The Art therein – SynapTic ponderings…

When I found out I “had Tourettes” I didn’t really feel any different. I’d already had 10 years of “experience in the field”. I would say there were more people to talk to about it with, but my “approach” to it was the same: “Can I just go play some music now?” Yes I wanted to “escape” but really…I wanted to focus on what makes me feel complete! To stay “aligned” with what brings out the highest, best-est most joyful-est in me!

All of the other stuff it seemed I had to abide by was just a passing reality. I sensed this but could not COMPLETELY do it at the time. So you do what you can. You do the best you can and focus on that. And you get there. Believe me!  And as long as you focus on that basic “goodness-ness” you’re going downstream… with the flow. Struggle takes you upstream against it but..not to worry! You are “steering that boat”! You are the one that contains your thoughts and you are the one thinking them. Granted that we deal with a neurally – knarled process, but if you are reading this and thinking about it, then you are working with this same basic mechanism: Thoughts and how to respond to them. People and Dr’s can provide great insights. Consider them but pay attention to your emotions. They are guiding you and if you listen the results will be very good. This is what I call a ‘Synaptic Adventure’. Everyone’s got one. A ‘SynapTIC Adventure’ is focused on the Tourette “experience”. And most important to ME the “art in the syndrome”. More to come….


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Announcing a New Partnership

ANNOUNCING a NEW PARTNERSHIP!! … between SynapTic Adventure and the Haydenfilms Institut (.org). WE are so STOKED! This is a perfect match as we work on reaching larger audiences to share more “adventures” to .. enter-cate ( entertain and educate).  HFI founder Hayden Craddolph created the first online (and very successful) film festival. They have had sponsors such as Miller Lite and Getty Images. HFI functions as a non-profit conduit and support system for new and experienced filmmakers/projects that educate, inform and inspire. With this partnership, SA will be able to expand the current  short film to broadcast length, bring a presentation to educational,  professional, film and music markets, and expand outreach globally to film festivals .


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The Beatles – Fab Four February 2014 – Blog 1

This will be a 3 -blog (at least) series throughout “Fab Four February” 2014

Beatles , Beats and Tics

Today marks 50 years since Ed Sullivan uttered those historic words “Ladies and Gentlemen…the Beatles!” Considered the most influential band of all time, the “fab four” have probably generated more attention than all other bands combined. Their songs have been covered in every genre imaginable. The presence of their sound and writing styles surface endlessly in pop music from the 60″s thru the present day.

For sure, their influence extended far beyond the musical world into culture, dress, political and social attitudes, spirituality and “chemical exploration”. People the world over feel a universal connection with The Beatles  and their creations over the many years and lives they have touched … far and wide.  There are stories enough to fill warehouses, a mere few but excellent ones I will feature this month.

On this day  50 years ago as I sat there at my grandmother’s house in South Philadelphia watching the event, I jumped out ( rather felt … pulled out !) of my seat and exclaimed  “I want to do that!!”  ( I know… what kid wouldn’t wanna be popular ? But it was much more than that for me) .

On this day (generally speaking)  50 years ago two things happened for me, in part, thanks to the four englishmen who took the USA by storm:

– My passion for music, performance and creativity exploded and I got my hands on my first instrument ( a Magnus air-powered organ) and

– A strange, unruly powerful ‘presence’, challenge and eventual “collaborator” made itself known or should I say ..showed up on the … “seen”. Yes I do mean “seen” because that was what made it clear that the collection of strange behaviors and characterisTics this presence had brought to me was obviously visible, different and quite disruptive.

For my part, I spent time “masking” it’s outward movements while being “taken” on an unchartered , scary and yes… fascinating journey inward, sorting thru strange urges and creative surges which neither I nor those around me understood. So … I light a fire…



Norwegian Wood

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Welcome to the first 2014 Dijoseph’s Synaptic Adventure – FantasTic Friday!

I welcome you all to I am very grateful for your interest and I invite you to explore with me the amazing adventure we are all living. My focus begins with ‘Tourettes and The Arts’ but it doesn’t end there.  I feel that there is a portal in all minds that can lead us to higher and greater things . We are all on a journey of discovery, adaptation and collaboration.

Just what IS a “Synaptic Adventure” (SA)?  We all have one. It’s simply (but not simply) what goes on inside each of us every moment of every day of our lives. The inner stuff of which our experience is made. So that’s what my film is about. My experience of what neurologists call ‘Tourette’s Syndrome’. It was discovered and named after a french neurologist, Georges Albert Édouard Brutus Gilles de la Tourette.Thank god they shortened it .

The process of the film you watched began quite a long time ago. I will be talking about ‘A SynapTic Adventure’ development in future newsletters, with guest interviews of the many amazing people I have been fortunate enough to meet and befriend. People who helped me see the “art in the syndrome”. These newsletters will be both print and video.

For the making of SA, we begin in June 2011 when I became aware of the crowd funding platform Kickstarter. I spent the following 6 weeks fundraising. It was an exciting time with radio, TV and online appearances. Very exciting (see video below). On July 17 2011 , I reached the extremely-modest-for-a-film $4K goal and began what turned into a two year process of culling thru footage, shooting, editing, culling thru footage, shooting, editing, culling thru footage, shooting, editing… (yes I intended the repeats). In Sept 2011, I met Beth Cahn Kennedy. Ms. Kennedy  was quite interested to hear about my film project . She said that she could possibly help with it. She had a background in the film industry. She grew up and worked in Hollywood for the likes of Steven Spielberg and Jerry Bruckheimer  (to name a few) for over 16 years. I , of course, was speechless. Then I said ” uhhh…” She became the producer. A no-brainer really.

We have alot planned for production and release. First up will be the soundtrack for ‘SynapTic Adventure’ followed by new video releases and a talk show. We will def keep you posted!

to be continued….



(PS. As of this writing, ASA has been chosen for the DC Indie Film Festival! More on that later!)

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Altix Clothing founder Kevin Ostromecki Interview

Altix Clothing founder Kevin Ostromecki Interview

Kevin is a highly self-motivated freshman in College. He began to follow his dream when less than a year ago he began his own hand designed shoes and clothing company. Listen in!

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Easter is…

How did the resurrection of Christ and the Easter bunny end up at the same party? As it turns out, the Easter bunny has a long history as a pagan symbol that predates the Christian holiday. In fact, sources suggest that early Christians purposefully co-opted the pagan hare to popularize their own holiday! It isn’t the first time. The birth of Jesu and his birthday celebration are as far apart as winter and summer. And December 21 is the Winter Solstice.
Quite a few pagan cultures hold celebrations in the spring. It’s the time of year when plants return to life after being dormant all winter and when animals mate and procreate. These festivities celebrate the renewal of life and promote the fertility of crops, animals, and even people, which was important in these agrarian communities. The Saxons believed in a maiden goddess of fertility named Eastre (Oestre in Latin). In the second century A.D. Christian Missionaries tried to convert northern European tribes. To help make Christianity attractive, the missionaries turned pagan festivals into Christian holidays.
The pagan Eastre festival occurred around the same time as the Christian celebration marking Christ’s resurrection so the two celebrations blended into one, rabbit and all. Ok so, no biggy. We all get a piece of the pie. And the party is that much more..FUN! Besides it’s hare to stay!

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Band of Artists with special guest Stephen DiJoseph

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Tourettes and Zazen

The phrase “Be Zen about it” used to be a vague concept to me until I met Barbara. Things didn’t work out in our marriage, but I remain grateful for her introducing me to Zazen (the sitting practice of Zen Meditation). The experience of Zazen somewhat “freed my mind” as Morpheus in The Matrix would say. Still working on the jumping-rooftop-to-rooftop part, though.

I wanted to see what affect this “practice” would have on my Ticcing. So I went to Zen Mountain Monastery in Mt Tremper, NY to explore that (and perhaps the possibility of living there at the time).

There is something about focus and singularity of purpose that “quiets the waters” in “Ticland”. Without forcing a religious viewpoint, Zazen brought an opportunity to develop a “riding the river wherever it may lead” kind of way with Tourette’s Tics and other aspects. Enjoy this video of my recent Zen Mountain Monastery re-visit.

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Workin’ on a Groovy Thing…

Long ago, I made myself a promise. I’m going to clear my place of the stuff I don’t need. Then  I had to decide what it was that I did and did not need. Apparently over the years I have “needed” … an… awful lot of stuff. The same things emerging again and again, year after year.

Realizing that you are obsessive-compulsive can take…awhile. You really believe that you need all this …stuff … you keep around you. It’s comfortable. It’s familiar. It’s like having company without having to entertain or “straighten up”. It’s living in the midst of your liife’s history. Hmm. A living museum? I figure as long as I’m somehow into the “immediate” presence of my stuff, it’s not going anywhere fast. Or soon. Now I have over time re-arranged and cleaned. However, the essential “stuffness” remains. It’s something in my brain. A pathway I’m determined to trod. An excuse I cling to. Or a resentment I can’t let go of. Like how my mom used to insist on making my bedroom the brunt of her scrub-brush addiction.

I remember telling my 10th therapist about how I felt that it was wrong to leave dishes in the sink. She said ” Well, I do. When I need a spoon I pull one out of the sink and wash it. Nothing wrong with that ” .  Ahh, sweet vindication!

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Can you tell me?

Was there ever a time when you felt that words were …not enough?  When someone wanted you to describe, explain, categorize  and otherwise package in a verbal summation, what’s up with you? Not you’re everyday, garden-variety question granted. However, it’s something  I know I’ve had/have to consider and I don’ think I’m alone.

Being the die-hard jokester that I’m compelled to be, I found myself  creating something that would do my two favorite things: somehow get some aspect of “the point” across and convey the humor in it. Hence this piece…

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