Art & Politics

By on Nov 5, 2013 in art, Authenticity, callings, los angeles, systems

We finished reading Down and Out in Paris and London while driving to the tide pools at Abalone Cove on Sunday. I loved how Orwell explored poverty by living through it and then used his writing to convey impactful political ideas. We have quickly moved on to a Penguin Books collection of Orwell’s essays called Why I Write. (I am NUTS for the design of this book, by the way – it has some wonderful, embossed typography on the cover and is in every way aesthetically respectable.) In the title essay he talks about how he switched from a more florid style of writing to a more straightforward and simple construction and how, though he referred to himself as a “pamphleteer,” what he wanted was to make art of his political writing. I find it interesting that I seem to unintentionally be coming across a theme lately – of how art can affect social and political...

A Systems Shift

By on Oct 11, 2013 in addiction, art, Authenticity, recovery, systems

I’m working with some sheets of watercolor paper that I had painted while living in Santa Fe, NM. I know one of them I painted while sitting on the 200 year old wood floor in the gallery where I also lived and that I’d been watching the movie Bright Star and was deeply impressed by its beauty/combined with pain and longing. I was feeling the richness of the colors and thinking about the lives of poets in other times. Today it’s sunny and I’m in Southern California. There’s carpet on the floor where I live now, so it’s not as romantic to be sitting on it painting. Summer is over and I’m glad not to have to be worrying about wasps. I was making these watercolor sheets into small cards but now they look like book covers for a one poem book. I love this place where something is developing and I’m listening gently but deeply for where the...

Poets Are Our Original Systems Thinkers

By on Jun 20, 2013 in poetry, systems

collage by lisa chun

collage by lisa chun

I say, ‘Get me some poets as managers.’ Poets are our original systems thinkers. They contemplate the world in which we live and feel obligated to interpret, and give expression to it in a way that makes the reader understand how that world runs. Poets, those unheralded systems thinkers, are our true digital thinkers. It is from their midst that I believe we will draw tomorrow’s new business leaders.

–Sidney Harman, CEO Multimillionaire of a stereo components company”
― Daniel H. PinkA Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future


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