100 Things I Know #17 – I Know I Don’t Know What It Means To Be Black In America

Let me say it again, just to be clear.   I know that I don't know what it means to be black in America. That’s an awkward way to say it.   Here's what I mean. § I am white, and I am privileged.   And for most of my adult life, that privilege was invisible …

100 Things I Know #5 – Meaning Will Not Be Found. It Must Be Made.

Though we stumble upon moments when our lives cohere and suddenly all the our experiences make sense, and these moments often feel as if we’ve discovered an empirical reality that was there all along, the truth is that these moments are moments of our own story-telling, moments we have made. There are facts, and then …

Why I Write

Why do I write? Popular wisdom says to “start with the end in mind.”  So often, I write without much of an end in mind at all.   I start from where I am, the movement of forces inside me, and work out from there.   Usually, it begins with a scan of attention across my inner …

Poetry Tuesday: He Lifts The Elegant Lid

Poetry Tuesday...I've told a few people how I've been throwing down lines of tetrameter since Ash Wednesday.   What if Tuesdays here became "Poetry Tuesday"?  No comment, just some lines for the perusal of whoever wants to wander by? Sure, why not?   The following was my entry from about three weeks ago.   Enjoy... …

Acting 101: For All of Us

Here’s what actors do, in one way or another.  Imaginatively, they work to enter the experience of a person, a character, imagining circumstances, beliefs, thought-life, sensory preferences, histories of relationships, and perhaps most importantly, what their particular characters are hungry for, long for, and have been living without.   They then shift their physical and emotional …

There’s A Lot To Deal With

Infographics and wordmapping have caught my eye lately.   So when I found Inkscape, I decided to start fiddling around with it.   Here's a first attempt at beginning to think visually about things running around in my head. The biggest objection will probably be the "I" being in the middle, but I put it …

Listening and the Hunger for Great Conversation

I love conversation.  The exchange of experiences and ideas borders on the miraculous when you consider how specific our lives are to ourselves.  How to explain this thing going on inside my head?   This dance of images and ideas, memories and dreams, each of them presenting themselves for my further consideration constantly, falling into …