So Local Pasco Podcast, April 20th, 2016. Carolyn Lombardo Hudson Relay For Life Edition

 

Joining me on today’s podcast is Carolyn Lombardo, one of the organizers of the Hudson Relay for Life, which takes place this Friday and Saturday, April 22nd and 23rd, at Fivay High School.
Hudson Relay for Life

Carolyn, seated, bottom left, in the purple shirt, is one of a fine team of volunteers working to make the event great, and raise money for cancer research, patient support, and treatment.
Carolyn, seated, bottom left, in the purple shirt, is one of a fine team of volunteers working to make the event great, and raise money for cancer research, patient support, and treatment.
I was surprised to learn how much FUN these folks have putting on the Relays...It is most decidedly NOT somber.
I was surprised to learn how much FUN these folks have putting on the Relays…It is most decidedly NOT somber.

In the interview, Carolyn mentions the special connection between many at this year’s Hudson Relay for Life events, and the late Joyce Mersman…Joyce was a fixture in local music, and she LOVED being onstage with my friends in Lawless Intent:

Joyce LOVED playing tamborine with Lawless Intent...This year, the Hudson Relay is recognizing her spirit throughout the night.
Joyce LOVED playing tamborine with Lawless Intent…This year, the Hudson Relay is recognizing her spirit throughout the night.
Joyce, not long before her death from cancer, in January of this year.
Joyce, not long before her death from cancer, in January of this year.  This weekend, she is honored at the Hudson Relay for Life.

When I started this podcast, and the supporting web presence, I spent a TON of time driving around, meeting people…reconnecting with people…Laying the ground work for a successful venture.  It was important that I do that.  But it is important NOW that I recognize that sometimes running is the opposite of what needs doing.  Sometimes, coasting is a positive thing…And sometimes, we need to be MADE to slow down.

HOME studio.  HOME.
HOME studio. HOME.

And that happened, to me, when the car broke down.  It’s still sitting out front.  But things are getting done, anyway…In fact, I could make a pretty good argument that things are going BETTER without the car.  The contacts have been made.  The internet, the phone, social media…I am connected, all day long, to pretty much anyone I WANT to be connected with.  In person meetings are great.  I love them.  I love meeting you for coffee..or a live music event…or to share in your service to our community.

Betty G is involved in a BUNCH of amazing charitable  and service work, and it's always a pleasure to support that, at home, or out and about.
Betty G is involved in a BUNCH of amazing charitable and service work, and it’s always a pleasure to support that, at home, or out and about.

But home?  Home is ALSO good.  I built a HOME studio, because this is where I like to be.  This is where I AM.  Wednesday, I will have a parade of people through my workspaces (virtual and actual)…Three interviews!  Studio visitors are great…I love having folks in the house.

Amazing benefits of being present in my life.
Amazing benefits of being present in my life.

I’ve met a BUNCH of folks lately that are working in new and exciting ways…From home, from their cars, farming in town, in much smaller spaces, and circumstances.  That seems to be a key…That smaller now means leaner…It means more responsive…It can mean winning.  Musicians that sell their own music, without a record label or a radio presence.  Bloggers who are making a great living, writing from HOME.  Podcasters who are carving out their own niche in the broadcast world, without a tower, a signal, or a million dollar facility.

And all it took for me to see it was a broken down car.

~Greg

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