Hold It All

Month: February, 2013


Working on my obsession
In the kitchen on Spring Avenue
Alongside Sarah Bollinger and Lindsay Sihilling
All of us fingering our laptops with brio
–Go for broke!

What To Do When Not Doing

Our next Share the Wealth gathering will be with Emily Kryzer (a graduate of SLU in 2011), who will offer a brief reflection on one experience of “taking a year (or two) off”–rooting up lesson, engaging with emotion, and just being excited to get to know oneself.

Hopefully, this can open to a broader discussion of decision-framing, life-planning, and self-making within a culture that prizes doing.

Sunday 3 March
Potluck begins at 6:00 p.m.
Emily begins sharing at 6:45
At the home of Mark and Joanie
4514 Chouteau Avenue
Forest Park Southeast

Ali and Emily Kryzer

Ali and Emily Kryzer

Bhagavad Gita Reading Group/1

Bhagavad Gita
Chapter 1
Monday 25 February 2013
6312 W. Park Avenue

6:30 p.m.

20 m.

Paired Sharing
20 m.

Consider any of the following:

  • What is your reaction to the chapter as a whole?
  • Were there specific verses that particularly caught your attention?
  • What experiences can you bring to yur reading of this chapter?
  • What, if anything, did you find useful in Easwaran’s introduction to “The War Within”? Read the rest of this entry »


The Stoics encouraged their students
To live each day as if it were their last

That old mantra
Carpe diem

The last lecture
The last deep listening

The last sounding of the bell
The last student who is a guru

The last drink of cool water
The last sweat on the brow Read the rest of this entry »

What the President Says/What the First Calvary Sang


And one of the most painful chapters in our history was Vietnam –
Most particularly, how we treated our troops who served there

You were often blamed for a war you didn’t start
When you should have been commended for serving your country with valor

You were sometimes blamed for misdeeds of a few
When the honorable service of the many should have been praised

You came home and sometimes were denigrated
When you should have been celebrated

It was a national shame, a disgrace that should have never happened
And that’s why here today we resolve that it will not happen again

–adapted from President Obama, 2012 Memorial Day address to Vietnam veterans


We shoot the sick, the young, the lame,
We do our best to kill and maim,
Because the kills count all the same,
Napalm sticks to kids.

Ox cart rolling down the road,
Peasants with a heavy load,
They’re all VC when the bombs explode,
Napalm sticks to kids.

–Song composed by the 1st Calvary Division, U.S. Army, Vietnam War
Quoted in Nick Turse, Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam

For Lindsay

After the evening sharing on “coming alive”
You told me with a tear
You want to be at a monastery
You want to be silent for days

The Sufis say don’t speak unless you can check your words by three simple questions:
Are the words I’m about to speak true?
Are the words I’m about to speak necessary?
Are the words I’m about to speak kind? Read the rest of this entry »


I regard people who come to me as part of my living body. You are my head, you are my right arm, you my left arm, and you are my right leg and you my left… I don’t feel you as a load, even if you hang on to me. So it is with everyone. Their worries and joys are mine. And their deeds, whatever they may be, are my deeds.
–Sri Ānandamayī Mā


A State of Wonder

The purpose of art is not the release of a momentary ejection of adrenaline but is, rather, the gradual lifelong construction of a state of wonder and serenity.

— Glenn Gould

Sarah Bollinger, at work and play

Sarah Bollinger, at work and play

Appalachian Summer: To the Mountains and Back

Join us Sunday February 24th as Cami Kasmerchak shares stories of her summer in the Appalachian Mountains. Cami worked for the nonprofit organization Appalachia Service Project in Clinton, Tennessee and will be returning to the mountains for another Appalachian adventure in late May. A sharing of experiences and revelations with discussion on the “hidden” America to follow.

Sunday 24 February
Potluck begins at 6:00 pm
Cami begins sharing at 6:45
Marguerite Hall
West Pine Boulevard
Saint Louis University

Cami STW

Coming Alive

Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive. -Rev. Howard Thurman

To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all. –Oscar Wilde

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. – John 10:10

It’s easy to listen to those dominant, influential voices that tell us to produce, achieve, fall in line, and “succeed”; however, the path that is clearly paved before us by the powers that be is often not the path that brings the most life. We are challenged to live fully, and often, truly coming alive means taking the road less traveled. It’s easy to just exist, checking the boxes as we go along, but we are challenged to live abundantly.

Join us this Saturday evening as Sarah Bollinger explores this challenge to come alive. Sarah is finishing her doctorate in Social Work at Washington University, preparing an album of songs, and working with the Methodist Church’s Mozambique Initiative. Sarah will share some of her experiences and invite us to reflect on ways that we have each come alive while perhaps stepping out of line in order to do so.

Saturday 16 February
Potluck begins at 6:00 p.m.
Sarah begins sharing at 6:45
Sophia House
4547 Gibson Avenue
Forest Park Southeast 63110

Bring some friends!

Sarah Bollinger STW