Dynamics of vision and change

Posted by on May 21, 2013 in Blog, commentary, strategy | No Comments
Dynamics of vision and change

PreRamble: Apparently, “we see things either because they move, or because our eyes do.” Susana Martinez-Conde, director of the Laboratory of Visual Neuroscience at the Barrow Neurological Institute, points out that every known visual system depends on movement … “Vision is the result of neurostimulation caused by ‘frenetic, nonstop ocular activity’  … Most of these tiny, […]

Retweet – Listen up! #ecologicalmedia

Posted by on Apr 22, 2013 in Blog, commentary | One Comment
Retweet – Listen up! #ecologicalmedia

PreRamble:  Today, Earth Day 2013, I want to take a moment to unplug from the continuous stream of work and news and social media, to be truly mindful of the splendor of this planet. Walking around down here … our feet touching dirt, rocks, grass … (or, if you’re in the Midwest, the unrelenting snow) … […]

Shamrock shake

Posted by on Mar 18, 2013 in Blog, commentary, Ordway Plays | No Comments
Shamrock shake

PreRamble:  The following is the latest in a series of commentaries I’ve posted as a member of St. Paul’s Ordway Center for the Performing Arts “Blogger Night” group. The Boston Globe got it right when they reviewed a night with Eileen Ivers and her co-musicians Immigrant Soul … “Eileen Ivers and Immigrant Soul rock the […]

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 […]