Thoroughly Thursday - the "Kids Are Alright" Edition
Welcome back to Thoroughly Thursday, the "Kids Are Alright" edition. I got to participate in the March for Our Lives event this last Saturday in Los Angeles (you can see my photo essay of the event here). Though the march was impressive, I find myself in awe of the Parkland students that were able to galvanize the public to an issue that most of adults had grown increasingly despondent about in recent years. It's not easy to be a focal point of a movement, and less so when you're 18yrs old. However, something new is happening and I can only thank these kids who have brought a vibrant voice to the discussion.
What I'm Watching - Be Kind and Polite and the World Will Be Right
The 2014 movie Paddington was a huge hit in my family when it came out. This weekend, we finally got the opportunity to see the sequel, Paddington 2. Where the original was centered around the idea of what makes a “family”, Paddington extends the idea to "community". In the film, the tiny spectacled bear, whose belief in kindness keeps everyone from his neighbors to prisoners into better and nicer people, largely by his mastery of social graces. When I grow up, I want to be more like Paddington.
What I'm Reading - All the World's a Stage Direction (Annotated)
One of my favorite authors is American expatriate Bill Bryson, best known for travel books such as Notes from a Small Island, Neither Here Nor There, and In a Sunburned Country, but also science books like A Short History of Nearly Everything. This week, I've been reading his 2007 book "Shakespeare: The World As Stage". Bryson has that great ability to turn any subject no matter how arcane into something akin to charming dinner conversation. Here he talks both about the life and works of the English language's most famous writer, but also the massive industry of research and discussion one of history's most mysterious of men. As all his works, Bryson makes it enjoyable, noteworthy and wickedly funny.
What I'm Listening to - Magic and Loss After Hurricane Sandy
Laurie Anderson has always been one of those artists that was always a little outside of my normal awareness. As a successful multimedia performer, it seems that to really enjoy her you need to see her live. I got to see "Songs And Stories From Moby Dick" in 1999 but hadn't followed her much since. She has a new album called "Landfall" in collaboration with the Kronos Quartet based off her experiences of living through Hurricane Sandy in 2012. It's less a retelling of the event than a musical meditation on chaos, loss and mortality punctuated with her unique blend of humor and irony. However, my girls have informed me that it is not acceptable as driving music on the way to dance class.
What I'm Doing (for Work) - Vegas, Baby!!
So, in a couple weeks, I'll be going to Las Vegas for the annual International Security Conference. This year, the event is going to be April 10th - 13th. I'm looking forward to meeting up with clients and peers among the 20,000 expected participants. If you are planning on attending, please let me know. I'm sure there is something we can do...
What I'm Thinking About - The Gipper's Faith in the Future
"We need you. We need your youth. We need your strength. We need your idealism to help us make right that which is wrong. Each generation goes further than the generation preceding it because it stands on the shoulders of that generation. You will have opportunities beyond anything we've ever known." – President Ronald Reagan, from his Notre Dame Commencement Address, 1981