Saturday, August 16, 2014

Coincidence of 'play'

The podcast I was listening to on the ride home one night referenced play. Marc Maron interviewed Josh Groban and in the course of the discussion Josh mentioned that he is learning to fly and close to getting his pilot's license.  Coming off his hour or two of flying where he has had to focus on the controls inorder to fly the plane, leaves him in a position to make his best decisions.

The podcast I was listening to on the ride in the next morning was all about play. Krista Tippett interviews Stuart Brown  who is the founder and president of the National Institute for Play. He is co-author of "Play: How It Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul."  The whole episode (approx 50 mins) gets into the benefits of play for children and for adults.

And the third reference (three times the charm!) was the daily poem from
"'Popcorn!' was spurred into being by seeing a status update or tweet by the poet Dorothea Lasky (the DL of the dedication) that went, I believe, 'Let us all make room for the new.' Messing with the syntax and making the result my first line allowed me to insist on our role in making—and subsequently apprehending—new reals. It's not an original idea, but I do believe that one of the best ways to make room or to room make is to indulge in serious play."

Friday, August 15, 2014

Anniversary day

This is a special time. 32 years ago, I really didn't know what to expect. I had no real idea what would happen. All I knew was that the journey forward would be a good one with Dolores by my side. It has been a good one. Thank you Dolores!

wedding day - once upon a time
wedding day - once upon a time

sherku: milestone
another dayanother yearanother touchanother kissI love you

Monday, August 11, 2014

The 5th Job Search Jam Sessions returns Sep 12

The 5th edition of Job Search Jam Sessions returns Sep 12. If you are looking for work, or know someone who is, this is the event to be at.

What will the Job Search Jam Sessions be like?

Additional details on the event can be found here

Job Search Jam Sessions - Sep 12
Job Search Jam Sessions - Sep 12

What is the schedule for the day?

The schedule will be similar to that held in 2013

Where will this be held?

Job Search Jam Sessions #5 will be held in Hopkinton at the St John Evangelist Parish Center

How much does it cost?

$8 you can pay online or at the door. Tickets can be purchased online or reserved so you can pay at the door. (To pay at the door - choose 'Show other payment options.'  Advance registrations are highly encouraged to ensure we have a good count of participants to plan for the food and refreshments).

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

"Many Sides" - Grand Master Seiichi Tanaka's Taiko Dojo

My annual pilgrimage to the Lowell Folk Festival took place this past weekend. One of the more interesting groups to perform were the taiko dojo drummers from San Francisco.

One of the audience members sitting in front and to the left of where I was captured this video and posted it to YouTube. The piece is called "Many Sides' and is performed with an interlude during which a lion dance is performed.


Friday, July 18, 2014

Weikert July 2014 (audio)

Pann's Creek flows through Weikert, PA
Pann's Creek flows through Weikert, PA

The text was posted here yesterday

Thursday, July 17, 2014

ghazal: Weikert 2014

There’s no wifi, points don’t matter
But before each meal
We pause to give thanks

Fallen tree diverted the trail
Along shaded rail line
Where folks gave thanks

Infant music box conjures
Ice cream, grass stained fun
And fire flies giving thanks

Intense or cursive the
Fire circle discussion
Solves enough to give thanks

Joy of sewing triumph fades
Quickly with news of three
Sleeping so well to give thanks

Juggling cans, crossing over
Monkey bridge where laurel
Line the path saying thanks

Composed in Weikert, PA

Note: This ghazal is composed of six individual sherku. Each will be posted separately to

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Deja Brew: 'Band of Brewers' return for 6 kettles

Friday night, summer time, and a good time to make some beer. The 'Band of Brewers' gathered at Deja Brew for a set of six kettles. A good mix of some favorites and some new ones.

Blueberry Ale = A delicious ale. It smells good, tastes good and finishes clean
Death Star II: Return of the Citra = A new IPA, so new it isn't listed on the DejaBrew webpage
Lobster Claw = A highly aromatic barley wine. Very Potent.
Nessie Scotch Ale = So new, it isn't listed on the DejaBrew webpage
Sammy's Summer = Modeled after a popular summer ale from Boston
Stunner = A creamy British Pub style pale ale “stunning colour”

We'll be back in three weeks to bottle and bring home to enjoy!

part of the ingredients for Sammy's Summer
part of the ingredients for Sammy's Summer

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Julian Treasure: How to speak so that people want to listen

I haven't shared a TED Talk in awhile but this one is definitely worthy of watching and listening to.

So insightful...

Julian's bio and links to other talks he has shared at TED