Michael Snee (1950-) was born near Canton, Ohio, grew up on a farm and attended Kent State University. In 1972 he received his bachelor’s degree in graphic design, winning several design and illustration awards. After graduation he backpacked around Europe for three months, adding to his artistic outlook. He returned to the U.S., beginning his career by working at a number of ad agencies and earning many industry awards for creativity, design and illustration. In addition, Michael held teaching positions for design and illustration at Indiana State Technical College, Canton Museum of Art, and The University of Akron — eventually starting his own advertising business, M&M Design. With many interests in art, music composition, science and nature, he’s also finishing a Christian novel dealing with earthquakes and their causes, tied to Bible prophecy: Endvironment


Regarding his book, Back On The Wall, Michael comments, “When I started reading Mother Goose and Humpty Dumpty to my kids, I wondered if Humpty’s fall, combined with all the king’s horses and men not being able to help, may have some negative effect on them. Children learn from stories, so what was I teaching them with Humpty Dumpty? What were they really learning? To not sit on walls? Or, if they fall, there’s no hope? Over time, I started adding little bits to the rhyme, spinning more positive endings. They kept listening and I kept learning.”

Wondering about Humpty’s negative input, Michael started quizzing coworkers to see how many could recite the Humpty rhyme. Surprisingly, most could. Several reminded Michael how our culture adopted Humpty as a poster child for all kinds of hopelessness, always referring to him as the ultimate loser, and keeping this example of tragedy alive in our memories.

“I began to see Humpty representing any one of us, young or old,” Michael explains. “We all sit on walls in life and try to maintain our balance. But living is full of hazards and trickery. Sometimes we fall. We may lose a loved one, or lose a job, get picked last, actually slip off the playground’s monkey bars, or just plain goof up. Others may try to help us, but should we just rely on others to fix everything for us when we fall? Or is there a better way?”

Not sure? That’s where the WHOLE story of Humpty Dumpty comes in. “Even when you’re broken and others can’t put you together, there’s still hope,” maintains Michael, “if you take time to listen, hearing God’s spiritual alarm clock echoing deep in your soul, waking you up, motivating you to come alive and believe in yourself. YOU are valuable to God, loved by him (John 3:16) – so why not wake up and do your part: work, learning to believe God’s loving message delivered by Jesus; work, realizing your spiritual self-worth; and work, toward getting back up – believing and trusting for a positive future with God’s Holy Spirit helping, right there inside you.”

Adam and Eve fell, too, subtly fooled into thinking God didn’t really love them and couldn’t be trusted. Humpty Dumpty seems so innocent as just a little nursery rhyme, and yet, succeeds as a subtle deception, teaching us to simply give up on ourselves, give up on others and give up on our King. We just push the snooze button.

“I felt compelled to counteract this part of our culture’s programming – an absolute hopelessness learned as children, a pessimistic way of thinking that many adults still carry inside. Now there’s a more positive way to think of Humpty Dumpty:  Falling … does not mean failing!”


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Jeannie
    Apr 05, 2012 @ 12:02:09

    Mike you are still a hoot!! Love you!!


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