12.12.13 The Eleven

12.12.13 – Happy Holiday edition!

Rounding out a great year!
Hello, and welcome to my monthly e-letter, The Eleven. If you’d like to unsubscribe at any time, there’s a convenient link below, and I hope you stay!It’s been such a fine month since I last wrote. We had a great time at Sabby’s benefit on 11.11 @ The Hollywood Vintage. Pics by all of our amazing photo-booth photographers, here!  We were able to raise a good bundle of money, signed up people to support gay marriage in Oregon and had a great time together.

My Latest

Quik Learning
My gift to you – faster learning!

Every once in a while I stumble across something that really takes me for a ride. I’m always interested in becoming a better, faster learner, and I’ve been captivated by Quik Learning. Here is video 1: information on how to learn faster. Part 2 on remembering names. Speed-reading is video #3. And, finally, brain-map is video 4.

Try these out when you get a chance and let me know what you think. I’ve been walking around teaching some of these skills and having a blast increasing my reading speed and remembering peoples’ names!

2013 is coming to an end!
Albert @ MS Store 11.20I’ve really had a great year @ Albertideation. I’ve been speaking publicly in the last couple months and have been working with a great bunch of clients. I am honored to be trusted with peoples’ businesses.
Speaking of teaching – my last two FREE classes this year will be 12.17 at the Microsoft Store in downtown Portland (free breakfast), and 12.19 on the East Side (free lunch!).
My website has undergone some changes recently, too. Please come visit and see what you think.
Wileyware for the Holidays

Here are some of the projects I’m working on right now – visit the links to learn more.
1. Jane Turville of Wagging Tale Productions is creating a new film, The People Factor. Please consider donating to the creation of this important work.

2. It’s always a great time for Wileyware. Marcia is doing incredible classes in her studio in Ballard, Washington – visit if you can.
3. Helping friends: I’ve transitioned from helping causes to spending time, money & effort to extend a hand to friends who have needed help. It’s not as sexy, but feels useful and important right now.
4. The Portland Fruit Tree Project – Steve Bennett and I played for their annual volunteer appreciation evening – and I’d like to do more for these folks. Look for a fruit-tree grafting demo-party in the 2nd week of April @ my new home in SE PDX.
5. Settling into my new home 🙂
Thanks for reading and for your support of me and my work in the world. I couldn’t do it without you.
Sincerely,
Albert

Albert and Sunflowers 2013

11.11 Community Gathering and Benefit

I was feeling the urge to throw a benefit for a friend or cause this Fall and chose my friend, Sabby Lou. She’s a fellow gardener at the Birthday Garden and also dances with me at the various ecstatic dances around town. She’s also a committed activist who has been dedicated to protecting our amazing Portland water for years. As a fellow activist, I know that it’s not always easy to do great work to protect the environment and make ends meet. Thus, the 11.11.13 benefit for Sabby Lou was born. Here’s Sabby’s main business, Yum Food Solutions, if you’d like to know a bit more about what she does in the world.

sabby fundraiser x 4

Please print, cut into four and hand to friends!

I held my birthday party at William’s Hollywood Vintage store a few years back.  We had a blast. The set up and clean up was simple and the time was wonderful. So, I figured, let’s do it again!

We’ll gather at the store @ 28th and Sandy at 7pm – 11.11.13 – sans essential oils, sans lipstick and we’ll meet each other, mingle, sip some things, and enjoy the wonderful music of DJ Manoj and Kieran McManus‘s Cello!  Suggested donation is $11 and up.

We’ll raise some money for a friend and celebrate her. For more info, please click here!  I hope you can make it – I believe it will be a very memorable and fun night.

Albert

PS – for my thinking on how to make parties go well, read this 🙂

hv

 

 

 

Moving Time!

sunflowersHello, and welcome to this month’s The Eleven, my monthly e-letter.

Have you ever had a destination in mind but had to complete many tasks before you could get there? That’s how this edition of the 11 has been for me. Whew, and I’m there and ready to write!!!!  First, the news.

Yes, after 3 years of happy clamming I’m going to take my show on the road and relocate to … Southeast Portlandia. Yes, I know, you were possibly expecting something a little more exotic, but actually, living in SE Portlandia is pretty frigging awesome, and I can’t wait to get there. I left Burning Man this year partly to get a head start on the moving process, cause I’m so jazzed! I’ll be over in the Division/44th/Stumptown/Village Merchants section of town – the house has a great porch and I’ll be living with two women I’ve known for a good long time. I’m looking forward to a quieter neighborhood and closer proximity to work and and and!
And, doesn’t it seem like life is speeding up a bit, lately? Between Syria, Climate Change, the R’s bringing us to the brink of not having a government budget, and traffic speeds increasing (at least that’s my sense) it just feels like the pace is quickening. Which is why it’s great that this calming site exists 🙂 Go ahead, take a minute or two 🙂
shoes post burn 2013
shoes post burn

In fact, this has been my lesson from Burning Man this year – which if anyone who can help is listening – WAS WAY WAY WAY TOO LOUD.  We take some of the most intelligent people on Earth; bring them to an incredibly beautiful part of the world; fill that space with amazing art; and then drown everyone in a sound mush that is so abrasive that I don’t think I’ll ever go back again. My 13th year was so loud that I think my system has been completely overloaded and I’m having a very hard re-entry. What?  And, if you’re interested in links to pictures/videos, let me know – I have a great list, because of course, this was also the best year ever. Yeah, it’s like that out there…

One of my favorite parts of this year’s Burn was actually our SideBurn – time spent with friends at Summer Lake Hot Springs in Paisley, Oregon.
I’m finally finding work that I am passionate about – teaching social media and email marketing to small biz people. If that’s you or someone you know I have a bunch of classes (mostly free) coming up – look to the right. I’d love you to refer me to people, thanks!
I hope your life is full of love, laughter, surprises, dance, magic and lots of touch. If you haven’t seen the video on touch put out by my friends, please have a look. Make sure you get plenty of hugs, rest, healthy food and I’ll speak with you soon,
With gratitude for life’s abundance,
Albert Kaufman

Upcoming Events

Facebook for small businesses – You Can Do It!

Come learn how to promote your small business via Facebook – I’ll help you take out the frustration and add in the fun! – Monday, Sepember 23rd, 9am-12pm – $30

1823 NE 13th Avenue

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The Power of Email Marketing

Monday October 14, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM –Free

This information-packed seminar will demonstrate how email marketing can really help drive business success.

Holladay Park Church of God

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Getting Started with Email Marketing

Tuesday November 12, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM –Free

This is a guided discussion about how email marketing works and how to get up and running.

Holladay Park Church of God

Sarah
Sarah is my favorite comedian
todays’ soundtrack brought to you by my new friend, Spencer. He gifted me with a collection of dance hits from the 70s – got me shaking my head while writing this, Keep on Truckin! yeah!  
Albert and Sunflowers 2013
The sunflowers are doing well this Summer – click on the pic to learn more about my sunflower project

Coyote Spirit Festival – Summer Lake Hot Springs, Paisley, Oregon – a review

Summer Lake Hot Springs

I made the trip through the Oregon Outback to Paisley, Oregon a couple weeks ago to attend the Coyote Spirit Festival @ Summer Lake Hot Springs. It’s a place that I’ve visited many times before – usually on my way to or from the Great Nevada Arts Festival. It’s out in the middle of nowhere – the views are spectacular – and the quiet is soothing and delicious. Over the years I’ve gotten to know the various caretakers of the sacred land – and now am friends with the owner, Duane Graham. Duane’s the friendly guy who welcomes you when you hop out after your long drive.

So, this year, I rented a car, picked up a guy who’d just flown in from Hawaii and cruised East on 84, south on 197, further south through Bend on 97 and then East on 31 for 5 and a half hours and landed in the evening. I somehow missed Cassandra Robertson and Wynter Byrnes’s set, but got to hear a lot of fantastic music for the rest of the weekend. My personal highlight was the man who played something very sitarish/dulcimerish on Sunday morning to himself – but the music traveled everywhere – it was so soothing… Also, the music in the bathhouse – crystal bowls were placed in the water and people didged, as well – very magical!

Stage and dancers at SLHS

There were food vendors – my favorites were the raw/vegan folks – I had some raw oatmeal for breakfast on Saturday which was delicious. Also, the thin-crust pizza makers forced me to give up on my wheat-free ways on Saturday night, briefly.  And, Terry’s Trading Post was fun and magical. I hope to bump into Terry at another festival this Summer – what a character – he had a little of everything – and saved my passenger’s ass by handing over blankets and pillows to him as he’d arrived from Hawaii sans gear.

Summer Lake Hot Springs is like no place I’ve ever visited on Earth. The waters are healing and plentiful and hot! The views are spectacular. The price is right – very inexpensive to camp there and easy to get a good night’s sleep as it’s extremely quiet, generally 🙂  Go Go Go 🙂

I hope to return to the Coyote Spirit Festival again next year and perhaps bring a posse. The festival had a lot of folks from Bend, there, which was great – nice to meet interesting people from other parts of the state – who knew Bend had so many cool people?  And, lucky me, I’ll probably be down soon on my way to the playa.  If you ever get a chance to visit Summer Lake Hot Springs – go – take some time – soak in the amazing waters, enjoy the magical views – enjoy the bird life and great hospitality.  And, bring a hat – it can get chilly at night!   For more photos from the festival visit SLHS on FB.

The pond at Summer Lake Hot Springs

If you’re packing for Burning Man, a couple quick reads

This one by Mark Morford of the San Fran Chronicle (I recommend subscribing to his weekly column…) is very good.  And then there’s this… for those staying at home, but a reminder to those going to Burning Man, too 🙂

From Aspen Madrone, goddess.  “As I feel you all prepare for the burn, embody the words of Mo Lohaus. may i burn the man at home this year”

may i burn the man at home this year may i finally become a full participant
may i kick the culture consumption habit cold turkey and get on with resonating funky genius and vulnerable enthusiasm

on my
own channel, 24-7
may i see every public space as center camp and roll around on the ground with strangers lovingly and with worshipful presence
as we contact one-in-other
may i strut my feathers and leathers and muppet cape
and naked benevolent childish soul everywhere i go
feeling fully in character
may i trick out my apartment like a theme camp and invite people in off the street
to lavish them with exorbitant gifts
of presence and affection, lovingly prepared because i can
because i am rich and overflowing and giving is why i am here
may i share shattering rock-bottom truths
with everyone, as casually as tea
like old lovers with nothing left to prove or improve on in the utter safety of the silky oscillation
between me and we
may i strip the locks off my heart and hold open house
with everyone i meet on the bus in line for groceries
or at the gas station
granting them the hallucinated embellishment of fur, goggles, nudity and dust
and allowing myself full excitement
and wonder at who they might be
may i look past the surface
and see into everyone
recognizing pirates
alien ambassadors, superheroes and translucent mermaids
may i call my campmates
or show up at their houses
as easily and shamelessly
as i might wander up to their tents
and never need a reason
for pressing my nose on their cheek
or for flopping on the couch and snuggling
may i love fully, fluidly
everyone who pulls me deeper into living and put away any residual shame
about how my love looks
remembering: we’re in the desert!
remembering: we’re dusty and unkempt and beautiful! remembering: we are mad ones and saints and divas all and there is no expectation of tidiness
remembering: there will be grit and friction, there always is,
but in the cathartic blessing
of our meeting and self-discovery
no one notices
remembering most of all
that my emotional nudity is my ticket to the event past the gate and greeters
to unity and a friendly universe
and is always honored and gratefully received
may i hallucinate freely
seeing volvos as giant bunny slippers and hondas as mobile cupcakes
may i notice the installations of genius and wild vision
all about me
may i see the dreams made real in my daily built world
may i touch the wide round belly of the pregnant possible
with both my hands
may i witness those around me
strutting their beauty and hope
their frailty and unfinishedness
and quirky unique poised artful
equilibrium above the abyss of judgment and may i yell out my approval, and applaud
may i witness the gifting that happens
every moment
the trade of glances, smiles and kind words
that are as quenching and comforting
in this daily wasteland of formality and alienation as popsicles and mist baths ever were
may i burn the man every day
may i take his idealized ass down
may i take the icon of who i am supposed to be and gently release him to flame
may i take his habits, opinions, head noise timidity and ego-protective arrogance and lovingly douse them with gas
this is my religion,
humbly, devotedly, and persistently performed: THAT MAN will BURN
may i build the temple every morning
and honor and celebrate
those who have sung the song of my life, who have held my life
like their own dear infant in their arms
may i build the temple every morning
and be awestruck by its beauty every day as i smear it with prayers and tears,
and then at dusk
release it in holy smoke
may i smell it burn
and know that that was it: this one day was my whole life and it is over
and if i am blessed to wake once more…
may i do it all again
more fiercely, more passionately
more graciously, goofily and generously
until my life measures up
to the love i feel
as i walk, bike or ride an octopus through the eternal city of dreams in which my soul is at home
mo lohaus www.lohaus.mobi

Events

Here are some upcoming events I’d love you to come participate in that I’m organizing. If you have any energy to volunteer for any of these, please let me know at albertkaufman@gmail.com

events1. Saturday, January 28th – house concert with Jonah Matranga from California.  8pm – $10-ish donation-style, good times for all. Hear Jonah’s music @

2. Monday, February 20th, 7:30pm.  Mother: Caring for the 7 Billion – showing at the Hollywood Theater with discussion about film.  – Free – https://motherthefilm.com

3. Saturday/Sunday March 3-4 10am-5pm – SE ArtwalkWileyware (earrings, glassware, candleholders, buttons and Marcia Wiley in person!) showing at KORU House, 1704 SE 22nd, More information about the art walk at https://www.seportlandartwalk.com/

4. Saturday, March 10th, 8:30am-1pm – Friends of Trees Tree planting – Irvington.  Meet at Holliday Park Church of God at 21st and Tillamook, NE.  Music by the Ten Spiders, bring blank t-shirts and tote bags for silk-screening.  Breakfast and lunch provided – and are usually both very hearty! More info at https://albertideation.com/2011/10/21/irvington-friends-of-trees-2012-planting-coming-soon/

4. Saturday, March 25th, 7pm – House Concert with Dana Lyons at the Happy Clam, 7pm  Also featuring discussion by local anti-corporate activist Paul Cienfuegos

Hope your Winter is going well!  Stay warm and dry!

Albert 

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