Simon La Bozetta tells “CAFFEINE COMMUNION” about growing his arts

I had been a neighbor of Simon and his artist household in Olde Towne East; that’s how we met. Our most recent meeting, February 19, 2018, was at the original Angry Baker at Oak & 18th.

Simon La Bozella

He’s a working artist, a painter primarily, and a chronic insomniac. Simon is also an artist in the garden, with his home plot (32′ X 60′) providing most of the fresh fruit & vegetables his family enjoys. He once showed me a fresh harvest of potatoes, purple skins with yellow flesh, lavender skins with white flesh, pinto skins, almost every combination. Peach, apricot and cherry trees.

CORE VALUES:  Simon can trace his Shawnee ancestry, and in the native ethic, he values his role as steward of the land, in the great circle of life. As he’s taught his daughter, “it’s not merely a practice to not waste, but it’s to leave the land better than you found it.”

Current mission to EFFECT CHANGE: He’s on-going a several-season “potato” project, in an attempt to breed his own species. Heirloom varieties is all he grows. Simon plants diverse species side-by-side as a means to enrich the fertility of his soil.

EARLIEST MEMORY: He recalls, at about 1-1/2 to 2 in age, being outside in his snow suit, throwing snowballs at his dad who was clearing snow off their blue Volkswagen car.

His FEELING of HUMAN CONNECTEDNESS: Simon describes the texture of his emotional closeness to others as a “hyper-sensation, butterflies in his stomach.”

On the SCARCITY/ABUNDANCE spectrum: “I feel like a wealthy person.” Simon recognizes the love and affection he has from family, friends, extended family. He gets to do his art. He acknowledges “it’s a great living to have purpose, to get something done.” 

Simon’s proverbial “BOX” that some encourage us to THINK OUTSIDE OF: “Making a hasty judgment call” puts a constraint on his ways of seeing. But then he stops to question WHY he makes that knee-jerk reaction

The source of his IDEAS, his MUSE: Simon has won awards and has had the opportunity to work under other talented, inspiring artists. He can take a walk, observe, and find his muse anywhere: the quality of early morning sunlight, cloud-gazing… he claims “childlike fascination” with this visual stimuli.

On UNCERTAINTY: “What I’m uncertain about is what I’m doing tomorrow, if there IS a tomorrow”

Henceforth 5 YEARS ahead, 2023: Simon reports that he’ll be 50 then, and as for our culture “Trump has really stirred the pot, whether you’re for him or not, and the outcome could be a tug of war,” but he doesn’t really have a way to answer this question.

ANCESTRY: Part Shawnee, with a large dose of Italian-Greek in his background. “I knew my great-grandfather, he was blind, lived until I turned 14.” 

Finally, Simon…WHATCHA READIN’? Michael Pollan’s books, including THE OMNIVORE’S DILEMMA, as well as his other writings. He’s been reading mushroom field guides, too.


Thank You, Simon, for your time and interview.
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
or text/phone (614) 440-1445.
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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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