The Face(s) of History

“The arts have the ability to rewrite history. Changing the face makes all the difference.” ~ Cindy Tran The above quote is from my friend and professional colleague, Cindy Tran (pictured right). Together, Cindy and I stumbled upon one of the most impactful events I’ve experienced in my lifetime to date. The work of Kehinde Wiley is now featured as…

Units of Time

The 2002 film, “About a Boy,” (pictured left; source) begins with the idea of “units of time” (watch the clip). The concept is that every day is made up of tiny increments of time that can be used. Sure, the main character is in an unrelate-able place of incredible privilege–having no need to work or make money….

Mother Tongue

As a part of Seattle University’s annual “International Week,” I sat in a crowded boardroom over lunch for a special “Say My Name” workshop (pictured left). Over 850 international students call Seattle University home, from over 60 countries around the world. A few of these students were our teachers this afternoon, helping us with cliff notes on pronunciation for the…

The Hero’s Journey is Shared

We know the story well. Name a book, film or narrative of any shape or size, and there it is–the classic plot twist of a human adventuring though challenge and mishaps, and coming out the other side in the end. This reoccurring “Hero’s Journey” is a monomyth storyline that people like Joseph Campbell have analyzed and dissected from the gamut of…

Means & Ends

I’m a sucker for quotes. Good Earth teabags. Baci chocolates. And, circa 2006 Starbucks coffee cups. Pictured left was one such quote photographed, held in my hand as I sipped from its very brim in Manhattan’s Battery Park, New York City. “A person’s pursuit of goodness leads to greatness, but the pursuit of greatness leads to…

Universal Design for (Brand) Architecture

At one of the most quaint and inviting nooks in all of Seattle called Bottlehouse, Sauntia (pictured above) and I met to have a perfect baguette, butter, and fresh honey with a glass of Sangiovese. No words can adequately describe Sauntia. She has an incredibly creative mind, bringing with her a wealth of life experiences–including formal training in social work and…

Turn of a Phrase

For 15+ years, lined paper and spiraled notebooks have brimmed with my handwritten notes accompanied with this encircled letter “V.” Next to the “V,” which represents “vocabulary” to me, are verbatim phrases or standalone words that individuals share in meetings, classes, events, or appear in multimedia works or presentations. As far back as I can remember, language…

Temperature

A thermostat is a beautiful thing. I’ve lived more life without one than with one, and let me tell you. It’s easy to forget how miraculous its effects can be. No matter what the time of year, your space can feel effortlessly comfortable and stable. Some friends (pictured right) are in the process of acquiring…

$ vs.<3

“People pay for what they do, and still more, for what they have allowed themselves to become. And they pay for it simply: by the lives they lead.” ~ James Baldwin I’m co-facilitating an independent study, graduate-level class on the theme of “Social Media & Leadership,” for a MA in Transformational Leadership student at Seattle University this…

Black Coffee

During my time in Portland before New Year’s, I set foot in a few wonderful Stumptown Coffee spots, including the new and marvelous Roman Candle Baking Co. Knowing it would be sacrilegious to put cream and sugar even near the vicinity of the cup, I didn’t dump in my usual 4+ tablespoons of cream and 4…