Milo and I got together at Global Gallery, the fair-trade coffee shop in Clintonville, February 23, 2018.
This was the week following the annual, statewide, Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) conference at the Dayton Convention Center. After weeks and months of planning, preparing, and executing another crop of speakers, workshops and attendees in which he invests time and talent, the harvest was completed. A bit like farming.
When we first met, 2011, Milo was with Green Bean Delivery directing their local marketing effort. He’s been with OEFFA since 2012. We served together on the board of the local not-for-profit, Simply Living. A musician, I’ve seen him perform at Rambling House.
Let’s start with Milo’s CORE VALUES: 1) “Treating people with respect.” 2) “To consider the world from a wider perspective than my own.” We agree, it’s empathy. “Your world is bigger than you, and you can balance that empathy and that broader perspective with your own moral values.” And 3) “I think it’s important to live life with purpose.”
Current mission to EFFECT CHANGE: Trying to get more engaged civically, trying to an engaged and present father, and balancing this civic and parental engagement. He recently joined the board of the Clintonville Farmers’ Market.
EARLIEST MEMORY: At approximately age one-and-a-half he has a memory of breaking his leg, and at age three sitting with his grandfather in his home in North Olmsted, Ohio.
Milo’s FEELING of HUMAN CONNECTEDNESS: “Like sitting next to a wood-burning stove, not just a feeling of heat, but a very tangible sound, and smell, an ambiance, an all-encompassing physical experience. And also, I feel a bit of a tingle when I have a moment when I feel cared for by another human.”
SCARCITY/ABUNDANCE: Milo places abundance as his perspective on this scale, as a generally optimistic person, and he values and enjoys life. “I view myself as fortunate.”
Milo’s proverbial “BOX” that we’re often encouraged to THINK OUTSIDE OF: Living and working in a narrowly-focused, like-minded world (box) he’s “trying to live with people of different experiences and worldviews, and there needs to be an organic connection that transcends the ‘OTHERNESS‘ that you’ve constructed for that person, some shared enjoyment of each other.”
The source of his IDEAS, his MUSE: “Everyday interactions with people, life as it is.” Writing lyrics and music and performing “helps me feel like me.” His current band is Stacked Stones.
On UNCERTAINTY: “I tend to plow through, I do very well in chaos.” His personal motto: “It gets done because it HAS TO!” Milo does not worry about what he can’t control and his focus on the endgame has served him well.
Henceforth, 5-YEARS from now/2023: “I try not to be, but I’m terrified. Fundamentally, I’m an optimist, it’s partially a pragmatic point of view, as there’s no point in not being an optimist.” On social change, “at the end of the day, people only get what they want when they TAKE IT! Civilization doesn’t run on autopilot, humans are not entitled to progress, it must be earned, grabbed, fought for.” Here he quotes local farmer Todd Shriver, “If farming has taught me anything, it’s that I don’t deserve anything.”
ANCESTRY: He values his antecedents, almost 100% of Italian heritage, and his son, Rudy, is named after Milo’s maternal grandmother’s father.
And finally, Milo…WHATCHA READIN’? “I’m slowly working my way through Wendell Berry‘s THE UNSETTLING OF AMERICA: CULTURE AND AGRICULTURE.”
Thank You, Milo, for your time and interview.
HOW ABOUT YOU?
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