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Category: Share the Wealth Project

Share the Wealth with Cami Kasmerchak: I Know Some of the Best People

And I want to tell you about them. There’s Buffalo Meg who is from Buffalo, New York and has a pitch to convince anyone she meets to move there. There’s Hannah Frank who is addicted to adventure and fearless in the face of the unknown. There’s Brandon who I still don’t know what he does for a living, but our emails are a collection of the existential crises we encounter on the daily. There’s Maggie who is an expert on RuPaul’s Drag Race trivia and constantly shakes her head at the lack of pop culture I know.  And there’s Laura who is writing her first book, embracing her inner quiet, and reclaiming Milwaukee as her home.

Sometimes it boggles my mind how I have crossed paths with such inspiring, compassionate, and strong individuals who I have the honor of calling friends. I love sharing stories about them, what I have learned from them, and what makes them eccentric in all the best ways. Jim Rohn says, “you are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with.” Even though I don’t always spend the most time with my favorite people because we live in different states (and countries sometimes), I am excited to share my reflections on what their friendships have meant to me, how friendship is an ever-evolving term for me, and hear from all of you about your friends too!

Join us
Sunday 10 June
Potluck dinner begins at 6:00 p.m.
Cami begins sharing at 6:45
At the home of Andrew Wimmer
5712 Arendes Dr.
South City Saint Louis
63116

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Share the Wealth: Summer Writing Class 2018

The unexamined life is not worth living.
—Socrates

I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it.
—Alice Walker

Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?
—Mary Oliver

I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.
–Oscar Wilde

For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.
—Walt Whitman

 

For many years now, I’ve asked friends to “share the wealth,” typically after we have a potluck dinner together. For example, six years ago, I invited my friend Fatima Rhodes to tell us about her journey to become a better speaker of Modern Standard Arabic when she was in her forties. Nine months ago, I encouraged Laura Lapinski to hold forth about one of her life’s great passions, the cinema of Wes Anderson.

In this summer class, I invite you to get in touch with the wealth of your curiosity, travels, maxims, relationships, resiliency, antiwar speeches, polyglotism, culinary gusto, enthusiasm for Russian literature, political compromismo, penchant for rollercoasters, Chiapas seminars, book project in the making, sense of history, athleticism, biophilia, bibliophilia, talents, relatives, gifts, musical verve, progeny, legal acumen, vivid memories, and awakenings. By writing on such topics, we will be in a position to share first with people in the course, both those in the Wednesday night class and those joining us online. We will also consider how we may share with others beyond and after this class. Read the rest of this entry »

Received in Today’s Mail

1 paperback, Italo Calvino, Six Memos for the Next Millennium

1 check from S, for Improv Wisdom class tuition

1 graduation ticket for T’s May commencement ceremony, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design

1 hand-written note of gratitude from C for Share the Wealth learning

Share the Wealth with Jen Bello-Kottenstette: A Journey to Work Life Balance

I will be sharing my journey to maintain the coveted “work life balance” in my position as a family medicine physician and researcher. Making choices about achieving professional success involves a continuous series of tradeoffs that begins with choosing a medical specialty by weighing the enjoyment of the day to day work, monetary compensation, student debt, and ability to have a family. I will discuss my experience with this process over the past 10 years since graduating medical school which has led me unexpectedly back where I started at Saint Louis University with both a fulfilling job and family life. Read the rest of this entry »

Share the Wealth with Marty and Jerry King: When a House becomes a Home

We began our journey of serving the homeless almost 40 years ago by volunteering to provide meals and serve in other ways at Karen House, the Catholic Worker shelter for women. The journey continued when we joined the work of Winter Outreach, serving men and women on the streets of Downtown and helping to staff the emergency shelters that have saved and transformed lives through the past 13 winters. And now, our journey continues in the work we do at the four Assisi Houses scattered around the City of St. Louis that provide winter shelter and then transitional, supportive housing that goes beyond simple shelter to create communities of the formerly unhoused. And as Greg Boyle states it so eloquently in his two books about his ministry with gang members in Los Angeles–we no longer are “serving”, we are accompanying, and even beyond that, we are “being served” and learning from these men and women who have become models for us of incredible generosity and courage in facing the challenges of living without resources and without access to anything or anyone that can effect change in their lives.

We will talk about what is the heart of Assisi House, and share some of the stories that have transformed an all winter shelter into a home for fourteen women this year. We are privileged to be a part of Assisi House, and to share these stories that emerge when men and women who had been forced to spend virtually all of their time and effort “being homeless” are given a respite from that hardship. It shouldn’t surprise us after all these years, but it still does, to see the miracles of transformed lives.

Jerry and I have been best friends and partners for over 54years. And our passion/compassion to engage with others in our life, whether it be here or during our years in South America, has followed the same path. While not always in agreement, we have worked side by side or in support of each other. We are still learning how.

Join us
Sunday 18 March
Potluck dinner begins at 6:00 pm
Jerry and Marty begin sharing at 6:45
At their home
830 DeMun, 3rd floor
Clayton, MO
63105

Share the Wealth with Ron Laney: Developing a Better Understanding

Many years ago, I partook in a handful of undergraduate psychology courses at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, and when a certain professor heard I would not be returning the following term, she phoned to inquire why. When I explained the reasoning behind my decision, she offered words of understanding and encouragement I remember to this day. Her words, along with those of others before and since (including, finally, my own inner voice), eventually led me to enroll in the Master of Arts in Professional Counseling program at Lindenwood University in the spring of 2016. I am currently in the second semester of my counseling internship at Creve Coeur Counseling Associates with the intention of graduating this May.

Please join me as I share my experience of pursuing a graduate degree in counseling, an experience through which I am pleased to be developing a better understanding of not only others, but myself, as well.

Sunday 11 March
Potluck dinner begins at 6:00 pm
Ron Begins sharing at 6:45
At the home of Diana and Jim Oleskevich
4026 Magnolia Place (not Magnolia Avenue)
St. Louis 63110

Share the Wealth with Andrew Wimmer–The Solar: A Bridge from Here to There

A decade ago I began reading and thinking in a more focused way about the economy. About money and how it works — and how it could and should work.

I would like you to join me for a conversation that is part theoretical but mostly practical. I’d like to share my plans for a building in the Forest Southeast neighborhood that I have begun to rehab and transform into an inviting space where we can work together on envisioning and creating the new. I’m calling it The Solar in part because I’ve put solar panels on the roof but mostly because I’m looking forward to living together in the warmth of the sun! Read the rest of this entry »

Share the Wealth with Lynda Oppong: Finding Purpose

I am grateful for this opportunity to talk a little bit about myself and my experiences so far. How living between two countries now have moulded who I am now and how my life in the US has helped me look back at Africa and has given me this strong desire to go back home and help my own people in any way I can. Usually, when people leave the continent, they find it hard finding their way back and helping their communities and all their talent and skill is used to help other places grow. As Africans, I believe it is important to realize how much potential the continent has and how much room there is for improvement and development. It is my desire to take advantage of the learning experiences I’ve had here to help my continent in any way I can.

I am a final year student at Maryville University, studying criminal justice. I am originally from Ghana, West Africa and I’ve been here for four years getting my bachelors degree. The goal is to go to law school then move back home after.

Join us
On Sunday 25 February
Potluck dinner begins at 6:00 p.m.
Bring something to share
Lynda begins sharing at 6:45
At the apartment of Kine, Lina, Sarah, and Sandra
on Maryville’s Campus
650 Maryville University Drive, 63141 St. Louis
Hilltop Apartments (far north end of campus)
Apartment number: Pine 15

Share the Wealth with Brittany, Julia, and Suzy: Reflections from the 2017 Mev Puleo Program

We–Brittany Butler (junior), Suzy Kickham (sophomore), and Julia Nouse (sophomore)–spent 10 weeks studying liberation theology and living in community in Nicaragua this past summer. Now, after six months back in the states, lessons we learned in accompaniment, community, and gratitude have continued to shape us. We hope to share with you all some of our experiences of both joy and brokenness. While we will begin by sharing stories, we mostly hope to foster a conversation during which we can all share and reflect together. Join us Sunday 18 February Potluck dinner begins at 6:00 p.m. Sharing begins at 6:45 At the home of Julia Brucks 2819A Shenandoah Saint Louis, MO 63104

Suzy, Julia, Abbie, Brittany

Share the Wealth with Ashaki Jackson: Some Food for Thought

My name is Ashaki Jackson and I am native to Trinidad and Tobago. My family immigrated to the U.S. when I was 8 years old and later on I moved to St. Louis and pursued a degree in Anthropology. I am working towards an MSW degree with a special interest in mental health and mind, body, and spirit healing.

Ashaki Jackson, among many other beautiful things, is an explorer. If you pay close enough attention, you will observe her on one of her bold expeditions across the body, delving into the mind, and unbinding the spirit. She searches for what proves elusive, an old knowledge spoken in new languages, a nurturing of imagination, a bold embrace of all the joys and sorrows that exist within simply breathing and being present in this moment with you. –TK Smith

Join us
Saturday 10 February
Potluck dinner begins at 6:00 p.m.
Ashaki begins sharing at 6:45
At the home of Jim and J’Ann Schoonmaker Allen
4519 Oakland Avenue Forest Park Southeast
63110