FREELANCE WRITING FOR
A DISTINCTIVE STYLE MAGAZINE
By Stacey Kumagai
ISSUE #15 - A DISTINCTIVE STYLE
ALEX ELMAN WINE STORY: A Feast For The Senses:
(FLIP TO PAGE 44)
THE ART OF TRANSFORMATION WITH ERIC GROHE
(FLIP TO PAGE 57)
LIFE, DEATH, LOVE, WAR: A picture paints a thousand
words for Jayel Aheram (FLIP
TO PAGE 80)
ISSUE #16- A DISTINCTIVE STYLE
THE SOUND OF FREEDOM: An international journey of
music creation (FLIP TO PAGE 6)
THE ARTIST IS ALIVE IN ALL OF US (FLIP TO PAGE
THE MIGHTY PEN, SWORD AND SOUL
By Stacey Kumagai
A blank page is like a blank canvas.
You can paint a picture any way your heart
desires. And while the artist within me will dare
to paint strokes – I will inherently battle myself
as to whether I shall paint layers of jewel-toned
peacock colors of royal violet, electric blue and
green or if I will create blazing strokes of fire-
red, hot orange and vibrant golden yellow.
A blank page for a writer… is a different animal
when you are a true scribe - as there is no battle
to paint a picture with words, if you write with
your heart and soul.
A blank page for a foodie and cook is like the
bottom of a stainless steel skillet. I know it is
screaming for Extra Virgin olive oil, aromatic
oregano, earthy sage, fresh lemon zest with the
punctuation of sweet onions and fresh garlic,
sea salt and cracked black pepper ground from
the mill….as vibrant grape tomatoes, wine and
savory capers hit the pan with chicken breasts
bathing in this pool of deliciousness.
Surprise…I am more than just a publicist,
marketer and star maker. Stacey Kumagai is an
Artist. Scribe. Chef. I am a passionate soul and
living life architect trying to find meaning of life
through art and take in deep zen breaths in-
between life adventures, overcoming obstacles
and challenges while indulging in both artistry
and culinary experiences.
Today is a new day. I begin my new path realizing
there is nothing really to search for other than
truth. We can apply meaning to anything. We
can show up in life with all our vibrance. We can
enjoy the little things and jump for joy as much
as the big things as we jump into challenges
with both feet.
And it is here, I am really doing both.
I’ve often felt the duality of life as a
contradiction of itself, much like Alanis
Morrisette’s Hand in My Pocket.
We’re all very capable of being all things to all
people. But at the end of the day I have to
question, when is it we can be all things to
Who determines whether or not it is okay and
when? And why as children do we play and
thrive and become and as adults, we somehow
stop in our tracks and forget how to play, only to
apply the label of being ‘child-like’ as a bad thing.
Where is the sense of wonder?
Where is the sense of adventure?
Where is the sense of curiosity, discovery and
Why do we let ourselves die?
Endless conversations can be made about
society, adult responsibility and obligation,
economics and so forth.
But when will we stop pointing fingers of blame
to all the causes and start looking within to
declare out loud that it is our responsibility to
take on the task ourselves to become our best
Don’t we owe it to ourselves to do this?
Don’t we owe it to ourselves to be all we can be
- without having to join the military, an
organization or association that gives us the
permission to do so without judgment or
When we honor ourselves and don’t have to
apologize for it, we’ve truly arrived at being all
we are meant to be.
Life is not a dress rehearsal.
Life is not about practicing runs for a marathon.
Life is life… right here, right now.
I have taken the liberty to blog about a myriad of
topics only to have my hand slapped for free
speech. As a citizen journalist, previously
contributing to the mainstream world of media as
a TV Reporter, Radio & Print Journalist and guest
spokesperson internationally, nationally,
regionally and locally, I find that the real joy I get
every day is just being myself. And if I can’t be
that on my own website, I think there is
something truly wrong with the world.
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