America: The Promise

A child running with an American flag in a field towards a sunset

Do you remember the first time you were in school and they told you could be anything you wanted to be?

They’d say, “You can be an astronaut, a lawyer, or you can be the President of the United States of America. Because that’s what America is.”

I love that.

America was a kid that reached for the moon and landed there. America was a kid that wanted to be free and declared independence, wrote the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. America was the original American dream. Before it was cool.

I love that.

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Forging Action at Forum (re)acts

Forum (re)acts #RefugeeCrisis Forced From Home

“What revealed itself to me was a very scary, very harsh truth.”

Michael Dove, Artistic Director of Forum Theatre asked me if I would be interested in doing some work in the upcoming Forum (re)acts series focused on the Syrian refugee crisis. The nature of the evening was about shedding light on an undeniably horrific situation where over 12 million of people are victims by inviting local artists from multiple disciplines to create artistic responses.

The evening brought a face to the crisis in ways I am sure people found deeply insightful, wonderfully creative, and absolutely appalling. What revealed itself to me was a very scary, very harsh truth.

What comes next might piss some folks off but there is only one person that I care not to offend by saying this and he is the subject of what I’m about to say.

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3 Simple Steps for Upgrading your OS

System Upgrade

Perhaps part of the vast majority who have upgraded seamlessly… or perhaps not. We have all heard the horror stories about when upgrading your operating system can go wrong. The I lost everything!’s and the Nothing works anymore!‘s. They are wretched experiences some of have endured. But the one thing most people don’t know about upgrading your OS is that you can make it painless and safe by following a few simple steps.

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OS X Tips – Spotlight

Whether you are a power-user or a beginner, there are some really handy little things you can use to make your life easier on your mac. Here’s some of the best short-cuts and tips for using the increasingly powerful Spotlight tool.

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When you find a parent on Wikipedia…

It’s about 1:30am on a Sunday night… or Monday morning. It’s been a busy day. Household stuff in the AM, some video games to grease the mind-gears, followed by some “life maintenance” as I like to call it, tape a few auditions, upload, send, go play soccer on the National Mall with friends, head to the bar to learn some practical ASL with Dog & Pony (totally worth doing by the way), come home and find out I uploaded the wrong files, fix the fuck-up, have some tea, and poke around the internet a bit. For as much as that was a run-on sentence, it was a run-on kind of day. Minutes and hours blend together, tasks and commutes in total disagreement, but you keep going. Nothing terribly surprising about that.

Until I saw this. This is my father’s wikipedia entry. Continue reading