Conflict in the Warrior Archetype: Giuseppe Verdi’s Aïda

One of the most interesting aspects of the warrior archetype is the conflict between being a warrior and a soldier. This is at the center of Aïda, Giuseppe Verdi's opera about a tragic love triangle between a princess, her slave and a mighty warrior. This week I returned to rehearsals as a member of the world-class Houston Grand Opera … Continue reading Conflict in the Warrior Archetype: Giuseppe Verdi’s Aïda

Quote for Today: Ken Robinson

The arts especially address the idea of aesthetic experience. An aesthetic experience is one in which your senses are operating at their peak; when you’re present in the current moment; when you’re resonating with the excitement of this thing that you’re experiencing; when you are fully alive. ― Ken Robinson

Of Mud and Poetry Contests: What Kind of Creative are You?

Flowers don't often grow in clay and piles of mud seldom win sculpture contests. Are you using your creativity effectively? Mud is a substance with a myriad of uses, from growing plants and housing animals to creating building materials and ceramics. Many traditions speak of man as created from mud, from the union of earth … Continue reading Of Mud and Poetry Contests: What Kind of Creative are You?

Collaborations with the Self, Nature, and God: Sharon Strong’s Masks

Sharon Strong is a psychologist, a painter, a performance artist and a maker of masks who studied at the Academy of Art in San Francisco. Sharon has worked as a psychologist for many years, becoming attuned to faces, body language and the subtlety of movement. Her masks are designed not to conceal, but to reveal … Continue reading Collaborations with the Self, Nature, and God: Sharon Strong’s Masks