Television Show Review: The Handmaid’s Tale: Season 1

The Handmaid's Tale Season 1

The Handmaid’s Tale: Season 1 created by Bruce Miller (Hulu, MGM Television) Starring Elisabeth Moss, Yvonne Strahovski, Max Minghella, Amanda Brugel, Joseph Fiennes, Madeline Brewer, O-T Fagbenle, Ann Dowd, Samira Wiley, Tattiawna Jones, and Alexis Bledel. Facial Expression: A Necessary Component of Verbal Communication Most people can read the temperature of a room without hearing a word. Words have meaning, of course; it’s literally their definition. But, words often don’t communicate the entire picture. In my consulting work, we begin our projects with a series of interviews. This primary research expands on organizational story. We want to hear people talk about their work using their own words, ideas, and stories. Yet, at the same time, we want to see what’s… Read More →

Television Show Review: Mad Men: Season 7.2

Mad Men Season 7.2

Mad Men: Season 7.2 created by Matthew Weiner (Lionsgate Television, Weiner Bros., AMC) Starring Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, January Jones, Christina Hendricks, Kiernan Shipka, and John Slatterly. Becoming Who You Are “To be a saint means to be my true self.” Thomas Merton utters these words in exploration of true meaning in this world. For him, humanity ventures forth as a shadow of its true identity. People wear masks every day, shrouding the real person underneath. Thinking practically, it’s easy to see this example illustrated. When was the last time you entered a job interview and willingly admitted your shortcomings and the deepest hurts and insecurities you might face daily? Or look at social media, how often do… Read More →

Television Show Review: Top of the Lake

Top of the Lake

Top of the Lake created by Jane Campion and Gerard Lee (See-Saw Films, Escapade Pictures, Screen Australia) Starring Elisabeth Moss, Thomas M. Wright, Peter Mullan, David Wenham, Holly Hunter, Robyn Malcolm, and Jacqueline Joe.  Paper-Thin The wall beauty and horror is paper-thin. My hometown team, the Seattle Seahawks just won the Super Bowl. They dismantled the Denver Broncos with one of the most bruising defensive performances of all time. For me, it was a thing of beauty. Yet, early in the game, the Seahawks’ strong safety Kam Chancellor hit a Bronco wide receiver with such force that he separated the player’s shoulder. From one perspective, beautiful aggression; from another, sheer violence. Couldn’t the same be said of love? The ideal… Read More →

Television Show Review: Mad Men: Season 6

Mad Men: Season 6

Mad Men: Season 6 created by Matthew Weiner (Lionsgate Television, Weiner Bros., American Movie Classics) Starring Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, January Jones, Christina Hendricks, John Slattery, and Kiernan Shipka. *Spoiler Alert for Previous Seasons* Truth and Untruth What is the economic value of a lie? Generally, we ought not to lie. The effectiveness of a lie demands a world which does not lie. If everyone skirted the truth, lying wouldn’t work. In other words, lying is philosophically inconsistent. More practically, deceitfulness is painful for the inflicted parties involved. It takes advantage of others and leaves them in a place of vulnerability. And yet… lying has its benefits every once and awhile. What if lying saves a life? What… Read More →