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Good morning and welcome to DKos Asheville. This is the weekly DKos Asheville open thread where we try to get together every Saturday to provide an outlet for discussion and news that effects the region and North Carolina. We hope this group serves to reinvigorate us locally and regionally here on Daily Kos, building on the sense of community that's grown through our online engagement. DKos Asheville can give us all a better sense of connection, a better understanding of who we stand with, work with, and share with in the political process. We hope, through this community, that we can do a better job of leveraging our orange passion for progressive politics to help elect more and better Democrats.

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Randall is out of town this weekend, and he's asked me to post a diary.  So, I thought I would share some thoughts about the group.

In mid-April my focus changed significantly.  I stopped playing music for almost two months, which was a very long time for me to go without playing.  I dropped my active participation in a local sustainability group.  And I stopped reading Daily Kos.  All of my focus has been on my path; and those of you who read my Sunday diaries are familiar with that.

When we had our last meet-up, I asked Randall to take over the Saturday Asheville diaries.  He said he would be happy to do that for me.  However, as we both already knew, his schedule is such that getting out diaries every Saturday can be difficult, as he often works on Saturdays, and often he's working out of town.

So, I thought I would take this opportunity to ask if any of you DKos Asheville members would like to help out by writing a Saturday dairy from time to time.  If you would, please let Randall know.  SteelerGrrl wrote a great DKos Asheville diary two weeks ago, and almost all of you have posted diaries to Daily Kos before.

You can write on anything you want; the main thing is just to have a diary up so that we have a place for the group's members to post comments throughout the day.  Having a diary up keeps us in touch with each other; it keeps us connected.  You don't have to spend time doing research or posting pictures; this doesn't need to be difficult.  It's just nice to know that someone's going to have a diary up each Saturday.  So let Randall know when you would like to take a turn.

One thing that I realized from our voter registration project was that, while we have a great group here, geographically we're actually kind of spread out a bit.  So doing something like the voter registration project just wasn't practical.  But the Saturday diaries are a bit easier to attend.  And of course the quarterly meetups are something worth the time to travel into Asheville to make.

I'm still here.  This is a great group of people; and the meetups, spending time with each of you, have all been wonderful.  And I'm still doing the Sunday DKos Sangha diaries and attending the Monday night DKos Sangha group meditation diaries.  And I've been reading and commenting on the DKos Asheville diaries as well.

But I'm not focused on politics right now (though I did notice the big upset in Virginia last Tuesday).  Obviously, I do still think that participation in the political process is important.  And I still think that working for social, economic, and environmental justice is important.  But the work of bringing about change can't just be political; it can't just be about elections.  Perhaps the most important element needed in the process of bringing about real change in our world is the interior work that we do.  And that's where my focus is right now.

So, if you can, kosmail Randall and tell him you would like to do a diary.  He's juggling enough things at the moment without having this up in the air as well.

And have a wonderful day today!

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  •  Congrats on getting your water back... (6+ / 0-)

    at least for now. Having passed so many unconstitutional laws that are finally getting struck down, our wonderful, sneaky legislature are creating a new three judge panel to undertake constitutional challenges. Democracy and justice with a little d and j.

    "Lets show the rascals what Citizens United really means."

    by smiley7 on Sat Jun 14, 2014 at 08:15:11 AM PDT

  •  Thank you David (4+ / 0-)

    Great group indeed.

    Libertarianism is something that most people grow out of, not unlike, say, hay fever or asthma. Bob Johnson

    by randallt on Sat Jun 14, 2014 at 08:24:16 AM PDT

  •  We are gearing up for the Grandfather Mountain (4+ / 0-)

    Highland Games.  The opening ceremonies will start about 5:00PM on July 10. That's on Thursday. There will be athletic event preliminary competitions on  Friday, but in the past that has been a rather desultory day. Some of the vendors don't even open.

    Saturday and Sunday are when things go wide open. Four weeks from today. Saturday will feature the heavy athletics, as well as plenty of music.

    Sunday is really more of a family day. The non-denominational worship service and reading of the Flowers O' The Forest is held outside the gate, so tickets are not necessary to attend.  After the service, there will be a parade of tartans and massed pipe bands. Still more music and lots of food.  

    If anyone is planning on going to the Games, be sure to post where you will be.  I will be at the Clan Skene location. We have two tents: Numbers 1-55 on the front row and 2-60 on the back row. They will be directly across the walking path from each other.  I will bring some of my homemade shortbread cookies. Betcha can't eat just one!

    A bonus treat is that I plan to bring two (2) of Sara's quilts. The one that covered Reed in his last days, and the one this community made for me. They will be hanging up at our tent. Feel free to come by and read all the inscriptions.

    Rudeness is a weak imitation of strength. - Eric Hoffer

    by Otteray Scribe on Sat Jun 14, 2014 at 12:07:09 PM PDT

  •  Glad you're still here! (4+ / 0-)

    I'd be willing to cover one Saturday a month hosting the open thread. I'll check my work and show schedule and get some dates to Randall this week.

    It's also been a couple of months since I played music and I really need to pick up my bass. Between routinely working 12-day stretches and trying to get a business off the ground, there are never enough hours in the day. But I do miss it.

    Fortunately my business is fun and I love it, but I really need for it to start generating income! I've got a very promising show lined up next Saturday, this weekend we'll be mocking up the tent and getting the setup process down. Most of my writing lately has been on my blog, and I'm spending more time on FB than I'd like to, because promotion.

    Here's some hemp cord I dyed. I'm going to make up some macrame bracelet kits this week.

    My tomatoes are setting fruit like crazy.
    Whippersnapper tomato in upside down planter 6/14
    Lots of bees.
    Bee on marigold
    Hope everyone is well!

    Visit my new blog, Little Lotte Studio, to see what I'm growing and making this spring!

    by SteelerGrrl on Sat Jun 14, 2014 at 12:10:51 PM PDT

    •  Thanks for volunteering! (3+ / 0-)
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      I like the dyed hemp.

      I only have one tomato so far; but the plants are all doing well.

      Been fightin' the critters off my kale, from which I've been getting some nice salads.

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      Love one another

      by davehouck on Sat Jun 14, 2014 at 12:35:17 PM PDT

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      •  Wow, too hot for kale here! (4+ / 0-)

        It actually did well even with a very warm spring, but I pulled it up a few weeks ago to make room for tomatoes. I'll plant another crop around Labor Day.

        Are you fertilizing your tomatoes? I've been giving mine Happy Frog Tomato and Vegetable Formula every couple of weeks and I've never seen a yield like this year is shaping up to be. I paid 12 bucks locally for this 4-lb bag. A little goes a long way; just keep it sealed and it will last 2-3 seasons in a small garden.

        It has also worked wonders with my cucumber and peppers, both of which are already productive.

        Visit my new blog, Little Lotte Studio, to see what I'm growing and making this spring!

        by SteelerGrrl on Sat Jun 14, 2014 at 12:59:44 PM PDT

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        •  I did fertilize the tomatoes when I planted them (2+ / 0-)
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          ... but haven't added any since.  I suppose I should.  It's been mostly cloudy and wet here so far this season; so my plants aren't getting enough sun.  But then I live in the woods, so it's kind of expected any way.

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          Love one another

          by davehouck on Sat Jun 14, 2014 at 02:16:06 PM PDT

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  •  May you find peace. (1+ / 0-)
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    GOP: We could afford to stay in Iraq forever but this taking care of veterans stuff is just too expensive.

    by Gordon20024 on Mon Jun 16, 2014 at 04:51:30 PM PDT

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