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"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.

"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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"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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English

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Episodes

SCIL'd Leadership PT1 - Morgan McArthur

6/30/2022
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 study of historical and modern day leadership personalities and...

Duration:00:44:38

Ammendment through Arts: Part 2

6/23/2022
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 preservation. From my perspective, as a LIFELONG advocate and...

Duration:00:48:04

Amendment through Arts: Lindsey Giese

6/16/2022
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: I look around at the myriad of Art mediums and the content expressed and at times I just feel overwhelmed. Mainly because I see so much irresponsibility in the way the "vocabulary" of Art is used by folks...

Duration:00:45:54

Triumph over Trauma: Part 2

6/9/2022
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 possible, but in her mind critical to her own healing. I think...

Duration:00:44:28

Triumph over Trauma: Cathy Lins

6/2/2022
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 strengthen us in wisdom and compassion. What I find fascinating...

Duration:00:46:33

Season 4 Promo

5/26/2022
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. Hang in there until next week, and PLEASE tell your friends and family...

Duration:00:01:11

The Expectations of Education: Jeff Wright PT 2

5/12/2022
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 logistics and political aspects of his job, but he also has never lost his...

Duration:00:58:01

The Exhilaration of Education: Jeff Wright

5/5/2022
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, but he also has never lost his core love and empathy for the families he...

Duration:00:42:05

The Recollection of Recreation: John Lehan PT 2

4/28/2022
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 word which had the connotation of something that provided ‘mental or...

Duration:00:44:47

The Recognition of Recreation: John Lehan

4/21/2022
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 Old French word recreare meaning to ‘create again, renew'. Well given...

Duration:00:41:03

Le Cœur de la Conservation - Part 2: Curt Meine

4/14/2022
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 episode conversation with him. Hopefully you will see (or at least hear) how his...

Duration:01:06:28

Le Cœur de la Conservation: Curt Meine

4/7/2022
Ok, I admit that I'm being a bit more artsy with 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 a chance to have a conversation that was this long. You will get to know him better in the next two weeks and hopefully you will see how his deep love for humanity and our home drives him more and more to bend the ear of anyone that will...

Duration:00:32:02

The Romance of Radio: Kory Hartman - Part 2

3/31/2022
Part 2 of my interview with Kory Hartman. See Part 1 notes for info about this episode's background. Kory Hartman started storm chasing in 1997 and created SevereStudios in 2006. SevereStudios.com has become the leading storm chaser live streaming platform and online source for extreme weather news. Kory coordinates, dispatches, and represents a team of over 60 professional storm chasers who cover severe weather for local television stations and national networks such as The Weather Channel...

Duration:00:42:22

The Severeness of Storms: Kory Hartman

3/24/2022
This is one of those interviews that I've been talking about doing for about 4 years now and just never have gotten around to it. Well the stars aligned just right and now it's in the can. When I met Kory over 5 years ago, I thought to myself "Now here's an interesting guy, can't wait to find out more about him". So why did it take me so long to get this interview done? Well for one thing I am a SERIOUS procrastinator. Just ask my wife and she will point to the five million, three hundred...

Duration:00:57:20

The World of WE - Part 2: David Lippiatt

3/17/2022
You know how you meet those people in your life when you're young, just out of school and feel like the world is your oyster, and you think "I wonder where they'll be in 40 years?" Well my guest for this episode, David Lippiatt, is a person that I met back in my oyster days and we were just sort of figuring out what to do with our lives. I had just married my wife Ann, and he was dating her sister. His relationship with her was not to be, but we never lost touch with each other and now...

Duration:00:35:24

The World of WE - Part 1: David Lippiatt

3/10/2022
You know how you meet those people in your life when you're young, just out of school and feel like the world is your oyster, and you think "I wonder where they'll be in 40 years?" Well my guest for this episode, David Lippiatt, is a person that I met back in my oyster days and we were just sort of figuring out what to do with our lives. I had just married my wife Ann, and he was dating her sister. His relationship with her was not to be, but we never lost touch with each other and now...

Duration:00:41:19

Expertise in Emergencies-Part 2: Jeff Jelinek

3/3/2022
Part 2 of my extremely enjoyable and educational discussion with Jeff Jelinek. Jeff and I have "known of" each other via an organizations and friends that are near and dear to my heart. Everytime his name would come up people would speak VERY highly of him and his competence. So much so that i thought to myself "I wonder if he'd come and join me on this podcast". Well, lo and behold, he agreed to do so in a heartbeat! To meet Jeff in person though is to meet someone seasoned by trials and...

Duration:00:42:01

Expertise in Emergencies: Jeff Jelinek

2/24/2022
Every time I meet someone new on this podcast, it's always a treat. Everyone has a story and I'm usually amazed at the experiences they've had. This week's guest is no exception. Especially when one considers the type of professional experiences this guest has had. What is most amazing to me is that Jeff Jelinek, who you'll meet in this week and next week's podcasts, works in a field which is fraught with stress. He prepares for emergencies and disasters. Things that most of us want to...

Duration:00:41:23

The Advancement of the Arts Part 2: George Tzougros

2/17/2022
Part 2 of my interview with George done in the offices of the Wisconsin Arts Board in Madison WI. As I did last week, I apologize to him and to listeners for getting a bit too enthusiastic in our interview at times and overloading my mic. That buzz you'll hear occasionally is just me being a loud and unruly Frenchman. The 2019 recipient of the Michael Newton award, George Tzougros, has been the Executive Director of the Wisconsin Arts Board since 1996. I have known him, and proudly held him...

Duration:00:45:21

The Advancement of the Arts Part 1: George Tzougros

2/10/2022
I've interviewed a LOT of people for this podcast. Literally people from all over the world, but none have been as personally rewarding for me as this one, for one simple fact. The interviewee is someone I have known for so long, that he and I are family in the most profound ways. He is my dear dear friend for over 40 years, and we have gone through thick and thin together. Had I NOT met him all those years ago, my life would only be a shadow of what it is today. It is an honor, a privilege...

Duration:00:49:59