january 5, 2018

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“Always do your best. Your best is going to change from moment to moment, it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.” ~ Don Miguel Ruiz

 

from the back seat

 

Jeff Suchanek is one of my all-time favorite people. Years ago, when he was the Director of the Nunn Center for Oral History, Eric Weig and I helped him get the digitization program off the ground. He always treated me like an equal. He was, and still is, an excellent mentor, but more importantly, he’s a great friend. I’ve had the chance to lend him a hand again by filming some of his video interviews. It’s given me a chance to see him work first-hand. No longer a director, Jeff now spends his time interviewing a variety of folks, mostly politicians and veterans. In 2017, he conducted a staggering 123 interviews. That’s more than two interviews a week. To put that in perspective, most folks do interviews in projects, and at most, they might do 70 interviews over two or three years (it’s usually less than half that). Jeff has multiple projects going at the same time. I can think of eight off the top of my head that he has going right now. He does extensive research beforehand, crafting his questions, and reviewing previous interviews with repeat interviewees. He’s an oral history beast, and there just aren’t many people out there like him. It’s been a privilege working with him, and it’s an honor to be his friend.

july 8, 2017

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“The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

 

first love

 

I expected this to be the only office I would ever know. That’s not how it worked out, but any time I have the chance to go back to my first love, my first office, I take it. Those chances are few and far between these days. Scott McClatchy was upset to learn I wasn’t playing, and he made it his mission to make sure I had something to play; a McClatchy original for his upcoming release. I called my old friends Eric, Bree, and Johnny Chapman to help me get a drum track to him. The Von Chapman Family, as I used to call them decades ago when we were playing together, have a great studio perfect for the occasion. More than that, however, they have the compassion and patience needed to help a stale and stiff old drummer overcome a phobia and find her rhythm again. This day has been one of the best days ever and The Chapmans had everything to do with it. 

april 7, 2017

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“Beautiful things happen when you distance yourself from negativity.” ~ Unknown

 

telling stories

 

Our shero was in the studio with Jeff Suchanek once again continuing to tell her story. As you can see, Jeff likes to fatten up his subjects before he makes them talk. Two of my favorite people getting along famously. I call that a beautiful day.

august 23, 2013

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Our anxiety does not come from thinking about the future but from wanting to control it.
~ Kahlil Gibran

smile
smile

Seth has taken his new position as the Clements Fellow, leaving us in Alexa’s able hands. She really wanted to smile for the camera. It was very cute. She has taken on some things she was hesitant about taking on, but she is rising to the occasion each time. I’m proud of her. I think the more chocolate we eat, the more fun we’ll have. That’s true for most everyone, isn’t it?

august 9, 2013

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By embracing what comes on this journey, and having faith that we are not given anything we cannot handle, we go with the flow that life offers. ” ~ Daily Buddha

rich part 2
rich part 2

I’ve finished my first full week in the Nunn Center. It was, in a word, fantastic, in no small way thanks to this man, Seth Newell. While Doug has been excellent at the big picture and general workflow of the job, Seth has been invaluable for the in-the-trenches work. Honestly, I don’t know what I would have done without him this week. Apart from being my savior, there was something else about Seth I was immediately drawn to. He reminds me so, so, so very much of my dear friend Rich Kidd (yes, that’s his real name) whom I haven’t seen in 25 years. Back in the day, Rich had different color hair and dressed like a punk. Seth has a shaved head and tattoo adorned arms. Same effect, different generation, at least to me that’s true. More than looks, however, is how similar they are in spirit. They’re happiest when they’re helping. They’re efficient, organized, thorough, positive, all rolled up in a great work ethic. They’re the people you want by your side if you want to succeed. I’ve missed Rich a lot over the years, so it has been the most pleasant of surprises to get to know Seth. He even laughs at my stupid jokes just like Rich. Sadly, next week is his last in the Nunn Center for he took a GA position. The good news is that he’ll still be in the building, so I can continue to enjoy his company and kindness. He really is awesome.

seth's space
seth’s space