Choreography Is My Livelihood

Marian’s Story
I see choreography in everyday life. Whether it’s cars moving to the side of the road to make way for an ambulance or someone holding open the door for the next customer at the convenience store, people know the steps and understand their role in the dance.

I continue to be moved by the commitment we make to the choreography. Standing hand over heart for the national anthem, allowing another customer to go ahead in line, or my personal favorite, high-fiving a total stranger at a sporting event, I find myself emotional at times when the movement is executed with genuine passion and dedication. Our common language of gestures is beautiful, complicated, cultural, effective, and can be hurtful as often as it can be uplifting.New York City Lincoln Center

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Drawing Is My Livelihood

Bruce’s StoryBruce Arant Simpson's Sheep front cover
Each of us has an itch that needs to be scratched. I may be presuming a lot here, but good hygiene aside, I believe we all have a need—an “itch”—of one sort or another that’s woven into the fabric of who we are. My “itch” happens to be drawing. For as long as I can remember, drawing has been a companion that has entertained me, challenged me and maintained my sanity through the monotony of countless classroom lectures, business meetings and church services.

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Seven Doctors Project Is My Livelihood

Steve’s Story
Seven Doctors Project, which I formed in spring 2008 at the Nebraska Medical Center, was an experiment—of the non-scientific variety. I wanted to see what would happen if mid-career physicians who were encountering job dissatisfaction or burnout joined a writing workshop led by area writers. I also wanted to see what would happen if the physicians were placed, maybe for the first time in quite a while, in the apprentice position.

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Creating a Course of Life Is My Livelihood

Russ’s Story
“Livelihood” is a word I’ve heard all my life. I looked at the origin of the word and found livelihood is an alteration of Middle English – livelode, or “course of life.” How did my course of life end up in the arts? When thinking about this my mind goes to memory fragments from my very early childhood. These fragments include comprehending icicles for the first time, watching my dad build a dirt track stock car, making toy biplanes out of pencil stubs and writing paper, and seeing the weatherman on WMT-TV draw weather symbols on a map of the United States.

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