What we mean by “Art”

IMG_1681On a trip last week to Sydney we took in the Caryl Churchill play “Love and Information” at the Sydney Theatre Company. Seven fine actors played 100 characters in almost 70 vignettes during the 105 minute performance. And the issue the playwright, director and actors explored? How we relate to one another and process life in an age flooding us with information, distracting our attentions, but providing very little meaning. Good art critiques culture, and helps us rise to the precious elements of life despite the gravitational pull into the meaningless. We’re still processing how “Love and Information” did this. But it is an encouraging sign that a week later we’re still talking about it. (The image above is taken from Sydney Theatre Company in a wharf warehouse behind the Rocks area of the city)

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Back to our own art, Chris has completed a short promotional film for a U.S. sports industry entry point for university students: the annual Mount Union Sport Sales Workshop and Job Fair held at the Cavaliers stadium in Cleveland, Ohio.  And (full disclosure) Jo’s brother, Professor Jim Kadlecek—who founded the workshop 11 years ago and has developed it every year since—hired Chris to film the 2015 event so he and his university staff could use it to promote next year’s workshop. Chris considered it a highlight of the year to watch his brother in law in action, and created the film out of his love for telling unrecognised achievements and stories. If you have such a story to tell, you will find him here.

Publisher Features Jo on Its Website

NoosapoolOut of its 96 authors, Upper Room Books has featured Jo Kadlecek, author of Woman Overboard: How Passion Saved My Life, this month on its website. Though Jo’s book was published in the fall of 2009, editors at Fresh Air Books, an imprint of Upper Rooms, wanted to highlight a few of its back list authors and their works. Usually, the spot is reserved for new works but Woman Overboard struck a chord in the editorial team.

The featured piece also includes a guest blog post that Jo wrote on transitioning to Australia (hence the swimming pool!): When Passion Makes a Move. We hope you’ll take a look and spread the word about a memoir we think will speak to your own journey of passionate pursuits.

Working Our Muscles

Like exercise, vocational muscles need attention. So here’s a bit of how we’ve been working out with our brains and fingers, typing and thinking, lately:


When he’s not out kayaking, Chris is finishing up a series of study guides for Hendrickson Publishers on the theology of work that he was commissioned to write. A few that he wrote for the series have already been published. And he’s been switching from writing to video editing, finishing two short promotional films for higher education clients in the U.S. The films will be used to promote events from their web sites.

In between laps at the pool, Jo has been editing the forthcoming novel she co-authored with Val Gin called When Girls Became Lions (more on that in the weeks ahead!). She’s just finished writing a guest blog post (up later this week) for the  company who published her memoir Woman Overboard: How Passion Saved My Life (see a video of Jo talk about her book), and has also been writing and editing for a few higher education clients in the U.S. So if you need some help telling the story of your organization or work, either through video and writing/editing services, please drop us a line so we can use our muscles for you.

The Story of Sport

IMG_1825Here’s Jo at the end of a 2 1/2 hour non-stop hike around a national park a few weeks ago. Whew! It was a good athletic challenge, up hills and across rocky paths. It helped that the day was gorgeous and the scenery amazing. But what made the difference for her was all those years of little league sports, then college club soccer and regular biking and hiking trips. They kept her going!

Chris, too, has been shaped by the story of sport—playing cricket and rugby growing up, and now walking thousands of steps each day—his wrist band keeps track—and kayaking up the river. The point is exercise and competition help shape our narratives as much as they energize us to keep telling stories!

So we’re sad that the Women’s World Cup Soccer tournament is over (we got up early to cheer on the Matildas AND the USA!), but we’re thrilled that so many around the world watched WOMEN playing the world’s favorite sport! And we’re equally excited for Jo’s new novel coming out in August, a story that celebrates women’s friendships against the back drop of Title IX sport history. More on When Girls Became Lions soon!

“Beyond Empires” Goes Global

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Chris’s documentary film, “Beyond Empires is going global! And he’s here to tell you (see how ready he looks here to tell you?!) that the film is now available to purchase for your home or school library or church or conference or special screening party or upcoming birthday—or any place that might need a good story right now.

So please tell a friend or a colleague, or the friend of a colleague. (Or see what others are saying about the film.) Just tell anyone who might be interested in how a 23-year old German Lutheran a long time ago could become a national hero in India 300 years later. Talk about inspiring . . . Find out more HERE!

So many stories, so little time . . .

IMG_1787We love a good story. Who doesn’t? And there are so many to read, watch, hear and pay attention to that it’s hard to keep up (hard in a good way).

So we wanted our brand new web site to make things a little easier for you as we highlight some of our best stories, lead you to some unfamiliar ones and allow us to muse on new ideas. Whether industry updates, new film projects or exciting book or article news, we’ll keep this fish swimming. Or the butter melting. Or maybe the boat floating. And the stories coming. You get the idea. Check back often and comment along the way!

After all, with so many stories and so little time, we need friends like you to join us on each adventure!