Our own “StoryCorps” with Missy Ricksecker on Ohio Chautauqua, and “Radical Hospitality.”

Missy and I met at Boston Stoker, Thursday, December 14, just hours after she returned home from a week in Paris with her daughter.

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She immediately shared stories with me about her summer tour of our state, accompanying Ohio Chautauqua, as she directs communication for the Ohio Humanities Council,  and helped launch Pathways, a journal published three times yearly. Her account of various people she met in corners of Ohio, while not a perfect duplicated model, reminded me of StoryCorps that we hear Friday mornings on NPR.

Among the Ohioans she engaged with, one, a self-claimed “village rector” in Clifton, described his personal mission as “Radical Hospitality,” that is, “accepting anybody, going out of your way, finding people, accepting people, no matter who they are. But, it’s a circuit, giver and receiver interacting; one must be willing to accept radical hospitality from the giver. Someone has to offer, someone has to accept, with a level of trust, in order to complete this circuit of radical hospitality. And this story illustrates how Missy brings her VALUES and her CONNECTION to the forefront of her activity, especially as one working in the not-for-profit sector.

On the SCARCITY/ABUNDANCE spectrum, she states that scarcity connects her to life, citing her periodic bouts of unemployment, yet resiliently able to rebound.

We sometimes are encouraged to “think outside the ‘BOX,'” so I asked Missy to define her “BOX,” which she doesn’t accept. She lives “a life that should be lived, a life well-lived.”

IDEAS come to her through curiosity, possibly with a boost from her academic foundation of Greek and Latin Classics. She does live with some level of UNCERTAINTY, having a degree of anxiety due to scarcity.  But in spite of, or perhaps because of experiencing what she considers failures, she has no worries on what we might be facing FIVE YEARS HENCE, 2022.

Thank you for your time, and your thoughtfulness, Missy.

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About orangeacorn

We are, I believe, and everything is, in perpetual unfolding/enfolding/evolving. By surface appearances, we're in turmoil and fearfullness, but in fact our existence is on the edge of a new way, beyond the US versus THEM we have grown with. I encourage you to join me over coffee or tea in face-to-face encounters. I call this exercise, "CAFFEINE COMMUNION: Encounters with Paradigm Pioneers." I'm a Columbus, Ohio husband, father and citizen. I practice string band sounds from the ridges of Pocahontas County, West Virginia, the vortex of the ancient drone.
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