Monthly Archives: May 2011

Now hear – and consider – this

“Your problem is how you are going to spend this one odd and precious life you have been issued. Whether you’re going to spend it trying to look good and creating the illusion that you have power over people and circumstances, or whether you are going to taste it, enjoy it and find out the truth about who you are.” – Anne Lamott, in her commencement speech at Berkeley

Oh, how I (heart) (heart) (heart) that woman. If you need more evidence as to why I take such a strong stance of love and devotion when it comes to one of the world’s most gifted and passionate writers, read her entire (though not long) inspiring spiel to these lucky grads.

And in the spirit of finding out the truth about who we are, I impart a lesson I’ve been learning my entire lifetime – and especially the past five years – but have only truly comprehended on this very day: The more people think what I’m doing is illogical, risky, or just plain nuts, the more likely it is that I’m doing what’s right for me.

Pay attention to how something resonates with your spirit and your gut. Learn the difference between your gut and fear/anxiety (note: it takes practice – and some serious self-evaluation). Forget logic. Forget your family. Forget your friends. Forget the expectations you had last year, or the person you were five years ago, or what you wanted when you graduated college. Scripts are boring, and well-paved paths are the best way to get stuck in a traffic jam. Find a detour that’s yours and yours alone. Without anyone else in the way, you’ll skyrocket to where you’re going.

And when everyone else finally arrives, you’ll have snagged the best parking spot.

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OfficePOD

Well, hell, this is just too cool. It’s like a fort for grown-ups!!

These are also pretty rad. I was initially considering that IQ alarm clock but seeing as how I can’t figure out the answer to the question on the clock in the photo *now* – after being awake for over nine hours – I imagine this thing would be nothing more than a morning wrist-slitter.

Also, does anyone else wonder if they’d get beamed up in this thing?!

SIFF-citement

In the two years I’ve been back in the homeland, I’ve been jonesing to drink in SIFF. Attending Sundance in 2007 got me into serious film festival mode and, unless you’re a complete zombie, living in NYC just has a way of imbuing a deep appreciation for art & film. I always thought people who touted their affinity for documentaries and foreign films were full of hoo-ha – until I actually watched a few documentaries and foreign films. And realized there’s a reason people love them so dearly; that reason being mainly that there tends to be a stronger message, even call to action, a feeling that something within you has shifted as a result of simply seeing a film, and – in the case of foreign films – more complex characters than your typical American box office fare.

And so the film snobbery descends.

For whatever reason, I simply couldn’t get my act together to attend any SIFF screenings in 2009 and 2010. So – just as I make deals with myself in other areas of life (such as not allowing myself to watch a 47-minute episode of “Thirtysomething” unless I run on the treadmill the entire time…and yes, I’m re-watching the entire series from the perspective of someone actually in the target age demographic, instead of a clueless teenager who thought all that drama was just for television…turns out, whoops!, all that shit – every single storyline! – actually happens in your thirties) – I bought a pack of SIFF tickets as incentive to get the show on the road.

And so it is. The festival’s film repertoire is wide and varied, but I’ve made my selections. I know it’s heavy on the documentary side – but then, I’m a storyteller who has always found non-fiction and tales of real people’s lives far more intriguing than any shit anyone could ever make up.

How to Die in Oregon – I know it’s grim, but my parents and I have discussed this topic several times and, the truth of the matter is, they’re aging in the state of Oregon. So, sadly, it’s relevant.

Something Ventured – I’m an alum of one of the largest technology companies in the world *and* an entrepreneur. Further explanation not warranted.

Norman – The premise is unique, and Richard Jenkins and Adam Goldberg are incredible, but it was the trailer that sold me. As much as I adore Judd Apatow, this is an intelligent and thought-provoking twist on the coming-of-age flick that is ripe for its time. Also it was filmed in Spokane. Booyah!

PressPausePlay – Creating and sharing art in the digital age. Lena Dunham. Seth Godin. SOLD.

Go forth. View. Enjoy. Think. Be changed. Create change. GO.