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L. Steven Sieden
L. Steven Sieden is the author of “Buckminster Fuller’s Universe” and “A Fuller View, Buckminster Fuller’s Vision of Hope and Abundance for All.” Since 1981 he has been speaking and writing about Fuller’s mission “to make the world work for 100% of humanity in the shortest possible time through spontaneous cooperation without ecological damage or disadvantage to anyone.” His website is

Entries by L. Steven Sieden

Buckminster Fuller on the Paris Massacre, Politics, Guns & the Survival of the Human Species

(7) Comments | Posted November 15, 2015 | 1:14 PM

In the shadow of the Paris incidents, I again turn my attention to the wisdom and perspective of a great teacher and mentor - Dr. R. Buckminster Fuller. Although Bucky (as he preferred to be called) is no longer the household name he was a few decades ago...

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Pacific Northwest Ballet's Emergence: A Brilliant Display of Talent and Grace

(1) Comments | Posted November 13, 2015 | 6:15 PM

I've never been to the ballet, except for the time I was dragged to the Nutcracker, so I really didn't know what to expect when I attended Pacific Northwest Ballet's Emergence on the recommendation of a friend. Knowing almost nothing, I was particularly grateful for the half-hour Introduction...

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Dza Kilung Rinpoche's New Book The Relaxed Mind; Amazingly Concise, Easily Understood Meditation Instructions

(1) Comments | Posted November 9, 2015 | 12:45 PM

I received my first meditation training in 1975 when I was living in Minnesota. At that time, there were very few books on meditation or spirituality and even fewer tailored to the "modern Western" mind. Today, we have lots of mindfulness and meditation classes, books, websites, etc. Spirituality is a...

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Buyer & Cellar at Seattle Rep; A 'What If' One-Man Treat That Keeps the Audience Laughing From Beginning To End

(0) Comments | Posted November 7, 2015 | 7:32 AM

Seattle Rep's newest production Buyer & Cellar is hilarious from the minute Scott Drummond walks on stage and breaks the fourth wall by talking directly to the audience until the poignant ending. Drummond portrays unemployed actor Alex More who finds himself in the strange position of custodian and...

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ArtsWest's My Mañana Comes ; An Entertaining Look At the Serious Issues Behind the Scenes of Modern Life

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2015 | 1:28 PM

ArtsWest's latest production My Mañana Comes provides an intimate view into the lives of four New York busboys as they go about serving the rich and famous while trying to maintain decent lives for themselves and their families. It is most certainly a show about social justice, but...

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Deborah Koff-Chapin's SoulTouch Coloring Journals Support People In Waking Up and Bringing Forth Their Inner Artist

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2015 | 10:33 PM

I've always admired Deborah Koff-Chapin's artistic talent and commitment to her Touch Drawing process, but when I've tried Touch Drawing my pieces haven't been much to look at. With her SoulTouch Coloring Journals, however, I've been able to meld my skills and natural creativity with her amazing images,...

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Water By the Spoonful; A Hauntingly Realistic Look At the Interdependent Connections We All Share

(0) Comments | Posted November 2, 2015 | 3:52 PM

Theatre Twenty-Two's latest production Water By the Spoonful is a gripping tale of interconnection, brilliantly woven with exceptional intimate acting on an elevated stage that adds greatly to the production. Although it begins with a somewhat confusing series of diverse scenes, the audience can feel the seven characters...

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New Century Theatre Company's Production of Festen; A Complicated Enticing Portrayal of Family Dysfunction

(0) Comments | Posted October 31, 2015 | 3:02 AM

Seattle's New Century Theatre Company recently premiered Festen, an intricate portrait of seriously dysfunctional family whose issues come to a head when everyone returns home for the patriarch's 60th birthday. The show is brilliantly staged and keeps the audience on edge speculating and wondering who did what and...

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ACT Theatre's Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play Is a Wild Ride, Thought Provoking Show

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2015 | 4:15 PM

ACT Seattle's latest production Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play takes the audience into a possible future and demonstrates what humans might create after an apocalypse. Using a single episode of The Simpsons as it's theme, this show entertains while confronting us with the absurd but possible story of...

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5th Avenue Theatre's Waterfall: A Visual Masterpiece of Song, Dance and Romance

(1) Comments | Posted October 28, 2015 | 12:54 PM

Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre's recently premiered Waterfall a new romantic musical set in Asia during the 1930's. The shows staging and talent are brilliant; kind of a living forbidden romance poem set to music. And since the plot centers around one woman's painting of a waterfall scene, many...

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Cabiri's 'Ghost Game - Dead Gods' Is a Stunning Treat Combining Theater, Dance, and Aerial Acrobatics

(0) Comments | Posted October 26, 2015 | 7:59 PM

Cabiri's latest production, Ghost Game, Dead Gods, is an amazing immersive mixture circus, theater, dance, music and lots of aerial aerobatics. This synthesis results in an evening of great entertainment. Ghost Game, Dead Gods is being presented in the auditorium at Seattle's Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, which has...

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Buckminster Fuller's Vision of a World That Works for Everyone

(2) Comments | Posted October 24, 2015 | 9:29 PM

On this the hundred year anniversary of Buckminster Fuller being expelled from Harvard for the second time (1914 and 1915), I stop to remember what we can all learn from a man many of us believe was a Bodhisattva well on the Path to becoming a Buddha. Bucky...

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Café Nordo's New Production Sauced Is the Perfect Dating Experience; Sultry, Romantic, Entertaining & Just Plain Fun

(0) Comments | Posted October 24, 2015 | 2:38 PM

If you're looking for the perfect romantic date, Café Nordo's latest production Sauced is that and more. Set in Seattle's historic Pioneer Square, it blends theater with great music, excellent food, unique alcoholic drinks plus just the right amount of time to talk between entertainment presentations. And that...

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Teatro ZinZanni's New Show Hollywood Nights; An Amazing Combination of Outstanding Food, Entertainment and Fun

(0) Comments | Posted October 21, 2015 | 2:04 AM

Teatro ZinZanni's latest production Hollywood Nights continues their long string of extremely successful, fun-filled entertaining shows. As with all the TZ shows, it loosely hinges on a plot, but story is not what has attracted people to TZ since 1998.

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Seattle Opera Premiers The Pearl Fishers: A Visual & Auditory Spectacular That Captivates From Beginning to Closing Curtain

(0) Comments | Posted October 19, 2015 | 4:13 PM

To be transparent and honest, until last Saturday's Opening Night of Georges Bizet's classic The Pearl Fishers at Seattle Opera, I had never been to the opera. The frozen tundra of Duluth, Minnesota (where I was raised) may have had opera, but my people were too busy worrying...

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Elizabeth Gilbert Shares A Message of Courage, Passion and Creativity With A Sold Out Seattle Arts & Lectures Audience

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2015 | 1:29 PM

Last night, author Elizabeth Gilbert spoke at the opening session of Seattle Arts and Lecture's 2015 season. The sold out crowd of 2,500 at Seattle's Benaroya Hall came expecting an inspirational evening based on Gilbert's new book Big Magic, and they were not disappointed.

Being an...

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Saga of the Heart Continues In My Family

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2015 | 8:22 AM

As I write this on October 7, 2015, my younger brother Phil is undergoing open-heart surgery. It was precisely 22 years ago (Oct. 7, 1993), that our father Irving died while doctors were attempting to save him from yet another heart incident.

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Taproot Theatre's Dracula; A Superb Retelling of the Timeless Good vs. Evil Story

(0) Comments | Posted October 6, 2015 | 2:47 PM

Taproot Theatre's latest production is a new adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula that keeps the audience on the edge of their seats as the cast often uses the aisles to rush on and off stage. This is particularly startling if you're sitting in an aisle seat (as I...

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Arthur Miller's A View From the Bridge; A Masterfully Presented Classic at Seattle Rep

(0) Comments | Posted October 6, 2015 | 7:34 AM

Seattle Repertory Theatre's latest offering Arthur Miller's A View From the Bridge is a moving production of a genuine classic. Staged on a yet another outstanding Seattle Rep set, the play provides the audience with a look into the lives of a past generation of American immigrants that...

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Seattle Public Theater's Bad Jews; An Entertaining & Intriguing Look at Modern Religion & Tradition

(0) Comments | Posted October 5, 2015 | 12:32 PM

Seattle Public Theater recently premiered Bad Jews to a sold out house at The Bathhouse Theater, and the youthful cast kept the audience involved from beginning to the surprise conclusion. Outstanding among the four actors was Daphna brilliantly portrayed by Anna Kasabyan. Daphna is the one who claims...

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