Category Archives: The Experiment

Words Get In The Way When Writing A Book

Words Get In The Way When Writing A Book

K came to the table and asked Okay, do you have some time? Indeed I did. KD told me he was an artist with a project that had stalled. The work was autobiographical in nature. I asked him to tell me about it. K used to work as a caricaturist in the library of amore…

Public Listening or When Silence Speaks

Public Listening or When Silence Speaks

I am always grateful when someone as lovely as K comes to the table. She exuded a simple joyous quality coupled with a fine air of stillness that radiated from her in equal measure. Soft spoken but clear and easy to talk to. The sort  that you just start talking, assuming that you have alreadymore…

Lines of Force – where grief and dinner intersect

Lines of Force – where grief and dinner intersect

J, a good looking young guy with hair in a gussied up version of bedhead wanders up to the table. He is friendly but seemed distracted. He started by telling me that he is in the park today mainly to play speed chess. But what is pressing on him more heavily are his dinner plans.more…

Ecstasy as Religion

Ecstasy as Religion

If you don’t live in New York City it is unlikely that you know about the Black Hebrew Israelites.  Though there is a long and interesting history of the intersection of African Americans and Jewish culture in New York City, there is one group with amazing uniforms that is both vocal and incredibly racist, whomore…

Make your business grow by giving it away. Or anything grow for that matter.

Make your business grow by giving it away. Or anything grow for that matter.

Take a walk baby, we’re going to talk some business. K clearly knew what he wanted. He strode up with his girlfriend and asked no questions as he sat down and sent her away with the proclamation. She took a walk and K introduced himself and told me about his relatively new business that hemore…

I don’t think we need to go all the way to 20

I don’t think we need to go all the way to 20

In the late afternoon a tall blonde woman came up to the table. She was perhaps in her early 60’s. Quite striking looking and, if I had to guess, had Parkinson’s Disease. Perhaps it was something else but she tremored and had that somewhat palsied face. If you could see her you’d know that shemore…

Don’t talk to me about fate

Don’t talk to me about fate

A man wearing a beret and a trench coat made eye contact with me from 25 yards away and approached me conspiratorially while grinning, pleased with himself with what he was going to say. If I live another year I’ll be 61. How old are you? Weirdos approach my table all the time but I had nomore…

Hearing your own mysterious voice

Hearing your own mysterious voice

You may recall the recent post that was written by my friend Padma Maxwell recounting her experience of me giving her a creative approach.  Padma stuck around after we were done and ended up sharing creative approach duty with me. Shortly after I had my interaction with Padma a young author came named Arthur camemore…

Changing Your Status to Pure, Perfect and Complete

Changing Your Status to Pure, Perfect and Complete

Who among us doesn’t have a habitual version of the way we see ourselves? In an uncertain world it offers us some predictable safety. But there is a language we use to orient ourselves in almost all situations. It can be the language of making things problems or the language around making everything a competition.more…

Disrupting Stomach Pain, Disrupting the Road to Hell

Disrupting Stomach Pain, Disrupting the Road to Hell

The Western world is so backwards that a whole industry arose out of mitigating pain from intrinsically painful activities. Hey, I can understand aspirin but ergonomic wrist supports? Desk chairs that tilt or flex or destabilize? Why not just design things that aren’t going to induce repetitive stress injuries in the first place? Admittedly bettermore…