Picasso & Process

Reading a museum catalog for a Picasso exhibit “Picasso from the Musee Picasso, Paris’ shown in 1980 at Walker Art Center, in Minneapolis, the city where I live.  I missed the exhibit by a full 16 years but glad I can enjoy the catalog and someday the originals in museums around the world. In an…

For the Future of Rural Communities

In my work, leading the Design for Community Resilience program in the University of Minnesota’s Center for Sustainable Building Research. I work with communities across Minnesota in assisting the design and implementation of their sustainable futures.  It is very rewarding work on many levels, not the least of which is the connection to the work…

A High Performance Life

‘What is my work in this lifetime about? What must I do with my life?’ These are questions I ask myself every once a while and watch the answers evolve. In a guided meditation a few years ago, I saw  a vision. It involved a path through a beautiful meadow that entered into a cave.…

The Way of Partnership

I’ve had the pleasure of being involved in a unique collaboration with my interdisciplinary colleagues across multiple institutions in founding the Interdisciplinary Journal of Partnership Studies (IJPS), the first online journal published by the University of Minnesota Libraries. I am the journal’s Design Editor and a current Editorial Board member. The notion of partnership is…

2016 Thoughts

With the passing of a year comes an end and a beginning. The ancient Roman god, Janus, the God of beginnings and transitions, to whom some attribute the name of the month of January, was depicted with two faces, one looking backward and the other forward. As I reflect on my blog in the transition to the new year,…

The quick sketch

Sketching quickly is an art to be practiced. To not overthink and just do, to be present and to capture the moment with your eyes and drawing instrument is a magical experience. I had that experience today as I sketched my younger son reading, as we waited for his older brother to finish his swim…