I’m sitting at a Starbucks in Portland on my 3rd day of Michael Hagedorn’s seasonal. I have about an hour to spare before our session starts. At another table 5 seniors (2 ladies and 3 gentlemen) were discussing the hottest topic in America, the presidential election. I was minding my own business when one of the gentleman got up to leave and gave his parting words ….”calm down everything is going to be awful”. I looked up and smiled and the other gentleman saw me and he pointed at me as he said loudly “he heard that”. Their whole table cracked laughing. I laughed with them. It was a great release from what I have been feeling the whole week. I was feeling somewhat ambivalent and sad about our political situation. Pray to God that it will eventually have a happy ending but meanwhile what can I do personally. I’m actually very fortunate to have scheduled (unintentionally) a seasonal with Michael Hagedorn to coincide after the election. It helped me take my mind off the situation. Even then, our group discussed the political situation non the less. I sense a great disappointment from Michael and I’m totally with him.
However, being surrounded with great bonsai from Michael’s garden is definitely a very calming feeling. Michael’s trees transports me to a different place. Just like taking a bonsai pill. Here are some photos: