How Do You Look?

In quantum physics there is a theory known as the observer effect. In short, the idea is that by simply observing something, in this case a subatomic particle, you change the thing being observed. From a physics perspective, this might be troubling. How can one be sure one is observing the “real” nature of a phenomenon[…]

Different Directions

When you do things differently than everyone else does, that make you an outlier? An oddity? A rebel? What about a problem solver? The answer to these questions depends a great deal on why you are being different. I have been pondering the value of being different. Many of our current environmental problems—a warming climate,[…]

Disney Dollars

Have you noticed? Disney has a lot of money. They can thank my family and me for some of it. Every time they build a new theme park, roll out a new attraction, make a movie (okay forget Star Wars), or launch a cruise ship, it’s impressive. They really know how to do it “right.” When it comes to entertainment, they have not[…]

Real People, Not Actors

My acting instructor, Julie-Anne Liechty says, “Acting is being real in pretend situations. Anything else looks like acting.” To paraphrase the Chevrolet commercials, however, most of us are real people, not actors. (Although I have met some pretty real people who are actors and some “real” people who are anything but.) Even if you never[…]

Acting On It

Acting classes—should you be taking them? I am. Just so you know, this isn’t something I have done a great deal of—acting or acting classes or film or theater. I am not counting the facades, personas and personalities I may or may not have affected throughout my life. I am also not counting times I[…]