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  I have committed my adult life to working as an author, journalist, "blogger", and visual artist. All of these activities require some form of arrogance, which is loosely defined as "an attitude of superiority manifested in an overbearing manner or in presumptuous claims or assumptions." As these forms of arrogant effort are socially, though minimally, acceptable, I indulged myself.

Claiming oneself an artist takes arrogance because, to be successful, one must work toward superiority, at least in craft if not in sensitivity. Most good artists I know push hard to be superior, but only to one person: the artist he or she was yesterday.

But it is not enough to sit on a hard chair and rummage among all of the life experiences one has had to find the one which will give a story that living ring. It is not enough to lay aside a three-quarters finished painting because it has nowhere to go, while listening to those close to us complaining that we neve finish anything. No, one has to self-promote.

Pushing one's art and opinions upon the community requires the artist maintain that "What I have to express is important to more than me." It's a line to be crossed. Approaching the line, we artist feel completely sure that we're about to do a very foolish thing. And then we do that foolish thing.

Here are my foolish crossings of the line.