From art and architecture to film, fun, fashion, and infamous behavior, Simple Rediscovery brings the best of the past to light for a new age. Relearn, relive, and relove subjects that we revive and refresh for today. Find us at simplerediscovery.org.
Push Back the Norm: Start a Neo-Modernist Movement
The best changes in history are made by the best people.
As much as we might want to think ... and imagine ... that today we are far more advanced, artistically and creatively, than any of our predecessors … I’m sorry to clue you in, but we are wrong. Creativity and artistic expression, and pushing back against the norm, are the things that have positively made changes within the world for thousands of years. So to truly learn how to make changes in the world that not only help now but help for hundreds and thousands of years, it is the realm of art and creativity. Because if we speak of science that makes a difference, it’s important to know that the world’s greatest scientists are also the most open and creative people, because without creativity even science, math, and engineering cannot move forward. Rediscover and learn from Salvador Dali, Gertrude Stein, Auguste Rodin, Russian Revolution, Modernists, Modernism, wars, financial disasters, turmoil, pollution, unemployment, travel, communication,
Play the Funky (Story) Music! Rock and Roll!
In just around three minutes, a good pop story song gives us an abbreviated account of a love affair, or the details of an adventure (or misadventure), or the particulars of a personal tragedy that wasn’t our own, but was something that touched our soul.
The first twenty or so years of the Rock and Roll Era (from the mid-1950s to the mid-70s) were, what could be, the heyday of the story song. Singers and songwriters of the 1950s to the 1970s made sure that as soon as you got one story song out of your head, another one took its place—forming a compendium of musical experiences that allowed you to see the world a bit differently.
Listen to Elvis Presley, Little Richard, Loretta Lynn, Ray Peterson, Mark Dinning, Leslie Gore, Shangri-Las, Jeannie C. Riley, Creedence Clearwater Revival, David Geddes, Andrew Gold, Michael Jackson, Tracy Chapman, Carrie underwood, Paramore, Panic at the Disco, and lots of other singers and musicians who help you discover another side of life.
Rediscover Lessons Good and Grimm
Rediscover the frightening tales from our collective past. We’ll come to see that things really haven’t changed that much since the Brothers Grimm collected their tales. How we teach our children to learn about life, culture, society, history … is an important part of making people healthy, accepting, understanding, and welcomingly coherent about how it is we all live. Without creating this kind of intelligent and emotional balance among ourselves and children … we might rediscover that such historical and current extremes in life are mighty grim!
Rediscover Fashion Mojo
It’s true that vain people can be slothful ... and slothful people can be vain but most of these double-duty offenders exist only on the fringes of polite society. For those of us in the middle—particularly those of us in the middle financially—there is limited means to fund the expense of immense vanity or the time-wasting nature of ultimate sloth. However, many would argue that, in America, the middle is becoming a little too vanity deficient and slothfully inclined, especially when it comes to our fashion wardrobes. Therefore, it’s time to up our game a bit and rediscover dressing well!
Rediscover How Books Pop-Up!
Rediscover the pop-up book — which isn’t only a book — it is art.
Explore the modern masters of pop-up books: Matthew Reinhart, Robert Sabuda, David Carter, and Marion Bataille. And the early creators of paper engineering: Matthew Paris, Ernest Nister, Lothar Meggendorfer.
You probably recall at least one title you treasured beyond all others. For the oldest among us, that might have been a book in the Doctor Dolittle series by Hugh Lofting, or perhaps a more obscure title like The Magical Land of Noom by Johnny Gruelle. Baby Boomers may reminisce fondly about Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White, or something—or anything—by Dr. Seuss: Horton Hears a Who, The Cat in The Hat, Green Eggs and Ham. And younger people might think back to the good old days of the 1980s and 90s, when titles like A Light in the Attic, by Shel Silberstein, or Matilda, by Roald Dahl, captured our attention.
But, regardless of your current age and the title of that book you fell in love with so long ago, it’s possible that, before you could speak or even before you knew what a book was, someone showed you another book that truly fascinated you—because it was different than all the others. In this book, the illustrations literally sprang to life; they moved, they shifted, and they even popped-up! Lest we forget the great joy they brought us, it’s time to rediscover pop-up books.
Rediscover Local Theater: Curtain Up!
A night of theater—be it a high-end, professional production in a major city; or a touring company performance in a mid-sized regional hub; or a Little Theater, community theater, or school drama department show in a suburb or small town—the “night of theater” is considered a luxury. However, in a time when many Americans have become inordinately discouraged and increasingly disconnected from their fellow citizens, regular patronage of live theater may just be the key to our survival as a creative, enlightened, and unified audience.
Consider busting open your piggy bank, buying a ticket or two, and spending an afternoon or evening rediscovering local theater. After the show, you’ll walk out feeling a bit more connected to everyone! Actors, entertainers, singers, dancers, musicians, writers, playwrights, directors, producers -- that's entertainment!
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This is one of the best podcast series I've ever heard. Ted Wells is a genius! I highly recommend any of the Simple Rediscovery titles. Some are more serious than others, but they're always entertaining--and they will make you see everyday things in a fresh way. Thank you, Guardian Stewardship Editions!
Wonderful Discovery, As Far As It Goes
Well done podcasts, and I'm very disappointed that there aren't more than four. The website has even closed down.
It's always disappointing when the good ones stop being made.
Bringing the Good Things Back to Our Lives
I am really enjoying this podcast which has reminded me how much I loved dialing old telephones, the interest of what our neighborhood eccentric would be hauling home in his wagon, and just why I prefer to say Holy Moly instead of something more vulgar. Each episode is thoughtful but not without a sense of fun. Beautifully narrated and produced too.