We were in the second row Tuesday night for “Julius Caesar” at Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland. The play, directed by Shana Cooper, is both timely and powerful. This modern production is also highly inventive. The ancient tale is set in contemporary times, with urban decay on full display—the walls are literally decomposing as the […]

Creative Mornings provides a monthly talk on a chosen topic (for free) in cities around the globe. Unlike Ted, it’s not exclusive. You can sign up or walk up and enjoy a donut, coffee, and interesting ideas about architecture, design, culture, and so on. Creative Mornings is also an excellent marketer. The organization is featuring […]

In business, as in politics, it is wise to build for seismic events. The terror attacks in Paris, for instance, required a flexibile response from The White House that was largely lacking. Conservative columnist, Ron Fournier says, “For all his skills as an orator, Obama is a lousy com­mu­nic­at­or. He doesn’t lead, he lec­tures. He ar­gues […]

“Information without context strikes the mind but peters out before the heart.” -Sarah Smarsh Creative nonfiction is a form I find myself increasingly drawn to. In the hands of a great essayist, we see a real writer struggle with real life. Sarah Smarsh, for instance. She is a Kansas-born journalist, public speaker and educator, and […]

“What do you do?” It’s the age-old question that is always lurking, waiting to be asked at the next industry conference, cocktail party, and/or random encounter on an airplane. In one way, the question is innocent and a genuine attempt to understand more about you. On the other hand, it’s a moment of truth where […]

“I spent the night in Utah in a cave up in the hills.” -Robert Hunter Last week, we celebrated David Keller’s life at gatherings in Rockville, Utah and again in Salt Lake City. Anne Decker, a close friend of David’s mom, Big J., made a touching speech last Wednesday night in Mill Creek Canyon. I […]

As my best friend faces his final days on Earth, I am thinking and feeling many things, including how important it is to focus on the right things in life — good times with family and friends, doing meaningful work, battling injustice and pursuing dreams for a better you and a better world. There’s truly […]