New Website aka Squarespace rocks. Also: Stephen Ferrell. / by Jon Matteson

First of all, Squarespace is a beautiful platform.  That's all.

This is my new website.  I'm hoping this one feels a bit more alive and expresses a little more about me.  Including this blog and the things I write here.  I hope to include a lot of the things I create here.  Links to my web videos, new poetry that I've written, or short pieces about other artists I see or meet.

First of all, I'd like to talk about how lucky I am to have so many talented, spectacular friends around me.  In this case, I'm referring to my friend, Stephen Ferrell.

He is a courageous, bold, energetic, and charming actor.  He doesn't act much anymore, but he does perform and inspire others on a daily basis as a teacher.  He may reach more lives with his performing on a daily basis than I do or several other of my friends.  In this video, which is a story he told at the 2014 Teach for America - NY Alumni Story slam, he tells a story of how he has had to fight for his education, and how he has been inspired to fight for others and their education.

This inspired speech reminds me of how important it is to fight everyday, especially when you have something to fight for.  Please watch.

Stephen Ferrell - Fight