TJ Dawe

TJ Dawe

 TJ is a Vancouver based writer, performer and director of new theatre pieces. He's participated in ninety or so theatre and comedy festivals in Canada, the US, Australia and the UK. He has six published plays and a humour book. He's also interested in movies, literature, television, comic books, history, science, spirituality, tai chi, technology, food and the Enneagram. He generally juggles a dozen projects at a time. He thinks more people should read the books of Barbara Ehrenreich, Gabor Mate, David Mitchell, Dan Savage, Mark Kurlansky, Miriam Toews and Brian Michael Bendis. 


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Gabor Mate is a doctor and best-selling author. His totems are Gautama Buddha, Yeshua (aka Jesus), Karl Marx, Albert Einstein and Sigmund Freud. Beethoven's in there too.
Monday, 16 April 2012 16:14

Why Tom Waits Quit Drinking

    Famous for booze-soaked ballads in the 70s and creative musical weirdness ever since, the legend is now sober. 
A black diamond examination of the intersection of these two systems.
Monday, 09 April 2012 15:55

The Brain Science of Mushroom Trips

    Certain parts of your brain become less active, with interesting results.
    At their best, musical Sevens infect their audiences with a joy so full and pure that it touches on the divine.
Monday, 02 April 2012 16:15

Why Spammers Leave Comments on Blogs

        Do you have a blog you've been neglecting? It's probably happening to you.
    This charity pays fair trade prices to Ugandan women for bead jewelry.
Saturday, 24 March 2012 03:48

The Top Five Hits of 1947

    What were people listening to then? Will you recognize the songs or the artists?
Monday, 19 March 2012 00:22

How Wikipedia Changed Everything

        There's a great deal of significance to this thing we use as a quick, easy reference.
  What function do they serve? Sandra Maitri offers answers in her book The Spiritual Dimension of the Enneagram.
Sunday, 18 March 2012 02:27

Saturday Night Jukebox: By Request

  Songs from artists various Beams readers listed as being underrated.
      What exactly is going on in our heads when we give in to a craving?
Tuesday, 06 March 2012 23:38

Can You Think?

        What does it mean to actually "think"? How often do we do it?
Monday, 05 March 2012 14:58

A Beams and Struts TED talk

  About Beams and Struts, collective intelligence, and why this is the most exciting time to be alive in human history.
    This meme exploded (in the good sense) and then exploded (in the bad sense) in about a month. Here's what happened.
      Sixes question authority, look for guidance, play in established musical styles and defend the underdog.
Saturday, 25 February 2012 23:45

A Beams & Struts Sampler

  Are you new to Beams and Struts? If so, welcome! And here are links to a variety of our best loved and most read articles.
    A short summary of something this big bad corp is trying to splooge into our bodies.
Monday, 13 February 2012 16:57

Lord of the Tar Sands

    In Alberta, the hobbits are creating Mordor instead of destroying it.
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