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Hey guys. Well, I took a month off. It wasn’t planned, but so much stuff was coming at me in the physical world that the writing/podcasting thing was out of reach for a while. Here’s what I learned:
never buy a half-built house you NEED to move into in two months;
don’t hire a plumber who appears to have a meth problem (even if it’s not a meth problem, just seeming like he has a meth problem is problem enough);
don’t leave town for ten days JUST BEFORE you need to move into said half-built house;
and if you ignore all this advice, don’t be surprised when you come back, ready to move in, and find that the half-built house is now a three-quarter-built house, not the completed house you were expecting.
I don’t meant to complain. The reason we took off for ten days was to attend the Bombay Beach Biennale, which is one of the best things I do every year or so. Just click that link if you want to know more. Basically, it’s what Burning Man could’ve been. It’s an amazing collection of creative, kind, quirky people who love to create beauty and community. So despite the mess I came home to, I have no regrets. Who needs a door on the bathroom or a working washing machine?
Speaking of creative, kind, quirky communities of people, Anya and I will be hosting a retreat with our friends Cameron and Melayne Shane at their place outside Whitefish, MT this August. Cameron and Melayne are martial arts/yoga/movement teachers, Anya will be teaching a form of dance she’s studied in Thailand and Greece and discussing Jungian archetypes and I’ll be tossing in any wisdom I can drum up. The idea is to balance the physical/spiritual/emotional/intellectual/erotic by talking about sexuality, relationships and psychology while eating great food, swimming in clear lakes, and learning to move like a chimp.
Last year, I had a covid relapse and spent a good part of the retreat shivering in the van, but this year I’m feeling like a man with a table saw, a tool belt and orange pants. Invincible, in other words. Hope to see you there.
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