The book is Alan’s story about growing up and living in Wyoming after World War II. He recounts the subtle and overt racism he and his family had to endure. His family was spared from living in a War Relocation Center because Japanese individuals who resided in the U.S. interior were deemed as being interned in place.
May is Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Beyond Heart Mountain author and filmmaker Alan O’Hashi will be on the road showing his documentary and speaking about his memoir. The program is entitled, Civility, Culture, Community, All times Mountain Daylight Time. To schedule an event, please send us an email.
May 18 – Riverton and Dubois Libraries, documentary screenings at 7 p.m.
May 18 – Powell Library in Powell, Wyoming, at 7 p.m.
May 19 – Heart Mountain Interpretive Center, between Cody/Powell Wyoming at 6 p.m.
TBD – Sheridan Stationery, Books and Gallery, Sheridan, Wyoming, between 4 and 6 p.m.
June 3 to 5 – Wyoming Writers Inc. Conference, Sheridan, Wyoming – Book signing
June 22 – Lander Art Center Outdoor Movie, screening of Beyond Sand Creek TBD
June 25 – Thermopolis Book store – 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
July 10 – Wyoming International Film Festival, Cheyenne, Wyoming – 2 p.m.
July 13 – Boulder Bookstore, Boulder, Colorado – 6:30 p.m.
July 19 – Laramie County Library, Cheyenne, Wyoming – 7 p.m.
August 8 – Lander Pioneer Museum, Lander, Wyoming TBD
August 9 – Sidekicks Book Bar, Rock Springs, Wyoming – 7 p.m.
August 10 – Centennial Library, Centennial, Wyoming – 7 p.m.
I’ve lived a life of divergent experiences that converged when I joined the Silver Sage Village (SSV) senior cohousing community in Boulder, Colorado. My story about how to play well with others is a somewhat organized stream of consciousness.
True Stories provides “nuts-and-bolts” methods about how your community can use cultural competence techniques that better encourage members to understand one another.
Buy a signed copy direct from the publisher Boulder Community Media.
The Kindle ebook and paperback are available for purchase on Amazon.
After arguing about whether pets are allowed in the Common House, what if cohousers organized themselves and decided to collectively undertake a mission to save the world?
True Stories explores why I believe cohousing can evolve from a “social movement” into being a “social norm.”
I’ll offer a paradigm shift about how cohousing can bridge socio-economic divides.
The stories are about relations between and among individual people and the personal changes necessary to find commonality with strangers, all with different experiences and lifestyles.
In case you’ve just returned after a year in outer space, the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic that began in late 2019 circled the globe.
Like everyone else, I’ve had quite a bit of extra time on my hands. I have no idea how my day was occupied before self-isolation.
COVID-19 brought to light glaring cultural inequities. The pandemic closed down the economy, and people lost their jobs.
That exposed the lack of lower-priced housing options when people lost their homes or kicked out of their rental apartments.
If homeowners default on their loans at the same time, as happened in 2009, the market will be flooded with pricey houses that nobody can afford to purchase, except the bottom-feeders.
Racial justice issues quickly floated to the top of the social change pond.
African American and Latino people are at the highest risk of contracting COVID-19, hospitalization, and death than the general population.
One nexus of lower-priced housing and racial justice is rental and owner-occupied cohousing that pool resources.
Residents share the financial risks and collaboratively operate and maintain their communities.
The story is written from my viewpoint as a cohousing community member, as opposed to a cohousing professional or a cohousing professional who lives in a community.
SSV is one of 170 existing cohousing communities in the United States.
If cohousing is such a great idea, why aren’t there thousands of communities popping up in all corners of the country?
After all, if there are 30,000 people residing in existing an existing cohousing community or in the community formation phase.
The book is part memoir and part “how-to” manual about my experiences that seemed unrelated at the time but added to my life gestalt, which eventually led me to believe cohousing can make social change happen by bridging cultural divides.
The only person I have any control over is myself. For me, personal change happens when keeping the amount of time between the past and the present as small as possible.
My experiences aren’t that remarkable, but the intent is to encourage you to remember what happened in your personal history as you figure out the opportunities and challenges you’ll face when choosing to care and share in a cohousing community.
All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.” is what Ernest Hemingway says about the essence of good storytelling.
This book is for anyone who is a writer of organized words whether they are fiction, nonfiction, poetry, work memos, grant applications, academic papers, or love letters.
Kindle ebook and soft cover editions of True Stories of a Mediocre Writer are now available on Amazon.
Read this book if you’re a professional writer, a novelist just starting out, or a screenwriter with a half-done script lost deep in the bowels of a computer hard drive.
Are you a writer or do you know a writer who wonders how to get over self-doubt, kick your obsession with perfection, and for whatever reasons, can’t quite finish your writing project?
Being a writer isn’t just about getting your words down on the page. Writing is a life metaphor. How do you get more focused? Why be organized? Is finishing that important?
This book will provide insight, and a few tips through the experiences of the author about becoming more confident in your ability balancing perfection and accuracy that results in a higher likelihood of finishing your work.
Alan O’Hashi’s memoir about how lessons from life were big influences that resulted in his first book pitch based on a typed up piece of paper in June, resulted in an 80,000 word manuscript and publishing contract five months later.
Author Alan O’Hashi has been writing since he was 12 years old as a reporter for the Carey Junior High School newspaper, “The Tumbleweed” published in his hometown of Cheyenne, Wyoming.
The Northern Arapaho Tribe has a tribal priority to reintroduce and preserve the Arapaho language.
Even though the language is taught in school, students spend the majority of their time at home or in the community interacting with family and friends where there is inconsistent reinforcement of cultural cues learned in the classroom.
How can a traditionally oral language be made relevant to young people who are digitally connected to games, and other mass media screens?
To answer this question, Wyoming Community Media and it’s producers Alan O’Hashi and Glenn Reese teamed up with Lorre Hoffman and the Maker Space 307 summer youth service learning program, based in Fort Washakie on the Wind River Reservation.
Four students participated during the three-day class and production project.
Northern Arapaho elder and story teller Merle Haas wrote down a short story passed down to her from her great grandfather, Chief Yellow Calf.
“The Fox and the Woodtick” teaches a lesson about “thinking outside the box.”
Northern Arapaho Eagle Drum Society singer and drummer Alison Sage spoke about the traditional importance and healing properties of making music.
Artist Robert Martinez gave a presentation about how tribal artwork has evolved over the years and continues to be an important means of storytelling.
We worked closely with Bob Ottinger and the Reality Garage in Boulder, Colorado who loaned us a Vuze virtual reality camera, a Samsung 360 camera and a high speed computer.
When it was all said and done, the youth combined their self-composed music and original art to tell Merle’s folk tale in two dimensions and 360 degree virtual reality on location at the historic Arapaho Ranch Mansion north of Thermopolis, Wyoming.
This is a pilot project that demonstrates an efficient way for tribes to present traditional language and cultural preservation efforts in a not-so-traditional format to tribal and non-tribal cultures.
“Aging Gratefully: The Power of Good Health and Good Neighbors” has a first cut test screening at the Dairy Arts Center – Boedecker Theater. Doors 630pm – cash bar and snacks in the Polk Cafe – movie at 7pm. Tickets are free, but sign up so we can keep track of seats.
Filmmaker and Silver Sage Village senior cohousing resident Alan O’Hashi is mostly recovered from his 2013 death bed illness. As a result of that experience he’s become much more aware of his health, almost to the point of hypochondria.
One of his neighbors circulated information about a research study at the University of Colorado about the effects of exercise on brain health.
Curious, he applied and was selected to be a research subject. To measure success, the criteria emotional health and strength of relationship building.
Is living in an intentional community, such as cohousing, an added benefit to physical exercise? He interviewed CU researcher Angel Bryan about her research to gain an empirical perspective and six residents of newly-formed Germantown Commons to find out their anecdotal motivations to living in cohousing and whether living intentionally with neighbors was a positive experience and what physical activities happen in a group setting.
Germantown Commons Residents:
– Essie Sappenfield (retired)
– Doug Luckes (still working)
– Suzanne Glasgow (still working)
– Sarah Carroll (single mom)
– Chris Corby (still working)
– Ginger Lange (retired)
– Vicki Metzgar (retired)
– Bryan Bowen, AIA (Caddis Architects)
– Angela Bryan PhD,( Principal Investigator CU FORCE study)
Boulder Arts Week is a happening time in the creative community and we’re jumping in with our monthly schmoozer and featuring the work of women. The April 1st event is free of charge, but buy some music!
We don’t have a lot of wall space for flat art. Instead, we’ll be entertaining with some music and a short movie in the Silver Sage Village cohousing TV room.
The Whistle Stop F.I.L.M. Festival screens “Cordially, Georgia O’Keeffe” about the artist and her sister’s visit to Ward Colorado in 1917 will screen in the media room between music sets.
During the music change a couple short movies (TBD)
We’ll have some snacks and drinks. Invite 100 of your closest friends!
Boulder Community Media (BCM) is providing production services again. BCM is putting together volunteer production crews to cover a variety of events in the various Downtown Boulder screening venues and at local businesses hosting special events during the Boulder International Film Festival (BIFF) March 2 – 5. Download the BCM volunteer agreement and email it back to BCM.
We’re also seeking a producer to coordinate cast and NewsTeam crews throughout the weekend. This requires a three and a half day commitment with some wiggle room.
Photographers must download and become familiar with the 2017 PHOTO GUIDELINES and WORKFLOW.
If you’d like to be a part of the BIFF that is largely unseen and very interesting, behind the scenes experience inquire within! For the most part, you do need to have particular expertise and experience with news, but we can always use more Production Assistants willing to learn by observation and diving into a project.
The schedule won’t be released until later in February, but we’re getting the word out so you can make plans around classes, work, and other commitments. Check out the BIFF News Team Production Call facebook page to keep up with the latest information.
BCM uses a “transmedia” approach where we produce news in a variety of forms:
- Editors – copy editors and video editors
- Writers – news gathers to go along to events
- Still Photographers – for all activities
- Video Photographers – for all activities
- Producers – if you want to produce, you should also have at least one other skill, have at a minimum a still camera and a strong back to schlepp gear.
- Social media – update facebook pages, tweet pix and experiences
- Website updates and maintenance
BCM generally runs at least two crews at any given moment, which means each crew has a producer, a video camera operator, a still camera operator a reporter on camera and a reporter off camera. In most cases, our news crews will be the only ones covering these events, many are newsworthy and your stories, images and video will be pushed out to the wire.
BCM will provide video cameras and tape for field work. BCM will have a MacBook Pro with Final Cut 7 available. We are inventorying assets and also let me know what kind of equipment you may be able to provide:
* video cameras etc. (they can be solid state and consumer grade, tripods, lights)
* still cameras (pocket cameras to DSLR cameras – do they have video capabilities)
* lap top computers (pc or mac and editing systems – Premiere, iMovie, FCP, movie maker)
Send an email to BCM if you’d like to be a part of the action. You can also join the BIFF News Team Production Call facebook page to keep up with the latest.
Boulder Community Media (BCM) recently provided video production services to a non-profit Coloradoans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty at a presentation at Lowry in Denver. The event hosted by David Horsey featured local and national grassroots activists provide first hand testimonials to local community organizations and the public at large about why death penalty laws should be reformed.