Original Design

Original Design

Recently, I’ve been digging into the idea of original design. Not only in the way we restructure StoryPeople & Brian Andreas Studio & the workshops through A Hundred Ways North, but also in how I coordinate with my own original design in every day living.

a life... the end product of a process

a life... the end product of a process

I was reading a bit about the process of creating a canoe from a tree in the Samoan culture... 

"...they cut the tree down; scrape the branches from the trunk take off the bark; hollow the inside out, carve the outside shape of the hull; form the prow and the stern; carve decorations on the prow... Each canoe by this process is different... There is no time lost wondering what kind of canoe ought we to build, what shape to make the hull...  it is visible only as the end product of a process... The maker lets go of his will, and lets the process take over..." 

the root of authenticity

the root of authenticity

It’s interesting, how the meanings of words shift over time… What once was, no longer is, simply because of usage.

As I prepare (again but newly) for another workshop on Authentic Voice, I wander deep into the etymology of the word… Authentic… There is more action implied in the etymology of the word, than in our modern understanding...

A Creative Life...

A Creative Life...

"Turn away from half measures and be resolute in living, wholly, fully ,beautifully..." 

"Become who you are!"

Words of a man, inspired by a woman. The man was Nietzsche. The woman was Lou von Salomé.

Her words about choosing a creative life over a creative career reframed my understanding of the arts and humanities... finding new ways to partner the arts with every day living... So we're going to begin something here at A Hundred Ways North, a weekly practice that you can integrate into your day. You could see it as just one more thing to add to the to-do list, or you could see it as an investment towards a creative life... Look for the postings on Sunday evenings... 

Morning rituals as an investment...

Morning rituals as an investment...

What if every gesture we make... each silence... every word we speak... and thought we feed... creates culture.

And collectively, alongside one another, these gestures & silences, words & thoughts create the culture of our relationships, our towns & cities, our country, as it sits in relation to the world…

Gratitude for Modern Day Conveniences

Gratitude for Modern Day Conveniences

At random moments, I am hyper-aware of gratitudes for modern day conveniences. Creations that affect daily patterns & relationships, machinations from the human mind which ultimately create culture... These inventions alter the hours we are awake in a day, how we work, travel, communicate over a variety of distances... We endlessly partner our bodies with external means that affect decisions which eventually will make up an entire life.