Rick Maack is a Partner at Maack Management, a leisure industry management company. Since transitioning to the leisure and hospitality industry in 2003 as a Director of Business Development, he has since grown Maack Management and launched other ventures in the field, including Standard Spa and Relaxing Deals. When he needs a break from work, he turns to something that he has always enjoyed: writing.
Rick has enjoyed literature from a young age, when he and his father, with whom he had usually only focused on sports, would read Shakespeare’s sonnets together. He has long appreciated its dual effect of calming the mind while stimulating it intellectually. Rick does not prefer one particular style over another, writing in different forms depending on his mood, but considers Emily Dickinson, William Carlos Williams, and Andre Breton among the writers by which he is most inspired. He enjoys reading everything from sonnets to novels, namely Endymion by John Keats, Because I Could Not Stop for Death by Emily Dickinson, Spring and All by William Carlos Williams, Of Love and Other Demons by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and American Pastoral by Philip Roth.
Writing is a unique form of art in that it demands the translation of abstract ideas and imagination into words. As a creative exercise, it takes you to new places in your mind, expanding your perspective, and can also be therapeutic when confronting fears or complicated situations. It was especially helpful to Rick when he had to make the difficult adjustment from living in the very small town of Paris, Illinois to the suburbs of Chicago.
The benefits of regular writing are numerous. Expressive writing has been shown to improve general moods, reduce long-term stress, refine communication skills, help process memories, and keep the mind sharp as it ages.
Rick Maack uses this page to share some of his writings and favorite passages for his own purposes and in hopes of encouraging other writers to try for themselves.
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