A Small Circle of Friends

Intimacy plus ambience made for a beautiful evening. Photo by Clif Trimble.

ABOUT a dozen stalwart supporters sat in a circle for a totally unplugged performance. No mics, no PA, no cords—just a direct connection. Wonderful for me, and apparently for the audience as well. The way music should be heard.

All Saints Lutheran feeds 100 to 150 homeless and working poor every Tuesday night.

The evening netted over $100, not a lot but more than we started with. Every little bit helps support the good work. It’s what Jesus—or in my case, the Buddha—would do.

Less is More


The kindest cut…

ALFRED HITCHCOCK once said, “Movies are like life, with all the dull parts removed.” Indeed. And alas, I soon realized the introductory spiel in my recent video was exceedingly dull and so requested Hamilton Studio’s highly skilled editor, Hannah, remove it. Poof! Gone without a trace. And so much better.

For my part, I deleted any trace of the former video on my YouTube Channel and have replaced it with one that’s just like a live performance, only with the dull parts removed.

LINK to new video.

If you know anyone who might be interested in seeing this, let them know. I’ll do the same.

May 11th Benefit Concert

BACK AGAIN for the third time. Last Fall, we raised over $800 to help the Spokane All Saints Lutheran Church feed the hungry every Tuesday evening. Maybe this Spring we can go for a thousand? Come if you can. Bring a friend. A good time guaranteed.

FREE Tuesday Night Community Dinner at All Saints Lutheran in Spokane.
  • 7pm Friday, May 11, 2018
  • $10 donation requested
  • 314 South Spruce Street, Spokane

Enneagram Class

THE ENNEAGRAM offers a systematic way to understand the underlying foundation of our personalities, or ego structures. It uncovers the source of our fixations and reflexive responses to life. It offers the best of a wisdom tradition in that it reveals underlying subconscious—even mystical—structures; and, the best of a scientific theory in that it predicts with uncanny accuracy our reflexive behaviors that vary depending on our moods and stress levels.

It is more akin to sacred geometry…

While cosmic in nature, the Enneagram is grounded not in the stars but in ourselves. It is NOT astrology. It is more akin to sacred geometry: the same way in which the Greek Golden Ratio reveals an underlying structure of the cosmos, the Enneagram reveals the hidden structure of our personality and its distortions.

The Enneagram has offered me priceless clarity in myself and in my relationships. While it doesn’t “fix” anything, it allows clarity and insight—as getting a pair of glasses won’t fix your eyes, they do allow you to see clearly.

That is the Enneagram.

  • Classes will be weekly on Thursday nights.
  • Classes will be held in the upstairs conference room at Express Employment, 331 W Main Street in downtown Spokane, across from the Grand Hotel parking garage.
  • Doors open at 6:30pm.
  • Classes start at 7 sharp and end at 8:45.
  • Class dates are May 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th.
  • Class size limited to the first 18 who make a deposit or show up.
  • Cost is $25 per class or $80 for the series.

Share the flyer. Bring a friend. Prepare to be amazed.

Un-Social Media

An About Face with Facebook

OUR relationship had always been challenging. Promises implied. Promises not kept. It offered a strangely invasive and yet impersonal way to create friendships. In the process, it took everything and gave back what it wanted, when it wanted and how it wanted. Although it took from me freely, if I needed its help, I had to pay; and even then, I had no idea what I was getting.

Worse, for me as a participant, it became a mesmerizing social cesspool, a relentless torrent of trivia, some helpful, most not, and much of it divisive and destructive to our shared and fragile human community.

…I had no idea what I was getting.

My work is about savoring life. Facebook, as I came to realize, is about overwhelming life with dazzling displays of sound and fury. And, while it collected, saved and sold every detail about me and my “friends,” it revealed very little about itself. Presumably free, Facebook has “revealed” itself to be a very bad bargain.

If you want to stay in touch, we always have email. And this blog is interactive and much more thoughtful, considerate and discrete. Nobody is collecting anything on anybody here.

But more to the point, you can’t smell the roses, or the coffee, through a computer screen.

Time to slow down…

KOEMS two and three.

After all the fanfare and hyperbole…

HERE ARE the first two KOEMS that mysteriously appeared during my unscheduled, bed-bound, six-week sabbatical, before I had any idea of what they were or what they wanted to be.

I still have no idea where they came from. Or whether such silliness has any value in world such as ours. But, here we go anyway…

Two more to come next week.

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