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Join host Andrew Nemr in explorations at the intersection between what we believe, what we do, and who we become. From tap dancing and public speaking, to spiritual formation and Jesus, nothing is off the table in his weekly Talking Notes.

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Talking Notes Andrew Nemr

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Join host Andrew Nemr in explorations at the intersection between what we believe, what we do, and who we become. From tap dancing and public speaking, to spiritual formation and Jesus, nothing is off the table in his weekly Talking Notes.

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    Talking Notes - First Things

    Talking Notes - First Things

    There seems to be an order of operations when it comes to things. Learning is progressive. Formation is progressive. I’m not saying everything is linear – it may be cyclical or like a spiral. However, it does seem that trying to build a house without a foundation is akin kicking against the natural order of things. This week I’m thinking about what might be first. What should I focus on first? What question needs answering first? What activity should I worry about first? How could I even be thinking about what comes first?

    Related Links:

    Rising to the Tap

    A note about immersion

    A note about the end

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    • 9 min
    Talking Notes - Immersion

    Talking Notes - Immersion

    Have you ever been so wrapped up in something that you felt you couldn’t get away? I’ve been thinking a lot about immersion lately – the kind we opt into, and the kind we find ourselves in. Frankly, I’ve come to see life as an immersive endeavor. We’re in it whether or not we wanted to be – and we are ALL IN. So, I’m asking myself this question: What, if anything, can be done for an individual person to become and active agent in this experience of immersion, this experience of life, for the sake of change toward the good?

    RELATED LINKS

    Rising to the Tap

    Burnout

    What We Leave Behind

    Psalm 16

    Resources I like for reading the bible

    “Seek first…”

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    • 13 min
    Talking Notes - Give Me Two Bars

    Talking Notes - Give Me Two Bars

    My first tap dance coaching session started with a simple request, “Give me two bars.” I had know idea how formative such a small practice would become for me. I used it as I grew, in choreographing for my dance company, and even today as my personal practice continues to evolve. It seems to me foundational practices are key in any pursuit, even that of engaging with the formation of our inner world.

    RELEVANT LINKS:

    TED TALK - The Four Great Questions of Life

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    • 10 min
    Talking Notes - The Wisdom of a Discipline

    Talking Notes - The Wisdom of a Discipline

    Last week I made an assertion without qualifying it. This week I’m qualifying my assertion for clarity. Some ideas are foundational, others are not. Some ideas function in all aspects of life, others do not. The idea of letting go of searching for a single holy root may be healthy for journeying in the world of tap dance and other kinds of activities. When it comes to life, especially in light of the propositions of Jesus, there might be a different way.

    RELEVANT LINKS:

    The Roots of Tap Dance, last week’s note

    The pull quote in question

    “…the way, the truth and the life…” (the Book of John, Chapter 14, verse 6)

    The Book of Matthew, Chapter 5

    The End, a note about goals

    The Four Great Questions of Life, a TEDx Talk

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    • 10 min
    Talking Notes - The Roots of Tap Dance

    Talking Notes - The Roots of Tap Dance

    The summer of 2020 sparked a deep and fruitful conversation within the tap dance community. This week’s note is thinking about how this conversation was approached, the framing around it, and how we approach similar conversations in general. What if our search for a beginning, a single root, or inventor, was replaced by a journey into the hearts of all those who came before us? That we might be enlivened by stories of wonder, inspiration, and life?

    LINKS:

    My Tap Roots Course

    My documentary film

    My live solo show

    Jimmy Slyde (website)

    Steve Condos (video)

    Gene Kelly (video)

    Mable Lee (video)

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    • 9 min
    Cumulative Histories

    Cumulative Histories

    This week I’m thinking about the challenges faced with writing cumulative histories – the natural limitations of time and space, the stories that get included and excluded, and the people that are affected. If we think about stories as mediums that speak to the formation of a life, what happens when they are incomplete?

    LINKS:

    Bunny Briggs

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    • 8 min

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