In today’s edition: a 2021 retrospective, a book recommendation, and an important business announcement!
What a year 2021 was! Ashlinn and I moved to Rome in January, upgraded from the travel booth to the Demvox, explored all around Italy to find a city to call home, successfully navigated the labyrinth of Italian bureaucracy to get ourselves officially established here, moved to San Mauro Torinese in June, hosted Ashlinn’s family and toured the lakes of Lombardy and Piedmont, sought and then bought our city dream apartment in central Torino, traveled back to the USA to care for ailing family members on both sides, moved our house and studio into the new apartment, and hosted a couple of delightful holiday gatherings in our very own home. All while wearing N95 masks!
We realized recently that we’ve been living in a state of transition for two full years since we first hatched the idea of moving abroad during our trip to Japan in December of 2019. What a wild, wooly, and yet wonderful journey these two orbits have been (for all of us!). To know that we have finally landed in our cozy nest after winging our way through such gales and even tornadoes (literally) feels as sweet and rich as tiramisu.
It moved me to tears when I came home to our building yesterday and saw that our name plate had been installed.
Navigating these many trials would have been impossible without the support of all of you, my dear extended community. I am in complete awe of the poise and grace with which the people I know— cherished clients, fellow voice actors, and beloved friends— have weathered these challenging few years. Here’s to 2022!
While we were passing through NYC during our whirlwind visit to the States, I was so grateful to come across a magical and moving little book, The Universe is a Green Dragon, at a quaint bookshop in Brooklyn.
Author Brian Swimme employs the Socratic dialogue form to guide readers through a breathtaking account of the Cosmos’ unfolding and of humankind’s inextricable relatedness with the very fabric of the universe. He elegantly translates the mind-bending insights of astrophysics and quantum mechanics into a beautifully sacred creation story that our hearts too can hear.
Swimme reminds us that each one of our bodies carries within its matter and its form the recorded story of eons and eons of creativity- from the elemental atoms forged within supernovae to the complex structures of our eyes shaped by the lives of countless ancestors- we are walking, talking repositories of the Universe’s greatest hits. all of those wins are woven beautifully together in us that we might enable the novel ability of awareness to the whole.
“We are the self-reflexion of the universe. The universe is aware of itself through self- reflexive mind, which unfurls in the human. We allow the universe to know and feel itself. The creative work of the supernovas existed for billions of years without self-reflexive awareness. That star could not, by itself, become aware of its own beauty or sacrifice. But the star can, through us, reflect back on itself. In a sense, you are the star. Look at your hand – do you claim it as your own? Every element was forged in temperatures a million times hotter than molten rock, each atom fashioned in the blazing heat of the star. Your eyes, your brain, your bones, all of you is composed of the star’s creations. You are that star, brought into a form of life that enables life to reflect on itself. So, yes: the star does know of its great work, of its surrender to allurement, of its stupendous contribution to life, but only through its further articulation – you.”
Far from feeling isolated and alone in this world, we can instead choose to see that we are within the loving embrace of our vast and myriad family unit.
“It was out of the dynamic of cosmic celebration that we were created in the first place. We are to become celebration and generosity, burst into self-awareness. What is the human? The human is a space, an opening, where the universe celebrates its existence.”
There is so much more to this book that I felt the urge to highlight about half of every page. I highly recommend you pick up a copy of your own, but here you will find an excellent collection of excerpts that will whet your appetite until yours arrives in the mail.
Today my yay is all about new business developments, specifically with regards to my brilliant, creative, and talented wife, Ashlinn! (I wrote a much longer paragraph about her, but she gets embarrassed by public praise so I’ll get to the point quickly at her request)
Over the past couple of years she has been quietly honing her voice acting chops on some of my projects, three fabulous podcasts that she writes and produces, and even a couple of audiobooks. She now has her own website showcasing her incredible talents, Ashlinnspeaks.com, but I’m most excited to announce that we will now be doing business together under the umbrella mark of See Three Creative (website launch TBD).
After successfully working together on some eLearning projects last year, we realized what a boon it could be to our clients present and future to offer our services jointly— one male voice, one female, operating with the same equipment, in the same environment, and with the level of professionalism my clients have come to expect.
In advance of our website launch, you can get an insider look at our life together as voice actors on our shiny new instagram, @2voice1booth . You can follow our adventures, see pictures of our cute cat, and hear recordings made all over bella Italia!