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    • Black & White interior
    • 162 pages
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    • 162 pages
  • Keywords
    • Philosophy of creativity,
    • Personal reflections,
    • Self-help,
    • Inner world vs. external world,
    • Depression and anxiety,
    • Therapeutic writing,
    • Poetry

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A Dreary and Glorious Snapshot
A Book About All of Us
by Jason Gropp

What’s it like inside of your mind? How would or could you possibly describe it? In A Dreary and Glorious Snapshot, author Jason Gropp takes on the Herculean task of using words to recreate his ever-so-busy mind on paper so that you, his reader, can share his experience of consciousness. His goals? To learn more about himself while helping you reflect on your own life journey, mental health, values, fears, and aspirations. Personal essays, short stories, movie scripts, poems and thought prompts are just some of the tricks up Jason’s sleeves to make his own thoughts public and turn your thoughts inward in a journey of self-discovery. Along the way, you will encounter The Darkness, “Thirteen Reasons Why” you should stay true to yourself, Bohdi the Pet Raccoon, the Biggest Challenge, the Punishment Room, Three Dreary and Glorious Letters, and an earworm—just to name a few. Entertaining, eccentric, intriguing, creative, and thought-provoking, this book is impossible to label. Part philosophy, part memoir, part self-help, and entirely art, this is a book that every teen and adult should read to help them better know their own story.

Jason Gropp is self-labelled introvert who likes people, and a rule follower who questions everything. He is also an elementary educator who lives and works in Waterloo Region, Ontario. As a teacher he aspires to find what is special in each student and build on it, so they are better equipped to navigate through life—a theme that is reflected in his writing. Although A Dreary and Glorious Snapshot is Jason’s first book, he has been an avid reader all his life and a passionate consumer of art in many forms—especially music. Among his favourite producers of art are Pink Floyd, Minor Threat, Marina Abramović, and Vordb Na R.iidr, who has written the foreword for this book. With the publication of this book, Jason is excited to move beyond being just a consumer of art to actually creating it, as he feels art is important, beautiful, and has the power to heal.


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