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Often times when our path gets disrupted we react with distress. It can be easy to fall into a process of getting right back on our journey when our plans go awry. However, if we look at those bumps in the road as opportunities rather than obstacles to be overcome, we often see great value in these interruptions. Our perspective...

We are the filmmakers of a movie, The Commons, that screened last weekend at the True False Film Fest. Our film captures a small part of the important story of public protests and the successful removal of, Silent Sam, a Jim Crow era Confederate statue, at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where we live. After the fourth festival...

I probably should not admit it, but I have not been to the doctor in 6 years. I’m healthy, exercise, eat right, cut my drinking to an occasional beer or two, and I do a lot of work to understand what’s going on with me emotionally. I’m admitting it because I have just been in the hospital ICU...

Sarno can't save you. His ideas and his work can point you in the right direction, but in the end, no doctor can heal us; they can only help us heal ourselves. The truth is, you can save yourself by shifting your perspective to focus a little more on your emotional health rather than just your physical health. When...

We woke up this morning and did a 10 minute gratitude meditation As it finished I reflected on the importance of practice, and how practice leads to growth and resilience. Every time I head out for a run I have to overcome my initial resistance. For the first half mile I almost always have a powerful desire to stop, coupled...

In early December I posted a radiant image of my mother on the first night of Chanukah. She got a lot of positive feedback on that image; maybe too much. A week later on her birthday so many people wrote to her about the picture that it kind of overwhelmed her. Turning 84 was hard enough on her...

A couple of years ago, I wrote "A Letter to Young Photographers". This post is meant to build on that idea, but with a more expansive focus. In the last few days, I've been pulled back to my archives of older work because a friend, Bill Siegel, passed away suddenly. He was a great filmmaker ("The Weather Underground" and...

I started this article last year as a series of Facebook posts about our films - one of those 10 films in 10 days challenges. It's actually more like 11 or 12 films and it took me a few months, but now that I've done it, I figured I should pull it all together into one longer post. It has...

All through the process of making All The Rage we have had a series of fortuitous coincidences take place. Shortly after I got up off the floor from my last attack of back problems I was taking notes at my desk, charting all of the people that we needed to contact in order to make the film. The first name...

For many people who struggle with TMS, our relationships with our parents play a role in our need to achieve and excel. Oftentimes, the import of achieving isn’t communicated directly, or even intentionally, by our parents. Yet, we harbor both conscious and unconscious anger that they forced us into a role we didn’t want to play - a role we...