So, you're a Reverend?

Like, you preach?

 

I used to think what broke my heart the most was people living in pain. It's not. It's our unlived life: unspoken I-love-you's, undanced dances, unfelt feelings, ungiven gifts, untold tales, ungiggled giggles, even our undoodled doodles (which are the seeds of our next brilliant ideas.).

My definition of a fulfilling life is people having the time and space to discover their gifts, give their gifts, and be appreciated for their gifts. The experience of being seen, heard, celebrated and connected is central. 

So, I make participatory experiences and artworks --- performances, writing, rituals, installations, holidays --- to get as much of our undoneness done as we can... while we're here, now, together.

My tools are the trifecta for emotional well-being: Love, Art, and Humor. I work at their nexus. Using these tools daily promotes a life of self-expression and contribution in community, creating connection across a global-facing world. 

 

To these aims, I lead a non-denominational  creative community using Love, Art, and Humor for social evolution worldwide. I leverage the Humor Arts for Humanitarian Aims (HAHA). 

I combine intimacy, comedy, wisdom, and change.

Create humor from challenge.

Use sweetness preemptively.

Seek flow over force. 

Channel delight to ignite insight. 

It's often deceptively simple;

undefended and shared joy is revolutionary.

 

- Rev. Barbara Ann  Michaels

Jester of the Peace

So, you're an Artist?

Like, you paint?

Artist | Author | Actress | Adventurer | Ace 

 

Catalyst | Clown | Costumer | Curator | Clergy 

 

Dancer | Director | Dreamer  | Driver | Diva 

 

Event Entertainer and Executor |  Editor 

 

Fortune Finder | Finesser | Founder | Friend 

 

Ivy Grad | Improviser | Idealist | Interfaith Minister

Musician | Magician | Merrimaker | Muse 

Performance Artist | Painter (sure, sometimes)

 

Reverend | Reframe Queen | Reveler | Revealer

Speaker | Soulmate | Skater | Spark 

 

Traveler | Truth Teller | Tour Guide | Teacher 

Wedding Officiant | Writer | Wonderer  | Winner

Barbara has performed in/on/at...

Rock concert
Fringe Festival

Street fair

Holiday Parade

Pride Parade

Opera house

Art Gallery

Baseball game

Town parade

Corporate party

Restaurant

Night club

TV special

Short film

International Festival

Circus tent...

Park bench

Hay bale

Roof of a car

Drawbridge

Greenhouse

Moving trolley

Street corner

Graveyard

Subway

Basement

Store window

Squash court

Tunnel

Open field

Living room

Doorway

Abandoned bridge

Under an overpass...

Conference

Kids party

Public park

Public library

Wedding

Tradeshow

Fundraiser

Gala

Schools K-12

Day Care Center

University

Senior center...

ON HUMOR

I believe humor is a powerful force of healing and harmony for all people. I'm serious! Humor is the unsung hero of sanity, and healthy community. 

Positive humor helps us grow beyond shame, embrace the journey of change, be brave and be known, express ourselves, and naturally act for a win-win world.

 

Laughter is a vital part of every recovery journey, every dream's journey into being, every love story. 

ON ART

I believe art and creative expression are basic human rights. Art helps us discover and share what is beyond regular communication -- that which comes from undefined, unknowable origins, yet that powers intimately through us. Art is access to and action from the infinite. 

Art is also artfulness, bringing qualities of attention, craft and enjoyment into regular aspects of daily life. How could we put on our shoes artfully today? 

ON LOVE

I believe love brings affection to our imperfections, creates connection, and leads us in new, good direction. 

It's common to distill the meaning of life down to love. Yet what is it?

My definition of love is "win-win." Love is creating a world in which all people are seen, heard, celebrated and connected; all our gifts found, given, and appreciated.

 

Love honors life's shadows and light together, bringing celebration to our shared journey. Just like Art. Just like Humor. Trifecta!