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Final 2014 Reflections on Love

At the start of 2014, I made a commitment to begin a year long exploration of love. I had no idea where it would lead me. No expectations of how it would turn out. I was guided by a commitment to understanding my relationship to love in all its forms. It’s been quite a productive adventure.

I’m carrying forth a number of gifts into 2015. I wrote a new performance work, “Who Taught You How to Love?”, the first show I’ve written in eight years. I’m preparing to launch a few new creative ventures. I made new friends and collaborators to write and dream up ways of questioning, thinking, creating love. I’ve spent lots of time reflecting, processing, and shedding many layers that are decidedly not love. I let go, well actually….I’m still learning how to let go of what I think I want so that I can receive what is divinely right for me. Thankfully this journey never ends.


A few final reflections on Love as we close out 2014:

  1. Love doesn’t always look, sound, or act the way I want it to.Vivisection-Performance
  2. Love demands that I clear away all that I have hidden from myself; all the parts of me that I wish would just disappear.
  3.  No matter how much I want that other person to love me it will not make the difference. My ability to walk away reflects the level to which I actually love myself.
  4.  Love is making mistakes, admitting those mistakes but it’s not giving up.
  5.  That cracking open of the heart is painful but necessary.
  6.  Sometimes people come into my life not to hold on to, not because they are “The One” but just to show me what’s possible in love.
  7.  Tears are necessary and cleansing.
  8.  Getting back up again and again after what feels like failure is necessary.
  9.  Holding expectations that have not been agreed upon or communicated do more damage in relationships than anything else.
  10.  Letting go of those expectations leaves space for peace and real connection.
  11.  Love has a powerful vibration. The more you open to it the more lovers join your party.
  12.  In love there is always enough space for my needs to be met. In ego, I will always find myself waiting for my turn.
  13.  When I’m completely engaged in the work of loving myself it no longer matters who will show up to love me.


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Media & Communications Internship Opportunity

Unpaid Media & Communications Internship


Create Forward and The Precedential Group

Who We Are:

Create Forward and The Precedential Group are two emerging leaders in social innovation committed to designing transformative strategies for social justice. Their work employs fresh collaborative approaches to organizational and community development to refocus the lens through which the public views some of the most critical issues of our times: mass criminalization and state violence, the school to prison pipeline, and gender justice.


Interning (Innovating) With Us:


Interning with us is the ideal opportunity for a self-starter with substance who wants to learn just at much they want to teach.  From serving as a thought partner on projects to being a part of executive decisions, this internship will be an amazing experiential opportunity. You will work closely with Piper Anderson, the Chief Creative Strategist of Create Forward, and Marlon Peterson, founder of The Precedential Group.  Both Marlon and Piper are national social justice leaders, writers, artists, and thought-implementers.  Working with two start-up social enterprises with these two innovators will provide a unique opportunity build the logistical, creative, and experiential knowledge necessary to progress as social entrepreneurs.


Media / Communications Internship:


The Precedential Group and Create Forward are dedicated to developing programs and convenings that engage targeted audiences in creative ways. Nothing is business as usual, and the ideal candidate for this internship would be responsible for co-creating materials for distribution, and participating in meetings with potential clients and business partners. Our intern would receive training from Create Forward and The Precedential Group in the program conception to implementation and will be expected to translate learned experience to real-world action. In this internship your voice will be valued and expected.


Cornerstone Project: MASS Love

The cornerstone project for this 4-month internship is MASS Love; a multimedia campaign to transform the dehumanizing and destructive impact of mass incarceration on communities of color by generating community dialogue and reflection on the questions, how do we reconcile love in the era of MASS criminalization of Black lives (dead or live)? How do we demonstrate this radical act amid the vivid images that tell us black lives DON’T matter? The media/communications intern will be responsible for managing MASS Love’s editorial calendar, distributing content across our social media channels throughout the month of February and managing media and partnership requests.  


What We Expect From You:

  • Experience with basic website development (HTML proficiency not necessary)
  • Appreciation and desire to use maximize social media as a communication tool, and a    kick-ass energy to trend set using, but not limited to: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Vine, LinkedIn, and latest communication apps
  • Exceptional written and communication skills;
  • Flexible work hours and ability to travel
  • Comfortable reaching out to new organizational partners, clients, etc.
  • Not afraid of being glued to cell phone email and social media
  • Able to manage several projects at once
  • Ability to work independently with reliability
  • A minimum of 10-15 hours per week
  • Desire to lead and follow

What You Gain:

  • Build a professional portfolio of successfully realized communications initiatives
  • Professional coaching and mentorship extending well beyond the length of the internship
  • Opportunity to learn and contribute to the launch of two innovative social enterprises generating creative strategies for social change.
  • Professional networking opportunities

This is an unpaid professional learning opportunity. Students and emerging professionals are encouraged to apply. Please email cover letter and resume to Deadline: January 16, 2015.

Minimum of four month commitment – January-May required

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#LetterstoYoungCulture: After The Protest…



Dear Young C


You came to my office with angry frustrated tears, blood shot eyes, and a barrage of questions, questions, questions about the state of the world, the state of a country that could decline to even create the illusion of prosecution for a police officer who shot and killed an unarmed teenager. I wasn’t sure what I could say to make you feel better so I just listened. The weight that I was feeling had more to do with pure exhaustion from having been here way to many times before. I’ve had the misfortune of knowing for much longer than you, that most cops will never be held accountable for killing us. So I just listened because in times like these it becomes more important than ever that we be present with each other.


As you began to talk about marching from the East Village all the way to Times Square then continuing on to shut down the Triboro Bridge I noticed that your spirits began to grow lighter. Your eyes blazed with passion, your shoulders slowly lifted bit by bit as you recalled the memory of solidarity, as your remembered the taste of people power.


There is absolutely something cathartic about protest. Something happens when people turn off the television, leave their homes, and join each other in the streets after an event like this. They would have swallow our anger, our rage, and let it atrophy in our souls. They would have us become weak and dissolute. But when we get up, when we stand together, when we align our voices, bodies, intentions in the same direction, a powerful force erupts from us collectively; an energy is activated that banishes apathy, disillusionment, helplessness. I saw that in you. I see that in the young people who have discovered their capacity for creative leadership and courageous tenacity in the past few months.   So what can I say to you…what you feel when you’re out on those streets, is only the beginning. You might not shut down the city everyday, some days the work will feel mundane and slow moving, but don’t think that means it’s not effective. The Black Panthers, the Young Lords, they both defied unjust laws and built free breakfast programs. Sometimes the revolution is teaching the babies and holding ourselves accountable for how we treat each other. You get to decide what it means to be free. Do not wait for President Obama or some handpicked commission led by people who don’t know your struggle, to tell you what your community needs. We really become a threat when we decide to take control of our own communities. When we envision and create the structures that fulfill our collective needs.


So Young Culture, take the beautiful, brilliant fierce energy of this moment and use it to build the world you want to live in. You are creative and inventive, capable of envisioning ways of being and living that most of our political leaders are incapable of understanding. Only you know what the future holds. We need you to show us the way forward.


Be Well Beloved One,


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