I have been invited to give a TEDx talk at George Washington University on October 1st. I knew that my name was in the running back in June, but the formal invitation did not come until September 1st.
Although I had to prepare an outline of sorts for what I would talk about in order to be considered, in the intervening months, I have shifted somewhat on some of those subjects. Furthermore, I got to thinking about how this might be a "once in a lifetime" opportunity for me to "spread ideas". The whole theme of TED.com and the smaller, local TEDx talks is centered around "Ideas Worth Spreading", afterall. So I had to really ask myself, given this very unique opportunity, what are the ideas I Most Want to Share with what could ultimately be a very large audience (with videos, etc. available through the internet).
Honestly, the ideas that came to mind didn't have a lot to do with my bike trip, or even learning survival skills. Instead, I wanted to go back to some ideas and issues that have always been most "meaningful" to me, things dealing with self-awareness, interpersonal relating, and being a truly mature and functional human being in the world more generally. And, truth is, I am going to be struggling to fit all of those ideas into an 18 minute talk!
At the same time, I don't really feel further discussion of those ideas belong in This Blog (although I may have been thinking about using it that way initially). No, This Blog has morphed into something else: It has become more of a travel log of an "outward" journey I am endeavoring to undertake. The other ideas I want to share relate more to my lifetime of "inner" journeying.
Consequently, I have decided to start a New Blog! This time The Blue MOON Turtle Blog. : ) "The Blue Moon Turtle" is based on another of my blue turtle creations - a stuffed toy I made for my best friend Eva's son Michael.
As it turns out, I have come to identify my yin-yang, world, Blue Turtle graphic with a more outgoing (and if you will) a more "masculine" expression of energy, whereas, my "Blue Moon Turtle" is more introspective and "feminine". (Truly having the lunar cycle incorporated into the design and with the turtle's 13 plates is an intentional, feminine association).
So...it all kind of makes sense. Furthermore, for those people who really just want to follow my story of my travels by bike they can do that, and don't have to get caught up in all of the metaphysical/philosophical/relational "stuff". At the same time, if you are more interested in the other, you can follow along there instead. Or, you can read both. Everyone is free to choose.
As for me, I'm feeling quite happy with my decision, and liberated, or, at least, there is another part of me that feels more liberated now. I am, a Pisces afterall, with Virgo as my ascendant, so there is quite a "split" there, even within myself. I'd say it is more my Virgo side that wants to take my Pisces side for the ride across the country, while my Pisces side has been feeling a little repressed. But, no more! Both sides of me will now have a venue in which to more fully express themselves, and I can feel a kind of internal dissonance being resolved in that, with harmony taking its place. : )
Yours in Peace...
Pedaling for Peace
On April 15, 2012 I started riding my bicycle cross-country from Jacksonville, Florida in voluntary support of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation (NAPF) and the work of author and Peace Leadership Director for the NAPF, Paul K. Chappell. By July 4th, I had covered over 1300 miles to just west of Luling, Texas where a major mechanical failure brought this first stage of my cross-country journey to an end. After storing my bicycle and trailer with my aunt and uncle in Weatherford, Texas, I flew from Dallas to Santa Barbara, California to attend the NAPF First Annual Peace Leadership Summer Workshop. I then lived and worked in Santa Barbara for several more months before I returned to Jacksonville and sold off the rest of my possessions that I could to help fund a continuation of my journey. Starting June 8, 2013 and ending August 9, 2013, I rode from Weatherford, through 400 miles of the central Texas hill country, including Austin, Texas, back to Luling. It was at this point that a friend of mine invited me to work for a brief period in Pennsylvania before flying me back to Santa Barbara where I continued volunteering for the NAPF as well as for the Santa Barbara Bike Coalition. As of August 9th, 2014 I began"Stage III" of my cross-country adventure, this time heading south from Santa Barbara to San Diego and then east to El Paso, TX. It was there that illness, winter weather, and diminishing resources brought that leg of my journey to an end. After staying with another friend in Columbus, GA for several months, I moved "back home" to Kentucky to stay with my dad for a while and build a better "resource base" for future endeavors including review and further tracking and primitive survival skills training at Tom Brown, Jr's Tracker School , and a possible longer tour of the east coast, northern tier, and north west coast back down to Santa Barbara, CA.