The Battle Within

We cannot outthink our hearts. As much as we may want life to make sense, to be rational, and to be fair and predictable, the reality is that our lives, the way that we view the world, the way we envision the future, and the way we remember our past, is all filtered through, shaped,…

Creating That Which We Love

“What audiences like is something good. So your real obligation [as an] artist is to make a thing you really love.”—T-Bone Burnett If we are not happy with the creative work we are doing, no matter how large our audience may be, it will ultimately prove to be unsustainable. That is because, even if what…

We Become What We Emanate And Absorb

Fear is contagious, but so is hope. Humans are emotionally porous creatures. How we experience the world, how we feel about what we experience, and how we express those feelings all have an affect on the people around us. Likewise, how others experience the world, how they feel about that experience, and how they express…

Passion Makes Us Porous

“I gotcha back, but you best to watch your front ‘cause it’s the people that front, they be pulling stunts.”—Gary E. Grice, aka GZA Proximity does not imply connection. Just because someone stands next to us does not mean that they share our moral, philosophical, or spiritual beliefs, and it certainly does not mean that…

Play More (To Be More Human)

“If we can play together, then we can live together.“—Cas Holman, ‘Abstract: The Art of Design’ As children, play is our primary learning mechanism, both as a solo and a group activity. Play is how we learn to move, to experiment, and to socialize. As we get older, many of us seem to forget the…