Jack Freedman is a dear friend of mine. In my early goings as a spoken word artist as a teenager, he took on the role of mentor and later protege. We found common ground with not only our appreciation and love of words, but using our creative powers to inspire others and each other to grow, germinate and prosper in a nurturing community of other like minded individuals.
Jack took a special interest in me because in his own words he saw "a rare promise" that, to him, was uncommon in a person as young as I was. The thing that most impressed me about Jack's tutelage and guidance was that he displayed patience with me knowing that in the climb to attaining prowess and confidence one must be self-critical and always aim higher and never settle for just being "good enough." Jack taught me to always challenge myself and be constantly studious. He introduced me to other writers and recommended books and art manuals that would help me mold my art and craft my own original stamp in my writing.
Apart from that, he also offered me a distinct and personal spiritual insight through his passion for tarot card reading and astrology. On more than a number of occasions, especially when I was going through rough patches in life, I sought his counsel through these lenses and he tapped into my spiritual and emotional centers. These places were previously uncharted territory for me, and, albeit, a bit scary at first. However, in Jack's assured hands, with his conviction in these specialties, he allowed me to see the best parts of myself and illuminate things about me that I had not tapped into.
Without a doubt, he went above and beyond the call of duty. These interests of his were not merely passing hobbies that were ephemeral, but Jack is still a practitioner even all these years later. In all honesty, I don't think Jack's services can be improved upon. I think his qualities bespeak the best of his intentions. Not only is he a capable, honest and impassioned writer, essayist and public speaker, but he takes these gifts and his inventory of intelligence and perception, and really looks out for people and strives to improves their lives and his own all at the same time.
I feel he is one of the most kindred spirits in my life and despite our falling's out in recent years, we have found our ways back to each other like spirit brothers do. We strive to support each other in our merits and view our life's work and our evolution as people. I am truly grateful for his continued friendship and sage counsel.