The Unexpected Sacred

Music is an end in and of itself. I have briefly considered this in other contexts, but this gentle truth brushed itself against my heart today while watching my daughter and others perform in a great Williamson County (TN) arts camp called “Kids on Stage.” One of the classes offered during the camp was African […]

We're All Entrepreneurs Now

The title of this blog was lodged in my mind before any particular content. It emerged from an impression more than any sort of journalistic research endeavor. Perhaps it is the afterglow of an enjoyable Thursday night with a large Nashville-based group of executive and life coaches, a symphony of possibilities, creativity and genuine caring […]

Receptive Soil

Some seed fell upon rocky soil. A whole bunch, actually. A couple of weeks ago I haphazardly spread some shady lawn seed across several large patches in my front yard where shrubbery once stood. The shrubbery was the casualty of my new axe. The mission for this summer is to grow some grass. However, I […]

Stealing Fire From the Gods

    I have been deeply impacted the past couple of weeks by a great little book called Stealing Fire From the Gods. Written by James Bonnet, a Hollywood writer and workshop leader, the book is a guide for how to more intentionally craft novels and screenplays by tapping into the key elements found in […]

Writing Down Your Stories

I recommend writing the stories from your life. Nearly 10 years ago I took a “storytelling” class in graduate school that inspired me to spend an entire week just chronicling all of the little episodes and anecdotes I could remember across my life at that point. I organized them into a Word document, and have […]

That Kurtzian Nature

Recently I bought the documentary Hearts of Darkness, about the making of Francis Ford Coppola's 1979 Vietnam film Apocalypse Now. The behind-the-scenes footage and interviews reflect how the adaptation of Joseph Conrad's book Heart of Darkness closely paralleled the production experience of Director Coppola and other members of the cast and crew. Coppola, sporting the […]

Fragments in the Soil

My once-faithful chainsaw having become chain-less, I was left with the archaic instruments of shovel and hedge clippers. The shrubbery I intended to remove from the front yard stared at me in defiance, nature taunting man, and I realized I needed to rely on my heart (and my physical conditioning) more than my technology. Perhaps […]

Finding a Size That Fits

I am at a Panera Bread, gentle classical music raining down on me. I have just finished Chapter 12 of my novel, with nine more to go in this first draft. In the preceding weeks I have come to terms that it will take much longer than I had anticipated for a final draft to […]

In Defense of Myth

I can no longer remain silent about how people everywhere in western culture continue to misuse the word “myth,” equating it with terms such as “lie,” “rumor,” “falsehood” or “legend.” Who cares? Well, park here with me for a moment. The American Heritage Dictionary defines “myth” as “a traditional, typically ancient story dealing with supernatural […]

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