A Few Thoughts on The Art of Conversation

So Friday night I got together with a few friends for intentional conversation, and the topic was...well, conversation.   We asked questions like, "If you've just had a great conversation with someone, what were the things that made for the greatness of the time?"  "What are conversation killers?"  "What do you expect when you enter …

Humor Abuse: See It at The Seattle Rep

I'm not really a clown kind of guy, but years ago, back in the 80's, I spent a memorable evening of theatre in the presence of one of the best.  Avner the Eccentric, he called himself, and I remember laughing as hard as I have ever laughed that night.  You know the kind of laugh …

World Building

Jonathan Harris is an artist I just came across last night, but already, there's something about what he's up to that appeals to me.   Go to his website to explore.   He begins with a clear statement of vision, and then you go to a page with descriptions of his work.   He is …

Catching a Glimpse of the World

http://vimeo.com/26378195 Have you seen One Day On Earth?  On October 10, 2010, people from all over the world shot video and have been in the process of uploading those videos ever since.   Click on the archive, and see a map of the world with links to tons of snapshot videos of all kinds of …

Friday Night Lights: Sorry to See You Go…

That football sailing through last-minute skies landing months down the road in the arms of a future worth far more than six points and a ring: a new personal favorite story moment that encapsulates so much of what I loved about Friday Night Lights. I liked the first film, especially (spoilers ahead), the gritty ending. …

The Spirit’s Arrival: The Wait is Over

What can an artist take from the story of what Christians call "The Day of Pentecost?" In Christian teaching, the day of Pentecost is the day on which the Holy Spirit of God first took up residence in the hearts of those who follow Jesus Christ.  This same "Spirit of God" is the one who …

Roosevelt’s “Titanic”

The musical Titanic has a great protagonist--a doomed ship.   The tough thing is...everybody knows the end of the story.  But strangely, our knowledge of the end is also what gives the story it's edge.  It's a god-like power, knowing the person you're listening to is going to die long before it happens to them. …