I take interviewing people seriously because I’m searching for the truth and looking for wonder. Someone once told me during an interview to relax; it’s not 60 Minutes. True, it’s not. I’m not a journalist. I’m a soul explorer. In every pound of pain and joule of joy, I’m looking for pure human expression in… Continue reading Searching for the truth in conversation
It took longer than usual to recognize a significant problem that took root in my daily routine over the last few months: I’ve become addicted to infinity. Instead of spending time in the morning reading books, I was flinging birds at pigs and bubbles—over and over—until I completed the daily tasks or ran out of… Continue reading Addicted to Infinity
Day one of my four-month journey to write my first book. I planned to get out of bed at 5:30 AM to make coffee, get settled into the couch, and begin capturing what’s in my mind. The alarm greeted me at 5:30 AM after an interrupted night of sleep. I stumbled out to make coffee.… Continue reading Give change a few days
I’m stubborn, obsessive, and opinionated; I always thought these traits were weaknesses. Year upon year, day after day, I hid them from others and shoved those feelings aside in order to fit into a box, a genre, a lane. What I didn’t realize as I fought to find and blaze my own trail through life,… Continue reading Misinterpreting my weaknesses
Tonight I’m participating in a workshop led by my friend, Diane Gibbs, in which the participants answer the question, “What makes a great collaboration for you?” At first glance, my answer reveals an old story that finds its roots in events that happened decades ago: “I don’t collaborate. I’m not a good collaborator. I’m not a… Continue reading A New Story of Collaboration
My podcast host recently made a change to listener statistics to include partial listens, in addition to full listens. If I so desire, I can go down the rabbit hole of seeing how many partial listens were in the first few seconds, 25%, 50%, or 75-99%. For the data-obsessed, like myself, this is fantastic information.… Continue reading How do I feel about listener statistics?
I finished the chapter in See No Stranger: A Memoir and Manifesto of Revolutionary Love by Valarie Kaur about listening. It got me thinking: What does it truly mean to listen? To not only hear the words being said but to feel the emotions present—and simultaneously hidden—in the infinite moments of our lives. As a… Continue reading What does it mean to listen?
I find it’s always the simplest phrases that capture my attention, stick in my mind, and drive me deeper into understanding what they could mean. During my morning reading time, I came across the phrase “infinite creative source” in the book Creative Authenticity: 16 Principles to Clarify and Deepen Your Artistic Vision by Ian Roberts.… Continue reading “Infinite Creative Source”
My story. Your story. Our stories. It feels simple to write these words, but it takes an enormous amount of time, energy, and space not only to tell stories but to listen to them. If we are chronically busy, as most of us are these days, we have to find ways to optimize our time.… Continue reading A Time and Space to Listen to Stories
I think of stories in three parts: 1) my story; 2) your story; and 3) our story. I don’t believe we can ever truly get to our collective story without first excavating the story within each of us. What will we find in the deepest parts of ourselves? In the darkest depths of pain, despair,… Continue reading Diving into the world of story