I used to build things that flew, engines of gas, steam and noise

I sang loud, danced, drew pictures

The breakfast at the Highway 29 Cafe was almost a religious experience

In those days, there was time to sit on a hillside in Japan in the rain
just to watch a spider fix her web

The windblown hair of a woman could stop the stars in the sky, and my heart

In short, I was alive

Over time, I don’t know where or when,
I got in the habit of doing more, doing it faster…
“good enough” became my favorite lie.

Suppose I could blame it on the demands of others, but it was really me

I stopped caring,
I stopped loving,
I began to despise
and make excuses
and judge…

I did those things and I repent

By the grace of God I will remember that family, friends and associates are neither angels nor demons, just people who should be forgiven and loved

I can’t change yesterday and I don’t have tomorrow,
so today is my only chance to

  • ruin my wife’s shoes by walking her home in the rain,
  • waste money on dates and dinners
  • lose too many hours over truly great coffee and steak and beer
  • obsess over the needs of others

And finally, by the power of God’s indwelling presence I promise to linger over daily marvels, infuse my life with wonder and my work with diligence so that once again I might truly live.

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UK’s Academy for Creative Excellence (A.C.E.)  had a vision “to inspire a life-long love for opera and musical theatre.” They wanted to offer students in the central Kentucky area an opportunity to be engaged in the highest possible standard of performing arts training and performance experience!

A.C.E approached us with a desire to raise their visibility while maintaining a tight budget. Since they are young, entrepreneurial and tech-savvy, a website was a natural place to begin the branding process. They are positioned well to exploit the web and social media because their daily activities can be a rich source of unique content.

In establishing the site, there were several parameters. We were asked to portray a serious (albeit beginning) training in the three theatre performance disciplines, vocal performance, acting and dance yet maintain a solid sense of fun and approachability. Setting a tone of excellence for the UKOT Academy for Creative Excellence (and their summer Broadway Bound programs) was important because the instructors at the Academy are directors, vocal coaches, and choreographers who are actively engaged in the arts on a local, national, and international scale.  However, all of their instructors have a love for young people and a passion for performing arts education – and their passion is infectious!