June 29, 2016

Common Focus Can Help: Our Services

Common Focus enables neighborhood groups, businesses, organizations, and even communities to become… [more]

Common Focus Can Help: Our Services Common Focus Can Help: Our Services

Creating Community: Living Boldly Without Fear

I saw an artist, who is also a character, painting.  Like his paintings or not (it did not seem to matter… [more]

Creating Community: Living Boldly Without Fear Creating Community: Living Boldly Without Fear

How Do We Know What Beauty Is?

Art is a process and it is a product.  They cannot be separated and eventually we wind up asking the… [more]

How Do We Know What Beauty Is? How Do We Know What Beauty Is?

Dancing Around the Tree of Life

How do life and art come together?  How do we live out the art of community? This painting is TheTree… [more]

Dancing Around the Tree of Life Dancing Around the Tree of Life

Breathe Deeply, It’s Inspiration

Today I find myself thinking about inspiration.  I am thinking about the ways that the life of my… [more]

Breathe Deeply, It’s Inspiration Breathe Deeply, It's Inspiration

The Messy Art of Community Building

Creating better and evermore expensive and extensive systems of social change will seldom deliver promised… [more]

The Messy Art of Community Building The Messy Art of Community Building

The Messy Art of Community Building

Creating better and evermore expensive and extensive systems of social change will seldom deliver promised… [more]

The Messy Art of Community Building The Messy Art of Community Building

Dancing Around the Tree of Life

How do life and art come together?  How do we live out the art of community? This painting is TheTree… [more]

Dancing Around the Tree of Life Dancing Around the Tree of Life

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Breathe Deeply, It’s Inspiration

Today I find myself thinking about inspiration.  I am thinking about the ways that the life of my spirit somehow infuses the paintings that stir my heart and the deep emotions that capture me when I see community come alive. Here is a story that inspires me and gives me passion about the power of community. The … read more

How Do We Know What Beauty Is?

Art is a process and it is a product.  They cannot be separated and eventually we wind up asking the question, “Does this painting, this song, this sculpture work? Is there beauty?” In community life we face the same questions.  “How do we recognize or describe the beauty of community?  How do we know when … read more

Dancing Around the Tree of Life

How do life and art come together?  How do we live out the art of community? This painting is TheTree of Life.  It is a gnarly cypress tree near the pier at the Village of St. Simons, Georgia.  It attracts children who climb in its whorled branches.  It looks like it has been there a … read more

The Messy Art of Community Building

Creating better and evermore expensive and extensive systems of social change will seldom deliver promised success.  We don’t live or thrive in tightly designed and imposed systems of social change.  Peter Block wrote, “It is out of the subjectivity and complexity of life that transformation emerges.”  Painting and community building are messy forms of art.  … read more

The Art and Magic of Community

Today starts the 15-day blogothon of C4 Atlanta, which is a website that supports artists of all kinds.  To participate we all commit to writing a blog each day and to read two other blogs. C4 asked the question, “What do you want to be remembered for?”  At 66 that is already on my mind.  … read more