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Thursday, June 05, 2014

All the Magic People!

I haven't been too good at blogging these past weeks, with lots going on and all.  I guess I'll put off my usual philosophizing and mostly post a podcast interview, videos, and pics.  I normally don't have much access to pics, but am blessed to have a photographer extraordinaire, Steph, as part of our moneyless tribe.

This is kind of a basic review of the last couple months. 

Interview & Videos

 Before I get started, here's an interview that Carrington Schaeffer did with me and Stephanie Summerfield for her podcast program, Honestly, Dear Listener:

Carrington Schaeffer & her baby

Also, here's the written transcript for my commencement speech at the University of Colorado on May 9th by some unknown person.  Thanks, whoever you are.  In case you missed it, here's the video of the speech again:

I'll throw in another video of Brandon on piano and me on carpenter saw, playing Amazing Grace at my parent's house:

Fluctuating Moneyless Tribe

Our "moneyless tribe" has been fluctuating with many comings and goings the past few months.  Brandon, Cody and Summer came back at the end of March, staying with me in the canyon cave.  After a couple weeks, Cody and Summer took off for the northwest, but Brandon stayed.  In early May, a new friend, Stephanie, came from Indiana to join our "tribe".  And just last week, another new friend, Govinda, believe it or not, came all the way from New South Wales, Australia to join us!  We also have a good friend, Freebird,who has been camping right near us, an honorary member of our tribe.  Brandon just decided yesterday to leave for a few weeks to visit his family, planning to come back.  Besides all that, we've had many comings and goings of friends.
Stephanie has done a thorough and beautiful job of photo-documenting our many adventures of the past weeks on her blog, "Spreading My Wings".  I'm snagging some of her pics to give a bit of review:

Photographer Extraordinaire

My parents, Laurel & Richard, me, Brandon, Stephanie
Early May

This is one of our weekly Potlatch-Potlucks.  A guy Monty, from Egypt, and his wife, an American from the northwest, had read the book (TMWQM) and synchronistically happened to find us, as did Stevie and Emily (further below) minutes later after the potluck started disbanding.
Clockwise, left to right:
Francois, Monty, Alex, Pete, Brandon, Freebird, Dan, me

DJ'ing my radio show
at KZMU Moab Community Radio Station

Alex & Brandon
at KZMU radio station with me.

Brandon, new friends Heather & Chelsea, and Cullen & Freebird at the radio station

More synchronistic convergence of new friends

Various friends have mystically and mysteriously shown up the past few weeks.  Freebird came to be our neighbor after I'd been in e contact with him for a couple years.  Stevie had read the book and came with Emily and we happened to meet by amazing synchronicity.  Stevie, I must say, is a miracle of a human being, like some kind of mystical Shams or Rumi who appeared out of the blue to astound us all.  Also, my good friends from Fruita, Colorado (Cullen, Alex, Rudy, and John) came to join us in a several-day-long cave party:

Me, Brandon, Emily, Stevie, Alex, Freebird
at the "guest cave"
Emily & Stevie
Stevie & me jamming
Brandon, Freebird, Alex

Me cooking elm seed & oat waffles on irons I scored in a dumpster


Our next-cave neighbor Freebird in his abode

My Commencement Speech

Then, it came time for me to go to Boulder for my commencement speech.  Cullen wanted to film it and offered to take me in his van.  I and Brandon and Steph decided to not hitch-hike and take up his offer, since he was going anyway.  Our mutual friend from Fruita, Ken, joined us.  And it so happens that Stevie and Emily were going that way in their car anyway, and I was honored they attended the commencement also.  One of my best friends, Tim, who lives near Boulder, also attended (He's the one who filmed the speech on his I-phone for the video): 
Cullen and Ken on our trip to Boulder

Brandon, Emily, me, Cullen with food I scored at the dumpster during our trip to Boulder
Emily and Stevie at my commencement speech
My commencement speech at the University of Colorado Humanities Dept.
I'd been expecting my speech to be a put-off to parents, but, to my astonishment, parents & even grandparents expressed their pleasure!

Tim, Paul, me, Cullen

Parents' 65th Wedding Anniversary

A couple weeks later, Brandon, Steph, & I headed back to Fruita to celebrate my parents' 65th wedding anniversary.  Yeah, that's not a typo. And they still adore each other.   

Richard & Laurel Shellabarger

Laurel & Richard Shellabarger 

My nephew Kyle, his daughter, and my mom

My parents, Laurel, Richard, brother Doug, me, Steph, Brandon
My parents Laurel, Richard, my brother Doug, me, my brother Ron, Steph
 While in Fruita, we visited Max at the bike shop he works at.  Mas is my friend who talks on my radio show with me now and then.
Me, Steph, Brandon, with Max in the back

Govinda Arrives

Not long after we returned to Moab, I got an email from Govinda, from Australia, saying he wanted to come to the States to possibly join the moneyless tribe.  Shortly after that, his mother happened to have a free ticket for him, and he was here in a few days!

Brandon leaves temporarily

Shortly after that, Brandon left to visit his family for a couple weeks or so, planning to return.  Perhaps he will meet back up with us at the national Rainbow Gathering.  We're missing him lots already.

Meanwhile, back in Moab, and the adventures continue.

Wild edible honey locust beans

Inedible symbol


  1. Suelo, I really enjoyed this post along with the interview and the extra video of Amazing Grace - which brought tears to my eyes. Thank you. I am at my local library for the first time in quite a while and look forward to all your future posts. Any chance you could tape your radio broadcast and put the recorded section on your website so we can access it after the fact? Even if it can't be a "video", it would be great just to be able to hear it sometime that week. Just a thought - gina

  2. i'd also love to hear podcast of Daniel's radio shows and to watch Cullen's movie about Daniel and the tribe.

  3. Daniel, are you familiar with Michael Tellinger and his work on what he calls Contributionism? Here is an interview he gave in May on The People's Voice

  4. If you live completely in the present moment, doesn't that mean you can't make plans?

    1. Our eyes are in front of our heads for a reason. DNA is the plans of every living thing, but nothing decides its own DNA. The nature of life is making plans, yet no organism decides its own DNA. Thus, healthy plans actually do not come from our own will, thus we do not make them. Worrying is living in the future, attaching to plans, even *trying* to make plans. In fact, worrying destroys both the present and the future, contrary to healthy planning. The best investment plan for the future is to live completely in the present. When you live completely in the present, plans arise on their own.

    2. Okay that sounds reasonable.

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