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, as an Ordained Interfaith Minister, 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. Artist 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 | 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...
Roof of a car
Under an overpass...
Day Care Center