Sometimes, a soft stroke on the back from The Universe.

Rene Magritte The friend of order, 1964Hi.

Yeah, it’s been awhile. We’re all aware of that.

Nuttin’ much. How ’bout you?

And I know — I promised you another post entirely. On Wordcamp. Like, four months ago. That still will come.

But need to clear the head and cleanse the palette first.

This first post is about clearing the slate and head after feeling much like you got stomped for not much of a good reason.

The other is a call to arms & love for a friend in need. That’ll be after this.

Please read both. And then, a bit thereafter, the WordPress/Wordcamp posts.

So first — going into this weekend, I was feeling pretty crappy. Shit on a shingle, I’d say. To the point where I was telling friends I would have preferred to hide under the comforter on my bed the whole weekend, starting Friday night, with my iPad running Netflix (shameless advertising placement) and watching old various Star Trek series re-runs until I came to Monday. Maybe.
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My Friend Tanner’s Film, “Way To Heaven,” at CGIFF (special cameo appearance by: me)

Tiny Angel meets me as Psychopomp in Tanner Parsons' “Way To Heaven” at CGIFF.

My friend, the self-made author and auteur, Tanner Parsons, will be having his short comedy film, Way To Heaven, shown at the Columbia Gorge International Film Festival (CGIFF).

Oh, and i have a small part and do voice-overs as a psychopomp (yes, that’s a real word — Wikipedia it).

See Oregonian Film Critic Shawn Levy’s mention of the CGIFF.

The film plays this Thursday, 8/16, 11:30 am at the newly renovated Kiggins Theatre on 1011 Main Street in Vancouver, Washington. Yeah, I know — damn early, and in Vancouver. But I hope you can deal and come on out for a fun piece.

Here’s the trailer:

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Patrick

kyogen, patrick & ulysses at dharma rain softball in summer 2008.

Our teacher Kyogen (l.), Patrick (c.) & Ulysses (r.) at a Dharma Rain Softball Game in the summer of 2008.

Last Thursday, May 17, in the wee hours of the morning, a pal passed — Patrick Finneran.

Long time gay activist, fellow zen student, softball enthusiast. Dharma Rain Zen Center, where we both practice, did him a big solid in letting him spend his final hospice days with them.
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