I just had an article published in The Feldenkrais Journal, a review of Verlynn Klinkenborg's brilliant book Several Short Sentences About Writing. I'm so happy to be able to promote both a fantastic book and a great method. https://issuu.com/thefeldenkraisjournal/docs/12.12.16_feldenkrais_digital_2016

 

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There are lots of reasons to disagree these days, and lots of things to disagree about.  The common wisdom going around nowadays is that it’s pointless to argue with someone on Facebook.  Apparently neither person will change their minds as a result of any conversation, so it’s a complete waste of time.

 

I disagree, and so I engage people on Facebook for three reasons.

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The late Douglas Adams had instructions on how to fly.  “You throw yourself at the ground, and miss.”  Needless to say I’ve tried it at least once.

 

I think I had that idea in mind when I helped my eight-year old daughter shoot baskets.  She was just a little too young and a little too short to get the basketball in the hoop easily.  She kept missing by  a mile, and she was ready to give up.

 

“I have a challenge for you,” I said to her. 

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I’ve always believed diversity was a good thing.  I’m not ready to assume that anymore. 

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Not only has the world not changed, it seems to have gone back to something very ugly that I used to learn about as “history.”  Outright bigotry in our political discourse, dangerous people who feel entitled to act as hateful as they want, and environmental changes that I can’t look directly in the face.  I would like to do something revolutionary to change what I see as insurmountable obstacles to a better future.

Yesterday I wanted to enjoy the beautiful weather.  When I’m outside I have a hard time staying focused on appreciating the day because my mind wanders so much.  But I discovered a trick that helped me immensely.

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American society’s most dangerous split is between “it’s simple” and “it’s complicated.”   Some people think our problems are simple, and can be solved simply.  Others accept that none of the issues are simple, and that it’s a mistake to act as though they are.

 

If you’re on the complicated side and you’re arguing with someone on the simple side, you have a problem.  You can understand their point of view quickly, so you can decide immediately if the problem really is simple.  But if you need to convince them that the problem is complicated, it will take them a lot longer to understand it. 

 

So how can a person on the complicated side possibly win? 

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The American election surprised everyone.  One thing that doesn’t surprise me is the level of activism that seems to be bubbling up everywhere.  Now that people realize what’s at stake for their side, they are preparing to fight for what they believe.

 

For years I’ve been searching for a meaningful reason to be creative.  The problem of my motivation plagues me.  I am afraid sometimes that I am creating for unhealthy reasons.

 

The adage is that an amateur does it for themselves and a professional does it for their audience.  I’ve striven over the years to come closer to that sense of the professional, really dedicating myself to thinking about what people actually want and need, and providing it.  But behind it was another question:  Why do it for my audience?

Creators and performers that reach their audience have a kind of power ordinary people don’t have.

 

As Neil Simon says in the movie version of Biloxi Blues, “People believe whatever they read. Something magical happens once its put down on paper. They figure no one would have gone through the trouble if it wasn't the truth.”

 

That kind of power has always made journalism a very dangerous business...

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