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Interviews with Social Artists, Uncommon Heroes

December 17, 2010

From the Editor

Richard Whittaker

On first thought, it seems the world is all about visible things while the invisible is a realm of spooky or make-believe and airy-fairy things. But just stopping to think about it, one quickly begins to realize that life is absolutely full of invisible content. Take sound and smell, for instance. Heat and cold. Is time visible? Thought? Feeling? Sensation? The whole of interior life? [more]

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Kitchen Talk with a Teacher

Kitchen Talk with a Teacher

Conversation with Cherri Farrell: 'One time I had a child from Afghanistan whose parents were killed. He came to America and lived with his extended family. I found a student for him to talk with, too. I'd bring him to my computer and we would look up holy spots, mosques. He showed me all these beautiful places in his country and we'd just talk. And I had another child who came from Mongolia. We would talk about Mongolia and what it was like. He came from a very prominent Tibetan Buddhist family. In the summer he lived in the old way-in yurts in the middle of the Steppe. He rode horseback and used a bow and arrow just like Genghis Khan! Today, he's in a pre-med program.'

An Art of Joy

An Art of Joy

A conversation with Gale Wagner: 'He asked me if I knew about the flying down at Moffett Field in the airship hanger. He told me once a month guys gather there to fly rubber-band-powered planes. So I went. I walked in the door and there were about 80 guys in there flying airplanes. It was so magical! You walk into one of the largest rooms in the world and here are eighty-some guys aged from about 5 to 80 flying these silent, rubber-band powered airplanes. It just touched me. I started and have never looked back. '