in the comfort zone

image from http://media3.washingtonpost.com/ - Amber NovakThe Washington Post has recently (Sunday, August 6, 2006; Page N07) ran an article about my blog pal, Trevor Romain. Trevor is many things to many people. We first met at Blog Hui, March 2006. Our relationship quickly grew from guest speaker/conference organiser to good mates – quickly is something of an understatement – instantly is more accurate. Time spent with Trevor is something to treasure, as the people who attended the writer’s workshop Trevor ran the day after the Hui also found out.

The interesting thing about the article was that it highlighted Trevor’s ability to walk an even line between the maudlin and mundane.

That can either strike you as too much or just right, but it’s the kind of moment in which Trevor Romain thrives.

The subhead notes: Performer-Author Guides Kids Through The Harsh Realities Of Growing Up and while this is true, it misses another important aspect – we, as adults, don’t have all that many hot answers to bullies (or there’d be fewer in the workplace), to death and dying, to divorce, or any of the other daily horrors we deal with. Or perhaps you do. I must’ve been wagging school the day that was being taught. Trevor’s books and dvds provide a path for adults through the tough neighbourhoods as well.

How? Trevor strikes me as a guy who’s been up to the edge on the abyss – a number of times – and looked over, and come back to tell us what’s there. Not in a cheap and sensational frightening kind of a way, nor in a grim realistic way, but in a calm, and funny way. A comforting way. It’s still going to be frightening (because it’s new), and it’s still going to be realistic (because IT is happening), but there’s no reason why just because it’s serious it should be solemn. Laughing at the horror confronting us perhaps gives us the necessary sense of proportion and strength we need to go on to get in the comfort zone.

Thanks, WaPo, good article, strong writing by Spike Gillespie – clearly a journo who’s spent time with Trevor, and great image by Amber Novak.

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