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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.

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!

Be Human

Be Human

Cycling is a passion of mine. I love it. Time spent on my Cannondale Synapse Carbon is always worth it.

But it hasn’t always been this way.

I started small. It wasn’t long ago that 10 miles seemed like an eternity and I was happy to average about 11mph. It also wasn’t that easy to get into the sport because the people who were good at it didn’t really make it accessible to others. You see, if you walk into a really nice bike shop and don’t already know what a rear derailleur is and why you need one on your bike then you have a 1 in 2 chance of getting treated like you’re stupid, worthless and generally not a “good match” for cycling. If you can’t ride 70 miles at 18mph then you really shouldn’t join “our ride.” It’s sad too because the people who have the most to offer to someone new to the sport are often the people least likely to offer it.