Multimedia Stories

Contemplative Pause

A series of three, five- to seven-minute meditative films. Each film shares wisdom from three different Buddhist teachers. An invitation into reflective pause. Distilled from talks given at Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Nurses Pandemic Healthcare Art Film

Frontline Nurses

Narrated in the nurses own voices, this emotionally wrenching twenty-five minute film records the first-hand experiences of nurses providing care on the frontlines of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Roshi Project

(in development)

This documentary will explore the experiences of the women who hold the highest teaching designation in American Zen Buddhism and who were among the first of their gender to receive this title. A very small group, these women have a unique perspective on what it means to teach, lead, and serve.

Original Face

(in development)

“Show me your original face, the face you had before your parents were born.”¬†Hearing this Buddhist koan for the first time in 2018 sent me on a multi-year pilgrimage to Alabama where I grew up in the late 1960s and 1970s. I was searching for my own Original Face. Who I was before the world shaped and shifted me?

Reflective Writing

Chiyono's Bucket

In this limited edition chapbook published in 2021 by The Wild Apple Press, I share the story of a 13th century Japanese nun named Chiyono whose moment of awakening, coupled with a photograph I took of a fountain in Old Town Albuquerque, prompted me to consider the idea of awakening in a new light.