I had a chance to interview Ken Medema at the (terrific!) Wild Goose Festival this summer. Ken was (born Kenneth Peter Medema on December 7, 1943, in Grand Rapids, Michigan) is a composer-singer-songwriter who has been performing in the United States, Canada, and Europe for more than forty years. Some of his best known songs began as live improvisations.Ken Medema was born almost blind; his eyes let him tell light from shadow and see outlines of major objects. He began playing the piano when … [Read more...]
M I D R A S H N Y CFRANK SCHAEFFER Download HERE and Listen! February 12, 2016Midrash NYC0:43 36:20 Download HERE and Listen! EPISODE OVERVIEW In this episode, our friend Frank Schaeffer talks with us about his fall from the religious right and how marriage, art, and life has taught him to embrace the paradox. Warning: This episode contains some explicit language. … [Read more...]
Here's Colbert at his best in the best and funniest clip I've ever seen on exposing the insane American fear of art, nudity and sex. Watch!The clip reminds me of something that happened to me that I write about in my memoir Crazy for God: How I Grew Up as One of the Elect, Helped Found the Religious Right, and Lived to Take All (or Almost All) of It Back :When How Should We Then Live? was complete we launched it with a massive and well-promoted seminar tour sponsored by Gospel Films. … [Read more...]
A few people in life change everything. One woman (not counting my mother) opened more doors for me than any other person in my childhood. She died yesterday.Jane Stuart Smith was there for me from the time I was six. Jane was by her very life a living definition of the belief that motivates me: that the intrinsic value of beauty is real. Here's the tribute I wrote to a great woman before she died in my memoir Crazy for God: How I Grew Up as One of the Elect, Helped F … [Read more...]
Are you (like me with my grandchildren) trying to get the good stuff into their heads first ahead of the marketing crap?
I need something from you... pleaseI want your voice in my new book. Please write me an email/letter to firstname.lastname@example.org about what you are doing for your children and/or students to open doors to creativity for them. Also... who opened those doors for you? 10 words to 500... and this is a letter and doesn't have to be perfect, just true and heartfelt. What are you passing on to those you love most? How are you doing it? What bothers you about our culture that you are trying to … [Read more...]
Will you watch this then help? I would love to hear from you at email@example.comDear Family, Will you help me by writing something for me to include in my new book?I’m writing a new book on children, art, and family and what to pass on to those we love most. Will you write me an email today about who and what most inspired you as a child to love art, music, dance, poetry, reading, nature and learning? Will you share what you are doing for and with your children, g … [Read more...]
Banksy’s Cinderella crash scene. Photograph: David Levene for the Guardian used by permissionBanksy strikes again, come Lord Banksy, come quickly! Banksy’s UK show, Dismaland closed today. Did you miss it? Check this out! He describes it as a “family theme park unsuitable for small children” – and with the Grim Reaper and Cinderella mangled in her pumpkin carriage crash, this is a breath of fresh air-- to me anyway. WATCH!and this...Frank Schaeffer is a writer. His latest book --WH … [Read more...]