An Audience’s Misty Eyes

The eyes of an audience mean more to me than their words.   At last night's talkback after Man of La Mancha, there were audience members who were meaningfully lost in the experience of the play, eyes a bit misty.   The "magic" of the play was working on them; you could see it.   Simple delight was …

Connections

This has tremendous implications for any organization out trying to do good in the world. (Not to mention weight gain and loss.)  Part of me wants to say, "Duh," but on the other hand, there is something profound about the way the material is presented.  My favorite metaphor is the graphite vs. diamond illustration.  It's …

The Last Station

What is love? It's an appropriate question to encounter on the day before Valentine's Day, and Saturday afternoon, the question appeared with force in Michael Hoffman's film, The Last Station, starring Christopher Plummer, Helen Mirren, James McAvoy, and Paul Giamatti.   (Spoilers ahead.)    The Last Station chronicles the last tumultuous days of the relationship between …

Helmuth James Von Moltke

In the last chapter of Os Guinness' The Call, he opens with the story of Helmuth James von Moltke, a name I had never heard before. Moltke was a German official at the center of the underground resistance to Hitler during WWII, and a man who was eventually executed just months before the the end …