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It’s A Question Of Balance ® radio show balances the intellectual with the creative, exploring whether we have more in common than divides us through thought-provoking conversations – out and about with people on the street on different topics, and in the studio with inspiring guests from the arts. Balance is not a compromise. Balance is truth distilled from many places creating cohesive understanding.

Topic: Out And About – Conversations on the Street about Questions That Matter: Can Gratitude Be An Attitude of Life? (2015)


This Saturday 28th November 8-9 PM on It’s A Question Of Balance with Ruth Copland, with Thanksgiving just behind us, we consider ‘Can Gratitude Be an Attitude of Life?’ Social psychologist Erich Seligmann Fromm said “Who will tell whether one happy moment of love, or the joy of breathing, or walking on a bright morning and smelling the fresh air, is not worth all the suffering and effort which life implies.” Have you ever been going through hard times but made yourself focus on the good things? How hard is it to change our perspective and see our cup as half full rather than half empty – particularly when we are faced with a challenging situation in our lives? If we manage to do it on a regular basis does it make a difference to how we feel? Part of the criticism of a positive, grateful approach is that it stops people dealing with life as it really is. But who determines how life ‘really is’ do you think? Perhaps the whole point of the gratitude philosophy is that in the end life is about perspective and thus the same experience can be received completely differently depending on how we view it?

What do you think? Ruth Copland gets the views of people on the street for our Out and About feature.

Arts Interview: In-Depth Conversation with Michael Wertz


This week as her special guest from the arts Ruth Copland is pleased to be interviewing Michael Wertz author, illustrator and printer. Based in Oakland, California, Michael creates images for books, products, designers, ad agencies, musicians, publishers, and movie trailers. His images start with the pencil, and finish as digital collages, monoprints, letterpress prints, and screen prints. His clients include The San Francisco Chronicle, The Bark, Bill Graham Presents, Camper Van Beethoven, Camelbak, Chronicle Books, The DeYoung Museum, The Elsewhere Philatelic Society, The Exploratorium, Farrar Strauss Giroux, Gingko Press, Hostelling International, McCann Erickson, Oaklandish, Random House, Rickshaw Bagworks, The New York Times, Nike, The Oakland Museum, Scholastic, The SFMOMA, United Way, and Wired. Michael’s work has been recognised by Communication Arts, American Illustration, and the Society of Illustrators (LA). With a BA in French Language from UCSC and a BFA in Illustration from California College of the Arts (CCA), Michael is currently back at CCA teaching for the Illustration department. Michael is the author of the delightful illustrated book Dog Days and co-author with poet Betsy Franco of A Curious Collection of Cats, A Dazzling Display of Dogs, and the recently released A Spectacular Selection Of Sea Critters.

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