Clintonville author Jason K. Burke shared more on life, art and his A Lesson Learned series, a new line of children's books.

Clintonville author Jason K. Burke shared more on life, art and his A Lesson Learned series, a new line of children's books.

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I'm originally from Columbus, but I've lived all over the place actually. I lived in Florida a few different times, and it seems like I always come back to Columbus. I swear by this city. It's got an incredible, eclectic mix of anything you need or want.

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Three things I can't live without are air, coffee and creating in some form or another.

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My book series started with "Recycled Again." Basically, you've got two characters in a junkyard. One is a cardboard box. One is a plastic bag. Later you find out that the cardboard box was recycled into a newspaper at the park. The other product was broken down and made into corrugated lumber that was made into the fence at the park.

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Kids are all about repetition. I wanted to write some books that have simple concepts that a child can grasp and, in addition to that, a deeper spiritual concept that adults will relate to.

The simple angle for a child is the importance of recycling. The kind of spiritual undertone is about changing friendships.

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I kind of force myself out into the community by just being a face behind a product. The response has been incredible. Sometimes you just have to ask. I talk to so many people who say things like "I wish I had the balls to do such and such." Some people get so stuck in the fear of "What if they hate my product?" or "What if they laugh in my face?"

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That's one of the things I love about Columbus. I'm just a local guy who lives down the street. I show up at some of the local stores, and they welcome me.

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Something people might not know about me is that I'm very description-oriented. The reason I'm that way is that I grew up having to describe everything that was happening in the outside world to my mother, who is blind.

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In spare time, I play house real well with my wife. House projects - believe it or not, we dig that a lot. We like going to shows, local or other, and getting into the car and just going.

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My perfect Saturday night is being with my chick at Studio 35. Coffee afterwards. And then me wishing I had not let my wife have two cups of coffee.

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My perfect Sunday morning is breakfast with my chick in the sunroom and taking the dogs to the park.

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Something in my life I regret not doing is not going to Europe. I kind of wish I would've pursued skateboarding professionally. What ifs? I kind of let those scenarios play out a little bit. Maybe they're not that exciting because I'm happy.

Know someone doing cool things around Columbus? E-mail John Ross at jross@columbusalive.com.