Category: R is for…

Russell Sprouts = me and all my siblings!!!

I would like to introduce you all to a very special person, someone who has been an inspiration to me most of my life for his drive to follow his dream of being a “gainfully active” artist.

Ladies and germs… meet my BRO, David J Russell…

David is ten years my junior, the youngest brother in a group totaling 9 (yes, count ’em, nine) siblings (7 still alive and kicking), all sprung from the womb of our tiny (5’2″), late mom, Gloria and all sired by our laid back, late dad, Richard, both of whom always told us all to “get a REAL job”!!! I’m the eldest (chest bump) and there has always been talk that either our folks stole us from wandering gypsies, or they tried to sell us to said wandering gypsies. I’m never sure which. Trust me, that made for lots of sibling rivalry ammo during our formative years!!!

Along with the other younger brother, Patrick, eleven months David’s senior, David moved to Orlando lo these many years ago and both became part of the Disney “family”. Patrick is the IT guy, David, the artist/performer. He is responsible for the creation of many of the interesting audio skits you might hear while waiting in line (and waiting and waiting) to get into some rides or attractions at the world famous theme park. In fact, David has also done voice overs, as a character or two, in said skits. And, naturally enough, Patrick and his Web building/hosting company at the time, SNP, created the SAK website.

David has always been the ham of the family, and the only one who dared to defy the parental edict “get a real job”!!! His performing, directing and producing career came out during his days at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival. This now 42 year old festival is also where David met the love of his life, the sweet Morgan.
Any of you remember MD20-20? A kosher favorite, also popular among high school kids and broke hippies, seeking substance aided alteration, especially during the 60’s and 70’s. Well I just have to say, good thing it all worked out for Morgan/David, or I’d forever have lost a perfect mnemonic memory aid for we indulgers, who suffered early and sudden bouts of Alzheimer’s, even for family member names. And even now, when the memory is more like a sieve or a colander when it comes to information.
So, they all moved to Orlando after finishing college. Orlando is where Morgan is from. Not sure what brought her up to Minnesota, but, kind of a moot point now!!!

And, to fill things out, here, in David’s own words, he tells us about himself:

About me: I am the President of SAK Theatre Co. and served as the Artistic Director and Managing Director for SAK Comedy Lab for 10 years. SAK is a 200 seat live Improv Comedy Theater in Orlando, FL.

I have a lovely and wonderful wife Morgan who also performs at SAK (and Disney’s World Showcase Players) and is the Director of Interactors at UCF for the TeachLive program. We have two awesome children, (Marina and Walker) who I just adore from head to toe.

I also serve as a Show Director for Walt Disney World Entertainment.

Contact Dave Russell
Vision Coach

David’s blogs

  • SAK Ensemble Schedule
  • SAKDidYouKnow?
  • SAK Front of House Schedule
  • MeBloggyBloggy
  • SAK Ensemble Monday thru Wednesday
  • Quantum Vision for Living
  • iQuantum
  • SAK Bartender Schedule
  • Quantum Vision for Business
  • The Quantum Vision
  • SAK Special Events – Comedy Lab
  • SAK University
  • Orlando Sentinel: SAK Mash-Up
  • SAK on Wicki→→→→→→→→→→→→→→→→→→→→→→→

    So, that, in a nutshell, is my youngest brother, David. As I mentioned, being the only Russell Sprout (as I call us) who dared defy the parental edict “GET A REAL JOB”, David has always been an inspiration to me. Their children are now putting David and Morgan through the wonder years (parenting 2 adolescents).

    So, I’ll leave you with this little vignette:I’m about 15ish, David is 5ish. I am the designated babysitter, so, of course, I am performing my duties in front of the TV, probably watching the Twilight Zone. I am totally immersed in whatever’s on TV, barely hearing in the background the sound of a wax paper bag rustling, coming from the kitchen. It probably would never have risen to my consciousness, had not David (wearing that shit-eating grin he still wears today) said to me, out of the blue, as he walked from kitchen into the living room, “I’m not eating potato chips, Janet.” (Word for word, hand to god!!!)


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    S is for… (Sprout or SAK)y’all take care now, y’hear‽‽‽‽


Just wanted to share a recent find. As do all creatives, no doubt, I often wonder how original am I? When I encountered this series, “Everything is a Remix”, it brought the subject of creativity right up to my forebrain, where I continue this debate with myself.

I discovered this most recently, while learning the art of making fractals. After a couple years of intense fractaling, I took a break from them, and recently returned to them. With a very invigorated Muse. Some of the “new” fractals I made/make, are tweaks or manipulations of some previous work of mine. And, in fact, I and many of my friends at my favorite art site, DeviantArt (DA), are even willing to share files, scripts, or parameters (kind of like “the code” for that piece, that can be pasted into whichever fractal generator is being used) of my/their own pieces, so others may learn from them. I have learned SO much by deconstructing (reverse engineering) someone else’s parameters, and (since I NEVER can put it back the way I got it) I end up “creating”  work on my own that, if not right away, then days, months, even years later I might go back to and go “WHOA! who the fark made that‽‽‽” ” and suddenly I say “Oh, I did…”, with great wonder. And pride.

Which, on a side note, is a great idea. Putting whatever your project/medium may be aside for a while – short or long, can be the best thing you’ll ever do for yourself as an artist. Not only will you have grown, refined your skills, and thus have a new “eye” with which to view something; it is SO gratifying to see a piece of art you’ve created, read something you’ve written, etc., and look at it in wonder, impressed by that “it” factor that makes it a standout piece and realize you really ARE good!!!

But, I digress…

Since, I found Part 3, “The Elements of Creativity”, the most interesting of this series I’m posting it first. Really, each Part (episode) is not really too long, so if you should find yourself wanting more of Kirby’s latest project, I’ll also include the other parts/episodes.

Everything Is a Remix – Part 3: “The Elements of Creativity”

Everything Is a Remix – Part 1: “The Song Remains the Same”

Everything Is a Remix – Part 2: “Remix, Inc.”

Everything Is a Remix – Part 4: “Remix, Inc.”

Kirby Ferguson on VIMEO

: Kirby Ferguson on everythingisaremix

Though sourced in the UK, the general ideas are pertinent:

Related articles:
Day SIX of Jeff Goins’ series, 15 Habits of  Great Writers (and, of ALL Artists)
The series above is drawn from Jeff’s ebook “You Are a Great Writer, (So Start Acting Like One)“, which I have and LOVE!!!
Copyright infringement and protecting our rights on the internet: Fight for the Future
Deviant Art: Fractal Resources Group
Is what we do who we are?: SusanWritesPrecise poses the query: “Who the Hell Am I?

R is for “reblogged”…

Unfortunately the WP “reblog” function, from the “reader” page hardly ever works…

So, instead, check out this post of May 17, 2012 from Ha! Tea ‘n’ Danger.
Thank you, Peter Parkour for your ALWAYS timely and thought provoking posts!

Having watched that, I the discovered this interesting piece from “The Young Turks”, also of 5/17/ 2012.

Other related articles:

from Grace Wyler, TED refuses to Post Talk by Nick Hanauer

The Young Turks at Current TV

Good Day After green day, all you real and faux Irish folk out there. So have we all settled down from all the merriment? All the tomfoolery? all the foolhardiness? Or are we continuing our search for that mythical little guy with his mythical little pot with our mythical gold in it?

Well, whatever your position on the commercialization of St Patrick’s Day, and all its attendant foolishness, please, let me remind us all of the true reason for celebration; the Real story behind that giant of a man in green, the saintly Patrick of Ireland.

So, lest we forget, I submit to you, the REAL STORY behind why everything in the world turned green yesterday and we even drank of such green brewskies or whatever, in our own little green ways.

The REAL Story

And thaqnk you all for attending, this morning, or whatever part of the day it is for you!!!

Blessed be the IRISH!!!

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perhaps a little Rumi to end the day, cleanse the dreaming palette…




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