Bio: Tessa Schlesinger

by TessaSchlesinger

Everything you ever wanted to know about me. My bio for Wizzley.

I'm just another human being on this earth! There are, at this point, seven billion human beings on earth. While I think it’s true that we are all unique, I also think it’s true that we share many attributes, and after a while, if you know enough people, we don’t seem so different and unique after all. Let me give you an example of what I mean. In terms of hair color, there’s only really black, brown, red, blond, and grey. Sure, there are various shades of it, but do you know anyone who was born with green or purple hair? I don’t think so! It’s the same with characteristics. There are only so many characteristics – kind, unkind, friendly, unfriendly, honest, dishonest, and so it goes. So, because, for me, characteristics of people are the most important thing, I’m going to start off talking about them.

The Characteristics I Most Admire in Others

Kindness, Strength of Character, Gentleness, Wisdom.

If you had to ask me which characteristics I most admire in others, it would be kindness, gentleness, strength of character, and wisdom. I truly think they make the mensch! I think strength of character and wisdom are the most difficult to attain because they take a lot of personal work. Strength of character is the ability to stand strong in the face of adverse events and hold true to what is honest, decent, and for the greater good. Wisdom is the ability to foresee the outcomes of various paths of actions, and to select those that will have good outcomes. 

What I like to Write About

Decor, Home, Arts, Politically Incorrect Issues, Creative Writing, and More.

My interests in terms of writing seem to be three different areas. These include decor, home functionality, ethics and morality, politically correct issues, creative writing, sustainable government, and, um, anything else in the universe I can think of. I have the mind of a polyglot.

Roulette Dealer when I was 25!

I still deal Roulette, Black Jack, Pai Gow, Craps, and other games...
In the days when I used to deal Roulette...
In the days when I used to deal Roule...

Going Dancing when I was 58!

I love to dress up when I go dancing. This was taken a few years ago.
Going Dancing
Going Dancing

Books I've Written.

Memories of a Magician, Civil War 2012 series, How to Heal Your Life Using Dream Therapy.

Books I’ve Written
Most of my books are available as ebooks at either Amazon or Barnes and Noble. I think my best writing is “Memories of a Magician” and I am most proud of a review I got.

“Tessa placed so much symbolism and the true heart of a woman in this book. Mingling metaphysics with humor, romance, and drama is a difficult feat and she pulled it off. I definitely recommend this book. If I would compare (if you will) this book trumps "The Alchemist" in the profound lessons of human nature that it teaches. It was an excellent read and brought out many emotions within me. That's what good books do.”

The book is available in print as well and will have a follow up sometime this year.

I also regularly write a series of books called Civil War 2012. To date, I have written thirteen books and there will be twenty in total. They’re a one off really, and they deal with what could happen in the United States as a result of all the mounting tension between Republicans and Democrats, and also because there’s a class war brewing. I thought it would be fun to look through history and see what similar events happened historically and apply them to the United States. The books are selling well, and I suppose, would be considered my personal best seller.

Sometimes it’s very difficult to change deep trauma, and like many of us, I had a lot of it. Nobody could really help me with it, and through trial and error, I found out how to use my own dreams to heal and become motivated. The method works wonderfully well, and when I’ve worked with disability counselors, they have always noted that the speed with which I work is awesome. Of course, it’s just that I know how to use my dreams to reach my deep unconscious, and then use my dreams to reprogram my deep unconscious mind. The book is called, "How to Heal Your Life Using Dream Therapy."

Memories of a Magician

A love story I wrote about a queen of the wizards who chose the wrong man to love.
Memories of a Magician (Memories of a Magician - A Lanis Novel)

Ashleigh is walking along the beach on the south-eastern tip of Africa when she picks up a small box. Later when she opens it, her life is transformed as she inherits the power ...

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Goodreads reviews 5 stars all the way

Memories of a Magician
Memories of a Magician

You can Heal Your Life Using Dream Therapy

I have used this method for about 30 years to heal unpleasant patterning in my deep unconscious.
You Can Heal Your Life Using Dream Therapy

Our dreams are far more than we think they are. They reflect what is going on in our deep unconscious minds, and when we find a way to change those dreams, we induce permanent ...

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Another 5 stars

You can Heal Your Life Using Dream Therapy
You can Heal Your Life Using Dream Therapy

Where I spent a lot of time dancing Jitterbug

Patti Wells Dance Studio in San Diego

Dances I Love Best

Jitterbug, Zydeco, Salsa, Viennese Waltz

My best dances are the Jitterbug (or east coast swing), Salsa, Viennese Waltz, Hustle, and Zydeco. I’m not really into free form dancing as I was never any good at it, and I suppose none of us really enjoy what we’re not good at!

I find that dancing in this way gives me the opportunity to dress beautifully (I love clothing), get exercise, and meet people. I find that dancers are happy people and, surprisingly, I find that even people who think they can’t dance, can do this kind of dancing! They just need lessons.

The Viennese Waltz to The Blue Danube

One of my favorite dances to my most favorite music on earth at Patti Wells in San Diego

I just tove Zydeco!!!

A Thinker

I tend to be a thinker, and apart from reading and writing, that’s probably what I’ve spent most of my life doing. I fall into the system builder profile category as well as an INTJ for the Myers Briggs psychometric test. Predominantly, I think about sociology, about how cause and effect will play out for the peoples of the earth. For instance, while most people are concerned with whether global warming is caused by people burning fossil fuels, I’m thinking that it’s besides the point. The point is that our climate is changing and we better be prepared for it. I’m also thinking that we’re polluting ourselves out of existence, and while the earth will survive, we won’t. Not nice thoughts, I agree, but I’ve always been fascinated with taking current events and projecting them into the future.

Eccentricity and all that!

Discussions and Disagreements

If I read or hear something that I don't agree with, I do the polite thingl. Move on. I avoid people who have different views to my own and would appreciate if if you avoided me for the same reason. I understand that you think I cannot possibly grow if I don't hear opposite opinions. As I have probably read more books than any 1000 people combined in a lifetime, I can assure you that I'm probably well aware of all the opposing viewpoints. As I am now in my sixties, I have less and less energy to explain to you how I arrived at my conclusion. Grant me this time of my life to be with the people with whom I have something in common.

Me at 17
Me at 17
Me at 58
Me at 58

A Loner? Or Simply Alone?

I'm not really a loner, but I spend a great deal of my time alone - almost all of it. I don't have to, of course. There are enough people out there who would really like to know me. I choose not to. Why?

Here are the things that frighten me about humanity...

  • Ninety six percent of humanity will do what authority or the strongest group voice says in spite of them knowing it is wrong, because they fear the group/authority more than their drive to do what is right. (Check out Milgram's experiments.)  As I do what is right, even when I know I will be slaughtered by the group/authority, I tend to avoid mixing with them because I just don't trust them. Wisely.
  • I shy away from people who look down on others because they are poor, don't work, aren't educated speak incorrectly, and more. The old saying 'There, but for the grace of God, goes I' is lost on these people. If they hadn't scored happily in the DNA lottery and the other lotteries of life, they wouldn't be where they are. And they don't realize this because they neither think too deeply nor read too widely.

My Best Books

Books that moved me in every way possible...

I started reading in my second year of school and never stopped. While I’ve read thousands and thousands of books in my life time, there are a few that stand out. Of course, there are also authors I have loved, and they range from Alexander Dumas through Agatha Christie, Robert Heinlein, and Frank Herbert. Actually, the list of authors I love really is endless. To get back to the books I love, here they are.

Dune by Frank Herbert

Alan Quatermain by Rider Haggard

Lord of the Rings by Tolkien

The Golden Hawk by Frank Yerby

Angelique by SergeAnne Golon.

Some of them are out of print, of course, but they are truly perennial!

Dune by Frank Herbert

This has to be the best science fiction book I have ever, ever read. I love it!
Dune, 40th Anniversary Edition (Dune Chronicles, Book 1)

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Lord of the Rings by J K Tolkien

I read Lord of the Rings while living in London in 1975. I was said it was the best thing I did that year.
The Lord of the Rings: 50th Anniversary, One Vol. Edition

One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind themIn ancient times the Rings of Power were crafted by the Elven-smiths, ...

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Alan Quatermain by Rider Haggard - The original Indiana Jones

I read Alan Quatermain in bed with a flashlight while at boarding school in 1966. It's the only thing I remember from that year!
Allan Quatermain

Allan Quatermain is the protagonist of H. Rider Haggard's 1885 novel King Solomon's Mines and its various prequels and sequels. Allan Quatermain was also the title of a book ...

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The Golden Hawk by Frank Yerby - Read too many times to remember

Yes, I still carry it with me, and whenever I want to read a story of pirates and beautiful wenches, this is what I grab!
Golden Hawk

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Star Wars: The Original Trilogy

Still the best set of movies I've ever watched - more times than I can remember.
Star Wars: The Original Trilogy (Episodes IV - VI) [Blu-ray]

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Star Wars. The Emperor Strikes Back.

This is the original trailer. I still love it!!!

Best Movies

Star Wars

Like everybody else, I’ve forgotten how many times I’ve seen Star Wars (well, episodes 4, 5, & 6). I’m not fond of the prequels that George Lucas made. I think Star Wars is truly my all time favorite move and I can watch those three movies over and over again. I also like the Fifth Element with Bruce Willis, and I totally LOOOOOOVE Pride and Prejudice with Keira Knightley. I also tend to love anything with a John Williams musical score – Indiana Jones, etc.

Pride and Prejudice starring Keira Knightley

My daughter bought it for me for my birthday and I still watch it often.
Pride & Prejudice

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Pride and Prejudice with Keira Knightley

Just the most beautiful movie you've ever watched!!!

Best Music on Earth

My all time favorite piece of music is The Blue Danube by Johan Strauss. I have never stopped listening to it. Of course, I love most of Strauss’s waltzes, but The Blue Danube is my favorite.

Another piece of music I find truly awesome is Carima Burana by Carl Orf. The sheer majesty of it completely lifts my spirit. In the same tradition, many of the operas do the same thing for me – Carmen, Hebrew Slave Chorus, Drink, Drink, Drink (this last is from the Student Prince and I love the version by Mario Lanza).

Then there’s big band from the 40s. Glen Miller’s In the Mood and String of Pearls number big time with me, especially when I’m dancing a Jitterbug. It’s just perfect music for it.

Lastly, I like rockabilly from the 50s, and, yes, I do love Elvis Presley’s voice, as I love Pavarotti’s voice. Any music past the late 60s doesn’t really appeal to me so I don’t listen to it. 

Carima Burana by Carl Orff: Second favorite only after the Blue Danube!

This is conducted by Andre Rieu, my most favorite conductor on earth. I think I'll move to the Netherlands just because of him!

San Diego Comic Con International

Volunteer Staff Member

I've been a volunteer staff member for San Diego Comic-Con International for eight years now. It is always great fun working with others. The norm has been that we attend committee meetings once a month but since I've relocated to Houston, I can't do that anymore. Things get really frantic in the four or five days before the con. We all work our butts off. I worked for six years for Martin at Masquerade and I've worked for William at Disability Services for the past three or four.

San Diego Comic Con International Always has lots of actors, artists, screenwriters, and geeks!

Stars from Eureka signing autographs
Stars from Eureka signing autographs

Star Trek actors talking and chatting at San Diego Comic-Con International

Star Trek
Star Trek

Picture of myself with Neil Gaiman, writer and producer of Stardust

I did an interview with him for Latino Review and asked if I could snap a picture... Gorgeous!
Me and Neil Gaiman
Me and Neil Gaiman

Star Wars is Still big at Comic Con.

These are two con goers dressed for the con
Dressed for the Con!
Dressed for the Con!

Christopher Judge at the Stargate Panel

He has an amazing personality!
Stargate
Stargate

Con Goers get these enormous bags

Many of the stalls at San Diego Comic con Give out these Enormous Bags to Con Goers!
Con Goers
Con Goers

Costume is a big thing!

Costume is a big thing.
Costume is a big thing.

Vampire in Red

One of my best comic-con photos ever!
Vampire in Red
Vampire in Red

Some more Bags!!!

They change every year and come in all different shapes, sizes, and colors. Freebies are amazing at San Diego Comic-con International.
The Bags...
The Bags...

Nuts About Bones...

I think I snapped an entire camera full of photos between him and his partner. They are soooo CUTE!
So I'm Nuts About Bones
So I'm Nuts About Bones

Primal Body, Primal Mind

If you're ill or need to lose weight, I cannot advocate this book strongly enough. I live by it.
Primal Body, Primal Mind: Beyond the Paleo Diet for Total Health and a Longer Life

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Diet and Food

I live on the Paleo diet which means I don’t touch grains and milk. In fact, I would go as far as to say if you have any issues with weight or any health problems at all, do four things:

 

  • Cut out all grains – pizza, bread, rice, cakes, or anything made of flour
  • Cut out all starches – beans, potatoes.
  • Cut out all coffee – caffeine stops the body from processing efficiently
  • Cut out milk until you are well and have lost your weight.

If you’d like to know more about the above way of life, the book I keep at my bedside for when I’m tempted is “Primal Body, Primal Mind.” It’s so inspiring that after you’ve read it, you’ll never want to eat the way you used to. You’ll return to a better state of health, lose weight, and live longer.

Doodle Art

Morning Coffee
Morning Coffee

I also love to DOODLE!

Countries I have lived in

I am a dual South African German. I’ve lived predominantly in South Africa, the United Kingdom, and America. My favorite country to visit is Spain and my favorite city is Port Elizabeth in South Africa. I love Europe because I’m nuts about old architecture – with Art Deco, Gothic, Art Nouveau, and Baroque being my favorite. Some of my favorite photographs are of Gaudi’s work in Barcelona. 

My home country: South Africa

Probably one of the most beautiful and diverse countries on earth.

My Unfulfilled Dream

What I want more than anything else...

I would love to have a little cottage, next to the sea, in a village that is fairly close to a big city, and where there is decent public transport to the big city, i.e. fast rail (I don’t like flying). So now you know all about me.

Updated: 10/26/2013, TessaSchlesinger
 
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MurphyForthman on 09/08/2013

Thank you madam for sharing

Jake397 on 05/28/2012

I just returned from an outdoor dinner party. The chief is from Cambodia and he prepared a wonderful fondue type meal. We cooked individual pieces of shrimp, chicken and filet of beef. Delicious! However, it was outdoors and the mosquitoes had me for dessert. (Yes. I am that sweet and tasty.)

TessaSchlesinger on 05/28/2012

John, you just made me roar with laughter! I'm glad you liked it. Second one coming up at some point... And I like happy endings, too. I did find, though, that quite a few people told me the story took a turn that they hadn't expected...

Jake397 on 05/28/2012

Life is filled with surprises. I finished your book. I do enjoy happy endings. I know...they are predictable and boring. ...but...so am I. Now I am going to a dinner party with friends. I wish you well.

Poor John

TessaSchlesinger on 05/28/2012

Not quite what I expected at the bottom of my wizzography...

John Koval on 05/18/2012

Hi Tess, Your link was given to me by a woman who I me on OKCupid. She thinks that we would be the perfect match. After reading your extensive profile, I think that you are totally amazing! I am probably too boring for you. I am a retired executive from the oil & gas industry. I try to go on at least one trip per year to a foreign land...but, spend most of my time with volunteer work here in Houston. If you ever come to Houston, I would like to take you to dinner. John

TessaSchlesinger on 02/26/2012

Oh, hi, how are you? Long time no see. :) Welcome to Wizz. How do you like it?

NaturalRemedies on 02/26/2012

Hello Tess. I thought it was you. I didn't recognize your avatar, but have only encountered a few named Tess. I've decided to use a different name and focus from my HP identity. I'll give you a hint, my brother and I gave you a ride after HubCamp.

TessaSchlesinger on 02/16/2012

Hi Brenda. Thank you. :) I'm living in Houston now. Going back to San Diego in July for Comic Con. Then will go back to dancing. I really love it. Houston does't have Jitterbug so much, and all the dancing here starts at 10 in the evening, which is way past my bed time! :)

BrendaReeves on 02/16/2012

That cottage by the sea sounds great! I'm heading on down to San Diego for those dance classes. So glad to have you here!


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