Frame of Reference - Sauk County and Beyond

Frame of Reference - Sauk County and Beyond

"Frame of Reference" is a conversational style show with local experts about issues with global significance. I’m, at heart, a “theatre person”. I was drawn to theatre in Junior High School and studied it long enough to get a Master of Fine Arts in Stage Direction. It’s the one thing that I’m REALLY passionate about it because as Shakespeare noted, “all the world’s a stage and all the men and women merely players”. Think about the universality of that line for just a moment. Think about the types of “theatre” that play out around us every day in today’s world. The dramatic, the comedic, the absurd, the existential, the gorilla theatre (it’s a thing, look it up) that is pumped into our Smart Phones, TV’s, Radios, and PC’s every minute of every day. Think about the universality of that line for just a moment. Think about the types of “theatre” that play out around us every day in today’s world. The dramatic, the comedic, the absurd, the existential, the gorilla theatre (it’s a thing, look it up) that is pumped into our Smart Phones, TV’s, Radios, and PC’s every minute of every day. Think about the tremendous forces that “play” upon us - trying to first discover, then channel, feed, nurture, and finally harvest our will power and biases to move forward the agendas of leaders we will likely never meet. Think of all these forces (behind the scenes of course) and how they use the basic tools of theatre to work their “magic” on the course of humanity. Emotionally charged content matched to carefully measured and controlled presentations. With that in mind (and to hopefully counter the more insidious agendas), I bring you Frame of Reference, where the voices of our local leadership can share their passion on why and how they are leaders in the community. Real players with real roles in a world of real problems. No special effects, no hidden agenda, just the facts and anecdotes that make a leader. Special thanks to my wife Ann and my two children Elisabeth and Josiah for continually teaching what leadership SHOULD look like.

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September 25, 2022 38 min

This is part 2 of a 3-part interview with Jay Salinas; Brenda Baker, as well as Jacque and Dan Enge.  These guests bring robust backgrounds and life experiences to the various aspects of a unique Sauk County event: The Farm/Art D'Tour. This nationally renowned event gives visitors and residents an opportunity to tour Sauk County and the myriad of ways that (as Max Garland wrote) "Art amplifies what landscape quietly asserts...

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This is part 1 of a 3-part interview with Jay Salinas; Brenda Baker, as well as Jacque and Dan Enge.  These guests bring robust backgrounds and life experiences to the various aspects of a unique Sauk County event: The Farm/Art D'Tour. This nationally renowned event gives visitors and residents an opportunity to tour Sauk County and the myriad of ways that (as Max Garland wrote) "Art amplifies what landscape quietly asserts...

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September 8, 2022 20 min
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September 1, 2022 25 min

Tom Eggert is one of those individuals who's zest for life and blazing optimism infects those around him (like me) with a deep sense of hope.  As George Bernard Shaw once wrote he "dreams dreams of things that never were, and asks why not?"  His career has been one filled with some pretty major twists and turns, but in looking back, it always seemed like each step was the perfect preparation for the next one.  He has be...

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Say hello to Kyle Crosby.  With all the issues going on with teens today like gender fluidity, suicide rates, and bullying, we all need someone that can help us navigate these increasingly complex times. Kyle's the guy I turn to when I'm trying to really understand the issues that Today's Teens face each and every day.  Kyle Crosby returns to talk turkey and help me (and you) understand the pressures and problems of bei...

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He's the guy I turn to when I'm trying to really understand the issues that Today's Teens face each and every day.  Kyle Crosby returns to talk turkey and help me (and you) understand the pressures and problems of being a Teenager in today's world.  He's a great resource for our community and the kind of person you want running programs for them.  Hope you can listen in and gain a greater understanding of all th...

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If you want to get a super charge of hope and faith in something bigger than yourself, sit down and talk with Antowan Hallmon for an hour or so (Even just 20 minutes if you're rushed for time).  He is sincerely one of the kindest and most gracious people I have ever met.  He is also genuinely interested in knowing peplfinding ways to care for them and meeting their needs whenever possible.  He also just happens to be a Christia...

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If you want to get a super charge of hope and faith in something bigger than yourself, sit down and talk with Antowan Hallmon for an hour or so (Even just 20 minutes if you're rushed for time).  He is sincerely one of the kindest and most gracious people I have ever met.  He is also genuinely interested in knowing peplfinding ways to care for them and meeting their needs whenever possible.  He also just happens to be a Christia...

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Last week I finished up the podcast with a reference to Simon Sinek’s book “Leaders Eat Last”.  This week I’m going back to Mr. Sinek again because Morgan’s philosophy about leadership training as well as his methods for teaching of it are very much in alignment with the teachings of Sinek.  

One of Sinek’s earliest revelations in leadership training was to “start out with why”.  He had observed in his research of organizations that...

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There’s a book by the name of “Leaders Eat Last” by Simon Sinek that I need to finish.  In it Mr. Sinek identifies some key principles that I think underscore what Morgan and I have been talking about this week, and will continue to probe next week.  Leaders Eat Last makes the following assertion:

"The true price of leadership is the willingness to place the needs of others above your own"

According to many experts in the stu...

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June 23, 2022 48 min

There’s a line in Stephen Sondheim’s musical “Sunday in the Park with George” where two characters are critiquing a work of art and one sings “Work is what you do for other people, Art is what you do for yourself”.  I USED to think that sounded very self absorbed and snooty, but I’ve come to realize in the past few years that it’s really not.  It’s a comment about art’s ability to provide self protection, self regeneration, self pr...

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Art – the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated for their beauty or emotional power.  As I read that definition of today’s subject matter I am perplexed by two questions: 

  • Given that Art allows us to express or apply something that is so uniquely human - why isn't everyone encouraged to explore their individua...
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    June 9, 2022 44 min

    I think the thing I enjoy so much about my conversations with Cathy is her hopefulness.  She is not one to talk about her own past traumas, but she has shared some of it with me over the years and I can assure you that her life story is one that would make most people very pessimistic and withdrawn.  Instead, her faith and her compassion for others has led her out of a very dark place into one where helping others is not only possi...

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    June 2, 2022 46 min

    Trauma is such an ugly word.  it immediately conjures up thoughts horrible, life changing events.  Catastrophes that fall upon us without warning.  situations that are complex, emotional, and stressful.  And then there’s all the recovery and healing that adds to the ongoing impact and difficulty.  We endure the trauma and its aftermath and either grow bitter because it just doesn’t make sense to us or seems unjust, or we use it str...

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    May 26, 2022 1 min

    SEASON 4 IS COMING!  

    Sorry for the brief hiatus, but the gears are turning and the guests are lining up for our 4th Season of "Frame of Reference" which premieres Thursday, June 2nd!  Get ready for more in depth discussions with local leaders that have Global messages.  Their professional experience and proven excellence in leadership can benefit all of us as we navigate a world that seems to be spinning out of control.

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    Part 2 of my interview with Jeff Wright

    Jeff Wright is someone that I've known for almost 10 years and he happens to be one of those people that, as I've gotten to know him I've learned to not only like him more but also to respect him more.  That respect is based in the job that he does and the way he does it.  Being in the field of Education is no cake walk these days.  Jeff though is able to not only deal with the log...

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    Jeff Wright is someone that I've known for almost 10 years and he happens to be one of those people that, as I've gotten to know him I've learned to not only like him more but also to respect him more.  That respect is based in the job that he does and the way he does it.  Being in the field of Education is no cake walk these days.  Jeff though is able to not only deal with the logistics and political aspects of his job...

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    Part two of my interview with John Lehan, Community Education and Recreation Director for the Sauk Prairie Community Center.  John returns to "Frame of Reference" to once again remind us of all the ways that we can pause and celebrate life by just relaxing and recreating.  Recreation is one of those words that can seem super serious or somewhat frivolous depending upon your perspective.  It comes from a late Middle English ...

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    John Lehan returns to "Frame of Reference" to once again remind us of all the ways that we can pause and celebrate life by just relaxing and recreating.  Recreation is one of those words that can seem super serious or somewhat frivolous depending upon your perspective.  It comes from a late Middle English word which had the connotation of something that provided ‘mental or spiritual consolation’ which in turn came from  an ...

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    Ok, I admit that I'm being a bit more flamboyant with the name of this week's episode, but that's because my guest for this week and next really stirred in me  a desire to wax poetic.  Curt Meine and I have known each other for a long time but I don't think we've ever had an opportunity to have a conversation that was this long.  Listen closely and you too will get to know him better in this second part of a two...

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