I readily (pun intended) admit that I ordered my copy of BROTHERS ON LIFE simply because I appreciate the acting work of half the writing duo, and yet when I closed the book I came away with a newfound respect for both of the gifted artists. The finished work of art is one I highly recommend due to its raw emotion, insightful perspectives, and exquisite use of language.
The soul-searching work of Matt Czuchry and Dr. Mike Czuchry connects with me on an artistic-spirit level (utilizing the creative arts as a form of spiritual exploration) and as I absorbed the lines on each page it was as though my spirit remained fixed in time and place while simultaneously soaring.
“Deities” inspires my ongoing spiritual quest, an exploration which began with religion doctrine but crafted my essence through spirituality’s questions
“A Thousand Dreams” connects with my artistic side, a lifelong love affair with creativity but a future veiled by doubt
“Pathways” unites the artist and spirit, a reminder that I must keep moving forward
“Connected” represents to me the journey of souls and their mates – a love that links in ways unseen yet known.
My spirit danced in rhythm with the scribes’ creations, but it stilled to a spotlight ballet when I read “Paint on Windows”; I thought of the physical scar left from congenital heart surgery and the spiritual inquisitiveness which blossomed as I aged. I pictured my own nieces and nephews, their hands joined with mine and the never-ending love which guides us all.
Coincidence it is not that I received the book a day after what would have been my big sister’s 45th birthday – my love for her grows every day though her spirit has hopefully moved on from being at peace to soaring over the Celtic lands of our ancestors. I felt her with me as I journeyed through the poetry and imagined she stood over my shoulder so that we could share the experience together.
I undoubtedly believe that art is meant to be shared; one art form inspiring another. The following poem is my way to say “Thank you” to the brothers Czuchry for crafting a collection of art which will live on in mind, body, and spirit.
Whether intentionally or cosmically
Matter to the one holding the pen
And the other, the finished creation
Moving you to tears,
Or heart-driven action
The worlds that float from the page
Keep you moving forward
The vessels of language
Let the artistic spirit soar unencumbered
Through imagination, passed philosophy,
And embracing the soul with creativity’s kiss.