Technology, Talents, Trees, and Seeing What’s Not There

Patrick Rhone is a writer, speaker, and author of 6 books living in Saint Paul, MN with his wife and thirteen-year-old daughter. In his spare time, he restores old homes. Through his writing, he tells personal stories and explores ideas about living a life of mindfulness, compassion, introspection, and truth. He says, “I do so in an attempt to help others. Writing is how I try to make the world a better, friendlier, stronger place.” More info can be found at

Technology, Talents, Trees, and Seeing What’s Not There

Randy Murray Episodes 4 and 5 “Myths, Legends, and Complicated Writers” here on Sage Woman Chronicles

Minimal Mac website and podcast (No longer active)

Anatham, by Neal Stephenson

Area X: The Southern Reach Trilogy, Jeff VanderMeer

Grant and Alexander Hamilton, by Rod Chernow

CW Pencil Enterprise, New York City

Hadestown (2019) Tony Winner best Musical and more, Anaïs Mitchell (Concept Album released 2010 featuring, Justin Vernon, Ani DiFranco, Greg Brown, Tanya, Petra, and Rachel Haden)

Hamilton, (2015) Tony Winner best Musical and more, Lin-Manuel Miranda Book and Lyrics

Sierra Vista Community Theatre, Sierra Vista, Arizona

The Guthrie Theatre, Minneapolis, Minnesota 

Penumbra Theatre, St. Paul, Minnesota

August Wilson, Playwright (1945 – 2005)

Non-Fiction Recommendations

The Good Ancestor: A Radical Prescription for Long-Term Thinking, Roman Krznaric

The Story of More: How We Got to Climate Change and Where to Go From Here, Hope Jahren

Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds, Adrienne Maree Brown

Fiction Recommendations

The Parable of the Sower, (Parable 1) Octavia E. Butler (1947 – 2006) Parable of the Talents, (Parable 2)

The Murders of Molly Southbourne, and The Survival of Molly Southbourne, Tade Thompson

The Glass Hotel, Emily St. John Mandel

Subdivision: A Novel, and Broken River, J. Robert Lennon

The DaVinci Code, Dan Brown

The Expected One, Book 1 of The Magdalene Line series, Kathleen McGowan

Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest, Suzanne Simard

Shogun, James Clavell, TV Mini-Series (1980) Jerry London, Director, Eric Bercovici, James Clavell, Teleplay

Roots, Alex Haley, TV Mini-Series (1977) Marvin J. Chomsky, John Erman, David Greene, Gilbert Moore, Directors, William Blinn, M. Charles Cohen, Alex Haley, Ernest Kinoy, James Lee, Teleplay

The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCullough TV Mini-Series (1983) Daryl Duke, Director, Carmen Culver, Colleen McCullough, Lee Stanley, Teleplay

Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov Movie (1962) Stanley Kubrick, Director, Vladimir Nabokov, Stanley Kubrick, James B. Harris, Screenwriters

Sixteen Candles (1984) John Hughes, Director, Screenwriter

The Magic of Belle Isle (2012) Rob Reiner, Director, Guy Thomas, Rob Reiner, Andrew Scheinman, Screenwriters

Other Important Notes

The Waco Messenger 

J.J. Abrams Mystery Box TED Talk

ITER Energy Experiment

“Humans are not ideally set up to understand logic; they are ideally set up to understand stories.” ~ Roger C. Schank, Cognitive Scientist


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I grew up in the West, the descendant of people traveling by wagon train to a new life. Some of their determination and wanderlust became a part of me. I imagine them sitting around the campfire telling stories, which is why I became first a theatre artist, then a teacher and now a writer. They are all ways of telling stories.

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