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What are your favorite books and authors?
At age 16, watching what was then called "educational TV" in Phoenix, Arizona in the early 1960s, I came across a channel in which a man in a kimono was saying nothing, not even moving. Eventually, he took a sip of tea and started talking. It was Alan Watts. I went to the bookstore to buy his books and on the same shelf was the Tao te Ching, which I've read a couple times a year ever since. I especially like Ursula K. Leguin's translation.
The teacher who had the biggest impact on me and why:
At Madison elementary school in Phoenix, Arizona in the late 1950s, problem students like me were often sent to the art teacher’s room. Unfortunately for me, my objection to sitting in a little desk, arranged in little rows, then moving to another room full of desks in rows when a loud bell rang, made me a problem student. Fortunately for me, the art teacher was my mother. After the pin-drop quiet, pin-neat order of our home-rooms, the happy chaos of Mrs. Rheingold’s room was like travelling to an altogether different dimension. Mrs. Rheingold’s philosophy of teaching art was that all human beings are creative innovators, have a need to express ourselves creatively, but many - most - people are shut down at an early age. Someone looks at the page you are happily scribbling and tells you that your horse doesn’t look like a horse, and you decide to leave art to specialists. Mrs. Rheingold didn’t teach technique. She gave permission to play. So I never bothered much with drawing horses that look like horses.
Do you have a motto you live by?
When I started facilitating an online conference on the WELL in 1985, I chose "What it is-->is-->up to us" as the conference motto. Soon thereafter, I started using it as my email signature, and still do.