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Saturday, August 28, 2010



This is great and I wanted to share it with you all. Three wonderful friends of this forum decided to all meet at an event called Castlefest this year. They each came from different countries around the globe and all met in person at this medieval festival this summer and it all started right here in our forum - I'm so honored!

Here is the picture they mailed me from the festival - beautiful!
Ute, Jaschenka, and Ufuk are all inspiring contributors of our forum. Here they are meeting up at a festival in Holland having a fantastic time!

I believe meaningful human connections is what life is all about. It's what we write books and songs and movies about. It is ultimately what makes us laugh and cry and gives our lives a sense of meaning when we recognize ourselves in each other and make an effort to reach out like this.

Keep us all posted on next year's Castlefest and thanks for sharing these great memories with us!

All Things Possible,


  • At 3:28 PM, August 28, 2010 , Anonymous Alex said...

    Hi everyone!

    WOW!! Indeed! Welcome back here Ute, Jaschenka and Ufuk! Thank you for letting us know of your nice meeting, for sharing here as well through your nice smiles a beautiful moment of the fantastic time you had together at the Castlefest 2010; i'm very glad of that! Thank you Chris for posting this beautiful photo and sharing here wonderful, inspiring thoughts about human connections.

    Tim, i'm very glad to read that your eye surgery went well and you're doing better. Best of luck to you for a full recovery!

    Hope you're all well! Take care!


  • At 11:08 AM, August 31, 2010 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    That is wonderful and it's nice to put a face to the names! Maybe we can all go next year.


  • At 5:05 AM, September 01, 2010 , Blogger SusanGail said...

    Hello Forum Family/Castlefest Fans...
    This is wonderful to see three of the intrepid Castlefest forum gals featured here. Tanya's right, it's great to picture them all together. Missing Angi, though, so hope she will pipe in from England!

    Alex, a beautiful post, as always. Tim, hope to hear soon and keeping you always in our prayers. Of course, I keep all the forum family in my heart, always.

    The ATP story of Ute, Jaschenka, Ufuk and Angi came to mind when I saw this quote on Facebook this morning by Andrew Horton, one of my favorite motivational teachers there.

    Andrew Horton: "Networking is when you connect two or more people that should meet, yet you have no expectations of receiving anything in return, it is a gift that you share with others. This level of generosity builds trust & creates the potential for developing mutually beneficial long term relationships. Networking, when done correctly creates long lasting loyalty, trust & mutual beneficial reciprocity between all participants."

    Isn't that so true! Love to Chris and all the forum. Happy September! May we keep on networking ATP:) much needed in our world... ATB everyone, Sue

  • At 1:54 AM, September 04, 2010 , Blogger Ufuk said...

    Hi everyone,

    Dear Chris, Thank you for sharing such special memory with forum family and for your beautiful notes with it..

    Both the festival and meeting with Jaschenka and Ute was wonderful.. also Jaschenka's mom Mieke and her friends who came to festival were all wonderful to meet and to spend time together.. i wished Angi was there who encouraged me at the first place to go.. thank you Angi..and of course we did dream of having a big forum gathering with Chris and everyone..

    As Chris and Sue mentioned, meaningful human connections with no expectations of receiving anything in return is a gift that we share with others. This level of generosity does build trust & makes me believe more in life and human nature.. i certainly need it occasionally when i see how far humans can go the other way a bit too often.. so it was a great boost in that sense by all means :)

    i went to a city in another country which i never have been before with no confusion and problem at all with help of my dear friend, Jaschenka. and then i was taken cared very warmly with bunch of very welcoming people there..

    i am very grateful to all Nethies- Ute i think you are one of them now:)- , to Chris and everyone here who keeps this forum warm and cosy

    Alex,Tanya, Sue thank you for notes.. hope to see you next time there..

    Tim, i do hope that you feel better.. wishing you much health and luck..

    hugs to all,


  • At 7:19 AM, September 04, 2010 , Blogger SusanGail said...

    Well, I was passing by and thought I'd wish everyone a beautiful Labor Day weekend. Thinking of you, Tim, as the weather took a dramatic shift toward fall temps for a bit, and why is it that we FEEL that shift in ourselves, I wonder?

    Looking forward to an update and sending lots of ATP Blessings for good health, and also to all of the forum family. May you have a healthy and prosperous new season...Sue

    (as for an update on me, I resumed my blog at this week, and I'm open for ideas! As Maria says, "Write!" Now, don't laugh, I'm calling this blog series: Yesterday's Coffee, Tomorrow's Muse -- figuring that should cover just about any topic:)

  • At 6:49 AM, September 08, 2010 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Slightly ironic that I am sitting here with a cup of coffee having just finished reading your blog on the Livingstontalk web site.

    I too think it is neat to be able to put faces with names. I once attended an event here in the states hosted by the Society for Creative Anachronism which I am going to assume would be along the same lines as Castlefest. Being a people watcher, it was fun to sit back and observe everyone in period dress and armor. There was even a "mock" battle where people went to war in their home made suits of armor. While I say "mock", they were hitting each other full force with "swords" made of bamboo and padded with duct tape. In my opinion, there was nothing "mock" about it! You either had made your armor correctly protecting you from impact or you figured out very quickly that you needed some design changes. Death was on the honor system. If you were hit with a lethal blow you were obligated to "die" and fall to the ground. Every few minutes, the Marshals would halt the action and clear away the dead which meant that the dead people got up and ran off the field. Then the battle resumed. Quite fun to watch.

    As far as my eye, things could be better. We are in a holding pattern at the moment with the healing process having stalled out and maybe even going backwards a bit. I continue to have fluid behind the retina that my body should have absorbed by now. The fear is that the fluid could cause more detachment. I am still on reduced activity which is just about going to kill me. I go back on Friday for yet another exam. I have done this so many times I have the eye chart memorized! If things are not better I will have more surgery next week.

    The weather is great. Yesterday was mid 70s with 45 mph winds. The wind kept the mosquitoes away! As far as I am concerned, it could stay like this all year long (minus the wind).

    Take Care

  • At 12:48 PM, September 08, 2010 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Tim I will continue to pray for your eye. You will be people watching in no time! The event you went to sounded fun – but I would have wanted to join into the battle.
    Tanya Hoover

  • At 7:37 PM, September 15, 2010 , Blogger SusanGail said...

    Hello Everyone,

    Going to see if this post will go through. I tried twice before we left to go up north after Tanya's post. Tim, I wanted to thank you for reading my blog and mentioning it. That was so great of you to post that. Hope in the week I've been gone, that you are doing supernova! To use a favorite word I associate with ATP:) Chris has a blogspot, so I don't understand why it isn't working. I have two blogspots, actually three, and I may even start a fourth to put my coffee blog on. Need to work on my website, and make sure all those links are there and working at Lots to do this fall and just one more week of summer left! Enjoy! Keep us posted, Tim -- and Chris hope you can put this up OK. Hope all is well with you.

  • At 6:18 AM, September 17, 2010 , Anonymous Jaschenka said...

    Hi dear Forum Family!
    I had some difficulties posting as well, seems the cable pixies were still recovering from Castlefest blues..
    Thank you Chris for putting that picture up here. I can't believe Summer is almost over now and the photo brings back great memories! We had a wonderful time and who knows maybe we'll be able to add more forum family members to a meet someday, somewhere. Miss you Ufuk and Ute!!
    Special well wishes going out to you Tim. Sending best healing vibes your way. Keep us posted on your treatment, ok.
    Things have been supernova on this end, although super busy too. New job (has it been only a month-and-a-half since I officially started??) is going so well we needed to take in trainees to help out.
    Passing on some of the creativity that whirls around on my sewing attic to all of you. Must be the lengthening of the evenings that brings that out in us. So..what's everyone else up to?
    Happy Autumn all!! Fall fairy hugs & Be Inspired!

  • At 3:05 PM, September 19, 2010 , Blogger SusanGail said...

    Happy almost autumn forum family:)
    Glad the postings are going through better now. So I hope this one goes.

    We were gone, and I realized that Alex has a September birthday and so, here
    are ATB wishes for an ATP year ahead...with all good things coming to you!

    Jaschenka, glad your Castlefest posting got up, and I'm with you on sending healing vibes to Tim. Hope to hear an update soon:)

    Also, Jaschenka best wishes on all the exciting career adventures coming your way. It's a beautiful season ahead for beautiful,creative Jaschenka-inspired costumes!

    Chris, ATB movie blessings...Sue

    (also meant to wish Dave well with all of his new acting experiences, and hope he will provide updates along to keep us tuned in :)

  • At 6:51 PM, September 19, 2010 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hey everyone, as Sue pointed out I've been busy this summer with some new acting experiences - watch for me in the background of "Detroit 1-8-7" which starts this week on Tuesdays on ABC. I'm in episode 4 as a concerned parent (I'm wearing a maroon sweater with a black horizontal stripe) in episode 6 as both a "professor" and a coroner's assistant, and episode 7 again as a coroner's assistant. This all depends, of course, on what shots are finally used. It's been great fun so far and with luck there will be more to come! In terms of movies I was an extra in several scenes of "Real Steel" which will come out November 18, 2011. I can't say too much about my role in this one for professional and legal reasons, but you can find info about the movie at Tomorrow I work again as an "extra" (we prefer the term "background performer or artist" actually)for a much smaller film called "The Sidewalk Singer" which is being shot in Tecumseh, Michigan.

    Not much, but it's been fun while I continue my search for a "real" job. But who knows, we're all one or two lucky breaks away from something really good right?

    Loved the picture from Castlefest! Makes me think that it might be time for a North American gathering of Chris' fans...

    Hope all is well with everyone - like Sue I eagerly await news about Chris' latest projects too!


  • At 7:41 PM, September 20, 2010 , Blogger SusanGail said...

    Hi everyone,
    Our power went out briefly for no good reason at all tonight and so I'm getting my internet pages back, and the blogger page popped up out of nowhere just now. So I'll see if it will post!

    Dave, I haven't been watching TV much, but hope to try to catch your shows. Perhaps this is leading you to some really ATP adventures in doing what you love.

    Tim, hope to hear good news soon, and wow, yes, wouldn't it be an amazing thing to be together in one spot. Maybe for a movie premiere or something wild and crazy like that:)

    Take care all and fall is in the air!
    Oh, no...suppose the weather talk will ramp up again:) ATB2U...Sue

  • At 8:54 AM, September 21, 2010 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Sue, I hate when the power goes out! Unless it's raining and dark, then it can be fun. Yes we should get together for something fun!

    Dave, I'll keep my eye out for you and send you ATP thoughts for your next adventure.

    Tim, hope all is going well and it would be good to hear some news.

    And of course we would all like to hear about Chris's new works.


  • At 4:17 PM, September 23, 2010 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hi Folks. Seems like you are all doing well and that is good.

    Dave, I will be looking for the concerned coroners assistant professor in the up coming weeks. That is awesome. I will be able to point and say "I know him....well sort of" LOL.

    Dave/Sue, How far are you from Holland MI? I have a friend that recently moved there and wants me to come over when there is an agility competition. If you are both close you can come watch.

    Tanya, thanks for the good words. I appreciate them

    Big wave and shout out to the over seas brigade...hope all is well.

    As far as the eye thing goes, I dodged the bullet for the surgery a couple of weeks ago but it could still happen. I go again tomorrow for another exam...poke poke poke. I am really hoping that things have improved and that he releases me to be more active. I am hating all this sitting around. I suppose the alternative is worse so I should shut up and be thankful.

    On a good note, Fall is here!!!! The farmers in my town have most of the corn and beans out of the fields already. This is extremely early to be this far along but good for them. Maybe they can enjoy an extended "off" season.

    Take Care Everyone


  • At 7:45 PM, September 25, 2010 , Blogger SusanGail said...

    Did any of you see the full moon Thursday night? Beautiful sky as I was driving home from Williamston Theatre...first night of Blue Door by Tanya Barfield, a play about an African-American tenured professor "jolted from the rut of his life when his wife accuses him of denying his heritage." Two wonderful actors, Rico Bruce Wade and Julian Grant do the seemingly impossible, and manage to creatively portray the gamut of experiences from slavery through Black Power of the men in the family...with no intermission. I've grown to truly appreciate following a local theatre and all the effort put into making fabulous plays. Hopefully it has given me more of an idea of what Dave and Chris experience.

    Look forward to finding Dave on the TV shows. Tim, Dave is farther than me from Holland. I'm about 2 1/2 hrs maybe? Near Grand Haven, where my husband's family is from and where his dad spends the summer. Let us know when the agility competition is; we've never been to anything like that. Another friend has an apple orchard over that way; we always say we will visit, but never seem to make it.

    Overseas brigade...I like that:) And also keeping fingers crossed for healing for your vision. Thanks for keeping us updated. I can't imagine what you have been going through.

    Guess we have to get accustomed to autumn...the roller coaster temperatures are a little annoying.
    Enjoy the season, with all its magic, though, right Jaschenka? BTW, I hope you will all take a look at her costume designs at Lord of Magic. Maybe she can post the link...if not, I'll try to post it later:)

    ATB/P/D to all...with special emphasis on the "Dreamable" for you. -- Sue

  • At 7:53 PM, September 25, 2010 , Blogger SusanGail said...

    LOL, dear forum family...
    It seems I've finally Sue-namied the Blogger system. Just wrote a post in reply to Tim's and it says my comment is too LONG! Never had that happen in five years. All makes you wonder how to have a conversation in real time. Let me know if you get this Chris, and I'll rewrite. thankfully I was able to push the back button and retrieve it:) And let us know about any word limit you may know of...
    ATB/P??? Sue

  • At 2:21 PM, September 26, 2010 , Blogger SusanGail said...

    Blogger is so funny lately:) My Sue-nami posted and I couldn't tell it went. So hope you could follow. Too bad it's been acting up a little. In any case, have a beautiful week and smooth sailing into October. My Facebook friends know I have this blogspot where I share Henry Reed's Daily Mandala art, along with a personal reflection. I'm giving you the link here. Look at the blue one from yesterday and see if you can tell who might be one of the persons who inspired me on a long if you didn't already know:) I'm sure you feel the same. I'm getting a few followers on Facebook now...
    So, we'll see if this post wants to fly through cyberspace to California:)
    ATB everyone...Sue

  • At 8:09 AM, September 27, 2010 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Tim, Sue is right that I'm further from Holland as I'm pretty much on the other side of the state. It's a little over a 3 hour drive without any stops. But having said that when will you be there?


  • At 3:49 PM, September 27, 2010 , Anonymous Alex said...

    Hi everyone!

    Great to hear from all of you here; i'm very glad to see you're are doing well. Best of luck to all!

    Sue, i appreciated so much your lovely birthday wishes, thoughts, notes, blogs; thank you very much! All the best things, ATB to you and yours!

    Thoughts and prayers to you Tim for a full recovery with your vision.

    Great to hear good news from you Dave on your new acting experiences; thanks for the updates, keep us posted on them. I look forward to seeing you on that film and those tv series you mentioned and hope to hear news and updates from Chris soon!

    Take care everyone!


  • At 12:09 PM, September 28, 2010 , Blogger SusanGail said...

    Thanks for all the notes, everyone.
    While haven't talked to my daughter, thought I heard about extreme heat in L.A. Hope all is well. Cool fall temps really settling in here. Could be hot filming out there:)??? Alex, our resident weather forecaster, might have something to say:) ATB Blessings to everyone...Sue

  • At 3:19 PM, September 29, 2010 , Anonymous Alex said...

    Hope all is well in L.A. now, as with 113°F (45°C) in downtown and even 119°F (48,3°C) in the foothills near Beverly Hills the hottest temperature ever measured in the Los Angeles area, September 27th, 2010 was the hottest day in Los Angeles history (records began in 1877). The summer 2010 was generally the hottest in the Northern Hemisphere since records began; in fact in many regions there has never been such a hot meteorological summer. The year 2010 has also the most national extreme heat records for a single year, even seventeen for now; just two examples are 102.2°F (39.0°C) in Moscow on July 29th and and 128,3°F (53,5°C) at Mohenjo-Daro in Pakistan on May 26th. Global Warming, temperatures often above average, climate change increase abnormally, dangerous, extreme weather events all over the world!

    We hope to hear news from Chris soon!

    Take care everyone!

  • At 9:52 AM, October 01, 2010 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Howdy All
    I can not imagine a prettier day than we are having in Illinois today. Currently 70(f) with low humidity. I will enjoy it now as tomorrow it is supposed to be 55(f) for a high.

    Thanks for the continued support with the eye issue. The Dr says it is healed. It just took me longer than normal (what, I'm not normal...) and I have been released to normal activities as of last Friday. I can do anything I used to do. I am learning to deal with the vision issues that remain. Those may or may not go away with time but I am not complaining. I feel happy with the current results. Something along the lines of looking a gift horse in the mouth so to speak.

    I am off to enjoy the sunshine so stay cool or warm where ever you are and be sure to stop and take the time to have a good look around you. Appreciate the beauty that is there. I look at things differently more ways than one.


  • At 4:17 PM, October 01, 2010 , Blogger SusanGail said...

    Happy October to all...
    Just wanted to share a link I got today about movies that I thought you'd enjoy

    My first post didn't want to go, so trying again...hope to hear good news from the forum family weatherwise, healthwise, career wise, film and theatre-wise, creativity-wise, etc etc etc:)
    ATB Blessings and well wishes...Sue

    Probably new topic soon, so I might add the link back again sometime...lots to think about there;)

  • At 8:54 AM, October 02, 2010 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Thank you for the link Sue. You always send wonderful thoughts.

    Thanks for the weather info Alex. It's always over 100 here in Vegas, or it's freezing. There is about 2 weeks a years with nice weather!

    What is an agility competition Tim?

    I will keep my eye out for you Dave. And of course we would all love to hear what Chris is up too.

    Blessings, Tanya

  • At 8:45 AM, October 03, 2010 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hey folks
    Here we go again. I too seem to have lost a post into cyberspace. Such is technology.

    The eye thing is healed and I am good to go as far as normal activity. Still have some vision issues that may or may not get better with time. Certainly nothing that I can not learn to live with. It is just nice being able to do things again with out fear of doing damage to myself. I was so happy that when I left the Drs office after getting the good news, I jogged back to my car. Half way there I just jumped into the air with joy. Now mind you, to the rest of the world it probably looked like I tripped but trust me, it was a jump!

    Tanya, I compete in dog agility competitions. Best way to tell you about it is here

    It is a lot of fun and one of the best forms of training you can do with your dog (in my opinion).

    Beautiful fall day here. Sunny with a high temp of 55(f). Take care

  • At 9:47 AM, October 03, 2010 , Anonymous Alex said...

    Hi everyone. Thank you Tanya for the comments and Sue for the link.

    Hope you can see soon there in US at least, Dave on those episodes of Detroit 1-8-7 here:

    Take care everyone!

  • At 12:44 PM, October 03, 2010 , Anonymous Alex said...

    Good to hear such good news from you Tim and thanks for sharing your videos. Be well!

    Have a great new week everyone!

  • At 8:44 PM, October 06, 2010 , Blogger SusanGail said...

    Tanya, thanks for the note:)
    And Tim, The dog agility video was fantastic and fun to watch. So glad you are happily jogging and jumping and running with your dogs now! Thanks for allowing us to keep you in our prayers...
    Alex, Thank you for the weather news.It's so beautiful here for awhile, as Tim said.

    "What's the Play About?" Saw the poster on Facebook, Chris. Sounds like you are up to your neck in projects...which we hope to hear a little bit about soon:)Break a leg, BTW...and have fun!

    I have to tell you that it was just this morning that the idea for ATB Today as an inspirational email came to me. Thanks all the forum family for your influence on me and ATB! And ATP, of course! Sue

    PS...Dave, when are your Detroit 187 episodes? :)

  • At 8:19 AM, October 07, 2010 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Sue (and everyone else),
    My first 187 episode is this Tuesday, October 12, and based on what I've seen of the show so far and the preferred camera style you'll have to look fast to see me. I'll be a bystander/concerned parent in the background and wearing a maroonish colored sweater with a black horizontal stripe across the chest. After this episode I'll be a coroner's assistant in episodes 6 and 7. Look for the Wayne County Medical Examiners van and I should be standing near it!


  • At 10:05 AM, October 07, 2010 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Greetings all,

    Thank you Dave it is always more fun to watch a show, when you care about someone in it. My eyes will be peeled.

    Thank you Sue for your ATB messages!

    Tim as you have been you are still in my prayers.

    Alex keep us posted!



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