A CAFFEINE COMMUNION with Cyndi Niemela on different ways of learning

Cyndi describes herself as an intuitive healer.

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She practices throughout central Ohio, professionally known as Willow Niemela, providing guidance through tarot, clairvoyance, astrology, and mediumship. At our interview December 7 at Bexley Coffee Shop, Cyndi pointed out to me that our teachers are sometimes not supportive guides with kind lessons.  We can also learn from those who challenge us, sometimes contentiously, people who are operating at a different level from us at this moment of our development.  Our individual development and how we interact with others is in constant flux of different levels of learning which bleed into our awareness.

I start these interviews with a fundamental question: WHAT DO YOU STAND FOR/WHAT PERSONAL VALUES ARE NON-NEGOTIABLE? 

CYNDI:  I stand for love and compassion.  I try to approach all things with love and try to  be non-judgmental.  Learning is a positive value and it energizes me as I try to practice.

Q-2: WHAT CAN WE DO IN OUR PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT THAT SPREADS THE GOOD TO OTHERS?

CN:  To keep realizing we have core values in common, as humans, even though our surface behavior is often different.  We need to take the risk of getting out of our comfort zones and reach out to people who are different from us.

Q-3: WHAT PERSONAL MISSION INSPIRES YOU? 

CN: Her mission as an intuitive healer energizes her and she is active daily in her mediumship.  And she is mother to two children, a girl and a boy.

Q-4:  WHAT ACT OR PROJECT ARE YOU WORKING ON NOW? HOW ARE YOU CHANGING YOUR WORLD?

CN:  Providing support for Rowynn and Carmeda, our mutual friends.  They married in June, 2016, and four months later Carmeda was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer in two different parts of her body. As a mother, Cyndi also focuses on her daily project of raising two decent humans. This is her #1 priority.

Q-4:  HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH UNCERTAINTY?

CN:  Uncertainty manifests in her as anxiety, and when she senses the onset, she sits and breathes. This helps her achieve balance, and it works, every time! She also meditates. We agreed that uncertainty can be balanced by our awareness of our privilege, our health and comfort that is so easy to take for granted. Our focus on the concept of gratitude is a method to effectively deal with the uncertainty of fear.

Q-5:  HOW DO YOU ENVISION YOUR PERSONAL LIFE, AS WITHIN YOUR CONTROL, IN FIVE YEARS, IN 2022? 

CN:  My daughter will be entering college,so getting her to that stage.  Rowynn and I want to expand our business, open a center in order to provide healing for more people in need.

Q-6: HOW DO YOU ENVISION THE UNITED STATES, THE WORLD IN 2022?

CN:  “We’ll still be here,” she confidently states. When we get caught up in our own immediate challenges, we lose perspective of the bigger scale of existence.  We’re being challenged. There’s a lot of energetic wounds in this country that need to be addressed, that we’ve never bothered to heal. These wounds have been here since the populating of our country. But Cyndi has confidence; “we’re here for a reason.” Confidence that growth is occurring, that her children, our children, offer a different perspective. Our children might be alive to see these wounds fully addressed, that these brilliant young minds will change the planet.

Thank you Cyndi. Personally, I feel more comfortable, less anxious, upon hearing her point of view.

HOW ABOUT YOU?
Let’s schedule a meeting, SOON, to get acquainted and conduct your interview for “CAFFEINE COMMUNION: Encounters with Paradigm Pioneers.”
Reach me with email at jim1coe@gmail.com
or text/phone (614) 440-1445.

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Evelyn car-jacked CAFFEINE COMMUNION, and that’s OK.

 Meet Evelyn Van Til, as many of you already have, as she has been a long-standing Columbus community activist.
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As a resident, along with Woody, of the Weinland Park neighborhood, she’s active in the community discussions, as well as social & racial justice, food justice, and the free dissemination of information.
We agreed to hold our interview at Franklinton’s newest coffee shop, Stauf’s, inside the Columbus Idea FoundryWednesday, December 6.
Although I developed a standard set of questions to start off these CAFFEINE COMMUNION interviews, with the intention that exciting details will follow, organically, as per the nature of each interviewee, Evelyn soon grabbed the wheel and swayed my format up onto the curb, metaphorically tearing across a vacant Franklinton lot, as it were.  And that was perfectly OK by me!
Evelyn’s VALUES:  To “not leave a mess, make matters better than when I found them.” For instance, sidewalk cutaways, as mandated by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), provide transportation access for people confined to wheelchairs, yes, but so much more, exponentially encouraging walkability for people with strollers, bikes, even big-wheels. And this builds neighborhood cohesion, and improves safety.
These core values help drive her current MISSION: “Opening doors through open source.”  It’s her belief that we all benefit when there are more diverse users at the table, and her current position with Tech Talent South, housed at the Idea Foundry, enables her to expand the viability of her mission. Tech has the potential to democratize the accessibility to information, communication, education and the election process in United States. Everyone would live at a certain level of basic decency and the ceiling opens to opportunity. Tech Talent South holds classes and provides events to bring people and neighborhoods together.
On UNCERTAINTY:
We talked about the proverbial “box” that we’re often advised to work outside of. What is this box? I posit that it’s our comfort zone, the space where fear is kept at bay, where we must invest in risk in order to rise to our next level of development, transcending the fear of scarcity with the confidence of abundance. She tells me of her “Date Night” game she plays with her partner, going out to try new restaurants, new cuisine, meet new people, in order to keep things fresh and keep growing.
WHERE/WHAT WILL COLUMBUS/US/WORLD BE IN 5 YEARS, 2022? We arrived at no clear idea here, but agree, we want people to watch out for others, engage in their neighborhoods, organize groups to work with city council, United Way, the Columbus Foundation, Smart Columbus. Keep the voices pushing to be heard by the power structure.
And here are upcoming events at Tech Talent South in Franklinton to extend tech-savvy stuff in Columbus.
Thanks for your time, Evelyn.
Now how about YOU?
Let’s get together over some steaming cup of caffeine and see what your buzz might be.
Hit me at jim1coe@gmail or text/phone at (614) 440-1445.
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Here is how Nick Cenci interviewed for today’s CAFFEINE COMMUNION. Will YOU be next? Connect with me and let’s talk.

Nick Cenci and I met over our cups of hot black caffeine Wednesday morning, December 6 at North Market.  Similarly to my Dec. 1 interview with Ralph Leeseberg, also at North Market, Nick has been a working musician, drumming in a band back in the ’70s. Retired now, he worked for years doing video recording and production and still maintains a recording studio. And we discovered that we have known several people in common over the past four decades.

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I start these interviews with a fundamental question: WHAT DO YOU STAND FOR/WHAT PERSONAL VALUES ARE NON-NEGOTIABLE? 

Nick:  I describe myself as a HUMANIST, empathetic, flexible in attitude, liberal of views, I believe in the innate goodness of people, and in practicing the Golden Rule. As horrible as some events can be, I experience the positively of life.

Q-2: WHAT CAN WE DO IN OUR PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT THAT SPREADS THE GOOD TO OTHERS?

NC: It’s more than merely being nice to folks, I need to actively do positive actions, with intention, and to keep my emotional health together.

Q-3: WHAT PERSONAL MISSION INSPIRES YOU?

NC:  I volunteer.

Q-4:  WHAT ACT OR PROJECT ARE YOU WORKING ON NOW? HOW ARE YOU CHANGING YOUR WORLD?

NC:  I sometimes play music in a trio at an assisted living facility. Here’s a story- there was a woman patient that the attendants reported almost never talked to anyone…aids, visitors, staff. She may have Alzheimer’s, I’m not sure. But I noticed that when we played she would mouth the lyrics to every song we played. I see that as a human connection.

Q-4:  HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH UNCERTAINTY? Q-5:  HOW DO YOU ENVISION YOUR PERSONAL LIFE, AS WITHIN YOUR CONTROL, IN FIVE YEARS, IN 2022? Q-6: HOW DO YOU ENVISION THE UNITED STATES, THE WORLD IN 2022?

Nick replied to all three of these questions at once; he’s worried, not on his own behalf, but on account of his grandchildren. He sees our world OUT OF WHACK!

That mostly concluded our meeting.  Thanks so much for your time with me today, Nick, and your caring.
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Let’s schedule a meeting, SOON, to get acquainted and conduct your interview for “CAFFEINE COMMUNION: Encounters with Paradigm Pioneers.”
Reach me with email at jim1coe@gmail.com
or text/phone (614) 440-1445.

 

 

 

 

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The first CAFFEINE COMMUNION interview, with Ralph Leeseberg. Who will be next?

Ralph and I met at North Market Friday, December 1 for the maiden voyage of CAFFEINE COMMUNION interviews.

 

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My first experience with Ralph was back in the ’70s, as he fronted a local band, The Cockroaches, with a spirited vocal rendition of “Walkin’ the Dog.” More recently he performed with The Bead People, as well as now with The In Spirit Band at a monthly music gathering at the First Unitarian Universalist Church in Columbus. We share some common time and place, as we both “competed” in the infamous Norwich Marathon a few decades ago, and our list of friends-in-common probably number in the dozens.

I start these interviews with a fundamental question: WHAT DO YOU STAND FOR/WHAT PERSONAL VALUES ARE NON-NEGOTIABLE? 

RALPH:  Peace, love, compassion, kindness. Be the change you want to see occur, in the spirit of Ghandi. 

Q-2: WHAT CAN WE DO IN OUR PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT THAT SPREADS THE GOOD TO OTHERS?

RL:  Don’t merely post your positive feelings on social media, just do it! Write positive songs.  Perform positive songs such as at the monthly chants with The In Spirit Band.

Q-3: WHAT PERSONAL MISSION INSPIRES YOU?

RL:  To write and perform songs that unite us emotionally.

NOTE- AT THIS JUNCTURE OF OUR VERY PUBLIC RECORDING, AT STAUF’S COFFEE IN THE CENTER OF NORTH MARKET- LOCAL ARTIST/COMEDIAN ROBERT POST STOPPED BY TO MAKE AQUAINTANCE WITH RALPH. ALWAYS A PLEASURE, ROBERT.

Q-4:  HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH UNCERTAINTY?

RL:  I don’t deal with uncertainty, because I’m not uncertain.

Q-5:  HOW DO YOU ENVISION YOUR PERSONAL LIFE, AS WITHIN YOUR CONTROL, IN FIVE YEARS, IN 2022?

RL:  Same as now, write more positive songs and perform to extend positivity to others.

Q-6: HOW DO YOU ENVISION THE UNITED STATES, THE WORLD IN 2022?

RL: He is sure the pendulum will swing to an overall greater consciousness, one that has already begun and continues in progress, an Age of Aquarius. Aquarius as the “Water Bearer,” symbolically and eternally giving life and spiritual food to the world, washing away the past, leaving room for a fresh, new start, forward-looking, growth-oriented, concerned with equality and individual freedom. Ralph believes we are responsible for “carrying our own water, everyone is personally responsible for their actions.”

That mostly concluded our meeting.

HOW ABOUT YOU?

Let’s schedule a meeting, SOON, to get acquainted and conduct your interview for “CAFFEINE COMMUNION: Encounters with Paradigm Pioneers.”

Reach me with email at jim1coe@gmail.com

or text/phone (614) 440-1445.

I look forward to meeting you.

 

 

 

 

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May I interview you for “CAFFEINE COMMUNION” publication?

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So, what is “CAFFEINE COMMUNION: Encounters with Paradigm Pioneers?”

It’s a meeting, face-to-face, one-on-one, over coffee or tea, in order to develop a relationship and respond to Larry Page’s challenge (speaking at the Singularity Founding Conference in 2008),

“I think we need to be training people on how to change the world.”

Let’s talk. What are you presently working on, and WHY? What’s your current project? How are you changing your world? How  are you dealing with uncertainty?

Let’s schedule an encounter, you and me.

E-mail me at jim1coe@gmail.com or text/phone me (614) 440-1445.

Coffee shops await us.

Thank you.

 

 

 

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Retirement: So What Is a Pensioner To Do?

NOT SHUFFLEBOARD!

So, where have I been? Let me inform you.

My last day on the payroll at my employment of 8-1/2 years, WCBE 90.5 FM NPR, was July 28. A modest-sized pension set in, to augment a modest-sized Social Security monthly allotment, so I have enough to pay bills.

Three months passed before I changed my activity from that of my working days at the station. For nine weeks I returned to my desk almost daily, putting in 4-5 hours each as a volunteer so that the revenue stream didn’t disappear into the nether-net. Then we got to hire my successor, Johnny DiLoretto, and I worked shoulder-to-shoulder with Johnny, daily, for another 3-4 weeks, getting to know him much better and helping him with the technical aspects of scheduling underwriting announcements for broadcast. He’s a nice guy, really, and his presence adds further dimension to ‘CBE.

So, by the time we ended our Fall On-Air Fund Drive, my days devoted to ME-time got longer. I generally had few responsibilities that required me to show up at a specific time, and some days NONE! I could get use to this…get up with Sharon, see her off to work, listen to NPR Morning Edition as I sipped my dawn concoction of lemon juice/habanero/sea salt & maple syrup before coffee. I started to feel retired, untethered, like I’d won the lottery. I become a PENSIONER-ABOUT-TOWN.

What’s missing with this situation? Nothing. I am more than fortunate, with good health, enough funds to pay my cost of living, all three offspring living near so we dine together weekly, and time to do something meaningful.
My day’s routine includes reading the printed page (libraries are awesome), working out, reading, getting grounded and meditating, reading, developing tough calluses on the fingertips of my left hand trying to improve my guitar and mandolin picking, reading, exploring and admiring the architecture of my near-East Side neighborhood, reading, and volunteering. You may have heard of a local not-for-profit, Transit Arts. In addition to music and dance, there are visual artists doing impressive work. I’m helping these entrepreneurs get enough exposure to earn professional status. Wanna buy any?

But I’m on a quest. We all need something to be meaningful in our lives, a connection within our community. I’m starting an activity I call “CAFFEINE COMMUNION: Encounters With Paradigm Pioneers.” This entails setting up one-on-one meetings over coffee or tea and interviewing my guests about how they plan positive change in their lives, their networks, their community. The venues will vary among central Columbus coffee shops & eateries. Upper Cup, Roosevelt Coffee, Brioso Roastery, Café Brioso, Starbucks downtown, Hills Market downtown, Fox in the Snow, Bottoms Up, anywhere that I can walk to/bike to/COTA to, as I no longer own a car. When my auto died, fortuitously after I ended my employment, I realized I no longer need to own reliable transportation, so why spend time & money driving. Worse case, we have Lyft and Car2Go, so I’m not stranded, but I prefer leg-locomotion and public transportation.

I’d enjoy meeting you for a CAFFEINE COMMUNION interview. I’m easy to reach…phone/text (614) 440-1445, email jim1coe@gmail.com or reply to this blog post. Thank you.

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“They tried to bury us. They didn’t know we were seeds.” —Dinos Christianopoulos, often attributed as a Mexican Proverb

bury-seedsThere is some conflicting attribution to this marvelous saying, but regardless, I post this in hopes of replies…WHAT DOES THIS SAY TO YOU?

For me, resilience. We’ve all seen green shoots sprouting through concrete, testimonial to the clarity of purpose, the strength of the genetic code, the irresistible forcing its way past the immovable.  It also suggests discipline, focus to avoid straying from the target.

Here you can learn more about the Greek poet Dinos Christianopoulos.

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