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Trailer, WHO TOOK JOHNNY There are basically three ways for a film to reach an audience. In the first scenario, a well-financed production/distribution company pours its resources into making the a film and then handling publicity, marketing, and advertising. People then hear about the film from a variety of media sources and seek it out in theaters, on TV,...

[caption id="attachment_19673" align="aligncenter" width="816"] self-portrait from a book made in Lorie Novak's NYU photo class[/caption] I was inspired to write this post because one of my photography teachers in college, Lorie Novak, posted an article from the NY Times about migraines that featured a stunning image of hers - taken as part of a series of self-portraits she made while suffering...

[caption id="attachment_19654" align="aligncenter" width="1280"] John Kuester, the UNC point guard poses with the author during Carolina Basketball Camp[/caption] As a kid growing up in Chapel Hill, NC during the '70s and '80s, I was a Carolina basketball fan just like everyone else in town. My parents were professors who had season tickets to the games, and often they would be...

On Tuesday I got a steady stream of emails about a new study that found that mindfulness meditation is a more effective treatment for back pain than either cognitive behavioral therapy or standard care (physical therapy, pain medication, etc). The people writing to me were all aware of the film about Dr. John Sarno that we have been working...

Yesterday I wrote about spring and "The Presence Process". Today I once again walked in the meadow and took pictures. It was cold this morning and there was a hard frost on the ground. As the sun rose it burned off the frost in moments. When I saw this I knew I had a short window of...

“I respond consciously to all my experiences” This is a mantra that I have been repeating each morning and evening this week. I’m on week three of the ten week “Presence Process” as outlined in Michael Brown’s book of the same name. I have been meditating in different ways for the past two years so I was somewhat prepared to engage...

[caption id="attachment_19550" align="aligncenter" width="667"] A Kathe Kollowitz image that hung in the hallway of my home while I was growing up.[/caption] My mother is fiercely independent and in the past this has caused us to have some conflicts. We once had a two hour “heated discussion” on the phone because I dared to check with her doctor to make sure...

[caption id="attachment_19505" align="aligncenter" width="1280"] painting by Missionary Mary Proctor, Tallahasse FL[/caption] In the story that I’d like to write, my interaction with my teenager would go like this, “Honey, it’s time for bed. Put down that ipod and brush your teeth.” “Can I just say good night to my friend?” “Right, its already a half hour past bed time- one text, that’s it....

When I walk in the meadow making images, I often try to find new ways of seeing the landscape. I find that seeking new perspectives visually helps me to think differently about everything else. As I took a walk the other morning, I reflected on the flood of reports and studies that confirm the importance of the mind...

David Bowie's video for his song "Lazarus" was released 3 days before he died. It's a tremendous song and the video is even stronger. Yesterday, facebook was flooded with personal memories of people who had been touched by Bowie and his music. His fame allowed him to reach through the electrons of media and have personal relationships with millions...

I originally wrote a short piece about the terrible experience that we had on December 23-24th while trying to get to Santa Fe for Christmas on United airlines. Then we had an equally screwed up experience on the way home that spawned 2 more posts. I have now combined them into one longer piece. I understand that in...

Our Saga began with a 30 hour flight delay in Chicago on the 23rd of December, that saw us reach our destination in Santa Fe just in time for a wonderful Christmas Eve dinner. While trying to re-arrange our travel we had asked United Airlines to allow us to extend our stay due to the delay but they...