October 13, 2015
We stand on the cusp of a different world. Climate change is bringing new global scarcities and related stressful events that scientists predict will exponentially increase. Concurrently, proliferating terrorist acts and wars are perpetrated with technologically advanced weapons. The global community is now connected through social media. Therefore, understanding the influence of core societal narratives on individual and group action is crucial for managing current and emerging threats. The potential exists for larger reconciliation within the human family. A new story, through focus upon commonly held ethical heroes and shared positive spiritual values and peace messages held in common in the Bible and the Quran may provide a stepping-stone to a more peaceable planet. A social order based upon compassionate direction, rather than cruelty, can be encouraged through focus upon the shared family origins to evoke remembrances of connection, and the creation of a new platform on which to build peaceful and cooperative ways. In our technologically connected world, infinite means now exist to create a new chapter in the family history of Moslems, Christians and Jews.
August 24, 2009
April 25, 2009
The behavioral patterns of family relationship are passed on through generations. The seeds of trauma lie in wait to generate their unique yield: stories that tell of what happened to those who went before. Families hand their legacy of misery from one generation to the next. It began in the Garden of Eden when the original children, Adam and Eve, were initially wounded by a divine father’s anger. From this primordial clay, the dominant myths of western civilization sprouted the weeds of discord. Yet from that same mud perhaps will flower something that heals, something that is stronger than this discord for having been cross-pollinated with the Jewish, Moslem, and Christian traditions that have developed since those early moments in the Garden.
May 7, 2005
The Uses of Fairy Tales in Psychotherapy – presented at Media in Transition International Conference
An exploration of fairy tales has special value for psychotherapy: Psychoanalysts such as Sigmund Freud, Otto Rank, and Carl Jung among others looked to fairy tales and myths to represent of the anatomy of the psyche. The deep truths embodied in fairy tales, which depict complex developmental processes and group dynamics, and afford the means for transforming the pain of psychological wounding into creativity, continue to offer much to the steadily expanding field of psychotherapy. Their very brevity, and arresting themes, and imaginative treatment of significant events allow them to be interpreted, reinterpreted, and expanded upon in an infinite number of ways to allow individuals to comprehend their environment and their personal difficulties and to construct guides to action through enhanced knowledge. Close scrutiny of the patterns in fairy tales from such contemporary psychological perspectives as family systems, object relations, and cognitive frameworks can yield new insights. As Joseph Campbell stated, “The folk tale is the primer of the picture of the soul”. An understanding of the dynamics represented in the journey of the fairy tale heroine or hero that typically lead them from misery to their highest realization may reveal means for helping clients in their psychotherapy.
June 14, 2015
This production aimed to interpret our contemporary technological culture by mythologizing a prototypical event of an emergent high tech culture - computer pioneer Douglas Engelbart's introduction of the tools of computer communication (including the mouse), in a 1968 professional conference event in San Francisco.
The Demo shows opening introduction and closing of the original filmed demo and then dematerializes the intermediate time and space into a mix of electronic, sounds, Gregorian-like chants, a wind instrumental accompanying choral line to the demo leader who morphs in and out of the scene. The original word…word…word… formula statement and following text on the screen is deconstructed into sound and images on the side screens and auditorium ceiling.
May 26, 2014
My friend and I met the at The Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts on Castro Street in Mountain View where The Smuin Ballet is presenting its Spring Fling XXcentric Spring Dance Series that runs throughout major theatre venues from May 2 to June 7, 2014. Two world premier works by famed choreographers, Val Caniparoli of The San Francisco Ballet and Amy Seiwert, Choreographer for the Smuin Ballet, were commissioned by Smuin’s artistic director, Celia Fushille to showcase their special new works.
March 15, 2014
The Smuin Ballet in celebration of its 20th anniversary, is offering a special gift for ballet goers in XXTREMES. The high level artistic expression of underlying light and dark themes shine throughout the performance in a magnificent way. Smuin Ballet reaches the new artistic heights in this superb creation in the portrayals of Dear Miss Cline, Return to a Strange Land and Carmina Burana.
February 27, 2014
The thoroughly enchanting San Francisco Ballet, Cinderella, is an artistic collaboration for the ages now playing at War Memorial Opera House. Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon, Costume and Set designer Julian Crouch, Lighting Director Natasha Katz, Music Director Craig Lucas and Puppeteer Basil Twist’s collaboration fuses their special talents and expertise into the most creative and imaginative production of Cinderella ever performed.
My friend and I attended the Stanford Live performance at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, which featured a program of Joshua Bell, violin, and Sam Haywood, piano. The magnificent Bing Concert Hall housed this amazing concert. Stanford Live's Executive Director Wiley Hausam chatted with my friend and me in the lobby immediately following the performance. I was excited, aglow, from the profoundly powerful experience of hearing Joshua Bell passionately playing his famed Stradivarius violin. The instrument had once been stolen from renowned violinist Bronislaw Huberman. The violin has become the core of a significant cultural legend: Huberman helped Jewish musicians escape the holocaust to come to Palestine for his newly forming orchestra.
July 27, 2013
Fairy tales are important in our children’s lives. The classic stories heard frequently throughout childhood at bedtime,in Disney movies, in school and later into adulthood in ballets and operas contain special guides to behavior. According to psychoanalyst Carl Jung, we have a favorite fairy tale that goes with us throughout life that forms the pattern for our most significant development.