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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.

“There’s Quicksand in that Pond!”

Anzio veterans helmets and flags by a bronze statue on the square. Skinned knee brownies a Decoration Day confederacy crawls up Medina Street Methodist parade. Thunderbird bicycles convertible beer cans now three months in right field sunburns.  35 millimeter popcorn … Continue reading

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Down To the Gauley To Pray

Daddy hates snakes. Hates them. I see a few of the church elders poke along the river bank as they overturn rocks and logs. This reminds me of how Daddy despises the serpent, all serpents. I was with him once … Continue reading

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Rebecca Bishop, hot chocolate, and “CAFFEINE COMMUNION”

This interview with Rebecca, April 18, 2018, started in Cafe Brioso, then moved across Gay Street to Cafe Phenix, where proprietor Gary delighted us with authentic, dairy-based, rich hot chocolate. A longtime avid supporter of matters-downtown-Columbus, she was on her … Continue reading

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“Bring an umbrella,” Ruth Sternberg tells “CAFFEINE COMMUNION”

If you are, or have been active working within the profession of not-for-profit organizations, you might know Ruth. We first met at an Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) luncheon, circa 2008. More recently, we got together downtown at Roosevelt Coffee … Continue reading

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Chet Ridenour sharing “Block Talk” with “CAFFEINE COMMUNION”

#40 in this series of CAFFEINE COMMUNION interviews. Chet suggested we meet at Bottoms Up Coffee Co-op in Franklinton, which was an agreeable opportunity to see Virginia & Josh, the owner/operators of this socially-conscious caffeine corner and co-work center with … Continue reading

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“I think they’re VC,” Tycer giggled. Laughing all the way to the rice paddies, and back.

Humor saved my life. Probably. This is me at age 20, after several months in the Mekong Delta of the country that was then known as the Republic of Viet Nam. I appear exhausted, sleep-deprived, demoralized. Appearances deceive, although it’s … Continue reading

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This is my water meditation

From anywhere I sit, at any time, wherever I am, I’m on the water. It flows from a sponge of springs near a mountain summit in Pocahontas County WV, guided by gravity and topography down an unnamed stream, a branch … Continue reading

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