CAFFEINE COMMUNION’s First Remote Interview, 3 Time Zones West

Friday, December 15 was the day Marlene Hajdu and I reunited via FaceTime, with help from Apple and  AT & T.  This marks the first interview that I have not shared physical space with the other, but eye-to-eye contact helped our connection.


I have only met Marlene in person once before, decades ago, through the introduction of our very good friend-in-common, Steve Fout. She has lived in North Hollywood and worked in show business since moving to southern California. She now composes and records her music, teaches piano, and works an occasional project. I realized we share a fondness for the piano compositions of Erik Satie.

VALUES: “Only one, LOVE!” She elaborates that we’re taught them by family and teachers in our childhood, but we must experience living before we can truly form a value to live by. Attributes such as courage are founded on love, “How do you have courage if you don’t love yourself?”

Her MISSION, at the moment: “Striving to be creative.” Composing, music first, then lyrics sometimes. She also organizes concerts. Marlene describes her work “kinda jazzy/kinda classical,”  Bill Evans meets Debussy.

On human CONNECTION: “I reach out to connect with others, it takes effort.”

On the SCARCITY/ABUNDANCE spectrum, she claims to be a giver, “When you give you feel abundance.”

“THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX:” Incredibly, she claims to know an acquaintance whose father coined that now-ubiquitous challenge. This little gem was a bonus for our time today.

She credits exercise and being in nature for summonsing her muse, to create. IDEAS also arise from her reading of the news. As for UNCERTAINTY, it’s a love-hate relationship, it’s her life. To navigate this question, she does affirmations and exercises TRUST, trust of the unseen of our existence.

About the FUTURE: Marlene admits to not having a lot of hope in regards to where our society is headed. She’s pleased that she sees women getting more opportunities now, but doesn’t have faith that the division of attitudes and outlooks in our world are mending.

THANK YOU! Marlene, this Face Time was a joy, and I hope we can meet in person again.


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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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