PART 3: “THE FRONT MAN” MY CONVERSATION WITH CHARLES RIES IN FOUR PARTS

Part of that “living” that Charles does so well is as the front man for the band, “Charles P. Ries and The Minktronics”. An accomplished writer with both a novel and five published books of poetry to his name, Charles began doing public readings to aid in selling his book and his poetry. Kismet would eventually pair him with two other area musicians who were familiar with his work. The twist, however, was that both men had also grown up […]

PART 2: “MOVE BEYOND” MY CONVERSATION WITH CHARLES RIES IN FOUR PARTS

Part 2 “Move Beyond” This need to create has long existed in Charles. As a boy, growing up on a mink farm in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, Charles began exploring outside the daily norm of farm life. “When I was thirteen or so, I started making skim boards out of plywood planks in our basement. The Lake was about half a mile from our mink farm and so I would go “skim boarding”. Then when I was about fifteen or sixteen, I saw […]

“BE PRESENT, BE HERE”: MY CONVERSATION WITH CHARLES RIES IN FOUR PARTS

Part 1: “Get Out Of Your Own Head” Be present. Be present at the dinner table. Be present at the boardroom table. Be present at the casual lunch with colleagues. It isn’t enough to simply share the space with someone, you need to be entirely present. This is something I’ve been reminding myself of more and more lately. My friend Charles Ries gets it. We sat down together recently and talked about what it means to be present, to be here. “We’ll […]