When I was a tow-headed boy, The Box in the Woods down the road kept my secrets. In the middle of The Woods towered a maple, an “X” carved with a butter knife in its bark. With no other kids in sight, I’d scatter the leaf shards, dig a few inches of dirt with the trowel, and pull out The Box, one of my grandfather’s cigar boxes, to finger the bounty.
A rock shaped like a heart I’d found near a stream. My favorite three marbles – an oxblood, a Devil’s Eye, and a Cat’s Eye. A foot of rope. A small hammer. Nails. A small rodent skull. A picture of brown-eyed Robin.
They were the makings of magic and mystery.
Creator of Lost and Fringe J.J. Abrams says that the mystery box represents “infinite possibility, hope, and potential.” One of Hollywood’s most sought-after writers and directors, Abrams says mystery is the catalyst for imagination. He’s right.
We each have our own Mystery Box. And this March you have a limited chance to open and nourish it with me and a crew of other amazing creatives. Read more