There have been all sorts of adventures in my strange and unusual world. The Texas trip was certainly an instructive one. My ‘what not to do again’ list is as short as my ‘do it again this way’ list. I met some amazing people and am tickled that I’ve been invited back to Austin (w/ an added stop in Houston by request!). The original thought was to go back at the end of April but travel plans to the UK are morphing as I type and I may not make it until mid-May. In fact, I’ve no idea how the UK trip is going to come together. I’m just moving forward as if it will!! This could bite me in the butt or it could be brilliant! There’s only one way to find out. The Indiegogo fundraising campaign covered almost all expenses related to Texas but it wasn’t as successful as I’d have liked in terms of covering travel and advertising in the UK.
I will be doing another campaign to help fund the October/November trip to Uganda and the notso-Democratic Republic of the Congo. Expenses will include transportation and bribe monies to help me move through both countries w/ ease (a relative term there). Although partnerships have not been solidified yet, I’ve made initial contact with Invisible Children, the Enough Project, Friends of the Congo, Doctors w/o Borders.
I’ll be spending three weeks in Oregon (with probably a stop in south Washington) in June, a week at the Southeast Unitarian Universalist Summer Institute in Radford, VA, and I’ve submitted an application to provide daily workshops at Floyd Fest in mid-July.
About a week ago I was contacted by someone who runs an online radio show (regularly scheduled programs and a tele-seminar series) and asked to participate. I’ve not decided if that is a route I’m going to take. Although I need exposure, the format of some of these shows skeeves me out–it often feels like a new evangelism being shilled at the expense of more important things. I’m struggling with maintaining things like my own integrity & truth in the midst of the bandwagon-ish herd. If I can find a way to combine the two, then BRILLIANT! If not, well…
I’m excited about how the year is unfolding for each of us! I hope you and yours are healthy & happy!
Many, many thanks for your continued support!
I love you and hope to see you soon!
Today, like every other day, we wake up empty and frightened. Don't open the door to the study and begin reading. Take down a musical instrument. Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground. The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you. Don't go back to sleep. You must ask for what you really want. Don't go back to sleep. People are going back and forth across the doorsill where the two worlds touch. The door is round and open. Don't go back to sleep. I would love to kiss you. The price of kissing is your life. Now my loving is running toward my life shouting, What a bargain, let's buy it. Daylight, full of small dancing particles and the one great turning, our souls are dancing with you, without feet, they dance. Can you see them when I whisper in your ear? All day and night, music, a quiet, bright reedsong. If it fades, we fade.
And, I’ll leave you with a litttle Keb Mo’ Life Is Beautiful: http://youtu.be/OI_GNu8jaSA