Take the leap.

How to Jump: four personal stories about dealing with life’s obstacles and moving forward

One of the unexpected (duh!) ways we're finding our journey meaningful is the way things don't go by our plans, and how we might deal with these setbacks. We've written about a few of them here, and no doubt will continue to share our "failures" as we make our way around. But today, I want to share some personal, heartfelt stories from four of our collaborators and friends. Enjoy, use these tips … [Read more...]

Jump the Fork: what we do when things don’t go our way

We are camped in the western and southern parts of Sikkim this week, without internet for the most part (sometimes the whole town's connection goes down because of the weather, sometimes your cybercafe closes before you can get to it). We are well, though, and enjoying our breaks from the writing and keeping in touch, and taking in the views. Even if, when we arrived at the small tourist town … [Read more...]

What culture shock? How to stop worrying about where you are and start loving being lost

We are in India. I guess I've said that many times already. Every time I talk to anyone, online, or offline, even to each other. I say it: "We are in India, yaar." I know, you know. But, yeah. We're in INDIA. It's kind a big deal (and kind of fun to say). And, frankly, a big shock, to all of us. Why should it be a shock? As someone who have prided himself to be good at adapting … [Read more...]

How to Make Emotional Decisions

We are in India. This is the country we will be based in, for a few months at least. We are terribly excited, and afraid, at the moment, about being here. Will it work out? Will we be able to adjust? Are we going to be SAFE?  But that's part of our practice at Orangutan Swing. We know that, furthermore, that practice is LIFE. We rarely know what will really happen in life, do we? And somehow, … [Read more...]

On Listening

Greetings from Bangkok! It's crowded, but oh, so modern! I loved this town, sight unseen, as soon as I landed, at Suvarnabhumi International Airport eleven days ago. The three of us have had a chance to reacquaint with each other now, through a week in Vientiane, Laos, and a crazy bus ride from there to here. Things are back in a good groove now, and my thoughts turn to what we are here to … [Read more...]

Artist Profiles (part 5): Erin Oliver and Claudia Corletto

This is part 5 of 7-part series Artist profiles, for the participating artists of STITCH. These artists are creating work that are inspired by the words collected, for the Kickstarter rewards and to inspire more conversations. Erin Oliver Erin is an artist and teacher who loves to explore and make art.  She concentrates on painting and drawing abstractly (you can see examples here), but … [Read more...]

ARTIST PROFILES, part 1: Tim Swezy, Chris Wilson, and FOCSI

We've asked you to "give us a word" for Durham, and vote for your favorites to select Durham's 50-word manifesto for its future. Now, the 21 artists and we ask you again to support and participate in the creation of their work, inspired by the words you've selected. But who are these artists? what are they making?  Glad you asked. For the next couple of weeks, we will be featuring the … [Read more...]

THE “WHY?” OF STITCH

Stitch is at a half-point now. The artists are hard at work with the words, and we are busy finalizing the dates and venues for the events that will showcase their work in April. I'm busy preparing for the Kickstarter* campaign now, too. Save the date: April 8 kickstarter launch for STITCH! *Kickstarter is a crowdsourcing platform to fund creative projects. "Backers" pledge small amounts in … [Read more...]

50 WORDS FOR DURHAM

These are the 50 words for Durham, submitted and voted in by YOU, Durham … [Read more...]

When Durham artists talk vision, anything is possible

Looking forward to catching up with the STITCH core team on Monday evening at 8:30pm at Cocoa Cinnamon in Durham. Akira, me and our boss-man (now 4 and a HALF) will be there to commingle with a dozen artists who've expressed interest in making original pieces. Each new work will be inspired by the STITCH effort to collect, from citizens, their answers to one question: "What do you want to see … [Read more...]

5 things every strong community needs

Three thousand miles away from my family a few years back, I was really feeling stressed about community. I mean, I'm from Durham, where people sit on their front porches and watch thunderstorms and drink beer. They look you in the eye, wave, and say, "How y'all doing?" (I'd missed that, especially, when I was out there in Seattle.) But there was one thing that made me decide, very fixedly, … [Read more...]