What’s Your Take: In Praise of Empathy by Ronald Mackay

In this series, Northumberland artists share their views on issues related to the arts. “Seeds of the destruction of many an empire since the beginning of civilization may be traced to wilful blindness, a refusal to cultivate empathy. Obama claims empathy to be indispensable for human flourishing.” Ronald Mackay There is a faction that would…

Einstein’s Fridge: a one-act play by Ronald Mackay

As we confirm the program for NFOTA’s upcoming festival, to be announced soon, we look back on previous festivals. Here is Ronald Mackay’s one-act play, Einstein’s Fridge, from Festival of the Arts 2019. This video was filmed by Wally Keeler. About Ron: A career in international development has persuaded Ronald that cultures have always borrowed…

What’s Your Take: In Praise of Gatekeepers by Ronald Mackay

In this series, Northumberland artists share their views on issues related to the arts. If I’m honest, I write not only to satisfy an urge but to seek validation. I want thoughtful, educated people — like I imagine myself to be – to nod in recognition of what I proffer. I seek confirmation that my…

What’s Your Take?: In Praise of Borrowing by Ronald Mackay

In this series, Northumberland artists share their views on issues related to the arts. Let us cherish the commingling of diverse cultures. As a Scot, I see others wearing tartan – “plaid” to Americans – and feel pride that the criss-cross patterned cloth associated with my homeland is copied and worn with pride if not…