nothing is weird in asheville.

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saturday night we did something that is sooooo asheville. we went to bele chere, the 35 year old street festival which has grown to become the largest of its kind in the southeast USA. unfortunately, the city of asheville, who sponsors & pays for the free festival, has said that this year was the last. booooo…. the word is that it is simply too costly for the city to continue paying for the three-day music, crafts, food, & beer festival. the streets are closed off downtown for three days, and the local businesses suffer (?) (or so i read in an article) because the vendors set up their tents in front of the stores. i any case, this weekend was the last bell chere shin dig.

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and we had a blast! we wren’t there for a super long time, but just enough time to soak up the atmosphere that i write about here on the blog all the time. yep. we were smack dab in the middle of the funky, eclectic, weird, friendly, artsy, country, urban mess of it all. the people, the music, the local beer, the street fair food. all of it was there, even the street preachers screaming that we were going to hell because we all were sinners, especially lina & me (same-sex marriage people!). and we loved every second of it.

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click on this picture to see a short video clip i made of this guy. hehe.

speaking of same-sex partners, the sheer number of same-sex couples walking hand in hand down the streets is astonishing. and so refreshing. it’s just that asheville is full of ALL kinds of people, all intermingling with each other, sharing a common love for the city and all she has to offer.

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have i said how much i love it here? how great it feels to be back? how right it is? well, i do. it does. and it is.

love, peace, & equality for all – and i mean all.

belovelive: the playlist!

from my photo gig for the band, blackbyrd.

well, you guys really stepped it up.

the other day i asked for some of your favorite music; and today, thanks to all of your suggestions, is the premiere of the belovelive playlist! it is an unbelievably eclectic playlist inspired by you all, from all over the world. and i think that is awesome!! you guys have amazing taste in music. it’s all over the place, and i love that.

it has taken me a while to sample & find all of the music that you suggested, but… mission accomplished! and i am so excited. if you want to join in, and if your country has spotify, then i warmly welcome (and encourage you!) to subscribe to the playlist (click hereΒ to subscribe or just click play above). you can even add to it, if you’d like. if you don’t have spotify, and are interested in knowing more just contact me or check the comments from my blog post from the other day.

so, now, my dear blog friends, i thank you deeply… for sharing a little of yourselves with me. it truly means a lot and i’m looking forward to many, many hours of amazing music. oh, how i love the blog world!

rock on. peace.

do your thing. be you.

good tuesday morning, everyone! as i get back down to business (after some hours off yesterday), i wanted to share with you a quote that i stumbled upon. i love it. it speaks truth. and for all of us out there who have asked, and continue to ask, the burning question in our hearts, “what am i here for? what should i be doing? how should i spend my life”, this quote gives one great answer, i believe. it’s about listening to our souls. giving ourselves space to feel those things, crazy as they are, that make our soul sing, that fill us with a sense of peace & purpose, that are our passion.

i am so proud of the family from which i come. i have a cousin who is unbelievably creative and has a degree in art (not sure exactly what the precise title is). she left her stable, secure job in order to go back to school to study hair design. her passion. she’s living her dream, with her adorable, wonderful little family at the beach, and making the world a better place by living life true to herself. my brother (who can do, and does everything) and his wife (a potter) are dream chasers too. they both refuse to be satisfied with the status quo. instead, they make their own paths to ensure that their dreams of how life should be lived (simply, with good people, good food & drink, in harmony with nature, and surrounded by beauty & creativity) come true. currently they are living in the mountains of north carolina, asheville to be exact. the funky, artsy, eclectic, green city where my heart lives. my other two younger cousins are studying right now, both on their own journey to discover who they are. but, if they follow their cousins (my brother & his wife, my cousin studying hair design, and me) they will discover that they will be discovering who they are throughout their entire lives. of course my amazing wife belongs right here with us, too. she is another creative soul, simply bursting with the desire to put all of that creativity to use and, together, we are committed to living life from our soul, instead of simply existing. (not always an easy thing to do, but something we will never give up on). but, isn’t that what the journey of life is all about? discovery and commitment to our dreams?

yeah. we’re a funky, little family. and a little bit spread out over the world, but connected by our desire to live true to ourselves, no matter where the journey takes us or how crazy we may seem to the rest of the world. at least we have each other.Β β™₯

in the end, i suppose it isn’t so much about what you do. rather it’s about who you are. right?

monday afternoon. each of us doing our thing…. Β singing, writing, gazing.

“your work is to discover your work

& then with all your heart give yourself to it.”

~ buddha

my dear readers, live life from your soul. be crazy. take risks. be who you were created to be. and enjoy whatever moments come your way today.

sending you love & peace.