Saturday, December 29, 2018


Rosemary PlumsteadRosemary Plumstead, Aesthetic Realism Consultant and Educator

Aesthetic Realism Explains: “The Mistakes Daughters Make about Fathers; or, What Do We Really Want from Dad?”

Among the many ways my life was fortunate to change through my study of the philosophy Aesthetic Realism, is changing the way I saw my father, Dominick Amello.  I thought I would never be able to feel truly that we could be friends.  I was so blinded by anger at him that I could not see who he was as a person, having both good and bad qualities; and I also did not see that he was an individual self in relation to the whole world, not just me.

Beginning in Aesthetic Realism consultations and later in classes with Eli Siegel, the founder of Aesthetic Realism, I was able to change from using my criticisms of my father to despise him and the world, to learning to see who he was truly, including where he could be respected.  I began to use seeing his humanity on behalf of knowing and liking the world.  He was very grateful for our new relationship and began to have consultations for himself.  I am very proud of the paper published here that was presented at a public seminar several years ago at the not-for-profit Aesthetic Realism Foundation in New York City.  It also means so much to me that now, as an Aesthetic Realism Consultant, I can use what I learned to have the lives of contemporary women happier, more just to their own fathers!  Here is the article:

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

I respect tremendously the work of Emmy Award winning filmmaker Ken Kimmelman.  Mr. Kimmelman, who is a Consultant on the faculty of the not-for-profit Aesthetic Realism Foundation in New York City, has produced films that have made the world a kinder place.  An example of his fine work is:  "What Does a Person Deserve?" which you can see now. 

Saturday, December 01, 2018

Aesthetic Realism and the Art of the Flute: An Interview with Barbara Allen in Conversation with Edward Green, PhD

It is a pleasure to post a video of an important interview of Aesthetic Realism Consultant and flutist, Barbara Allen.  It was conducted by Edward Green, PhD who is also an Aesthetic Realism Associate, a composer and Professor at the Manhattan School of Music.  Like myself, they had the good fortune to have studied in classes with Eli Siegel and learned new things from him about the world, the art they care for, and their lives.

This interview was published in the Hellenic Journal of Music Education and Culture and shows with vividness why Miss Allen is personally and professionally grateful for her Aesthetic Realism education in the field of what beauty is in music, particularly in the art of playing of the flute.  I respect her expression tremendously and I'm glad to know her better through this interview and learn new things about the importance of Aesthetic Realism to music education.  Enjoy!