Hold It All

Category: Gatherings

Coming December 14th

Share the Wealth with Ale Vazquez.

 

Share the Wealth with Bob Suberi: Venezuela and Its Struggle for Sovereignty

This evening’s sharing will focus on Venezuela’s response to crippling U.S. sanctions.

I was born in Southern California in 1948 to Jewish immigrants from Jerusalem. I served in Vietnam after being drafted in 1968 then went to the University of California San Diego on the G.I. bill and graduated in 1975. Ending up in St. Louis in 1976 I fulfilled my father’s dreams by opening a restaurant with my new bride, Barbara. We later started buying real estate and became involved in our city’s manifestly destined campaign to gentrify the suburbs. Retiring in 2004 I had time to travel, read and reflect on my life. I became a news junky after 9/11 (who didn’t?) but as I started reading independent journalists I started questioning my American Exceptionalism and my Zionist aspirations. I’ve been on delegations to Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela and spent time in Honduras and Guatemala. Today I am a member of Veterans For Peace, a volunteer for the drug court, meals on wheels and the VA.

Join us
Sunday 27 October
Potluck dinner begins at 6:00 p.m.
Bob begins sharing at 6:45
At the home of Andrew Wimmer
Point your GPS to 1077 S. Newstead, 63110
Park on Newstead
House is on SW corner of Newstead and Arco
Enter front door at 4400 Arco

Share the Wealth with Shahed Megdal: The Arab Conference at Harvard

About the conference: Arab Conference at Harvard is the largest Arab conference in America, bringing together thousands of students and professionals to discuss key issues with the region’s most prominent politicians, business people, and civil society leaders. The conference focuses on different issues happening in the Middle East as well as to Arabs around the world. Throughout the networking, workshops, and panels, attendees are learning about the ways we can help raise awareness, refugees, and other key issues.

What I did there and how it impacted me: Attending the conference as a volunteer. I represented 2 refugees organizations that they were not able to send representatives. I volunteered in the healthcare track as well as the refugee fundraiser and helped raise > $50,000 for refugees.

Growing up as a refugee myself, having this opportunity was a big thing for me. Being able to help my people, and my community while I’m here in the United States, meant a lot to me. The conference opened my eyes and mind on many issues that are happening in the Middle East such as refugees, sexual assault, LGBTQ+ community assault, and so much more. The conference’s panels and workshops improved my leadership skills and increased my understanding on many things. Read the rest of this entry »

Life Is with People

It’s not true that I ask everyone I talk with to do a Share the Wealth. But on Thursday, I did ask Bob Suberi to talk about his time in Venezuela, and just the other minute out front on Chouteau I invited Justin Lorenz to talk about his weeks in Japan. And recently at Maryville I asked Anh to talk about Vietnamese culture, and Toju to talk about Nigeria, and Shahad to share about the Arab Conference at Harvard…

Share the Wealth with Andrew Wimmer: Re-envisioning the 2020 Election

It’s one of the great fortunes of my life to have regular discussions on things that matter with Andrew Wimmer. Recently, he has shared with me some intriguing perspectives on the 2020 election that I think are worthy of community consideration and discussion, especially given the gravity of our national and global situation. Come hear Andrew’s vision and add your insight to the mix…

This Sunday 8 September
Potluck dinner begins at 6:00 p.m.
Andrew starts sharing at 6:45
At his home—
Point your GPS to 1077 S. Newstead, 63110
Park on Newstead
House is on SW corner of Newstead and Arco
Enter front door at 4400 Arco


Photo: Andrew and Benny

Recent Classes

Bob Dylan Approximately [Summer 2019]

The Essential Edward Said [Summer 2019]

An Introduction to Simone Weil: Concentration Is Consecration [Spring 2019]

Ram Dass and Be Here Now: American Sadhana and the Search for the Real [Winter 2019]

Making the World Bearable: A Reading/A Class on Diane di Prima [Fall 2018]

“What Am I Living My Life for?” Ivan Ilyich and Ikigai [Summer 2018]

Share the Wealth Writing Class [Summer 2018]

Improv Wisdom [Online Spring 2018] Read the rest of this entry »

Share the Wealth with Avis Meyer: Seeing the World

Avis Meyer, professor emeritus, taught journalism, literature, editing, writing, and film classes at SLU, from 1974-2016. He was also the adviser to the school’s weekly student newspaper, The University News, during the same period. He worked at the Post-Dispatch, 1982-2005, as a copy editor and occasional writer of travel articles (20 or so). (His early encounters with Twain’s Innocents Abroad*** and Orwell’s Burmese Days** are, at least, partially to blame/credit for his custom of poking around in unfamiliar places and bumping into exotic people.)

He and his wife of 53 years (as of July 23), Anna Marie, have visited some 50-plus countries and all 50 states. Their primary junkets abroad began with their first, seven-month sabbatical (their favorite noun in the English language) in 1987, based in Germany and England, as was their second, in 1996, and the third, in 2005. A score, or so, of random voyages have intermittently punctuated the “big three,” from 1989-2019, as funds were excruciatingly secured.


***Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime. Read the rest of this entry »

Share the Wealth with Richa Gupta: Taking a Break

In my Share the Wealth, I will share why I took a break to reflect on my experiences and define my purpose after 5 years of working and growing in Corporate America, what triggered the need for reflection, and what I have discovered/learned over the past several months and in my post-grad life thus far.

I am a 2014 graduate of SLU and met Mark through the Honors Crossroads Social Justice and Diversity Class in 2011. I have lived all over the country since my graduation (Southern California, Seattle, and most recently, Chicago). I moved back to STL in January to “take a break”. I will be heading back west in July to attend UCLA this fall.

Join us
Sunday 9 June
Potluck begins at 6:00 p.m.
Richa begins sharing at 6:45
At the home of Andrew Wimmer
Point your GPS to 1077 S. Newstead, 63110.
Park on Newstead.
House is on SW corner of Newstead and Arco.
Enter front door at 4400 Arco.

Share the Wealth with Xavier Vincent and Wendy Lee

Wendy is a Saint Louis University alum, and Xavier is a French native. They met in Shanghai, where their lives were established. Last summer, they uprooted from their comfortable life to pursue their long-term travel dream. After 6+ months on the road, Wendy and Xavier decided to challenge themselves from being tourists.

In January, they participated on a work exchange via the Workaway platform. The experience took place on an off-grid permaculture farm with an American family who had transplanted from rural USA to rural Uruguay. For three weeks, they slept in a tent, and had their assumptions challenged. Despite leading relatively global lives, Wendy and Xavier were humbled by this lifestyle so unfamiliar to urbanites. They will share their learnings on the farm, and discuss the benefits of being out of their comfort zone, even only temporarily.

Join us
Sunday 5 May
Potluck dinner begins at 6 pm
Xavier and Wendy begin sharing at 6:45
At the home of Andrew Wimmer
Point your GPS to 1077 S. Newstead, 63110. Park on Newstead. House is on SW corner of Newstead and Arco. Enter front door at 4400 Arco.

 

Share the Wealth with Maggie Needham: From Treating Harry Potter as Sacred to Treating Each Other as Sacred

Last January, I started a discussion group based on one of my favorite podcasts, Harry Potter and the Sacred Text. This January, I was hired on by the podcast to help manage dozens of local reading groups similarly inspired by the show. (The world is weird.)

Harry Potter and the Sacred Text aims to treat a secular book series as if it were sacred, using traditional religious reading practices and applying them not to the Bible or the Torah, but to J. K. Rowling’s fantasy series. The hosts, Harvard Divinity School grads, say that treating a text as sacred requires three things: trusting the text, rigor and ritual, and reading in community. I loved the podcast, but listening to others do sacred reading wasn’t the same thing as doing it in community, so I gathered other listeners and we began using the podcast’s methodology ourselves.

The weekly discussion group has bridged so much for me: the sacred and secular, my love for fantasy novels and my love for justice, inner spirituality and community growth. In this Share the Wealth, I’ll share what I’ve learned from a year and a half of intentional, rigorous sacred reading, connect some dots between Harry Potter and religion, and maybe try out some spiritual practices with you all.

Me, second from the left, with friends from my discussion group and the hosts of the podcast.

I’m a SLU grad (‘15) currently working at a literacy nonprofit in Chicago and working for Harry Potter and the Sacred Text on the side. I drink lots of earl grey tea and bake sourdough bread.

Join us
Sunday 28 April
Potluck dinner begins at 6:00 p.m.
Maggie begins sharing at 6:45 p.m.
At the home of Chris Wallach
5 E. Lake Road
Fenton, MO
63026

From Chris: Directions from Google will take you to the mailbox at the end of my gravel road. Follow the gravel. When you see a three car garage (my mother’s house) look to the right for a right turn. Follow that down to the bottom of the hill and you will arrive at my house.

Text me if you get lost–314-807-8769 (Mark)