Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The Commencement is Ever Now

Lots and lots have been happening since I last blogged over a month ago, giving me hardly any time to blink much less blog. 

A Canadian film crew from Toronto (Reel to Real Productions) came to do some filming in mid April for a documentary on eccentrics.  My friend Cullen has also been working on a documentary, so they were able to collaborate with him. 

After the Canadians left, Cody and Summer decided to leave for the northwest.  So it was just Brandon and me for a few days, until a new friend, Steph, came to join us.  Our moneyless tribe fluctuates, people coming and going physically to and from our local little group, but feels like it is growing and scattered across the country and world.

What's great is Steph likes to blog, and she's a splendid photographer, so I'm going to be lazy and refer you to her blog (Spreading my Wings) for our happenings with her the past few weeks.  Check out her wonderful photographs:
And, yes, note the irony, that I was the keynote commencement speaker at the University of Colorado in Boulder for the Humanities graduation ceremony last Friday (May the 9th).   And my friend Tim Fredrick filmed it on his IPhone:


  1. Someone should transcribe this is in type....yes, we have everything we think we need, right here, where we are sitting right now.

    1. For a transcription of Daniel's talk, go to

  2. Beautifully said Suelo. Refuse the machine

  3. Lovely. I so needed this today. Thank you for sharing.

  4. another fine posting mr.suelo. this might be off topic a bit but i think you might find this of use. it's how to build a stove out of a beer can.

  5. I was very moved by your speech and I am happy that there are people out there like you who can lead the way and be an example to the rest of us.
    I feel that I share a lot of similarities with you Daniel. I was also raised in a Christian church (Mormon, to be exact). I felt disillusioned when the words of Christ were simply ignored by the organization. I went through an Atheist period (and at times I still consider myself an Atheist) but I eventually came across I Am That by Nisargadatta and was inspired by Advaita Vedanta. With my religious upbringing I try to find the true meaning of Christ's words and not just what the churches tell us and I wanted to ask if you have ever heard of the concept of e-prime. It's a "prescriptive version of the English language that excludes all forms of the verb 'to be'." (definition from Wikipedia). Through my ponderings I came to the conclusion that the commandment - Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord in vain- is a reference to our misuse of the verb 'to be'. It's surprising how beneficial e-prime has shown to be in Psychotherapy (as referenced in the same Wikipedia article). What adds credence to the word 'be' being God's name is Moses' revelation that the lord's name is "I am that I am" which you hinted at in your commencement speech.