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A Year of Yes: How fiction helps us survive reality

How are you doing? This week was a heavy one. I hope you’re taking good care of yourselves and each other.

Whenever I feel like reality is too heavy and I need a break, I turn to fiction. This passage was particularly powerful for me:

Harry: I’ve been thinking about something Dumbledore said to me.

Hermione: What’s that?

Harry: That even though we got a fight ahead of us, we’ve got one thing Voldemort doesn’t.

Ron: Yeah?

Harry: Something worth fighting for

A Year of Yes: Roll the dice

Screen Shot 2018-06-27 at 10.46.43 PMThe answer to every question you never ask is “no”. You have to roll the dice. You have to put yourself in the game. Last night I finished a cross-disciplinary residency application in science, art, & technology here in New York City because it was time to fulfill a dream, to ask the question, “what more could I do?”

 

A Year of Yes: NYC’s Secrets & Lies returns to Caveat on August 8th at 7pm

I wish I had words to express how insanely excited I am about the August 8th performance of the storytelling show New York City’s Secrets and Lies at Caveat. I literally can’t wait to see this incredibly talented cast take the stage and dazzle you with tall tales about the secret history of our beautiful city. They are: John Bucher, Leslie Goshko, Ashley Semrick, and Erin Hunkemoeller. 3 are telling true stories; 1 is telling a lie. The audience will use their superior skills to separate fact from fiction in the hopes of winning an amazing prize from Untapped Cities.

And this time, for the first time, we have a very special secret guest who is a true New York City secret: a talented artist flying just below the radar who you will want to see so you can say, “I saw them when…”

Doors opens at 6:30pm. Show starts at 7:00pm. Tickets are on sale now at http://caveat.nyc/event/new-york-citys-secrets-and-lies-8-8-18.

Don’t miss it!

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A Year of Yes: Are you okay?

The world is heavy right now. And if you’re feeling down about the state of the world, the state of our country, then please know that’s only because you’re human. You have empathy and compassion for others. You have a heart and a mind and a spirit that wants this world to be a better place for all beings.

I’m working on a new project now with a few people who want all of us to be okay by giving people a space to talk about why we not might not be feeling okay in these turbulent times. We’re meeting today and I’ll be talking a lot more about this project in the coming weeks.

Until then, let me know if you’re okay. And let me know if you’re not okay and how I can help. We’re in this together.

A Year of Yes: Shoot the moon

The only upside I can see to terrible times is that they can open the door for good people to make big ideas for positive change a reality. I sent some big ideas to potential partners yesterday. I shot the moon. Let’s see if I land in the stars. My hope for better days for all persists. I hope you’re hanging in there, and finding the light where and when you can. If you need help, let me know.

A Year of Yes: The healing power of stories

“The most daring thing to do is create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.” ~Kurt Vonnegut

Storytelling is a kind of medicine that heals by generating understanding, compassion, and curiosity. Listen to the stories of others and share yours. We are in this together.

A Year of Yes: What my storytelling show is all about

What my storytelling show, New York City’s Secrets and Lies, is all about:
storytellers dazzling us with wild New York City history. I’m honored to do this show at Caveat. Thank you to this amazing cast and our packed house of audience members who joined us on Monday night. What a blast!

Mark you calendars for our next show: August 8th with John Bucher, Leslie Goshko, Ashley Semrick, and Erin Hunkemoeller. Plus a very special secret guest! Tickets on sale soon.

 

A Year of Yes: NYC’s Secrets & Lies is TONIGHT at 7pm

Screen Shot 2018-06-17 at 10.02.18 PMIt’s the day of the show: New York City’s Secrets & Lies!

We’re telling stories about:
– An underground tunnel in Brooklyn that was near and dear to Walt Whitman
– Ladies who refuse to be stopped by sexist politics in the earliest days of NYC
– Apartment scandals and murder in Coney Island
– Transnational fortune, fame, and mistaken identities
And…
– Pinball

And…one lucky audience member is going to win a 6-month subscription to Untapped Insiders, a members-only club in New York City offering free off-limits tours, free talks, happy hours, early bird ticketing, and more!

I can’t wait to introduce you to this amazing cast of storytellers and the characters they’ve met in their research. Grab your tickets here: http://caveat.nyc/event/new-york-citys-secrets-and-lies-3/

And…here’s a little insider promo code for you, too: SKINT. Makes your ticket $7!

A Year of Yes: My storytelling show about New York City history – trailer

What’s it like to go to New York City’s Secrets & Lies storytelling show at Caveat? I made you a little video trailer to give you a sneak peek into our show. Check it out & then catch us in real life tomorrow night, Monday, June 18th!

Doors@ 6:30. Show@ 7pm.

Get more details about our show and grab your ticket at: http://caveat.nyc/event/new-york-citys-secrets-and-lies-3/

A Year of Yes: Get loud about what you love

If we don’t howl, we’ll never find our pack. Get loud about what you love. Make noise about your passions and fascinations. It’s how we build community. It’s how we inspire each other. It’s how we become the best version of ourselves we can be. I believe in you.

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