ComFest, Burners and “CAFFEINE COMMUNION” with Micki Pike

Micki and I got together at the original Angry Baker in Olde Towne East February 6, 2018.

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She brought along festival programs for the first three years she attended, and soon volunteered at ComFest. This is how Micki and I first became acquainted, as volunteers for Columbus’ “Party with a Purpose.” That was 1995, and she’s volunteered every year since ’96, serving on various committees such as Clean Up/Recycling, Grants, Site, Logistics, and she created two committees still active, Food Fairies and Volunteer Central.

As we talked about “radical self-expression,” I asked Micki about a couple of Ohio “burns,” smaller regional gatherings modeled on Burning Man, notably, Scorched Nuts and Mozaic Experiment. These events share some commonality with the ComFest ethic, specifically the 10 Principles as they compare with Spirit and Purpose.

CORE VALUES:  She’s an “omnist,”  she recognizes and respects all religions.  For Micki, the Golden Rule, universal  mores and truths and the

Spirit & Principles of ComFest… 

We think that people ought to work for the collective good of all people rather than for personal gain. We support cooperation and collective activity rather than competition and individual profit.

The basic necessities of life are a right and not a privilege. People have the collective right to control the conditions of their lives.

People should strive to conduct their lives in harmony with the environment.

We recognize that there are primary attitudes which divide and oppress people. These attitudes are usually shown by prejudice against people on the basis of age, class, ability, income, race, sex and sexual preference/orientation. We seek to eliminate these attitudes.

The Statement of Principles is more important than any other writings of the Community Festival.

Her current mission to EFFECT CHANGE:  “Yes, we can!”

EARLIEST MEMORY: Micki describes herself sitting on the seat of a moving car, with a silly man sitting next to her, who then opened the car door and jumped out, with the adults in the car talking like what sounded like gibberish to her. She had thought this was a dream until her mother informed her that was no dream, it really happened. She was 18-months old.

The FEELING of HUMAN CONNECTNESS, the TEXTURE of EMOTION: “Like a ‘heart hug,’ a soul hug,” as compared with a ‘body hug.’ The peaceful energy felt in a heart hug is peaceful energy for Micki, pure innocence, feeling the heart’s pulse. This is performed with left arm over left shoulder, left cheek to left cheek.

On SCARCITY/ABUNDANCE: She feels abundance with her freedom to be able to volunteer within her community.

The “BOX” that we’re often encouraged to THINK OUTSIDE OF: Her personal experience with organized religion is her box, which Micki got out of by “embracing change.”

The source for her IDEAS, her MUSE: Micki’s ethic influenced by Spirit & Purpose and the 10 Burning Man Principles stimulates her creativity and her “joy of play.”

On UNCERTAINTY: Meditation, and conversing with friends provide a center. She adds that she no longer worries about what others think of her.

Henceforth 5-YEARS AHEAD, life in 2023: “Things are going to get worse under our current political system in US. I do what I can to change this system. I like putting a smile on people’s faces.”

ANCESTRY:  Micki reports that her great-great-great-grandfather left Wales and arrived in Somerset, Ohio in 1853 to mine coal. One maternal ancestor is Ethan Allen, and her step-father is a descendant of Nathan Hale and Samuel F.B.Morse.

Finally, Micki, WHATCHA READIN’? Paul Tillich’s THE COURAGE TO BE, and she has read MY STRUGGLE.

Much THANKS to you, Micki.
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Picture Janet Adams with “CAFFEINE COMMUNION”

Janet and I met at Roosevelt Coffeehouse, January 31, 2018. It was her first visit to this not-for-profit operated house of bright light and joe, and she learned of it’s social justice mission to alleviate hunger, human trafficking and unclean water.

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We have a common mentor in Clay Lowe, who taught Janet at OSU when she earned her degree in photography.  And we have another commonality, i.e., our fondness for movies. During the salad days of my collegiate experience at OSU I went to screenings frequently, some weeks as often as 3-4 movies, all within walking distance on and from campus. As this interview reveals, Janet was often the projectionist when I watched films at the Ohio Union and Drake Union cinemas, hoisting spools of 16mm and 35mm film onto the projectors.

Upon graduation, Janet was virtually the only professional female photographer working in Columbus, along the likes of D.R. Goff and Larry Hamill.

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She been working ever since, for Battelle, for Columbus Business First, and now as a very busy free lance professional, as well as raising alpacas (she currently has two, but had 21 at one time).

Let’s hear Janet’s CORE VALUES: “Honesty, respect, and re-use, recycle, zero waste.” She serves on the board of Keep Reynoldsburg Beautiful and the Zero Waste Initiative.

Her current mission to EFFECT CHANGE: Through her photo imagery, “eco-photography.”

Big Pine Ranch alpacas nursing their crias.

Janet’s EARLIEST MEMORY: Vividly remembering an experience at some point during the 1950s, awakening from a nap to watch television, the opening scene of the “Loretta Young Show” with the star opening the door, making her signature entrance, whirling in a glamourous gown, then shutting the door behind her.

Her description of the EMOTIONAL TEXTURE of CONNECTEDNESS to OTHERS: “Intrigue and comfortableness, no barriers.”

On the SCARCITY/ABUNDANCE scale: Janet claims abundance in the form of her professional freedom and gratification, of her family, and with friends going as far back as elementary school.

Her proverbial “BOX,” that many have been encouraged to THINK OUTSIDE OF: “I’m always stepping outside the box, out of my comfort zone to learn new forms of art and expression.”

Janet’s MUSE, the source for her IDEAS: “Experience, observing life.”

On UNCERTAINTY: “It’s scary,” as a free lance artist, the uncertainty of her ability to pay bills, of her future health. To maintain perspective, Janet will change her environment to stimulate her senses.

5-YEARS hence, 2023: She’s confident Columbus will emerge as one of the top fives cities in United States. And at the same time, she worries about the prospect of war. But she’s hopeful in light of the #MeToo movement and the opportunity to elect more women leaders.

ANCESTRY: Janet’s mother’s roots were German, her father’s Slovak. She knows her great-great-grandfather was in the Austrian army.

Finally, Janet…WHATCHA READIN’? The suspense novels of Mary Higgins Clark.

Much THANKS to you, Janet.
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Jami Goldstein talks to “CAFFEINE COMMUNION” on helping “COLUMBUS MAKES ART.”

Jami and I met in a conference room of the Greater Columbus Arts Council, where she has been employed since 2010 as V.P., Marketing, Communications, and Events.

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Prior to joining the staff at GCAC to promote the mission of “Supporting Art and Advancing Culture,” she served Ohioans and advocated the arts statewide as Public Information Director for the Ohio Arts Council, in the Wayne Lawson era.

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In many aspects Jami’s personal life and her professional passion are one and the same. Originally from Michigan, raised on a farm near Flint, graduated from the University of Michigan and managed stages for events, including appearances by Stevie Wonder and the Rolling Stones.

Upon her move to Columbus, her first job was with the German Village Society, then the Edwards Companies promoting the Brewery District, and she joined the Player’s Theater during their closing days in 1993.

Jami is active in civic-minded of arts leadership, serving on boards and committees of Gateway Film Center, Columbus Film Commission, Columbus Music Commission, Columbus Arts Marketing Association, the Arts & College Preparatory Academy, and Roy G Biv Gallery.

Jami on her CORE VALUES: “Being grateful and having compassion. And I think integrity, too. Say what you’re going to do and do what you say. Treat people kindly, try to be empathetic, and be grateful for what you have because so many people have so much less.”

Current mission to EFFECT CHANGE: “One of the greatest opportunities as I work at GCAC is the capability to effect change in the arts, which contributes to individual artists, organizations,  education, community centers, economic development…a really vibrant cultural community that is critical to the success to any city.” She continues that as a city, “We’re not there, yet, at a level with our peer city competitors.”

GCAC President/CEO Tom Katzenmeyer has been given the charge to work on increasing funding, helping increase endowments for organizations, and marketing, raising the visability of the arts in Columbus, selling more tickets. “We want to change the landscape of funding for the arts in Columbus.” The budget has increased annually, the majority of which goes back out to the community in the form of artists and organizations grants. But in an additional campaign, a plan is being pitched to increase funding, a user fee on certain ticket sales, plus revenue from Franklin County. After all, recent local research reveals that county-wide, 2707 arts-related businesses employ 16,358 people, increasing almost 20% from 2015 to 2017.

Her EARLIEST MEMORY: “Probably at age four, walking down the lane on our farm holding my dad’s hand.” It was a very long, tree-lined passage that bordered up against the horse pasture. Her mom and her have a phrase they continue to share, “I love you longer than this lane and higher than the sky.” 

Jami’s FEELING of her CONNECTEDNESS with others, the TEXTURE of EMOTION: “It feels like my heart is full.  When I feel grateful for my friends, for our creative community, I feel this expansiveness, a nice warm glow in my chest.”

SCARCITY/ABUNDANCE: “I personally feel I am far on the abundance side, not necessarily monetarily, but wealth comes in full variety of other forms. But I unfortunately feel human kind right now is on the side of scarcity in compassion and kindness. It’s kindness and compassion and love that can change the world. How you approach your own choices in your personal sphere has a ripple effect into the community.”

Her proverbial “BOX,” which we’re often encouraged to THINK OUTSIDE OF: “It’s of my own construction. I tend to be very dogmatic, I’ll put my head down and just work. Sometimes I may come off as abrupt or uncaring, when in fact I’m just trying to get work done.” Her solution is to attempt to break out of this box, to slow down, but she finds it difficult to unplug, as her personal and professional lives are so entwined.

Her MUSE, the source for her IDEAS: Two courses of action to connect with her creativity. 1) She goes for walks in the woods, to get out of her head, and 2) To walk into any library. “The smell of books…I’m a voracious reader, the smell of books gives me a visceral reaction.” We agreed we find libraries humbling, and she added, “If there’s any redeeming quality for human beings it’s that we do have imaginations and are creative, and are occasionally capable of compassion.”

On UNCERTAINTY: “It’s a constant, change is constant. Adapting to that idea better prepares us to deal with the future. I’m confident that another opportunity will come along, and I’ve had the ability to recognize these opportunities. That said, I’ve lived in the same house for 20 years.”

In 5-YEARS, 2023: “I can see myself still here, if my work is unfinished. But we still have work to do here. Columbus…we’re on a cusp now, we have problems in this community we need to address, as 14th largest city we’re starting to feel the strain of rush hour traffic, lack of mass transit, an educational issue, opioid addiction, gentrification and disparity issues in socio-economic classes that must be addressed.” But“Columbus has been very good at finding unique solutions to challenging social issues and I hope we can continue to do that.”

ANCESTRY: Jami is well-informed on her antecedents. Harriet Lane, niece of President James Buchanan on her mother’s side, Oliver Wendell Holmes on her father’s side.

Finally, Jami…WHATCHA READIN’? British detective novels, everything of Agatha Christie and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and just read re-read SHIBUMI, a spy novel by Trevanian.

Much THANKS to you, Jami.

And THANKS, too, toward all readers of “CAFFEINE COMMUNION.”

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Paul Thomas Evans discusses walking and bohemianism with “CAFFEINE COMMUNION”

Paul and I got together on a rainy Saturday afternoon to share conversation over caffeine (coffee & diet Coke) January 27, 2018.

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Our venue of choice, the venerable Kafe Kerouac, just north of OSU on the SE corner of E. Northwood and N. High.

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This establishment is the closest Columbus has come to allowing a cultural center in the tradition of Larry’s Bar, and more recently, Victorians Midnight Café.

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(DISCLOSURE: This reporter was once employed at the bar by the very Larry Paoletti himself).

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From his Marietta roots, Paul has spent time bi-coastal, Boston to live and work, San Francisco for annual participation in the Bay-to-Breakers festivities, with roots back to the 1906 Earthquake. As a Boston-area resident he worked on staff at the Harvard Crimson as a typesetter, where he befriended Bill McKibbon. He migrated to Ohio University, then Cincinnati, then to Columbus where he’s lived since 1995.

CORE VALUES: Paul states, “Loyalty to persons, not necessarily DNA-family, but ‘family-of-choice,‘” quoting the British author E.M. Forster, “If I have to choose between betraying my country and betraying my friend, I hope I would have the courage to betray my country.”

Personal mission to EFFECT CHANGE:  “To chronicle as much as I can.” Paul has maintained daily journals since fifth grade, but several years of these were lost. He possesses all his writings since 1990, and plans to bequeath them to the Ohioana Library.

He boldly proclaims his activities and opinions on social media as well. “If the NSA isn’t stalking you, you’re not doing enough; if you’re not under surveillance, you ought to be ashamed.” 

Paul’s EARLIEST MEMORY:  At the age of 1-1/2, in 1964, following one of Marietta’s many historical floods, he remembers looking outside and seeing a canoe drifting up their house’s driveway. They lived three blocks off the Ohio River.

The TEXTURE  of EMOTIONAL CONNECTIVITY with PEOPLE: An admitted introvert, Paul feels “bonded” with his friends-of-choice. On the other hand, he speculates he’d be ok with solitary confinement should he ever be sentences to prison.

On SCARCITY/ABUNDANCE: He’s achieved a level of security with earning a living, having insurance, having his health, and pride in his daughter; but he’s well aware of his privilege.

The proverbial “BOX” we are often encouraged to THINK OUTSIDE OF: Paul has devoted his life to, “staying out of any box that might serve as proxy to employment.”

Paul’s MUSE, the fountain for his IDEAS: “Curiosity, travel observations; the ideas I have come from wanting to know things for their own sake.”  I am heartened with his report that North Beach/Broadway in San Francisco still supports City Lights Bookstore and the Green Tortoise Hostel.

UNCERTAINTY: He would relish this concept rather than know with certainty, and claims to be “stable enough to appreciate I’ve lived longer than I thought I would.” Continuing this thought, the immortality, the afterlife he wants is “for someone to remember me.”

Henceforth 5-YEARS ahead, 2023: Concern about the out-of-control urban density of population growth, unaffordable rent structure, fracking. “I’m thinking about passing out copies of THE MONKEY WRENCH GANG and telling people to study.” 

ANCESTRY: Paul’s aunt wrote some family history so he can name his great-grandparents.

Finally, Paul, WHATCHA READIN’? He likes the CNN and “New Yorker” legal correspondent, Jeffrey Toobin, and “I always carry, when I travel, a copy of  ON THE ROAD as kind of a combination of a talisman and the Bible.”

Much THANKS to you, Paul.

And THANKS, too, toward all readers of “CAFFEINE COMMUNION.”

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Dr. Bill LaFayette forecasts with “CAFFEINE COMMUNION”

Bill and I met in the café at Bake Me Happy, a delightful gluten-free bakery in Merion Village. This long-awaited opportunity came to fruition January 25, 2018.

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He’s a professional economist, formerly on staff at the Columbus Chamber of Commerce before founding his own firm in 2011,  Regionomics. His path started in his hometown of Springfield, Ohio, then to an academic journey in the fields of finance and real estate economics, earning his Ph.D. in 1994 with his dissertation on housing affordability. Bill has also taught at the college level, finance and accounting at Ashland University and the University of North Texas.

Bill became quite animated in telling of his passion for 1940s-era Big Band and jazz music, specifically the bands in Great Britain demonstrated in John Wright’s podcast, “The British Dance Band Show.”

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Many Columbus leaders in business, government and education know Bill from his annual “Blue Chip” economic forecasts of the local and regional market. He completed his 17th such presentation January 3 at the weekly Columbus Metropolitan Club lunch forum, as he does on the first week of every January for CMC.

Bill’s CORE VALUES:  “Honesty, and integrity,” both in his personal values as well as  professional ethics.  In economic research, “It’s so easy to take data points and skew them,” which he’s careful to avoid. This hard limit has cost him an occasional consultation client when a potential arose to compromise objectivity.

His current project to EFFECT CHANGE:  An 18-month study for Ohio University’s five branch campuses to inform curriculum planners what to incorporate to prepare students in each of the five different local economic climates.

Bill’s EARLIEST MEMORY: At about age 2-1/2 he remembers his family building the house in Springfield that he grew up in. He specifically recalls the new automobile license plates Ohio introduced in 1960, blue text on a yellow field.

His FEELING of EMOTIONAL CONNECTION with others: Bill admits it’s difficult to come up with a metaphor, but “Catching up with friends is live-giving.”

SCARCITY/ABUNDANCE: Bill claims abundance. “I’ve got the job of my dreams, I feel grounded and centered, I’ve always been a happy person, this is the best time of my life.”

RELATED: Bill acknowledged that some researchers are considering another metric to measure economic productivity along with GDP, that is, GHN…Gross National Happiness Index. One challenge would be in developing measurements.

The proverbial “BOX” which some are encouraged to THINK OUTSIDE OF: Bill’s box of “Numbers will tell you stuff, but only so much,”  so he crosses his thinking from left brain to right brain creativity.

Bill’s MUSE, the fountain for his IDEAS: “I’ll just sit back and think.” His practice, when a solution strategy isn’t obvious, is to change environments to change perspective, “get away from it, take a walk, and come back with a solution.”

OK, “Mr. Economist,” what of UNCERTAINTY: “Everything is uncertain!” It’s the source of his livelihood! “Even things that look certain, and you gotta go with it…knowing more is better than knowing less.”

Henceforth 5-YEARS ahead, 2023: Personally, “Same as now. I’m having so much fun I don’t want to stop.” Columbus “Will get bigger, more traffic, and we’ll likely experience a recession, but not as severe as that of 2007-09. I’ll be surprised if we land Amazon.”

ANCESTRY: With the aid of a family member’s research, he can go back 5-6 generations. He is the 6-times-removed great-nephew of the Marquis de La Fayette.

Finally, Bill, WHATCHA READIN’? His most recent book read for pleasure is J.D. Vance’s HILLBILLY ELEGY. If time allows he likes to get back to British literature of the 18th-20th Centuries.

Much THANKS to you, Bill.

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Sarah Biehl to “CAFFEINE COMMUNION” on young mothers in politics

Sarah and I got together at Upper Cup Coffee on Parsons.

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We’re acquainted through the neighborhood in which we choose to reside, Woodland Park, on the Near East Side, adjacent to Franklin Park north of Broad. Her professional curiosity steered toward public interest law; she earned her law degree from Ohio State. She worked in Legal Aid  Chicago, got a fellowship to start a legal clinic in a west side high school, and after a few years returned to Columbus where she started working for Ohio Poverty Law Center, then to the Children’s Defense Fund-Ohio to do policy work. We agreed in our concern that systemic racism in our health delivery systems has to be looked at when examining Columbus’ high infant mortality rate, race and poverty.

CORE VALUES:  Feminism is important to Sarah, not just lifting up women but also lifting up people who are marginalized, intersectional feminism. “Equity, assuring access to substantive equality.” On a personal level, kindness and love and the way she parents her children are core values.

Sarah’s current mission to EFFECT CHANGE: “My work is focused around change.” In the effort to change policy, asking “How does this lift up the voices of the people who are directly impacted by the policies we want to change,” is important in providing social services. “Talking to the stakeholders who are the recipients of these services.” 

EARLIEST MEMORY:  She often walked with her father as a child the short distance from their house to the funeral home he ran, with the apartment upstairs where her grandparents lived. She remembers, at age three, wanting to visit her grandparents, walking down the alley and then crossing the street, by herself, without her mother’s awareness, wearing Wonder Woman underoos. A man intercepted her, took her to grandparents, who drove her home. She remembers seeing her excited mother’s red face.

Her TEXTURE of EMOTIONAL CONNECTIVITY with others: “It feels like a satisfying dinner, satiated, but not full.”

On the SCARCITY/ABUNDANCE scale: Sarah experiences abundance. “I have a fantastic family, a supportive spouse,  the opportunity to do the work I love, I have children whom I adore.”  But with her concern of the scarcity in our midst, “I have a compulsion to use my privilege to help those who don’t have enough.”

Sarah’s proverbial “BOX,” that we’re often encouraged to THINK OUTSIDE OF: “Systemic structures, institutions and norms we’re expected to stay inside of.”  A corporate structure is a box. “I would ask if the box makes sense,” perhaps deconstruct it. “There’s a comfort zone within the box.”

Sarah’s MUSE, the source for her IDEAS: Her friends and family who foster creativity in her,  who push back, call her on her bullshit. One-on-one conversations with people she cares about allow her get beyond a problem and go be the person she is supposed to be.

UNCERTAINTY: “I feel like there’s very little that is certain.”

Henceforth 5-YEARS from now, 2023:   “I hope we’ll be further down the path to bringing more people on board with this idea of change as something that needs to be directed by people who are impacted by the things we want to change.” Bringing this to the power structure locally, through the effort of more young people. “I think Columbus has the potential and good opportunities to have those conversations.” She believes there will be a shift in the kind of people who get elected.“I feel very, very strongly that the world would benefit greatly if more young mothers were in politics.”

On her ANCESTRY: Sarah can name at least one great-great-grandfather, Conrad Biehl, going back to early 1800s. She’s even done some research on her husband’s roots.

Finally, Sarah, WHATCHA READIN?  JANE EYRE, Gore Vidal’s “Narratives of Empire” series, ALEXANDER HAMILTON, by Ron Chernow.

Much THANKS to you, Sarah.

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Chuck Lynd energizing “CAFFEINE COMMUNION”

Chuck and I sat down on January 23 at the Global Gallery, a “Fair Trade” coffee shop in Clintonville.

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Those of us who have had the pleasure of working together with Chuck in various initiatives of local community development lovingly refer to him as the “Energizer Bunny,” for his seemingly endless inspiration and the energy his vision requires. I’ve witnessed his vitality and perseverance on numerous occasions as a fellow board member of Simply Living.

Coming up in Ironton, Ohio in an era when it was an autonomous, integral city of residents participating in a balanced local economy, Chuck had a parttime job in the family business at age 10. Fascinated by the unique “co-op” nature of Antioch College, he attended the hallmark of progressive education in Yellow Springs during its years of peak enrollment, also a period of change in most aspects of American culture and politics.

Travel and marriage ensued, Reed College, teaching in San Francisco, back to Yellow Springs, Albuquerque, New Mexico for seven years, a return to Ironton, studies in Information Science at the University of Kentucky and then his arrival in Columbus in 1976, where he has been since.

Having attended the large and wondrous celebration at Whetstone Park to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Earth Day, Chuck joined a group of other community-minded residents and in 1992 the grassroots not-for-profit Simply Living was chartered. In various roles, he’s served as a vital catalyst and organizer ever since.

Chuck, tell us your CORE VALUES: “I put my energy where I want it to manifest.” Quoting Horace Mann, founder of Antioch College, “Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.”

Current MISSION TO EFFECT CHANGE: Supporting local economies and advocating for local investment (ECDI, Kiva, Slow Money) including the establishment of local “city banks,” entirely owned & managed by a local government, city or state, citing the state of North Dakota as a long-working model.

Your EARLIEST MEMORY: “At age 4, basking in the family living room at Christmas season, staring up at the tall, fully-lit tree.”

Chuck’s TEXTURE OF EMOTIONAL CONNECTIVITY to people: “An intuitive feeling of being grounded; I need that physical closeness.”

On the SCARCITY/ABUNDANCE scale: “I’m happy with my own life of abundance.”

Chuck’s “BOX,” that proverbial thing we’re often encouraged to THINK OUTSIDE OF: “Over-commitment, I can’t say NO.” He continued by informing me he’s “manic without the depression phase.”

Who is your MUSE, Chuck, your spring of IDEAS? “My teachers: Buckminster Fuller, Marshall McLuhan, and John Cage. Also, “lucid dreams, and his relationship with the women close to him.”

On UNCERTAINTY: Confident, as he’s always had a supportive family, he’s not felt trepidation at different instances of chaos.

Henceforth 2023/5-YEARS from now: “I’m optimistic…to quote Bernie, ‘Despair is not an option.'” He views our current national political crisis as just the catalyst Americans need to get us WOKE! Personally he plans to set up a studio in his basement and do more art.

How deeply back can Chuck name his ANCESTORS?  “All grandparents and some great-grandparents.”

Finally, WHATCHA READIN’ Chuck? BLESSED UNREST and DRAWDOWN, both by Paul Hawken, guides to fostering social justice and restoring our environment.

Much THANKS to you, Chuck.
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