You Don’t Fear People Whose Story You Know

“Ask: ‘What’s possible?’ not ‘What’s wrong?’ Keep asking. Notice what you care about. Assume that many others share your dreams. Be brave enough to start a conversation that matters. Talk to people you know. Talk to people you don’t know. Talk to people you never talk to. Be intrigued by the differences you hear. ExpectContinue reading “You Don’t Fear People Whose Story You Know”

The Story of Now

“You do not need to know precisely what is happening or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and the challenges offered by the present moment and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope.” — Thomas Merton — The Story of Now is the story of whatContinue reading “The Story of Now”

Welcome to the Age of Meaning

The divisiveness in the world today is all the evidence we need that we have entered the “Age of Meaning.” Our fragile society convulses with the recognition that what has come before no longer serves us and what will be has not quite taken shape. It is into this middle ground, this breach of bothContinue reading “Welcome to the Age of Meaning”

Put Out Into Deep Water

Each one of us has a net in which we capture an understanding of ourselves. That net is strong, it can hold a lot. And testing that strength scares us so we don’t do it very often, if ever. Instead, we keep tossing our net in the shallow end of our experience, catching and re-catchingContinue reading “Put Out Into Deep Water”

When Memory Serves

Thanksgiving day, 1976, has a faithful hold on my memory. In what would turn out to be our last Thanksgiving in northern California for quite some time (we moved to southern California less than a year later) my family traveled east of San Francisco to spend the day with my aunt and uncle and our extended family. The mostContinue reading “When Memory Serves”

Small Moves: 100 Days of Connection

“Because it is familiar a thing remains unknown.” Hegel There is a powerful moment at the beginning of the movie “Contact” when young Ellie is calling out on her shortwave radio. She is trying to find someone, anyone, who might be listening on the same frequency. As her frustration grows her dad implores her, “SmallContinue reading “Small Moves: 100 Days of Connection”

Connection: 75 Days

“Your great mistake is to act the drama as if you were alone.” – David Whyte, “Everything is Waiting for You” Some days it just happens. I have an experience or an interaction that is so obviously “connective” and, assuming my iPhone is nearby, it is easily captured. A lovely watercolor falls out of aContinue reading “Connection: 75 Days”

Connection: 25 Days

Inspired by The 100 Day Project I decided, 25 days ago, to start my own “100 Day” creative discipline. The goal is simple: choose a theme or focus area and for the next 100 days document/create/design something relevant to that theme. I chose the theme of connection and decided to explore it through photography. That was my firstContinue reading “Connection: 25 Days”