Gentle Guidance

Gentle Guidance for the Summer of 2022

Dear Albert,
Here’s some gentle guidance for you this Summer. This Summer looks like it will have a lot of the fun things you’ve enjoyed over the past many years. Music festivals. Music camps. Reunions and camping. Here are some things you might want to keep in mind which might make your time more enjoyable and fruitful. I share this with you after having participated in many 4-5 day events in the past and now with some wisdom garnered for an interesting 2+ years of the pandemic. OK, here goes.
1. It’s not going to be the same as the last time you went. It already isn’t ūüôā So, give up your expectation for that and plan for something completely new.
2. Bring it. As always the experience is going to be better for you and others if you bring your best self. And also bring something extra for others ūüôā¬† Burning Man’s gifting economy is a great model – prepare in advance by planning for your needs – some great snacks, sunscreen, and just the right thing to make you comfortable and happy. And then bring a couple of things to make someone else’s experience a little more sparkly. Those colorful sunglasses. Almonds. Healthy things and colorful things. An extra pair or two of guitar strings and some picks often bring a smile to a musician’s face ūüôā
3. Breathe in and breathe out. When you’re interacting with anyone who is putting on an event – be kind. Be kinder. They are operating under situations that are in flux and they are likely stressed. Don’t add to that stress.¬† Make the experience better by trying to solve whatever issue you’re having yourself. Then ask a fellow attendee. Then ask a volunteer/staff person. Here’s some guidance you once wrote.¬†– be the host of the event. Take responsibility for your own positive experience and help others, too. Open doors. Pick up trash. Don’t beep your horn to lock your car – care for the ambiance.
4. Lastly – Covid. Take care of yourself and know that others are doing their best to take care of themselves. Be gentle in this area. Everyones’ hackles are up, but generally, people probably are fine with explaining what their approach is – be prepared to listen. If you slow down a little bit that will help with this particular dance.
5. Take it easy on yourself. Rest. Take things slowly. Take your time getting there and enjoy the ride. Get to things early – for many reasons (just try it :).¬† It’s not the destination, it’s the journey. Oh yeah – be here now!
Have fun out there.


PS – for WDSers coming from out of town – Portland has changed some in recent years. I highly recommend not leaving anything visible in your car. Also, keep an eye on your things – this is true everywhere, but it’s worth repeating.

PPS – for guitarists – change your strings if you are able – a set of fresh strings makes it better for everyone – especially you! Also, tuning is a great thing. Keep on tuning!

2020 Finds on my Clipboard

From My Clipboard – August 2020Clipboard My recliner companion for many years

Here’s my most recent newsletter The Eleven from August 11th, 2020.
And my most recent Bizmissive.
Sign up for an annual birthday message from me. Each year is different! 

Constant Contact-related: 

Two articles on what to write about to your customers during the pandemic. 

Zoom- related


Good Distractions



Constant Contact has a New Look ideas 💡 Ideas

Here are some ideas I posted on the site Рwhich is still fascinating.  Enjoy.

large-scale textbk review web

In order to improve textbooks and thus improve the education and minds of those in school (at all levels) who will use them here is what I propose.

A website that acts as a clearing house, and improvement center. Anyone who is interested can get hold of a textbook, read it, and give it a review including ideas for improvement and corrections. There could be a rating system from

a: this book is complete crap and should never be found in a student’s hands


z: this book hits the nail on the head and is pretty good as is.

If adults were willing to involve themselves in such a review, we could put pressure on textbook makers to improve their product, because now, there is no such feedback loop.

The goal would be to get better-written, more captivating textbooks into the hands of students through an extensive system of community review.

I think this is a great idea and would love to work with others to get it started. If you agree, please get in touch with me at albertkaufman @


Albert Kaufman, Jul 22 2008
(3 votes)  Date submitted: Jul 22 2008


Wnd Turbine on Trns line tower

(2 votes)  Date submitted: Aug 16 2006


Collage Maker 1.0

(2 votes)  Date submitted: Jan 11 2005


Washer/Dryer in one appliance!

(5 votes)  Date submitted: Dec 29 2004


Removing impervious surfaces

(4 votes)  Date submitted: Dec 08 2004


Co-housing works

(4 votes)  Date submitted: Dec 08 2004


Metro supplied van pools

(1 votes)  Date submitted: Dec 08 2004


Improving the Oregonian

(2 votes)  Date submitted: Nov 18 2004


Energy-saving tips at the pump

(4 votes)  Date submitted: May 21 2004


Phil Busse for Mayor’s top 100

(1 votes)  Date submitted: May 05 2004


1,000 Ways to improve PDX Traf

(1 votes)  Date submitted: Apr 20 2004


Mount Hood National Park

(2 votes)  Date submitted: Apr 20 2004


This Shrinking World

(3 votes)  Date submitted: Dec 31 2003


Cement Snowmen/Snow-women

(4 votes)  Date submitted: Dec 30 2003


Freecycle – tis a gift to be .


(19 votes)  Date submitted: Nov 11 2003

Leave the Leaves by DKG Graphics

All from this site which is no longer active as of 2023. But you can find it via the wayback machine on if you’re curious about it.

Phone book opt-in system for Oregon!

yellow pages here you throw it away

After the Phone Book

At Crema this morning, I attended a town-hall meeting that my state Rep. Jules Kopel-Bailey was holding.¬† I learned that he will introduce legislation for an opt-in system for phone books on Monday!¬† This is something I’ve been interested in for a while, and should be interesting to see what happens with it.¬† If this passes in Oregon, it could set a national trend going, which would be pretty amazing.

Facebook Fan Page for the effort – After the Phone Book

1.11.2021 – Looks like we’ve made a difference. But still these things are out there.¬† Don’t want one – sign up @



I’m adding a new page to my site, Quotes, which I’ll update periodically. Please feel free to suggest great sayings – thanks! Albert

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

“The empires of the future are the empires of the mind” – Winston Churchill

“Collaboration is one of the best kept secrets of creativity” – John Briggs

“Imagination is more important than knowledge” – Albert Einstein

“Big thinkers are the most valuable human beings on earth because they can unlock our imaginations” – Joey Reiman



We had a great voting party here last night.Voting Party 2008

About 25 people and a reporter and photographer from the Oregonian showed up for our voting party. Can’t wait to see how the story turns out.¬† Here’s how to host a similar gathering where you live!

Here’s the full article!

Today had a neat meeting with Marc of Opening to Life Studio to work on his website and make some improvements. And in the afternoon met with Robin Denberg to discuss helping him with his website and marketing his real estate agency. Also on the phone to Tim of the Tummy Temple to discuss next steps as an on-line marketer for his business, so it’s been a busy week.

Regarding my various ideas I’ve been following up with the City on the telephone opt out idea and they provided some information on how I, as an individual, could opt out – great.¬† Working on it.¬† The Portland City Council reaffirmed its 4-0 vote against changing the zoning of Colwood Golfcourse, thus making the path to a new urban farming training institute one step closer to reality.

The sun is blazing out right now, so I must go outside and watch squirrels move apples to and fro.¬† More work tomorrow, I’m sure.¬† Oh, and recruiters seem to be anxiously and actively finding me via Monster and elsewhere and promoting me to various area companies, so I’m imagining that something good this way comes.¬† enjoy the sunshine!