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Announcing The Actors Workshop: Nairobi

Announcing The Actors Workshop: Nairobi

Next week I will be back in Nairobi for the first time this year.  I will be accompanied by Josh Blann who is a professional actor, professor of drama, playwright and director. IMG_2191Josh and his wife Kim (and my main man Beckett) are good friends of ours and we have all been trying to woo Josh to Africa for years as he is the only one of the four of us who has not yet been.

This past fall Idah Alisha Upton, a professional actress from Kenya, was here with her husband.  They are also good friends of ours and we were hosting them while they were in the US.  Idah got to meet and spend some time with Josh while sitting in on one of his acting classes.  Then, Josh was invited to help produce a TED Talk event in Nairobi this summer and needed to get to Nairobi sooner than later.

Why U2 is no longer my all-time favorite band

Why U2 is no longer my all-time favorite band

If having an all-time favorite band is childish then call me bubba (thanks Troy!)  I have lived my whole life with one all-time favorite band.  I lost my music virginity to U2 and we have been jealous lovers ever since. Well, until recently.  The worst part is that U2 did nothing wrong.  In fact, I thought U2’s latest release is one of their best in a long time.  That fact plus Bono’s recent injury make what I am about to say so difficult…

I first became aware of Sleeping at Last when I accidentally stumbled across them on Pandora in 2009.  I started digesting Storyboards as fast as I could.  I loved it.  But I also loved Ten by Pearl Jam and that does not an all-time favorite band make. Then I remember discovering they were doing something new while watching shows like Grey’s Anatomy (yes, I know.)   Those tracks were so fantastic that you couldn’t pay attention to what the scene was about. But honestly, with Grey’s Anatomy it didn’t actually matter what the scene was about.  That show was like Downton Abbey for people who never learned to read. It was so good!  

Concerning Girls and Art

Concerning Girls and Art

As I return to the blog world I revamped the site and added re-arranged the categories.  Then Lori and I saw this piece of work at The Modern Museum in Ft Worth and I new I had to have blog categories called “girls” and “art.”  I may like it for an obvious reason (I have 3 beautiful blonde girls in constant orbit) but this art awakened itself to me in a way that helped me appreciate the rest of the art we were beholding.  I was inspired to purchase a museum membership on the way out!

Shopping for Jesus

Shopping for Jesus

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A forward thinking research firm called Saatchi & Saatchi X conducts studies about how people shop and why they buy things. Here is an excerpt from some of their recent findings:

“We recently conducted a study to understand the emotional benefits that drive and influence shopping behavior. Those benefits, we found, include the satisfaction of deep needs for self-creation, mastery, security and connection. Shoppers today want to explore and think about how products can improve their lives. They do reconnaissance to gain the insights they need, and they’re driven to bond with others and enrich relationships as they learn. They are motivated by a desire to take charge of their own identities and the well-being of their families and homes.”

My Stupid Mouth

I think John Mayer rocks. He is a fabulous guitar player and great lyricist. Check out this bit –

My stupid mouth,
Has got me in trouble.
I said too much again.
To a date over dinner yesterday
And I could see she was offended.
She said well anyway…
Just dying for a subject change.

Oh, its another social casualty
Score one more for me
How could I forget?
Mama said think before speaking
No filter in my head.
Oh, whats a boy to do?
I guess he better find one soon

Good stuff. Who would have known that he was paraphrasing from the Bible. I was doing a little reading last week in the book of James. I came across this little passage in James 3 and decided that it would be a good fit for the BTE. If ever there was a passage that speaks for itself and needs no commentary it would have to be this one. It is pretty straightforward.

“We get it wrong nearly every time we open our mouths. If you could find someone whose speech was perfectly true, you’d have a perfect person, in perfect control of life. A bit in the mouth of a horse controls the whole horse. A small rudder on a huge ship in the hands of a skilled captain sets a course in the face of the strongest winds. A word out of your mouth may seem of no account, but it can accomplish nearly anything—or destroy it! It only takes a spark, remember, to set off a forest fire. A careless or wrongly placed word out of your mouth can do that. By our speech we can ruin the world, turn harmony to chaos, throw mud on a reputation, send the whole world up in smoke and go up in smoke with it, smoke right from the pit of hell. This is scary: You can tame a tiger, but you can’t tame a tongue—it’s never been done. The tongue runs wild, a wanton killer. With our tongues we bless God our Father; with the same tongues we curse the very men and women he made in his image. Curses and blessings out of the same mouth! My friends, this can’t go on. A spring doesn’t gush fresh water one day and brackish the next, does it? Apple trees don’t bear strawberries, do they? Raspberry bushes don’t bear apples, do they? You’re not going to dip into a polluted mud hole and get a cup of clear, cool water, are you?”
Quite a bit to think about for me.