As our spirit grows, we become more in touch with the beauty of the world. Artist Christoph Niemann illustrates his personal take on an interview with Maurice Sendak on NPR's Fresh Air. He invites us into a world of wild things, inspiration and the love that Sendak has for the world. "Live your life, live your life, live your life."


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  • Mary

    Dear Faye, Check this out.(link below )... and ponder that regardless what you are experiencing, there are many other folks like the ones responding to you that really care, wish you well and send you love....also, I was told a secret by my late brother before he passed away... we humans can turn something negative in something positive.... may be you can just try.... just a little.... to channel all that energy in helping others, even if it is something small and simple.... will help. Trust me. Take one step at a know what to do and you already started by sharing with all of us your feelings, good for you, you are courageous and you will do fine. Find the help you need, follow the advice form the team...

  • jeff

    Even as a self-proclaimed atheist, he says, "And thank God we're still around to do it." Though this is a big contradiction, I thought this was moving nonetheless. One could say it's just a figure of speech, but what is the idea behind such a comment anyway?

  • Yoo-Mi

    Dear Faye, I’m a Volunteer Team Leader at KarmaTube and noticed your comment on this video. I felt the need to reach out to you right away. It was heartbreaking to hear about the thoughts that you have been having. I can only hope that it was a fleeting moment, and that you are able to pass through this tough time, and recognize what a miracle it is to be alive and that each of us is a gift in the world (although its difficult to see it at times). I am glad to hear that the video was source of hope to you. The purpose of KarmaTube is to create a global community of kindness and compassion inspired by these curated videos. And you are part of our community Faye. Please take a look at all the words of support and links to resources with which this community has come forward to embrace you. We have also had requests from many members of the ServiceSpace community, the all-volunteer organization that runs KarmaTube, to see if they could send notes/cards. We don't want to intrude, but let us know if that would be okay to do either through email or if you feel comfortable sharing your address, through mail. It would really be a gift to be able to serve you in a small way through this difficult time. I would also encourage you to reach out to the National Hopeline Network, either online through their website or through phone 1-800-784-2433. If there is any way that I or KarmaTube can help, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. I've also tried to reach you by email, so you have my contact information. With Love, Yoo-Mi

  • Audrey

    There's so much aged sweetness in this video. Dear Faye, thank you for sharing so honestly. You have touched my life in a very deep way, and I want you to know that you really do make a difference, even if it doesn't seem like it. Sending you warmth, hope, a lot of love, and many small surprises hidden in each day. I wish you all good things.

  • Donna

    His love of life. His willingness to be truthful about the pain of growing old.And, of course, Ms. Gross' compassion and humanity for the children's book author.

  • Carlo

    Dear Faye, hang in there! Rhiannon's advice is sound: call for help, or reach out to your loved ones. I'm sure Maurice also had his dark moments, and yet his advice was "Live your life. Live your life. Live your life." If you loved his books, I believe you must have also loved his message. I send you my very, very best wishes. May you be happy, may you be healthy, may you feel safe.

  • Ana

    Faye I wonder if you know how many people there are in the world that want to love just for who you are right now. Please give me and many others the chance to love you as a beautiful being that you are. You are very much loved, just give us a change to let you know how much you are loved.

  • Rhiannon

    Faye - Here is the number for the National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) - Here is a link to an article the might help: PLEASE DON'T HURT YOURSELF! Oh how I wish I could help you and give you a hug and be your friend and let you know you matter!

  • Rhiannon

    Hang in there, Faye! Live your life! Please don't end your life! I wish I could give you a hug!

  • Faye

    I've been thinking of ending my own life because I don't see the beauty or feel the love he does. I'm sad. This has helped me stay at least one more day. I've always loved Maurice Sendak's books, they made me happy reading them to my kids and at the school I taught. He's a wonderful person.

  • Jacquie Schmall

    Terry Gross stayed her quiet moments, and Sendak fell into the silence feeling her love, and respect, inviting him to speak from his heart, and so he did. Such a moving time with one of our most beloved writers. The sketches were wonderful too. I was in a bookstore in Sausalito, CA, and saw a note that announced Shel Silverstein had passed away. I was instantly weeping. I take this oppotunity to weep for Maurice Sendak, who passed away last spring. Thank you.

  • Nicole

    Thank you so very much Christopher for making this. I too was driving to work on a seemingly busy day & had to pull over from the tears pouring down my face from this very part of the interview. As Frank McCourt, a favorite author and teacher said, "sing your song, dance your dance, tell your tale".

  • Anne

    That he took the time to tell her how speciashe was.....

  • patricia eljaiek

    That he proves we are all more alike than we are different.

  • mandy

    I heard this when it was first aired and was weeping as I drove. Just beautiful and poignant! Terry Gross is the best interviewer in the world <3 Thanks for sharing it again.

  • Rosie Bachand

    Maurice Sendak was my second coousin, much loved by my mother in his youth but otherwiae far away from the rest of my family. Thank you so much for this moving profound interview and great images. It brought tears, only in reyrospect, that he was loved by so many

  • Bijan

    Just love one another and learn to live life fully every day.

  • Wendy Giss

    Maurice Sendak's spirit inspired me in this beautiful, authentic interview. A truly open hearted man. What a gift.

  • Noel DeYoung

    This man exprsses my grieving ,my joy in living;so beautifully.He is trully coming from the heart.I love when he said "when people die he loves them more." He has a Giant Heart full of Love!

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  • Before Maurice Sendak died in May 2012, he completed a book about his brother, a man Sendak often insisted was the real genius in the family. Read more about "My Brother's Book."
  • Creativity and the associated innovation and invention benefitting both individuals and society are essential elements if society is to move in a desirable, sustainable way.
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