Julie Hallan talks to “CAFFEINE COMMUNION” about connecting with others, for even a moment.

Julie and her husband recently settled their household in Clintonville, so we met at Global Gallery, the fair-trade coffee shop, March 8, 2018.

Julie Hallan Mar 8

She’s quite excited to live in Clintonville. Before moving, she had lived, and worked, in the Short North/Victorian Village area, which is how we became acquainted. For years she helped coordinate the annual summer Goodale Park Music Series on the Gazebo stage Sunday afternoons.


She has a devotion to civic work in her community. Over almost a ten-year span she has worked as administrator at the Short North Civic Association, a board member of the Short North Foundation, and volunteer coordinator for Friends of Goodale Park. Not quite ready to jump into civic activities at this time, she occasionally guides tours with Columbus Food Adventures.

CORE VALUES:  Julie believes “we can all get along,” and she personally holds the Golden Rule as her guiding value. “To each their own.”

Current mission to EFFECT CHANGE: She actually made an intentional, thoughtful departure, she “stepped away,” when she felt she was no longer as effective as she once was, on a particular project, working for change. Julie looks forward to working towards a certification as a genealogist.

EARLIEST MEMORY: Julie remembers, at about age 2-2-1/2, climbing out of her crib a lot, specifically screaming from her crib when her mother closed the bedroom door. And she remembers, at age 3, when he sister was born. She was angry because it diverted time for visits to the park with her father.

Julie’s FEELING of HUMAN CONNECTEDNESS: “I have that feeling that when I’m with someone close that we’re both on the same side, we’re in this together, we GET IT!” This feeling could be fleeting and embrace the connection even with a stranger, just for a moment, a glance.

Where does she place his presence on the spectrum of SCARCITY/ABUNDANCE? “I grew up in a blue collar household, we had what we needed, but I remember wishing for more expensive clothing.

Her proverbial “BOX” that we’re often encouraged to THINK OUTSIDE OF: Julie’s box is social structure, as well as self-imposed pressure. “I fight this box all the time.”

The source of her IDEAS, her MUSE: Travel clears her head, seeing new things stimulates new thoughts, renews her mind. Julie has travelled considerably, and even lived in Bulgaria for seven months.

On UNCERTAINTY: With age and life experience Julie isn’t as fearful of uncertainty as she once was at a younger age; public speaking would have been unnerving. “It’s part of the box.”

Henceforth, 5-YEARS from now/2023: “Watching the pendulum swing from one pole to the other, examining the results of our current political era. It had to swing back, and I hope it doesn’t keep swinging to the extreme. I’d like to see society level out, compromise.” 

ANCESTRY: Julie is about to embark upon a 15-week genealogy certification program through Boston University. Of mostly Irish heritage, she can name all her grandparents and great-grandparents and on one branch can go back seven generations.

Finally, Julie…WHATCHA READIN’? She reads among a wide menu of articles, with the intention to find a balance of divergent news sources, “Slate,” “Fox News,” etc., for broad perspective.


Thank You, Julie, 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 jim1coe@gmail.com
or text/phone (614) 440-1445.
Please add your comments in the box below; any review or critique is welcome.


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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