November 7, 2016
So many things have been said about the election that I will try to avoid the obvious here. For whatever it means, I am not in the game of governing and I respect people who try to make a difference. I may not always agree with them, but I can’t imagine how hard it must be to do the job and either way I am willing to accept whatever happens and support our country.
Life is short and happiness is in your hands. We have the best country in the world by far… warts and all. I can give you so many examples but I am sure I don’t have to convince you about that point. So, lets take a chill pill, go out and vote and then lets come together and work on building a better future for our children.
I often share the story of the British artist Bob and Roberta Smith who last year ran for Prime Minister of Great Britain on the “Art Party.” Absurd as it sounds, he struck a chord with me. Making great people … makes great countries.
To that point, at One River, we are focused on helping people think differently. Our world is better when people are challenging themselves to think differently and that is what art is about. It doesn’t matter whether you are young or old…just create.
Check out Bob and Roberta’s latest “creative parade” here.
#MondayThoughts #VoteforHumanity #BobandRobertaSmith
February 15, 2016
I remember when I was 8 years old, there were no living former US Presidents. When LBJ left office in 73 and died shortly thereafter, we returned to this state and I think it contributed greatly to my pure reverence for the role of President of the United States of America. As a kid, the only President was the acting President and during my formative years the role seemed so grand and so beyond reproach.
Today, we live in a world of 24-hour news cycles, social media and pundits that come from everywhere and there seems to be a watered down appreciation for the POTUS because of party politics and the velocity of negative messages. During a highly volatile primary season when we filter everything through party politics, our personal emotions cloud some of the most important values that we all share as Americans.
On this Presidents Day, I simply want to make a pledge to hopefully ask anyone who reads this to help do our part to support and be grateful for the people who spend their lives serving us. I have no politics in any of my messages…just some personal thoughts on a Monday that make people think a little bit differently.
Happy Presidents Day!
February 1, 2016
November 16, 2015
Over the last 150 years, there has not been a more important city in the world for visual artists. The city’s bohemian and anti-bourgeois culture in the late 1800’s helped to cultivate diversity and artistic freedom. This paved the way for the development of innovative art schools and the emergence of some of the most important painters in world history.
When you see the spirit that exists in Paris it makes you think of only one other place—New York. That beautiful statue that sits in our harbor… “One River” away — is a shared symbol of freedom. Like many of us, I was in Manhattan on 911 and understand the fear that can dominate after something like this. I also learned how united we can be at times like this and the importance of remaining positive. Freedom of all kinds will be attacked but it will always persevere.
April 13, 2015
Ah, now that I got your attention, I am not talking politics. I would never be so crazy to go there in this forum! But, I do want to talk about something that fascinates me about all of the people who run for office: the conviction to do what they do. Sometimes I just stop and say “why do they choose to do this with their life?”
When I step back and think about this, I realize that I am always fascinated about what motivates people to passionately do things that I don’t do. Often it is in the context of hobbies and recreational choices…Cooking, Boating, Cycling, Gardening and so on…there are so many people that find great joy in certain hobbies that I don’t participate in.
Your time is precious. What you do to pay the bills is one thing and where you find your down time to learn, grow and challenge yourself to be creative is another. I am on a campaign of my own and that is to facilitate a new joy for creativity and I am running for that office.
Monday, April 13, 2015