You Won’t Meet Charlie…

Charles Ervin Keys, Happy Hippy Biker and violinistYou won’t meet Charlie if you speed on by.

If you book your regular cushy first class seat on the plane you’ll cruise above him at a cool 30,000 feet. Cruising along the Interstate you’ll blaze right on by without a moments thought. Even if you pull off the highway and do run into him, most likely you’ll look right through him – just one more hippie biker in Garberville, CA – just one more person you don’t trust enough to interact with and don’t really have time for anyway.

You’d be missing out.

Missing out on music that touches your soul. Just try it. Sit on a curb outside the 76 station. Hear a man playing for the sheer joy of it – close your eyes and take it in. The sharp smell of gasoline and grease, the rough feel of the curb supporting you, feet in the gutter, your ears grasping to capture every sound. You move with the music. No tickets, no crowds, no seats- your own private concert.

I’ve noticed that it’s so damn easy to miss out. So easy to opt for the comfort of anonymity, of minimizing contact and risk, the convenience of speeding through our lives to get the the parts that we think matter. I’m not saying you have to give up these conveniences, just be aware what you are doing- and that you might be missing something of value.

My advice?

Next time slow the hell down and wake the hell up to your own life. Are you really living it or just speeding through?

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‘Selling Out’

The ‘Living Textres’ Fiber Arts show at Cafe Aroma in Idyllwild is going great. We’ve sold seven pieces so far- So in order to fill out the bare spots on the walls, Trish, Dave and I have had to put together a few more pieces. Here’s my two latest: Rainy Day and Release….

Both are based off of my own original photos. Hand and over-dyed fabric, threadwork, ribbon, machine quilting and original painting.

Rainy Day, Fiber Art Quilt from Helene Lohr

Release, Fiber Art Quilt from Helene Lohr

Come up to Cafe Aroma and visit us before we run out of art!

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Cafe Aroma Art Opening: Sunday June 12th 2-4pm

Cafe Aroma Art Opening

It’s DONE!

The show “Living Textures: fiber art” is finally hung.  Now it is only waiting for our faithful fans to come streaming through the doors and demanding to buy our work. Its a great combo of my nature and hiking inspired art with the colorful, imaginative and delightful work of Trish and Dave Charity of

Show Opening Sunday June 12th

With the aid of Frank, the awesome and ever helpful manager of Cafe Aroma, all the pieces are in place for a beautiful show. Since I will be awol at Ranger Academy for all of next week, we’ve postponed the Opening until Sunday June 12th from 2-4pm. Put it on your calendars for an amazing time. Aroma also has live music scheduled for the same afternoon as part of the  8th annual Jazz festival. You can’t beat the combo of excellent food, music, art and the clean mountain air!

Come on up and visit us- we’d love to see you there!


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