Short and sweet

Posted by on Feb 3, 2013 in Blog, commentary, creativity | No Comments

PreRamble:  Saw the Oscar-nominated animated short films over the weekend.  All are unique and engaging, but “Paperman,” a six-minute black-and-white film directed by Disney animator John Kahrs was especially wonderful. In addition to the sweet story line that we have come to expect of a Disney animated film, “Paperman“ uses an innovative animation technique that blends the effects of hand-drawn and […]

Picture imperfect

Posted by on Jan 12, 2013 in Blog, commentary | No Comments
Picture imperfect

PreRamble:  While this blog post is not directly relevant to my professional consulting practice, it does deal with the closely related topic of “the Big Picture.”  This Big Picture, the royal portrait of the Duchess of Cambridge (center image above) was unveiled yesterday at the National Portrait Gallery in London. As if the Duchess needs more chippy commentary […]

Elf the Musical = “Sparklejollytwinklejingley” !

Posted by on Dec 8, 2012 in Blog, commentary | No Comments
Elf the Musical = “Sparklejollytwinklejingley” !

PreRamble:  As billed, the production of “Elf the Musical” currently running at the Ordway Theater in Saint Paul is totally “sparklejollytwinklejingley” !! “Elf The Musical” is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually […]

In defense of strategy

Posted by on Nov 28, 2012 in Blog, commentary, creativity | No Comments
In defense of strategy

PreRamble:  Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s just released book, Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder, is reviewed by Matt Ridley in yesterday’s WSJ Bookshelf (11-27-12, A15) … Whoa – just a darn minute there, Mister. You can insult my former identity as a soccer mom, but don’t you be messing with the creativity/strategy stuff — that’s where […]

Step aside, Albert

Posted by on Oct 3, 2012 in Blog, commentary | No Comments
Step aside, Albert

PreRamble:  Quick, name a genius …. ?  If you said “Albert Einstein,” you’d be like me and probably a huge percentage of folks. Certainly, there are way more geniuses out there … Step aside, Albert – earlier this week, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced the recipients of their MacArthur Fellowship grants, an annual […]

C for Chicago

Posted by on Aug 8, 2012 in commentary, Ordway Plays | No Comments
C for Chicago

Pre-Ramble:  This is the second in a series ( … can’t really be a series if there isn’t more than one, right?! … ) of Guest Blogger reviews covering this season’s performances at the Ordway Theater in Saint Paul.  Last night was the local opening of Broadway’s Tony Award-winning musical, “Chicago.” The play’s reputation precedes it … “One of the most […]

Just WOW

Posted by on Jul 29, 2012 in commentary, great moments | No Comments

Pre-Ramble:  The Opening Ceremonies of the 2012 Olympic Games in London were spectacular!  Simultaneously classic and cheeky, the British successfully managed a mash-up all of the best bits of their iconic culture and delivered them in a simple and meaningful way … Loved the giant Olympic rings dangling from the London Bridge Loved the flaming Olympic rings floating above […]

“It was a beautiful time; it was a crazy time”

Posted by on Jun 14, 2012 in commentary | No Comments

Fela! is the first in a series of plays that I will blog about as a member of the Ordway Blogger Night panel. Pre-Ramble:  The title line from the musical Fela! aptly describes the fresh-from-Broadway production now running at Saint Paul’s Ordway Theater — beautiful, crazy, and powerful! Fela! communicates the life story of Nigerian musician and political activist Fela Kuti.  I use the […]

Thank you

Posted by on May 27, 2012 in commentary | No Comments

Pre-Ramble:  As much as we may try, over this Memorial Day weekend, to honor those who have served in the military to protect our freedoms, I do not believe that there is a way that we will ever be able to know or understand the true extent of their sacrifice. The Take-Away:  All we can do is pause to thank them – and mean […]