#59 – Blue and Red Make Purple

Driven by the chaos of the election season, I thought I would explore the nature of the  perpetual disconnection that seems to exists between people and groups of people. Individually, we are passionate about our beliefs and causes, but our passion can emerge as a vehicle to further the divide between us. Even more, this gap can be amplified when individual energy is aggregated into collective energy that is harnessed and pointed toward the opposition. Opposition creates an illusion where the possible outcomes are one side wins or the other side wins. It is an illusion because there is a third option where the battle just continues on into infinity. The political system is a prime example of two sides winning small battles in a never-ending war. I wanted to think about this centuries-old challenge from a new perspective. I’m not asking you to agree with me. I’m asking you to consider the possibility that self-imposed limitations prevent meaningful connection and understanding.

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#58 – A Field of Resistance

The perfect cup of coffee sits on a table sparsely populated with my notebook, pencil and a closed laptop. The morning light from the sun starts to sneak through the trees landing on the edge of the table near the window. Even the birds are barely stirring with only the most animated singers beginning their […]

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#57 – Why I Walk In Cemeteries

I went for a walk in Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta, which was one of the first garden cemeteries in the country with walking paths, trees, shrubs, and beautiful views. Its residents include Civil Rights pioneers, sports legends and famous writers. I took a few friends with me for an experiment in thinking between things, sharing […]

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#56 – The Fiddle And The Mandolin

You can learn a lot from bluegrass music. There is a rich history, form and structure but plenty of space to make it your own. My wife, four kids and I recently walked into an unassuming brick building that was surrounded by trendy restaurants, sleek office buildings and a Google fiber retail activation. Oddly enough, […]

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#54 – Patterns, Cars and People

Patterns are infinitely fascinating. A paradiddle is a pattern and one of the basic rudiments of rhythm resulting in four strokes performed in the order R-L-R-R or L-R-L-L. Like rhythm and notation in music, patterns provide framework for our existence. If you subscribe to the theory of quantum mechanics, we are all a collection of […]

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#52 – Lost Keys & Artificial Urgency

Life or death situations are truly urgent. In these cases, the neurochemicals in our bodies can provide a helpful jolt pulling us into immediate mechanical action and out of a dangerous situation. Artificial urgency is a reoccurring phenomenon that plagues even the most mindful people. The same process that we use to react to a driver […]

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#50 – Two Words … Twice

You are on a tropical beach with your toes curled in the sand. The sound of the palms brushing together in the breeze teases the coziness of rain without a drop in sight. The dance between the grains of sand and the motion of your feet discards any overactive thoughts or preoccupation. Leaning forward, you […]

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