Exploring Misunderstandings

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A few years ago, I was leading a program with a global tech company for fifty of their directors and VPs. A man sitting in the front row was particularly attentive, one of those people who gives lots of good energy, even without saying anything. At the first break, he came up to ask me a question and we talked for fifteen minutes. Then, from the moment I started the next module until lunch, … Read More

May 2019

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In The Land of Hope and Grief, An Art Therapy Project in an Alaska Native Village Helps Teens Talk About Suicide in their Community I discovered a wonderful article in Pacific Standard Magazine recently, “In the Land of Hope and Grief: An art therapy project in an Alaska Native village helps teens talk about suicide in their community.” This compelling piece was written by Kiliii Yüyan, whose work in Gambell, Alaska has a lot … Read More

Sticks

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Here’s an idea to make your work more livable and vibrant: start every morning with a game of Sticks. I played Sticks every day with my colleagues on Cirque du Soleil’s Corteo, right after we sang a song together. Sticks made me happy, made me a better person and a much better colleague. It was the way the cast tuned up together and found the rhythm of the day. Sticks begins with a group … Read More

Last Paragraph from The Snow Clown

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Sometimes things change. I want to go back to St. Michael to teach Charlene’s kids to juggle. I want to eat spam and paint Eskimo masks on kids’ faces. I want to write a play about breaking the silence, or help Charlene write a play for the whole village, telling even more secrets. But they might not need me now. Dougie and Barnsie might already be there, making a show with every kid in … Read More

My Thoughts on In the Land of Hope and Grief

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An art therapy project in an Alaska Native village helps teens talk about suicide in their community. by Kiliii Yüyan | May 1, 2019 | Pacific Standard Magazine I discovered a wonderful article in Pacific Standard Magazine recently, “In the Land of Hope and Grief: An art therapy project in an Alaska Native village helps teens talk about suicide in their community.” This compelling piece was written by Kiliii Yüyan, whose work in Gambell, … Read More

April 2019

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  Dear Friends and Family, Stories are King As a kid I got grief from my family because my stories would always veered toward the dramatic. Since mine was a scientific family, facts were king. When my mother died a few years ago and I became the last living member of my nuclear family, I realized that my stories were now the stories. There was no one else to offer a different point of … Read More

Review from Spectacle Magazine

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Ernest Albrecht, Reviewer Spectacle Magazine Vol. VIII No. 2 March, 2019 Jeff Raz has had a remarkably varied career in the performing arts that has supported him and his family for decades. His book ‘The Snow Clown‘ deals with only a small portion of his artistic endeavors, this time in the unlikely venues of the remote frozen tundra of Alaska and the equally unlikely heartland of Nebraska. In both of these venues clowning and … Read More

March 2019

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  Dear Friends and Family, Ken Burns, the documentary film maker, says that communication only happens between people who see eye-to-eye, who see each other as equals and equally human. This sounds obvious, even a cliché, but it is very hard to do in practice when you take the full weight of this seriously, and to heart. For example, I’m doing a book event at S.F. State University later today – how will I … Read More

February 2019

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  Dear Friends and Family, It’s surprising, and somewhat disconcerting, when other people understand my books better than I do. Chris Ertel, author of the national bestseller ‘Moments of Impact; How to Design Strategic Conversations that Accelerate Change‘, told me that ‘The Secret Life of Clowns‘ addressed corporate “learning and development” in “a vivid and universal way.” Not what I was thinking when I wrote it. At recent Snow Clown readings, I’ve been getting … Read More

NPR Word by Word Interview with Jeff

Northern California Public Media’s Word By Word: Conversations With Writers host Gil Mansergh wanted to juggle things up a bit, so our first guest for 2019 is the internationally renowned juggler, clown, teacher, playwright and author Jeff Raz. They discussed Jeff’s latest book, The Snow Clown and Jeff’s adventures teaching circus arts in Alaska to Native students.

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