanes and ships, everything that's not powered by temperature, wind or solar energy, at least until scientists invent a new, truly sustainably renewable energy source. Again, I could go on, but I'm old, and this is a challenge for today's youth. What kind of world do the youth of today want for their nurturing?

Finally, there is a desperate need to rethink how humans, citizens of not just the USA, but the planet, deal with violence and violation. I address this at least partially in my book, UNLOCK THE GENIUS WITHIN, but it's a lot more than extricating violation from learning. It's a question of whether we as a species are finally adult enough to seize the opportunity to alter our social evolution substituting cooperation for violence as a means of working together. For the spiritually minded, call it a return to some of the old ideals of the Mother Goddess. Call me crazy, but I did say earlier that I think out-of-the-box. 

Oh, and Happy Birthday to me!


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...
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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


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


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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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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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