Two Pennies Left: Why The “How” of a Thing Matters

FYI, up front, this post is not about flowers.  It is about content and form in art-making, conversation, and relationship.   It's about the connection of human essence and identity to the fundamental, structural realities aesthetic forms demand.   It's about the challenge of creating art wherein form and content create a unity of power …

Trolling the Newsfeed, Choosing This Day…

What are we doing, texting these little updates? When my friend Carlos Nakar first told me about Twitter, I could not imagine anyone being interested to know I was, say, at Belle Pastry with my friend Jeffrey Crouch (for what is no doubt a God-ordained croissant--scrumptious), or in hearing my 140 character rumination on our …

How to Follow Your Heart: Part 2

Start with a cup of coffee.  Fast from coffee altogether. But pay attention, and let words mean something.  To pay requires cost. Be quiet.  Find the quiet in the noise.   If no quiet can be found, then sleep, and dream of it. Breathe.   Oxygen and its life are rarely overrated.   Holding breath …

How to Follow Your Heart (given that you find it first)

If I were to ask the inhabitants of Cyberspace to advise my newly minted 21-year-old son about his adult life, one of the chief answers lobbed back would be the ubiquitous charge to "follow your heart."   So, given that how-tos are all the rage among us humans (how to love, how to make money, …

On the Occasion of a Son Turning 21

He's always been a surprise. Not that the expectation for something special wasn't there, but who this young boy I played catch with would become just wasn't on my radar.  The music piece, in a generic sense, didn't surprise me; we've got singers in the family--some good ones (My uncle, closer in age to a …

READERS WANTED: Reflections on Finding an Audience

"Does it matter if you have a large readership?  Do you want more hits? If you do, then why?  The answer to that question is very important." My friend Jenny always asks good questions. To have a moment of theatre, you need two things.  An actor and an audience. Does it need to be a …

Focusing Wonder, Narrowing Mystery

Help me out here. The project?  Focusing my blogging, narrowing my subject matter.   Answering the question: what is all this blogging about?  I mean the blogging in the jeffberryman.com world.   If you've been reading my work for awhile, tell me what you think I'm up to. It's not that I don't know...exactly--after all, …