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Chaos, Clutter and Communication: Why We Are Born Naked

Kristin Tone



At age 37, I have two young children, a husband, 2 cars, a house, a motorcycle, 8 bikes, 6 beds, 47 pillows, 18 chairs, 62 picture frames, 9 bottles of shampoo, 17 tupperware bins filled with things we haven't looked at in 8 years, 26 towels, 14 baskets...I was however born naked, felt the sunshine, ran barefoot in the rain, made mud stew with a hole and stick and the world made sense. Since then, I attended college, acquired a Master's Degree, became licensed stock broker, taught ages 6 though 60, traveled to africa for 5 months with nothing, but a backpack, performed in the Old Vic in London, spent a year as Mama Pig in the Three Little Pigs, lived in Spain, Portugal, Africa, Boston, London, Colorado, Los Angeles and Oregon. Currently, I can't find my way out of the pile of toys in my garage.

My 5-year-old daughter recently asked me what dress she was born in. At the time, I was responding to a text message, checking new photos on facebook, and paying the first in a mountain of bills on my counter. I was wrenched from my technologically induced fog. "I'm sorry, honey, what?!" I responded. She asked again. I replied, "You were born naked." "Not even a diaper?" She asked. "Not even a diaper," I said back. "Well, then where did all this stuff come from?" Kids, they get you every time. For as long as my suburban career had spanned, I had felt completely overwhelmed by stuff, commitments, noise, chaos and clutter. I had rarely felt fully present, my face buried in an e-mail or text message, talking on the phone while making dinner, filling out school forms, and cutting gum out of someone's hair. Blackberrys, computers, iphones, dishwashers, all created in the name of convenience and simplicity, had made my life inordinately more complex. In this presentation, I will explore the statistics behind the incessant and innumerable modes of communication, the American tendency toward acquisition of stuff and their effects on energy, the psyche and the undeniable chaos many of us feel. And finally, why it is important for us all to remember that we were born naked.



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Ignite Bend ​15
​2018 TBA
Doors open at 6:00pm
Tower Theater - Bend, OR
Admission is always FREE

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