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TajMo: Autumn in the Ozarks.

It’s almost autumn in the Ozarks. Football, Fishing,  and Fantastic Music.

Two black men riding white horses down Dickson Street dismount in front of Walton Art Center. Together, they step on stage, pick up their guitars and start playing music and telling stories.

It’s a style Keb Mo and Taj Mahal have mastered, like no other in history. A decade of difference in age, the folkie blues & modern soul artists share striking similarities; mastering multiple instraments before guitar: piano, trombone, clarinet, French horn, steel drums, harmonica, and standup bass. Although both began their careers in California, they understand the deep south’s delta blues and modern soul.

 Taj and Mo

Taj Mahal started his career with Rising Sons, and Keb Mo played with famed violinist Papa John Creech of Jefferson Airplane. Both have reached the top of their respected art, as individuals, and now have partnered to create the duo, “TajMo” – a diverse platform of brilliant artistry. When playing acoustic, they drive us towards a deep emotional journey.

The two join forces September 19th, at Walton Arts Center on Fayetteville’s playful Dickson Street.

With your tank refilled by TajMo and the sophistication of Walton Art Center still lingering, ByrdFest peaks her bohemian head from around the mountain, inviting you, September 22 – 23, to kick off your birkenstocks, and enjoy all things outdoors.

Byrd

One of the Ozarks prized festivals, ByrdFest offers an array of history, experience and tribute. The Grateful Dead Experience – The Schwag, Led Zeppelin Tribute: Hindenburg Project, Undertow: A tribute to Tool, The Driftaways, Molly Adamson, and one of Arkansas’ hometown favorites, Freeverse will all be on stage performing for hula hoopers, fire dancers, and disc throwing families.

Byrdfest is hosted by Byrd’s Adventure Center. This is a rain or shine event (oddly is seems many prefer the rain.) Camping and RV parking is available on the banks of aesthetically pleasing Mulberry River.

Fire Dance

Autumn in the Ozarks, it doesn’t get any better than this. Whether you’re into sophistication and deeply rooted acoustics, or psycho jams, we know one thing for sure. The Ozarks is the place to be in Autumn.

Turn off the TV (except for the Hogs game) and leave your phone in the VW van, because the fall is upon us and there is no other place I’d rather be, than right here at home, in the Ozarks.

cropped-ck-photo.jpgCharles Kochel lives in the Illinois Watershed and fly fishes.

I write, play mandolin, and hang with my family. I don’t use the phone much, but often watch leaves float downstream.

The Ozarks have become home for me. I work here, play here, and raise my children as good bohemians.

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Stupid Tuesday, #IowaCaucus

The political culture of modern day America brings out the U.G.L.Y. in our people. Biased egos emerge, feelings of “I’m smart, you’re dumb; I’m big, you’re little; I’m right, you’re wrong, and there’s nothing you can do about it.”

Sure, how we see our own candidates is foggy, at best. My man, Uncle Bernie – we seem to be on the same side of about 95% of debate issues. I see his qualities and actions towards fellow human beings, as friendly, hospitable, generous, gentle, caring and compassionate.

Someone who will use their strengths, on behalf of others, especially the weak, the poor and the ill.

Public display of such character, the candidate is recognized and stands out from the crowd. Humanity is recognized. A leader displaying openness and a big heart, sharing their wealth.

Wealth is more than just how much money you have.  Money is purchasing power. Wealth comes from your own definition of inner values.  The sum of your talents, creativity, dreams and fears.  It is all the qualities that are uniquely yours and make you happy—therefore determining the quality of your life.

"Were the Good People at?"

Elections are consumed by slander and hate. We keep on, despite the political wars that bring suffering to people and relationships, for so many – misery. It’s foreign, to me. What if our political culture changed and decidedly strive for harmony and community.

 

Creating societies, meant for the greater good, ending wars and seeking to heal communities is currently a dream. Trying to overcome the purpose of winning or losing an election is too much, for modern day politics. Anger, resentment, greed, aggressive competitiveness that rules today’s politics is corrosive and destroys harmony. Political candidates seek to destroy their opponent, both are victims.

No wonder, innocence in our children, disappears at such an early age. Elections leave me cold.

cropped-ck-photo.jpgCharles Kochel lives in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas. “My goal in life is to leave a legacy of positive impact, on others and the world.” Charles serves as Director of Advancement for a non-profit helping people of all ages, through therapy, education and support reach their full potential.

His Wealth Management Firm, Yield Wealth Management is the first Benefit Corporation in Arkansas.

Tackling The Titanic

Samantha, a young ant, graduated, magnum cum laude from University of Antansas, and set out to change the world.

ants

What she initially found, stepping into the “real-world” is an ocean of diversity, filled with gargantuan issues too complex to tackle. Feeling tiny, alone and helpless, her focus became more about survival than positive change.

One week in January, it rained every day, and started to flood. The single ant, Samantha, was swept into Wishing Springs. Fighting for survival, she comes across a raft, made of ants. She climbs aboard to safety.

Only to look down and realize, the raft was built using helpless baby ants as floating life-preservers. Sticking them, at the very bottom of the life rafts, they build with their own bodies.

Ants, bonding together to create a buoyancy and thus, increasing survival. Such is life, ants die, but the colony must continue to survive.

boat and canal

Time passes quickly. The young ant, Samantha, now half way through life, sees the world different from before, not more beautiful, not less, just different. Perception, maybe.

One week in January, it rained every day, and started to flood. The single ant, Samantha, was swept into Wishing Springs. Fighting for survival, she comes across a raft, made of ants.

But instead of climbing on the raft made of ants, she quickly finds a stick, and then another and binds them together, with a blade of grass. She builds a raft from floating sticks, and help ants from the floating ant raft, aboard the stick raft.

Getting their head above water, they were all able to breathe, moving from a fate of death and freeing them opportunity to thrive.

Actions taken for positive impact, doesn’t have to change the world to be important. One ant can’t do it alone, but together we make a difference. Together we can leave this world a little better than we found it. What ants do for themselves dies with them, what they do for other ants and the world remains, and is immortal.

cropped-ck-photo.jpgCharles Kochel lives in the ozark mountains of Arkansas. He likes good stuff, like good people, good food and good music.

Charles fly fishes, wishes he could jam a mandolin and wants to leave a legacy of positive impact for others and the world.

His mantra – “The journey starts, not with having new vistas, but with having new eyes.~Marcel Proust