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Marc MyklebyColonel Mark Mykleby’s “New Grand Strategy”

Retired Marine Colonel Mark Mykleby will bring his ideas of a sustainable and interconnected future for America to Elk River Books with his book, The New Grand Strategy: Restoring America’s Prosperity, Security and Sustainability in the 21st Century, on Thursday, September 8, at 7 p.m.

The New Grand Strategy, as described by its authors, “tells the story of a plan, born within the Pentagon, to recapture America’s greatness at home and abroad by elevating sustainability as our new strategic imperative. It aligns our enduring national interests of prosperity and security with a new framework that addresses pressing economic, social, and environmental issues at home, tapping into a trillion-dollar market demand for walkable communities, regenerative agriculture and resource productivity. It is an inspiring vision of what’s possible when Americans hold a collective view of the future and come together to bring it to reality.”

Mark “Puck” Mykleby holds a masters of military studies from the Marine Corps Command and Staff College and a masters of strategic studies from the Air War College. He has served as a special strategic assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, where he co-authored A National Strategic Narrative. For this work, he received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor and was honored by as a Worldchanger for promoting a vision of how full-spectrum sustainability can align with the security and well-being of cities and nations.



Artist & psychotherapist discuss “creativity and madness”

Elk River Arts & Lectures presents expressionist painter Jacqueline Rieder Hud and archetypal psychotherapist Timothy J. Tate to discuss Laundry for Strangers, a book of Hud’s art and writings with prologue by Tate, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 3, at Elk River Books.

The book of vivid, expressionistic paintings of horses, wolves and other symbolic images grew out of therapy sessions between Hud and Tate, following Hud’s mental breakdown, that delved heavily into Jungian archetypes. Throughout the book, Hud’s writings complement the paintings, with text often integrated directly into the art. Their talk will explore the link between “creativity and madness.”

Of Hud’s work, Elmar Biebl of the Hollywood Foreign Press, writes, “The maturity she has reached as an expressionist painter is a triumph. Hers is a lonely pursuit, requiring courage, but this multi-layered way of being is a cathartic, healing process.”

Tate, also an author and educator, is the former headmaster of Bozeman’s Headwaters Academy. He recently gave a four-lecture series at the Bozeman Public Library called, “Now is the Time.” An avid scholar of philosophy and consciousness, Tate says “the capacity to live in the moment is the current evolutionary step necessary for individuals and society to take.

During their visit, Hud and Tate will also work in the classroom with Park High students. The events are co-sponsored by the Murray Hotel.

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