July 26, 2017

Speaking to the wonderful Gloria Macarenko on CBC in an interview on play, I got stumped.

Gloria: This city is expensive. What do you say to people who say play is a luxury and one more thing they can’t fit into their lives as they try to survive?

What are some take-away...

July 6, 2017

I tell you you're awesome and you don't believe me.

I tell you you're awesome - one thousand times.

Your friend tells you you're awesome - one thousand times.

And even your respected and esteemed colleague tells you you're awesome - yes, one thousand times.

We don't j...

June 29, 2017

"Your body language shapes who you are."

Amy Cuddy presents one of my favourite TED talks. She talks about sticking your arms in the air like superwoman for two minutes in order to CHANGE THE CHEMICALS IN YOUR BODY and make you feel more like superwoman.

In her study she...

June 3, 2017

Words are important. The words we choose have an impact on others and the culture we are creating.

Words aren't everything. They are the external layer, the crust on the creme brûlée. Or the shell on a rotten egg.

I am nervous about political correctness if it's at the e...

May 20, 2017

What drew people to Mr. Rogers even though he always seemed ridiculously slow to me?


Why were people transformed and moved to tears when they sat in front of performance artist, Marina Abramovic, and simply met her eyes?


These two people are from radically different wo...

May 11, 2017

(Dirty plate metaphor sounds just a bit sexy...do read on. ;)

There are those times when someone, especially a special someone, doesn't text back, and you start to feel "crazy." It's a seemingly "irrational," "where-is-this-coming-from," and "why-am-I-so-pathetic" kind...

April 22, 2017

I just read an article in GQ (?!) entitled "Look, Man, You're Not Actually Scared of Clowns," which has got me to again revisit this theme.

His theory is that the clown in "It" is a "clown" specifically designed to terrify a 6 year old, and that the only clown who has "...

April 12, 2017

I speak a lot in the work I do about being a permission-giver. 

In Canada, we were recently with Gord Downie, of the Tragically Hip, as he completed his last tour while battling with cancer.

In his honesty and transparency he gave others permission to feel and consider t...

April 12, 2017

Have you ever had someone tell you to do it again, but better?

In theatre school that was the infamous directors note we all laughed at. "Could you do that again, but better?"

It happens all the time in business & education.

"Be creative."

"Play more."

"Be better."

Just to p...

April 12, 2017

There is a coastal community in Colombia, who consider themselves sentipensantes, beings that use both their brain and their heart.

(If you speak spanish, here's a video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LbJWqetRuMo).

They use the word sentipensamientos (feelingthough...

January 14, 2017

As I create an identity for my new 3 in 1 blog I am still thinking about the idea of "weird but not too weird." 

There's the part of me that says, be weird, let your freak flag fly. 

There's the other part of me that says, we have to play the game, put on the pant s...

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