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Finding the Creative Genius
Creativity and connectivity of technologies are essential cognitive qualities that scientific studies have revealed, which geniuses and great fine artists possess. Another key attribute is that individuals apply their curiosity of their environment.
Not everyone can achieve the greatness of Mozart, Einstein, Shakespeare, nor Matisse but start being more curious of the world around yourself and you may be amazed with the results. Creativity, discovery, and invention is not solely based on IQ.
Great accomplishments have occurred when engineers, scientists, musicians, and painters have somehow linked two realities from different technologies. Imagination is a key.
In addition to meditation, one technique I have used is to feel every bodily sense – sight, sound, smell, touch, proprioception, and taste. Think of what qualities each sense gives your brain and combine the sensations and cognitive feelings.
Your ultimate success will depend upon how you apply knowledge, work hard, display perseverance, and become – if you aren’t already – passionate about your field of work.
If you do not believe this, just take a look at savants with a diagnosed mental illness. Their abilities in specific areas are outstanding. Savants can display unreal behaviors without collaboration with other masterminds.
Those of us who aren’t natural geniuses can muster great results by collaborating with others. The winning team concept goes beyond the sporting arena.
Evidence is overwhelming that people who work with their hands simultaneously stimulate their brains. Runners can also relate to the “high” they feel.
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The first two rounds have produced the most amazing results in the history of NCAA college basketball. Including the improbable 20-point upset of #1 Virginia, by the #16 University of Maryland Baltimore County Retrievers, among the survivors are two #11 seeded teams and two #7 seeds.
In the opening round alone, there were nine upsets. Most notably two #13 seeded teams – the Bulls from the University of New York at Buffalo and outplayed higher #4 seeds.
If the madness continues, perhaps the #9 Seminoles from Florida will win the West, the #3 Red Raiders of Texas become the East Regional Champ, the Midwest will be represented by a group of #5 Clemson Tigers from South Carolina, and #11 Loyola University of Chicago ramble away with the South title on the way to the Final Four this Easter weekend.
There remains four teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference, four of the Big 12 Conference (that really only has ten members – whereby it seems that everyone but Iowa State got chosen from that Big [Roman-numeral] XII Conference to be in this year’s tournament), and two of the only four nominated Big Ten Conference (that has 14 major colleges) basketball teams are in the running to be this season’s national champion.
So, what is it going to be?
Big Ten teams must defeat colleges from the state of Texas to advance. Out of 68 schools selected: Yes, two teams from Michigan and Indiana remain after two dropped during the Round of 32; granted when only four of 14 colleges made the class of March Madness’ selection judges.
These are Texas schools from different conferences making their way in the tournament with two more wins in-a row to play in the Final Four deep in the heart of Texas (not in Dallas, Arlington, or Austin, but near the Alamo). Texas Tech or Texas A&M would be rewarded with a home court advantage because the Final Four will be played in San Antonio.
The immature Kentucky Wildcats might be thinking that it owns the South Region that begins play in Atlanta this Thursday evening, because the four higher ranked teams from that bracket have already been upset and eliminated. Or is Kentucky’s number coming up. After all, look the Lexington Wildcats’ starting lineup is filled with freshmen.
Given that a school from the Washington D.C. beltway has already hit the biggest upset in history – overcoming 315 to 1 odds – can the Bulldogs from the Washington state zag their way to the Final Four.
The state of Kansas still has two chances to win the title; Note that is more than the number selected from the state of California. The Selection Committee picked more teams from Florida and Kansas to be in the tournament than from California or Illinois or Indiana . . . go figure.
One, only one of the sixteen remains from the state of North Carolina and it is not a Tar Heel, Wolfpack, or Deacon… the Duke University Blue Devils.
How is it luck? There are two designated #11 seeds and another two #7 seeds in the running for the national championship. It is impossible that the teams from Reno and Chicago can both become part of the “Elite Eight” because they face off against one another this Thursday evening.
Check with my listing tomorrow for my predictions in this round of the “Sweet Sixteen” and “Elite Eight”.
The UTOPIA THEATRE PROJECT Presents
The World Premier of
March 9 – 24, 2018
Friday and Saturday Evenings at 7 p.m.
At the PianoFight
144 Taylor Street, San Francisco
The Utopia Theatre Project is concluding their inaugural season with the world premiere of “Seeds.” This original work explores the contemporary themes of sexual identity, masculinity, and sexual assault, all through the lens of World War II.
The world premiere of Seeds, written and directed by emerging
Japanese-American playwright and company founder, Anne Yumi Kobori.
Emerging Japanese-American playwright, Anne Yumi Kobori spans America, England, and France in the telling of Seeds, which follows a group of allied soldiers who become bound by a terrible secret. Nine actors embody four women and five men all who are struggling to make sense of their wartime experiences. They are conflicted on whether or not to keep their disturbing memories in the past in order to move on with their lives. They find that even the deepest buried secrets have the capacity to sprout and come to light. This ensemble-driven play weaves in and out of time to unearth the painful truth at the center of each character.
Playwrite Kobori says, “My artistic impulse with Seeds was to write into the paths ordinary people take to rebuild their lives after cataclysmic acts of violence – both global and personal. I hope to create a dialogue about the possibilities of forgiveness for the perpetrators of violence as well as the victims.”
“Seeds” takes a compassionate and sometimes humorous view of not only the soldiers who are impacted by war, but also the women who are their family, lovers, and casualties. In the exploration of the impact of war on human relationships, Seeds joins in the movement to listen to, and believe in, women’s stories.
Maryssa Wanlass says, “As the artistic director of Utopia Theatre Project I take great pleasure in bringing together diverse and talented artists. “Seeds” is an ensemble-based play which follows more than one storyline set in WWII. I’m intrigued by the way Anne and her talented team bring this community of interconnected characters to life.”
“Seeds” features performances by nine Bay Area favorites Laura Jane Bailey*, Ella Francis, Linda Maria Giron, Elliott Hanson, Jeremy Alan Howard, Melissa Ortiz*, and Christian Haines*.
Laura Jane Bailey as Betsy
Laura Jane Bailey* most recently performed with Aurora Theatre in Luna Gale (Cindy) and Mud Blue Sky (Angie), TheatreWorksSV in Crimes of the Heart (Chick), San Francisco Playhouse in Man of LaMancha (Governor), City Lights Theatre Company in Fat Pig (Helen), Crowded Fire in Juan Gelion Dances For The Sun (Abbess), Boxcar Theatre in Equus (Dora/Hester), Arabian Shakespeare in The Message (Lylee), Dragon Theatre in Les Laisions Dangereuses (Merteuil), and Bad Dates (Haley Walker) and Impact Theatre in Crevice (Kathleen) for which she won a Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle award.
Originally from Chicago, she performed in Famous Door’s Cider House Rules and with Cobalt Ensemble Theatre’s Tattoo Girl, I Am Yours, and Raised in Captivity. Jane studied at Actors’ Center Chicago, Second City, Improv Olympic and graduated from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Ella Ruth Francis as Carolyn:
Ella Ruth Francis is making her Utopia Theatre Project debut in Seeds. She is currently playing Juliet in Romeo and Juliet (San Francisco Shakespeare Festival). Ruth is a graduate of the Professional Actor Training Program at the Pacific Conservatory Theatre on the central coast.
Linda Maria Girón as Emma:
Linda Maria Girón past credits include: María in La Posarela (SFBATCO), Jennifer Sanchez in How To Be A White Man (Faultline Theater) and Feste in Twelfth Night: Acoustic Rock Musical (Actors Ensemble of Berkeley). A rising playwright, Girón extends her passion for exploring Latinx identity in her works: white iris and Memoria del Silencio.
Elliott Hanson as Corey:
Elliott Hanson performed in Parade with the Huntington Theatre Company, Charlie Cox Runs With Scissors in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and The Soap Myth alongside television legend Ed Asner in a Marin Theatre Company co-production. He organized and performed in a traveling musical theatre showcase throughout Madrid.
Jeremy Alan Howard as Matt:
Jeremy Alan Howard performed in Theatre Rhinoceros’ production of The Normal Heart. He performed in numerous shows at Chapman University, most notably Intimate Apparel, Picnic, and RENT. Other significant credits include: Hamlet (Shakespeare Orange County), Spring Awakening (Top Hat 8 Repertory), and Left Behind, Waiting (OC Centric).
Christian Haines* as Jake:
Christian Haines* Is the winner of 2016 TBA Award for Outstanding Male Actor in Value Over Replacement at PlayGround. He performed in The Moonrisers, The Seagull (Utopia Theatre Project) Jihad Jones, Value Over Replacement (TBA Award for Featured Actor), Romeo & Juliet, Miss Julie, Death of a Salesman, Aloysius in New York, Escape from Roosevelt Island, Bartleby the Scrivener, Cloud 9, Macbeth, King John, 5th of July, This is Our Youth and many more.
Christian Haines has also directed Ross Valley Player’s Bus Stop which was selected as one the “Top 10 Theatrical Experiences of 2017” by TwoOnTheAisle and the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle selected Bus Stop for their “SFBATCC Go See!” program.
Melissa Ortiz* as Masha:
Melissa Ortiz* past credits include Masha in The Seagull (Utopia Theatre Project), Emily in Value Over Replacement, Julie in Miss Julie, Rhonda in Surf City, Shirley in 5th of July, Edward/Victoria in Cloud 9, and Echo in Eleemosynary. She received her MFA in Acting from the National Theatre Conservatory in Denver, Colorado.
Anne Yumi Kobori – Playwright and Director:
Anne Yumi Kobori founded Utopia Theatre Project in 2014 because she believes in artist-produced live theatre as a unique and powerful form of human connection. In 2017 Kobori adapted Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull for Utopia Theatre Project’s inaugural experiential production. Kobori’s performance credits include: The Seagull, Stories from Silence (Utopia Theatre Project), The Winter’s Tale, Hamlet on Tour (SF Shakespeare Festival), the title role in Hamlet, Othello, Tempest (Silicon Valley Shakespeare), A Message (Arabian Shakespeare Festival), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Woman’s Will), Miss Saigon (Palo Alto Players), and numerous ShotzSF comedy shorts.
Her plays The Flapper and Seeds have been performed in the New Playwrights’ Festival at Santa Clara University. She has directed shows with SF Shakespeare Festival, Los Altos Youth Theatre, Utopia Theatre Project, and Greenwood Players. http://www.anneyumikobori.com
Maryssa Wanlass – Artistic Director:
Maryssa Wanlass is a Bay Area based actor, director, and teaching artist. Wanlass* has been seen as an actor across the stages of the Bay Area and also carries her social justice theatre work into the correctional system and with at-risk young adults. Performance highlights include As You Like (CalShakes), Hamlet, Winter’s Tale (San Francisco Shakespeare Festival), Persuasion (San Jose Stage) and Crime and Punishment (San Jose Repertory Theatre). Her directing work has been showcased with The Free Theater, ShotzSF, and San Francisco Shakespeare Festival. http://www.maryssa-wanlass.com
More About the Utopia Theatre Project:
Utopia Theatre Project uses the theatrical art form to invoke social change through the telling of non-traditional stories. Seeds is the third production in Utopia’s inaugural season.
The first production was Chekhov’s The Seagull, directed by Maryssa Wanlass* and adapted by Anne Yumi Kobori featured a diverse and gender imaginative cast, as well as immersive and intimate staging, The Seagull was performed from May 6-19, 2017.
Their second production was Stories from Silence – an American Dream Play which was a series of original works by Bay Area artists responding to the epidemic of sexual abuse and assault. Stories from Silence was performed November 30 – December 9, 2017.
About the Playhouse PianoFight:
A nightlife hub located in the heart of San Francisco’s theatre district boasting two stages, a cabaret space, and a popular bar, and restaurant, Attendees are invited to come early for light jazz and dinner in the cabaret space, and stay after the show for excellent cocktails and more musical acts. http://www.pianofight.com
WHAT: Utopia Theatre Project presents Seeds
WHEN: Fridays and Saturdays, March 9 to 24, 2018.
All performances at 7:00 p.m. No intermission.
Talkback with artists following the show.
WHERE: PianoFight – 144 Taylor St. San Francisco, CA. 94102. (415) 816-3691
TICKETS: $20 Advance / $25 at the Door / Students and Seniors – $12.50 / VIPs – $35.
Morgan Freeman (voice over by rapper Missy Elliott) and Peter Dinkage (rappin Busta Rhymes) took the first half ad lead and were upset by the loss of Alexa’s voice. Google had the best ad featuring billionaire Jeff Bozos with absurdly funny Alexa comments.
Super Bowl ads, there were 65 of them selling for over $5B each.
Check out: http://admeter.usatoday.com/commercials/alexa-loses-her-voice/
The Alexa voice over by Anthony Hopkins was really creepy.
What Tide did deserves honorable mention.
Maybe my writing sucks. Maybe it’s that simple. Maybe my writing is trite and boring. I must pose this question if I’m to be rigorously honest: Am I that bad? My books, are they not worth reading? They don’t sell. Not even a little. They just don’t sell. I did some marketing. I won an award and a beautiful review from Writer’s Digest. I was reviewed numerous times, and reader response glowed with love. It didn’t help.
Has this huge effort been my escapist fantasy?
I don’t accept that idea. But I wouldn’t, would I? Otherwise how did I put in the decades of practice, the repetition, the rejection? A compelling artist needs to work at the craft passionately and beyond reason. A hundred drafts of one page? I’ve done that as a matter of routine. I’ve re-written each of my books five times, ten? I’ve lost count.
This epic failure is a case of falling through the cracks. I may be the Van Gogh of modern writers. If you thirst for vivid emotion and wild color, it’s there in my stories. The catalog of books on Amazon is bloated by a million titles. Why should anyone pay three bucks to download a bit of my life’s work? How do I get the attention of readers, of my natural audience?
My books are wonderful books. If you value originality, skill, vision and perception, you should read what I’ve written. Read “Confessions Of An Honest Man”. It’s my autobiographical novel. When my book placed in their competition, the editor from Writer’s Digest wrote “I don’t usually read this kind of book but I feel better for having read it. I will carry this novel with me for a long time.”
Read any of my books. If you get bored, you’re not my audience. I write for artists, therapists and their clients, boomers who used acid, the curious, the addicted, the recovering, the failed, the intelligent and the sensitive ones…and I don’t suck. In my modest human way, I’m glorious.
“Confessions Of An Honest Man:” the link. Confessions Of An Honest Man
Ability refers to a person’s capacity for doing what they say they are going to do. To what degree does a person only promise what they are actually capable of doing? Does that person actually follow through on promises or do they say all the right things in the moment only to fail to show up later?
The answer to questions like these demonstrates how much a person has the ability to be trusted. By contrast, untrustworthy people can be charming and well-meaning, but they are unreliable in that they overpromise or lack follow-though.
Integrity means that a person has a sufficiently well-developed value system that they tend not to give offense in the first place, tend to self-correct when they do offend others, or are at least willing to generously hear and respond proactively when they are told they have been offensive.
A person with impaired integrity doesn’t tend to care that he has given offense and becomes automatically defensive if told he has been hurtful in some way. Such a person gives apologies grudgingly and rarely displays the humility necessary to learn from missteps. People who behave this way can’t be trusted because they don’t have a well-developed moral sense. They tend to do what they think they can get away with or manage to explain away and only repent under pressure — and then, only half-heartedly.
People with integrity, on the other hand, see the offenses they commit against others as a mark against their own character, and because they are committed to living out a particular set of values, they work hard to remain faithful to those principles no matter what.
Benevolence refers to the degree to which the person you want to trust has shown you that he or she is willing to work for your good, especially when it has required some sacrifice or inconvenience on his or her part.
A person who is willing to put themselves out for your sake is more worthy of your trust than someone who isn’t. People who lack benevolence could be friendly and charming on the outside, but when you need something, their selfish tendencies come out along with their catalog of excuses.
Even the most irresponsible person manages to follow through occasionally. Even the abusive person manages to say “sorry” or do something nice once in a while. It is our ability to count on a person to demonstrate ability, integrity and benevolence consistently that makes them truly trustworthy. Inconsistently demonstrating the qualities of a trustworthy person is the same as not demonstrating them at all.
Evaluating a person’s ability, integrity, benevolence and consistency versus their unreliability, defensiveness, selfishness and inconsistency enables you to have a clearer sense of how much you can trust someone, in what contexts and to what degree. It can also give you a guide for dealing with those you have a hard time trusting by helping you highlight why and what might be done to resolve those obstacles to trust.
What might be two more traits of people that we can trust?
Do you enjoy sitting between a pregnant woman and a sumo wrestler on your cross-country flight? No problem, right…
You would think that the airplanes would have a public address system without static by now…
Much has been reported recently about violence and overbooked flights. What have the airlines done? Technology has focused on self-centered economic efficiency and not the customers’ comfort and convenience.
Did you check out the “duty-free” in-flight store? Stewardesses modeling apparel, jewelry, pearls, watches, medallions, shoes, religious relics, parachutes, food-to-go, wine and booze, baked goods, luggage, turbans, scarfs, hats, native Indian garments, Mormon garments, pet supplies, toys, pacifiers, plugs, and binkies? Good ideas yet to be implemented. Magazines? Books? Air Phones? Neck and shoulder messages? More good revenue-generating schemes not yet implemented.
You really like a healthy, clean, HEPA-quality breathing air supply? Don’t fly zone then.
Did you think the pilot and purser’s voices sounded like cartoon characters? It may be a recording of Toy Story 4…
Need first aid supplies? Go fish…
Looking for more leg room? Lose weight!
Do you like to lean backwards in your seat? Watch your back!
No longer is cash “legal tender” aboard an aircraft. Thou must pay for everything by credit or debit card…
Good luck on your next flight ;<(
Sometimes in going through our own “Good Fridays,” we will have special need of the support of friends and family, the spiritual guidance of a good priest or someone else who excels in discernment. Perhaps even the help of a doctor or licensed counselor. In any event, persevere through your trials. Remember that Jesus who humanly experienced the anguish of feeling forsaken by God (Mt. 27:46) is the same Jesus who moments later committed his spirit into his Father’s hands (Lk. 23:46), knowing that the Father will test us to foster our spiritual perfection (see Heb. 2:10; 5:7-10), but he will never truly abandon us. Quite to the contrary. Keep that in mind this Holy Week and beyond.
The secret to redemptive suffering, Jesus lets us know, is docility in discipleship: “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven” (Mt. 19:14).
Being childlike is definitely not the same as childishness. The latter evinces the immaturity that often goes with childhood. The former bespeaks the radical trust children can often exhibit toward their parents, a trust we don’t like to be reminded that we need to keep exercising in adulthood as the Good Lord’s disciples. The world chafes at childlikeness, precisely because of the radical trust and death to self it requires. Well, it pays to be a docile sheep if you’re following the right Shepherd, who will test and prune like no coach or other earthly mentor, but who also love us and bring us to the greatest fulfillment possible . . . if only we trust.
Jesus leads the way in modeling this radical discipleship, asking his Father in heaven three times to take away his cup of suffering during his Agony in the Garden of Gethsemane, yet always saying submitting his human will to the divine will (Mt. 26:37-44). And so, as we will learn again in the coming days, Jesus appears to be at his ignominiously weakest during his Passion and Death, and yet they paradoxically become the occasion of his greatest triumph—and of our greatest triumph (see 2 Cor. 12:8-10).
~ Tom Nash
National Catholic Register 4/13/17
Viewpoint written by Robert Reich:
1. He called Hillary Clinton a crook.
You bought it.
Then he paid $25 million to settle a fraud lawsuit.…
2. He said he’d release his tax returns, eventually.
You bought it.
He hasn’t, and says he never will.
3. He said he’d divest himself from his financial empire, to avoid any conflicts of interest.
You bought it.
He is still heavily involved in his businesses, manipulates the stock market on a daily basis, and has more conflicts of interest than can even be counted.
4. He said Clinton was in the pockets of Goldman Sachs, and would do whatever they said.
You bought it.
He then proceeded to put half a dozen Goldman Sachs executives in positions of power in his administration.
5. He said he’d surround himself with all the best and smartest people.
You bought it.
He nominated theocratic loon Mike Pence for Vice President. A white supremacist named Steve Bannon is his most trusted confidant. Dr. Ben Carson, the world’s greatest idiot savant brain surgeon, is in charge of HUD. Russian quisling Rex Tillerson is Secretary of State.
6. He said he’d be his own man, beholden to no one.
You bought it.
He then appointed Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education, whose only “qualifications” were the massive amounts of cash she donated to his campaign.
7. He said he would “drain the swamp” of Washington insiders.
You bought it.
He then admitted that was just a corny slogan he said to fire up the rubes during the rallies, and that he didn’t mean it.
8. He said he knew more about strategy and terrorism than the Generals did.
You bought it.
He promptly gave the green light to a disastrous raid in Yemen- even though all his Generals said it would be a terrible idea. This raid resulted in the deaths of a Navy SEAL, an 8-year old American girl, and numerous civilians. The actual target of the raid escaped, and no useful intel was gained.
9. He said Hillary Clinton couldn’t be counted on in times of crisis.
You bought it.
He didn’t even bother overseeing that raid in Yemen; and instead spent the time hate-tweeting the New York Times, and sleeping.
10. He called CNN, the Washington Post and the New York Times “fake news” and said they were his enemy.
You bought it.
He now gets all his information from Breitbart, Gateway Pundit, and InfoWars.
11. He called Barack Obama “the vacationer-in-Chief” and accused him of playing more rounds of golf than Tiger Woods. He promised to never be the kind of president who took cushy vacations on the taxpayer’s dime, not when there was so much important work to be done.
You bought it.
He took his first vacation after 11 days in office.
On the taxpayer’s dime.
And went golfing.
And that’s just the first month.
by Robert Reich
Besides the upcoming movie trailers, the automobile industry came up with most of the best. Honda’s CRV’s talking yearbook and 84 Lumber’s immigration story were the most inspirational.
Kia’s ad with Melissa McCarthy scored big in USA Today’s annual meter. http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ad-meter/super-bowl/2017/02/06/melissa-mccarthy-kia-ad-captures-2017-ad-meter-title/97540302/
“If that car is a Buick, my kid is Cam Newton,” remarks a parent as his child morphs into last year’s Super Bowl quarterback.
Avacados fr0m Mexico featured a member of a Secret Society streaming their activities during a meeting on his cell phone.
Busch beer placed a man disturbing nature while opening up his hissing beer can.
It’s a 10 Hair Care had over a dozen attention-getting styles flashing during their 30 second spot.
The Fabreze commercial reminded viewers to get the air freshioners set up for the rush-to-the-bathroom halftime break.
Skittles showed a young Romeo tossing candies through a second floor window not only to his love but members of her entire family.
This year, for once in the 51 year history of the Super Bowl, the game itself was the highlight of the day! Whether you like the Patriots or not, you have to admit that their comeback was the greatest comeback of all times.