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“No One Told Me I Could Write”   Leave a comment

Spoken Groove (Peter Nevland & Paul Finley) at The Wizard Academy, Nov., 2005 — Image by kenne

It’s now been over five years since we first saw Peter Nevland & Paul Finley at The Wizard Academy near Austin, Texas, Roy Williams amazing place. Part of the program included the very talented Peter & Paul. Since I’m on Peter’s email list, I have followed his adventures over the past five years. And as Roy Williams has said, “…hearing Peter perform is like … taking a running leap off the rim of the Grand Canyon with your hands tied behind your back so that the only way to pull the parachute’s ripcord is with your toes.”


This is not the first time I’ve shared by love of Peter’s talent.

Fiction Makes Good Reality   Leave a comment

Those of you familiar with this site and me [kenne] know that I ofter quote Roy Williams, The Wizard of Ads. Each week I receive his Monday Morning Memo.  Sometimes the topic of Roy’s Memo rings true with thoughts that live in my brain, whether those I call my own or those planted by others, which are really one in the same.

Most of us believe that the relationship between fiction and reality is a one-way street, that is fiction is based on what we perceive as real, or fact, and not the other way around. In this morning’s memo, Roy tells a story that makes the case for the reverse being true — our perception of what is real is based on fiction rather than fact. Our understanding of something comes from our being able to tell a story about that which we perceive as real. As a result, fiction is intrinsically more true that fact — which as usual begs the question, “What is the truth?”

I am suggesting that the reverse is true: that our access to reality is based on fiction rather than fact, that we understand something only insofar as we tell ourselves a story about it. By this I mean that fiction is inherently more ‘true’ than fact, and that what we call facts are actually nothing more than good fictions- ones which we deem most reasonable to accept. Roy points out:

Our bodies contain approximately 100 million sensory receptors that allow us to see, hear, taste, touch and smell physical reality. But the brain contains 10 thousand billion synapses. This means we’re roughly 100,000 times better equipped to experience a world that does not exist, than a world that does.

As usual, there is much to think about, so click below and read on.



Posted February 16, 2009 by kenneturner in Commentary, Information

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Are You Trapped in The Present?   2 comments

leyendecker_4501Out with the Old, and In with the New! Happy Leyendecker New Year

As we venture into the New Year, there is a good chance that we will face many challenging choices, and if you are like me, you want the choices you select to have effective results – you want them to lead to success.  Each Monday morning, I receive the Monday Morning Memo from Roy Williams.  As he often does, Roy share bits of advice that makes us stop and think, even if the information is not new.  This morning was no exception, which he titled The Secret of Success. He relates a study conducted by Walter Mischel, a scientist at Stanford University 40 years ago, where 4-year old children were led into a room with a see-through mirror, one at a time.  Each child was given a marshmallow and told, “You can eat the marshmallow right now if you want. But if you wait until I come back to eat your marshmallow, I’ll give you a second marshmallow to go with it.” The child was then left alone in the room.

The study results showed that:
One-third of the children ate the marshmallow immediately.
One third held out for a short time, then ate the marshmallow.
One third waited for 15 to 20 minutes until the giver of marshmallows returned with the promised second marshmallow.

Fourteen years later, at the age of eighteen, each of the original 216 children was located. Those who didn’t eat the marshmallow scored an average of 210 points higher on the SAT (610 verbal and 652 math versus 524 verbal and 528 math.)

At age 40, the group that didn’t eat their marshmallows had more successful marriages, higher incomes, greater career satisfaction, and better health than the marshmallow eaters.

The 4-year-old who eats the marshmallow is oriented toward the present.
The 4-year-old who waits is oriented toward the future.

Roy’s message is that “…we can learn big things from small indicators,” ending my reminding us that six years ago, he sent a Monday Morning Memo that linked our ability to accumulate wealth to our orientation toward the future. Click here to read the memo.

2009 is going to be a year of upheaval.
Will you be oriented toward the future?
Or are you trapped in the present? —
Roy Williams

— kenne

Posted January 5, 2009 by kenneturner in Information, Life

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Gather Up The Fragments   Leave a comment

expectationsart-iv-web1Monday Morning Delight

Each Monday morning I receive an email from Roy Williams, the wizard behind the curtain at the Wizard Academy.  This morning’s was titled, “Gather Up the Fragments,” a line from John 6:1-13.  Roy asks the question, “Have you ever stopped to “gather up the fragments” of your life?”

If we believe that ”becoming is superior to being,” then the process of becoming is that of “gathering up the fragments,” so that we may become whole. Whatever has been broken, whatever has been missing, whatever has been disconnected, whatever has been lost, needs to be gathered.  The cookie crumbs are as important as the cookie.

Living this principle is easy to accept in the context being – the moment. What happens when the moment becomes the past? Unresolved fragments, as Williams states, may be come “shrapnel” as we try to maintain a sense of becoming whole. His answer is, “Negotiate your broken places. They allow for new connections.”

As in the universe, all fragments dance in harmony as we move forward in time. Nothing is truly ever lost. We either choose not to see them, or the original act has crossed beyond the horizon.  Either way, these fragments are no longer a part of what we may perceive to be real.  We can change this perception by allowing what we see to include the eyes of others.  By looking through the eyes of others we are able to see the world as it truly is, a bright mosaic.

Bright mosaics are made from gathered fragments.
Broken. Colorful. Unique.

Just like the pattern of your life.

Negotiate your broken places.
They allow for new connections.

Appreciate the weirdness of your past.
It adds color to your future.

Celebrate your personal heritage.
It beats the hell out of whining.

— Roy Williams


(Image: “Expectations IV” by kenne)

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