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Category: Gatherings

Share the Wealth with Mary Bast: The Magic of Self-Gift, Or, Why You Should Ask Yourself the Big Questions in Life, With Some Russian Literature Sprinkled In Along the Way

Mary Bast came back from a whirlwind year-long working holiday in Ireland in 2014, wondering why she was so unhappy over what she thought was going to be the journey of a lifetime with her one true love. Turns out, the love wasn’t so true, and the journey had only begun when she got back to the States. She spent the next few years trying to figure out what the purpose of life was, where she fit in it all, and, at turns, contemplating and careening her way through finding the courage to love again (spoiler alert: it’s a work in progress). This talk is an amalgam of what she’s learned along the way about God, life, love, being yourself, and never giving up on your dreams, and she very much looks forward to sharing her story with you and hearing all the machinations of yours afterwards.

Mary Bast is a writer, reader, learner, lover, Catholic, and insatiable curiosity junkie. She lives in St. Louis, is the oldest of six children, and can at turns be found nerding out or making new friends. She loves to devour large books and will probably try to find out your life story within the first five minutes of meeting you. She looks forward to speaking with you soon.

Join us
Sunday 28 October
Potluck dinner begins at 6:00 a.m.
Mary begins sharing at 6:45
At the home of Gregory A. Pass and Jennifer J. Lowe
2358 Tennessee
Saint Louis 63104


Share the Wealth with Joanie French: An Introduction to Feldenkrais

Dear Friends,

This week’s Share the Wealth is an Open House with my partner Joanie French and her colleagues. Please come for part or all of this gathering.


Feldenkrais…The means to know and appreciate oneself
The freedom to become…

For current and former students, your friends and family, and those interested in learning to move with ease—

Please join us!

Feldenkrais Open House
Sunday, October 21st
1 – 4 p.m.

Hosted by:

Virginia McClish and Mark Siebert
12535 Sunset Drive
Sappington, Mo 63128

Enjoy food and drink, a Feldenkrais class, as well as a brief introduction to the Feldenkrais Method. Come for the entire event or stop by when it is convenient. Read the rest of this entry »

Share the Wealth with Linsey Stevens: Collage is a Simile for Life, And Other Reasons for My Medium of Choice

When I started collaging last year, I stumbled into an activity that is—by all definitions—my happy medium. While I also enjoy pen and ink sketching, I’ve found collaging to be endlessly entertaining, mentally stimulating, and spiritually curative. It’s an art form that invites the whole person to participate in their world as it is here and now, with all its disparities, relics, and technological innovations.

Collaging can be a retreat, a confession, and an odyssey. It also demands a balance between control and surrender that, for me, is an extension of the meditations that inspired me to start collaging in the first place. Read the rest of this entry »

Share the Wealth with Dianne Lee and Bill Quick: Postcards to Voters

This coming Sunday, please join Dianne and Bill in writing friendly, handwritten reminders to voters encouraging them to vote November 9th.

In an age of digital overload, old-fashioned mail makes a lot of sense. Younger people are 30% more likely than other age groups to feel “very positively” about receiving mail and report ignoring snail mail at far lower rates than they do digital ads. In an age when everyone’s grandmother is texting and commenting on your Facebook posts, how often do people, especially young people, even receive a handwritten card or letter? Dianne and Bill will provide the postcards, stamps, addresses and a simple encouraging message. Please stop by, enjoy one another’s company, share a meal, and write a postcard or two or more.

Join us
Sunday 7 October
Potluck dinner begins at 6:00 p.m.
We begin writing at 6:45
At the home of Dianne Lee and Bill Quick
7457 Wise Ave
Richmond Heights 63117

Share the Wealth with Sari Althubyani: Under The Deep Blue Sea

Join us this Sunday 9 September when Sari Althubyani will share his experiences as a deep-sea diver. A native of Saudi Arabia, Sari is currently studying business at Maryville University.

Potluck dinner begins at 6:00
Sari begins sharing at 6:45
At Sari’s home
12365 Cross Creek Cove
Apartment K, top floor
Creve Coeur, MO

Share the Wealth with Gregory Pass: Notes from My Library

Moving into our house five years ago gave my wife, Jennifer Lowe, and me room to expand our libraries. I have been collecting or accumulating books with some purpose since I was eleven or twelve years old. My current collection is for the most part a reader’s library—that is to say most volumes are acquired at least with the virtuous intention of reading them at some point. And as a library reflects the reader, its patterns must say something about my interests and motivations as a collector of books—either for the works they contain or, as Samuel Pepys once said, “for the love of the binding.” One area of interest we both share is publishers’ decorated cloth bindings of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, wonderfully inventive, beautiful, and colorful designs embossed into cloth bindings used by publishers to decorate and promote their books before the prominence of illustrated dust jackets. We will introduce you to some of these items from our collections and expand to other areas of our libraries (and of the house) as time and interest allow.

Gregory Pass is a medievalist and librarian with interests in manuscript studies and book history. He is head of Special Collections at Saint Louis University. Jennifer Lowe is Rare Books Librarian at Saint Louis University.

Join us
Sunday 26 August
Potluck dinner begins at 6:00 p.m.
Gregory and Jenny begin sharing at 6:45
At their home
2358 Tennessee
Saint Louis 63104

Share the Wealth with Linsey Stevens: Iphelia and Editing with the Gift of Feeling

What kind of work would you wake up in a hospital bed eager to do?
And how is editing like being a doula?

The first question is one I answered back in the fall of 2015. That summer, my husband and I had settled into first-time home ownership and I’d “leveled up” professionally, having moved from the Department of Social Services, where I’d been a Family Support caseworker, to Mercy, where I was hired on as a patient benefit and Medicaid advisor. My career seemed to be opening up before me and everything looked good on paper. But I was miserable. I was physically sick every day at work and I was unhappy even when I got home. I felt trapped in my life and was disappointed that I wasn’t shaping up to be the great social servant or public educator I was sure I should be.

I resigned from Mercy and went to work part-part time teaching children’s swim lessons. Like so many creators, I started side hustling: writing and editing for peanuts through a site called Upwork. Amidst the uncertainty, I realized I’d happily wake up in a hospital bed, ask for my laptop, and dive into editing another person’s writing. I’d found a professional passion and was ready to move on from the rescuer narrative that I had to be sacrificing myself in a certain setting to help others or assume my place in the world.

Over the last three years my journey as an editor, creator, and human being has unfolded in sometimes bumpy, but also fantastic ways. As doors have opened (more on that Sunday) so have windows—and my heart and mind. I’ve developed a close working relationship with Erick French, LCSW, author and illustrator of Iphelia: Awakening the Gift of Feeling and have been editing full time for HealthyWay Media, a women’s lifestyle and wellness brand, for over a year. Read the rest of this entry »

Share the Wealth with Rebecca Gorley: The Overnight Janitor

Loss is universal.
The impact of loss is unpredictable.

Overnight Janitor tells these stories.
Anyone can be an Overnight Janitor.

The idea for Overnight Janitor originated from incessant feelings and observations of loss. Even though we experience loss everyday, we don’t always talk about it– the stories go untold, and unseen.

Overnight Janitor tells the stories about loss and the impact we could never predict. Rebecca Gorley, aka “Z,” first started talking about this project in 2016, and published Overnight Janitor in 2018. Throughout Z’s time in STL, her focus has remained on listening to people’s stories and valuing their spoken and shared words.

Facebook & Instagram: Overnight Janitor

Join us
Sunday 12 August
Potluck dinner begins at 6:00 p.m.
Rebecca begins sharing at 6:45
At Rebecca’s apartment
4565 Oakland Avenue
Apartment 2E
Forest Park Southeast


Share the Wealth with Andrew Ivers: The Hersh Files

My name is Andrew Ivers and I will be giving a talk about the news industry inspired by Reporter, the recently published memoir of investigative journalist Seymour Hersh. He’s probably best known for unearthing the My Lai massacre in 1969 and for his Abu Ghraib coverage in 2004, but he has also reported on Watergate and the CIA and written books about Henry Kissinger, the Kennedy administration, Israel’s nuclear program, and the killing of Osama bin Laden. I plan to focus mostly on the nature of journalism during the Vietnam era, but hopefully the conversation will bring in other topics as well.

Bio-wise, I’m a freelance editor in and from St. Louis and I’ve been friends with Mark since I was a student of his at SLU. Previously I’ve worked for the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists and the journal World Affairs, in Washington. If you’re interested, you can read some of my writings here.

Join us
Sunday 29 July
Potluck dinner begins at 6:00 p.m.
Andrew begins sharing at 6:45
At the home of Andrew Wimmer
5712 Arendes Dr.
South City Saint Louis

Share the Wealth with Jessie and Savannah

Jessie Sarber and Savannah Sisk are moving to Minneapolis at the very end of July for a new adventure. Jessie will be starting a PhD in Culture and Teaching at the University of Minnesota, and Savannah will figure out some sort of occupational therapy job soon!   Savannah and Jessie have been part of the Share the Wealth community for about five and two-and-a-half years, respectively. Join them for a farewell potluck and talk on what they will miss, what they look forward to, and what this whole transition process is teaching them!

Join us
Sunday 22 July
Potluck dinner begins at 6:00
Jessie and Savannah begin sharing at 6:45
At their home
714 Limit Avenue
Apartment #1N
University City, MO 63130