Friday, April 19, 2013

Poem: Hold the Lettuce

We went to Chicago a few weeks ago and I was a bit overwhelmed by everything about it. It's just so huge and there are so many people. It was, by far, the biggest city I'd ever been in and I was struck by the utter lack of plant or animal life. So I wrote a poem. Enjoy!

So many people.
Layers upon layers of humanity.
A giant smoldering mankind sandwich.
Hold the lettuce.
So little green.
So many lives. So little life.
Every religion, creed, race, color.
Except green.
Hold the lettuce.
Brick and concrete.
Shopping Meccas. Temples of consumption.
Sell everything imaginable.
Except green.
Hold the lettuce.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The 3 minute animated short that made me cry.

I'm not much of a crier.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not one of these overly macho guys that never expresses their feelings. I'm just not often moved to tears.

This 2 min 48 sec animated short "Spacebound" had me sobbing. I'm talking about sitting in my office with tears running down my face. To be able to elicit that kind of emotion from your audience with such a short story, and one without dialog no less, is truly amazing.

Please watch it.

Spacebound from Spacebound on Vimeo.

The message, as I see it, is that the end is coming for all of us. We can either sit there watching the clock or we can get out into the universe and enjoy ourselves. There is no better "personification" of this message than a dog. They don't care about the future, they just want to live in the moment.

Truly a beautiful story.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Hopstories #2

We've posted the second in our web series telling the story of small craft breweries here in Oregon.

Please check out Hopstory #2!

I also did a writeup for the story that you can check out on our website.

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