Hello from the
year 12. I've been attending this one every year and it just keeps getting better. On Sunday, the 11th, it will be a late morning after a very long night for many of the attendees.
Before I start with a review of the last couple months - please take a moment to
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Well, it's been quite a full time on my end these past months. The main reason I didn't send out an 11 for July was because I was busily preparing for the Oregon Country Faire. Here are some highlights from recent travels around the area.
: Summer Solstice Healing Retreat @ Breitenbush - my 24th year. I started attending this event in 1995 when my friend Shelley G. asked if I wanted to travel from my new home, Seattle, and volunteer for something fun in Oregon. I had no idea how influential this event, Breitenbush, and the family I've met there would be on my life. It's a sweet gathering where we all offer healing workshops for one another and I get to play a ton of music and sing my heart out. This year was, as they say "the best solstice ever!". Come join me next year -
send a note
to be alerted when tickets go on sale (usually in April). It's one of the most cost-effective ways to visit Breitenbush, too.
World Domination Summit
: This was my 2nd year attending this incredible conference.
My write up from last year
still stands as an accurate reflection of what this is all about - how to live an extraordinary life in a conventional world. But this year I really dove deeper and tried harder to understand what was going on. And, I offered 2 meetups of my own to fellow attendees. Yes, it's an incredible group of people from all over the world coming together for a week sans cynicism and sarcasm. And, when that happens, and people are there to learn from one another and collaborate on each others projects and personal growth - incredible results occur. I'm still in awe of my experience this year and bought a ticket for the final year, 2020. This is probably the most expensive ticket that I bought this year, but the price was worth it for just one day. Join me next year!
: 2 weeks later I was helping out in the
booth at the Oregon Country Fair - 50th Anniversary. I finally realized that what I do at OCF is visit with friends old and new in a 5-day long conversation-fest. I played music naked at the Ritz on Friday this year, which is certainly fun. And the Wileyware gang is a blast - our annual cocktail party on Thursday night featured many of my favorite musicians - Steve Bennett, Timothy Michael Shaw, and Katie Sontag. Overall, one of my best Faire's ever. Then, it was home to rest for a couple days before the ...
Northwest String Summit
or, Strummit as it's known. This was my 4th year attending Strummit and I have to say it was one of the best musical highlights of my life. The quality of the music is very high - it's mostly jamband/bluegrass - which I love. Think Danny Barnes meets Yonder Mountain String Band meets Dark Star Orchestra meets a bunch of traveling bands that you've never heard of who are full of such heart and stories it makes you wanna cry with joy. See below for some links to the Saturday night Yonder Mountain set and music by SideBoob (a collection of all of the women who play the festival who are available to play at the time appointed). Their outfits were incredibly outrageous this year. Strummit has some work to do to
- some of the same issues I note in my review above from 2018 are still prevalent. I'm particularly concerned about the amount of time bright spotlights are focused directly at the audience and I'm working to try to get this across to whomever is running the mainstage lights. I'm mostly discussing this in the
Strummit FB group
. Btw, it would be great to have more friends at this event next year. Come dance with me!
This past weekend my friends and I played @ Destin and Kellie's wedding. That was delicious and fun - here's a picture of me with Mt. Hood behind from Husum, WA!
Then, there is the ongoing work with
! I'm meeting with a group every other week to push for a ban on gas-powered leaf blowers. Check out our
page. If you want to stay abreast of what we're doing
and that will automatically add you to our email list on that topic.
I'm also still busy trying to protect and increase Portland's tree canopy. I organized a group to go see Canopy Stories, recently, and that was fun and educational. If that topic interests you, join us in a
group on Facebook
There were also some community building activities - I instigated a fun 44th Ave. SE block party on 8.2.19. It was the first time some neighbors who'd lived on the block for years had ever met one another. And, the mix of generations was awesome to experience, too. On another day I gave a lesson in "birthday autoresponders" to 2 local 13-year olds while their parents watched. I'm trying to figure out how to pass along the knowledge I have about social media and email marketing to the next generation - because they are powerful tools if used well.
I'm also playing way too much online chess on chess.com. Just one more game...
Like you, I'm pretty upset about the gun violence that's been happening. It's the fault of Republicans and especially President Trump - that is where the blame lies - and I hope you're excited as I am to throw them out of office in 2020. They are also responsible for our inaction on climate change. Until they are gone we can all keep speaking out and working on issues and for candidates who speak the truth and do not for support white supremacy. I do have hope - and will continue speaking out.
In the meantime, I think it's also important to take care of our health - physical and emotional. Do what you have to to get enough rest; drink water; and stay connected with friends and family. We will weather this storm - let's do it together and laugh, cry and live in the world we want to see - NOW!
Take care and happy Summer.
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I hope you're having a great Summer.
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