Autumn, Day 77. Cooking in the present for a delicious future.

I’m feeling the pressure to get things done before winter holidays.  I don’t leave until the 25th, so I can work up to the very last moment.  I’ve had to put some of my accounting work on the back burner this past three weeks as I help new tenants find their stride and deal with a few vacancies that are coming up in January and February in the apartments.

But through this all, each change has been positive. We finally have our Sunworks building up for sale and have made the commitment to move to our new space in the Metropolitan Block in February and March. Terry and I, and Kathryn are all super excited about the new location and the new direction of Sunworks. More about that sometime in the future. I’m sure when we are away for the holidays our creativity and thinking about what is possible will become clearer.  

This week it’s exciting to watch Here To Mars open in the space above Sunworks and begin to build a successful business as owner/operators. It’s good to get to know Jesse and Kat and support them in their efforts. They call Terry and I their restaurant Dads.

They are working hard to create fun and good quality food, while they focus on strong marketing. I encourage you to stop by and say hello. Young entrepreneurs appreciate a little leeway as they find their footing, and these two are open to honest and kind feedback. I’m inviting you to drop by when you come by Sunworks to do some holiday shopping and lend your support.

Meanwhile, in this season of communication, the result is a complete shift of my focus and direction. I have two more major accounting projects to handle and those will soon be caught up. It’s like every part of my life has been released from the moorings and is on its way to a new dock. For the most part the waters are calm.

Tomorrow evening is my ‘quitter’s party’ where my friends, family and supporters will enjoy some food and laughs together and celebrate seven years of public service with our local City Council and with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. Folks are coming from all over. It’s going to be a great event to say thank you to everyone for what we were able to accomplish together. We’ll enjoy a pot luck and drinks together. A pot luck is truly one of our communities’ best self-organising systems.  

There’s not a lot of philosophy in this post. Not that I haven’t been thinking a lot about the upcoming season which is not that far away. It will be a time of enjoying the darkness of the year and anticipating the coming renewal as spring approaches. I believe that the work I’m doing this autumn  is a kind of mise-en-place to cook up a delicious and enjoyable new year.

Winter will be the time to carefully execute the planning, to complete the actions set in motion this autumn.

At the end of winter I hope we all can look back at all we’ve accomplished, and not think ‘Gosh, I wish I could have been more present, and put in a stronger and more consistent effort during the fall.’  As I grow weary of the pace of change right now, and all of the unforeseen issues that are creating chaos, I feel fear and anxiety popping up again. Such feelings may stem from future-oriented worries – from not from being in the moment and appreciating what is happening now and what is possible to create by working thoughtfully in the present.

These ideas help remind me to stay focused on communication and preparation this autumn so that winter can unfold gracefully with some time for creativity and completion. Then spring will be a time to watch new things grow as it should be.  

Autumn, day 69. Chanting for change.

Last night, at the invitation of one of our friends, we attended Chant for Change. It was a good experience to be with others inviting peace, harmony, and the removal of obstacles through the chanting of mantras.

I appreciated the time to be quiet and think about what obstacles are in our path to a more peaceful and fulfilling life. Certainly right now I’m on this path myself and working through the things that need to be cleared. This week has been almost what I expected, just slow and steady work, nothing new arising yet.

As I reflect on the work of this season, not only has it been about communication, but also the beginnings of completion, as virtually every arrangement shifts, both business and personal. I’m curious about those relationships that are growing stronger and also those that are choosing to slip away. I am getting the occasional glimpse of myself in the future and it feels lovely.

My invitation to you today is to think about what obstacles there may be in your life that get in your way as you reach for happiness and peace. And… are you one of them? How might we become experts at getting out of our own way? Which also raises the question how might we become experts at getting out of the way of others as they reach for their goals? What relational changes might you want to make?

I tossed and turned in my sleep last night, had weird dreams about family members and friends imposing their wishes on me. The best I can do is to be conscious not to do the same to others. So then for me, there is that fine line in mentorship, when those who’ve asked for your help may feel like you are directing them, when your intent is not to, but to offer solid advice and wisdom from experience.  Not to ‘do to’, ‘do for’, but rather to ‘do with’.

Peace to you all.

Autumn, day 65. Not waiting for outside input.

Waiting for input.  Beep. Waiting for input.  Beep. Hey, wait a minute what am I doing?

It’s Monday morning and I’m up too early again.  I woke after a disturbing dream. At this moment, I’m sitting in my sunroom, enjoying quiet music, and moonlight. The coffee machine just fired up. There’s a loaf of fresh bread on the counter.

I thought I didn’t have anything to say this morning, then I realised that perhaps when I’m up waiting for the day to begin that I’m unintentionally waiting for the outside world to direct – giving up what little control I have. Why does it seem easier to wait rather than set the direction for myself? Maybe I’m just too blurry-eyed and foggy yet, or still pooped from last week.

I wonder how often we let ourselves be swept away into the world’s demands instead of using the time, when we find it, to be in relationship with ourselves. We might consider what our unfolding could be rather than waiting for the world to rush in – even if it is to make a simple list of the week ahead, review what is already planned… or to gaze into a crystal ball and guess at what else might be possible.

I’ve got some rather important, life-changing meetings this week. No turning back. In between all of that I need to take some solid steps toward completing a number of business tasks, and deal with the some of the chaos that came our way this weekend. We had a flood in the basement at Sunworks, and we had a surprise vacancy in one of the apartments. Both those issues are going to take time to sort out this week. Out comes my fuzzy mallet, but with controlled strikes.

Exciting things on the agenda this week. Here to Mars will be setting up their new restaurant in the former Coconut Room space. They open December 1st. A new show opens in the Harris-Warke Gallery. I’ve had a preview, and it’s really fun. And, I finish up the design work on some marble coasters with quotes from some of our top-selling greeting cards.

I’d say I’m about two thirds of the way to being caught up with my book work. I have a month to go before winter holidays. It’s going to be nip and tuck. I sure don’t want to take anything with me this year. I think I can. I think I can. Right?

Onwards to coffee!

Autumn, day 62. On the horizon with 29 days to go.

It’s Friday morning and we are about to go into a busy weekend.  So much change this past week that it’s hard to even remember a week ago, never mind where I started this journey 62 days ago. I’m grateful that the future vision is clearer with each passing day, but it is shifting as details emerge from the work we are doing. Some for the better and some for the worse. The outlook, mostly sunny with cloudy periods. That strange weather is on the horizon with brief but severe thunderstorms in the midst of sun.

My anxiety has lessened to be sure, but it comes in waves as I continue to deal with the serious issues facing our businesses. Today is a bit rough but not debilitating, probably because I’ve been able to make such good progress on in so many related areas – with really great support from a few colleagues. I’m catching up but still have a long way to go before end of the season. My determination is strong today. I started last week slightly ahead of my plan but with some unexpected challenges I lost ground dealing with the fall out which dramatically increased my workload. Now I’m a wee bit behind schedule at the end of this week.

I wish I had more time to write this morning. I’ve been thinking a lot about silence and it’s role in shifting one’s identity and life. This morning I’m pondering the various types of silence, intentional, unintentional, and what gives rise to them. If unintentional, what are its origins? Fear, protection, instinct? If intentional, what’s the aspiration? There are so many reasons why we might want silence to be part of our toolbox for change. And so many ways it could be used to create distrust and damage. I wrote the following  yesterday on Facebook and will likely come back to it and say more in the future.  

“In a time when you’re aiming to be more in tune with your higher self you must remember that your ability to become shifts with the relationships you hold closest. If you see purpose and goodness in strengthening some take those steps quietly and thoughtfully. If you recognize relationships (not only with people but with places, things, actions, and ideas) that are unhealthy for your preferred future it’s best to let them be silent. Silence leads slowly to atrophy.

Use your energy and awareness to activate the relationships that make your heart and soul sing. Find harmony with what is good for you and those around you. Remember, force doesn’t work. It’s an attempt to reinforce the illusion of control, where none exists. Invitation may work, but reciprocity is needed for harmony. If your invitation is met with silence, let it be for awhile. Reciprocity isn’t always immediate. Give it time and invite again if later it still feels full of purpose and goodness.  

Know that every conversation, no matter the form of dialogue, will change your future and yourself. So, choose ways to be in conversation that lift and inspire others and you’ll move in the right direction. Instead of standing in front of a mirror saying “you’re awesome, you can do this” activate a few relationships in your circle by telling them that they are awesome and you believe in them. You can do this without words. Be genuine to yourself and others.

One final thought. The earth and the natural environment always invite us to be in a positive relationship. If nothing else today, get outside, feel the weather and breathe the air. It’s good for you and everything in your circles.”

Paul Harris, Facebook November 22, 2018

I’ve also been thinking about about the elasticity of relationship … that’s a whole other topic. Ponder what helps relationships to endure, how much give is there in them? Is it helpful to think of relationships as having an elastic quality? Is there a better way to describe their durability and resilience? Is elasticity only one attribute of many?

Autumn, day 56. Life with a fuzzy mallet.

It’s been quite a week.  Most everything went at planned, some went brilliantly and some dragged along.  And a couple of wrinkles. It’s Saturday morning before a big day at Sunworks.

The sale at the store is going well, efforts were thwarted the past couple of days because of the snow.  Red Deerians just do not go out during the first cold snap and snowfall of the year.  There weren’t a lot of people through Thursday or Friday, but today is the big launch of the Christmas lights in City Hall Park, and also an extended shopping night for downtown merchants.  Sunworks is hosting pictures with the Grinch as well.

A wrinkle. We got The Coconut Room back yesterday with one days’ notice.  The folks that were leasing it felt they couldn’t focus properly on it any longer and so politely turned it back to us.  The timing is so awkward with everything that we are trying to accomplish right now.  But as always we will do our best.  I recognize that sometime, my best is not good enough.  This may well be one of those times.  I’m sure they also realize that they were doing their best but it wasn’t good enough… and that’s life.

It’s going to be tricky to handle this and all of the other moving pieces.  It’s likely that we will not have the capacity to run The Coconut Room given the changes coming in the works right now and in the new year.

It sits as a great opportunity for someone that has the time and passion to be in the hospitality business.  The space is fully functional, and we’d entertain proposals. Rent includes all of the equipment, furniture and fixtures, electricity, property taxes, internet, and water.  Besides rent, the tenant pays only for their phone.

Terry and I met with Davin and have the listing contract sorted.  Everything looks good and so the Sunworks building will be on the market next week.  We would love to have a signed deal before we leave on holidays at the end of December.  That may be too optimistic but we’re putting it out there in the universe.  

Games and Music signed their lease yesterday afternoon, and so they will be moving into the Sunworks space during April and be opened for May 1st.  That means our move will be immediately following the Winter Games in March.  We’ll be in our new space for April 1st.  We are very happy for the Games and Music folks.  They’ve been in business for 30 years and are looking forward to an upgrade by moving to Ross Street.  We still have a couple of spaces available in the building for rent.  The street front location between Sunworks and LV Cafe is opened yet, and I’m shocked that it hasn’t been rented. We’ve never had a space sit vacant for this long.  Usually only a month or two.  

As for the next piece in the book series.  It’s coming along but it’s a difficult one to express, and it’s getting longer.  I’d say I’m at about 50% draft.  I’m really enjoying the intellectual dialogue with my friend Alan about this work, and he’s been such a help in editing, and making great observations and suggestions.  And he’s fun.

So where does this week leave me?  I’m certainly not in as good of space as I was last Sunday when I wrote.  It feels like my life is often a giant game of whack-a-mole.  No doubt I’ve whacked a couple of you on the head with my fuzzy mallet, quite by accident.  We can’t often know what will happen next but still this week feels like forward steps to a better life.  I commit to truly looking at the changes this week as positive steps that in the long run are for the best future.

Now, I must go get ready for a long day.  Terry and I, with the help of friends and family who have stepped up will run The Coconut Room today for eggs benny brunch in a Tribe takeover.  So much to do and hopefully financially successful, but more than that I want to really connect with friends and family in joy, laughter and love.  It’s amazing that we have such lovely people around us and today I will make a super heroian effort to express my gratitude, appreciation and love for those who choose to be in relationship to me…. starting with my love, Terry.  

Autumn, day 50. Turning a corner, question mark, question mark.

Gosh it’s hard to believe that it’s been 50 days since I started to focus on blogging and this season’s theme of communicating.  My life is changing for the better folks, I’m not ready to say that I’m out of the anxiety woods but I sure and beginning to feel like my spirit is returning.  It’s a nice feeling to, again, want to connect with friends and also to meet new people.

It’s great to have been to the doctor for a good check up and have the all clear BUT ‘less salt and work on your blood pressure.’  Thanks Kathryn, for just booking me that appointment and being bossy boots about it.  Now, I just need these stitches on my head removed… and get back to the gym, and I should be in good shape for relentless flirting in Maui this winter.

I’m thinking of setting up a home gym since Roman has moved to Calgary.  Although, I may be interested in finding a new trainer. If anyone can make a recommendation I’m interested.  I really like working with someone my size, so… that makes the referral harder.  Or if anyone knows of some rubberize hex dumb bells that someone needs to rehome…. I know just the place.

I sure appreciated the help that a number of you have been giving me in making this shift.  I really want to return to being the positive and optimistic person that I was before I saw the dark side of politics, and battled this economy and the shift the retail market.  So many things collided when I wasn’t paying close enough attention.  Darn it — me, the futurist wasn’t seeing what was happening in my own back yard.  I feel positivity returning, and increasingly when I hear complaints about anything, I have less and less time.  The complaint department remains closed.  

What has been helping is reengaging philosophically and writing. 

This past week was one of the more rewarding ones.  It felt full of accomplishments, with solid healthy openings to the next steps in the weeks to come. I’ve mentioned that I’ve been focused on catching up the accounting and restructuring the businesses.  I made great progress on both of these this week.  My accountant has been coaching, and it’s been so helpful.  I enjoyed being able to get some philosophy on paper this week as well.

What am I expecting this week?

  1. We should have the listing contract signed with Davin in the middle of this week and then the Sunworks building with will up for sale.  I’m both very sad about this and also know that it’s the best thing to do.  It will open up new possibilities for us.  It’s going to be nice to refocus Sunworks by moving into a smaller space with an emphasis on product you can’t buy on the internet, or wouldn’t shop for on the internet.  Items like greeting cards, cookbooks, journals, leather bags, candles, art, jewelry, perhaps even some clothes.  It’s probably time to refresh the branding and identity of the store as well.
  2. More accounting and government reporting.  I’ve got two major projects left.  If I can get through one of these this week that would be fantastic. 
  3. The final week of the sale at Sunworks and a lot of orders and new inventory to arrive next week just in time for the holidays.  I’m thinking that we’ll take one of the rooms in Sunworks and start a bit of an ongoing garage sale.  We have so many fixtures, and props, and things from 20 years in the store that just need to find new homes.  Not to mention some clothes and books and things that need to go as well.   Someone take this bread maker off my hands!  
  4. Write another instalment of the book.  I’m thinking about next writing about our relationship to place and things.  Such a big topic that will need to be focused on the relational aspects.  What place does for and and to us?  Here are the previous two instalments.

Well folks that’s it for Sunday.  Time for a glass of repasado, peanut Thai curry tonight and maybe some comedy.  Tomorrow another day at the desk… and this time I’m looking forward to it.  Mid way in the day I think I’ll try out the circuit gym in town… come on Scott let’s go, let’s go, let’s really go!  At least I’ll be doing something other than sitting on my fat ass all day.

Am I turning a corner?

Use a stick if you have to, but be thoughtful.

In painting we use various pigments, types of paint and methods of applying colour and texture to surfaces be they canvases or brick walls. When I first started painting again in my forties, I went back to school and studied with Dave More. He’s since become a life long mentor and friend. I recall him telling me that it doesn’t matter how we get the paint onto the canvas: ‘Use a stick if you have to.’ The point was to begin, to make one stroke after another in a thoughtful way. Carl Grimm, one of the world’s top conservators of the world’s masterpieces of fine art, told me that every stroke on a canvas should be applied with meaning, that it’s there to do something. These two ideas,  to begin and to be thoughtful, apply to all forms of creative expression. Combined with experimentation and practice these ideas provide us a useful metaphor for creating and shifting our identities in the world. Nuance and skill take time to learn and develop. Practice is essential as we learn any form of creative expression, identity expression is no different.  

In every creative practice there are tools that we use to create masterpieces. In music we have a framework of scales and tones which develop rigorously, and rather beautifully, from the mathematics of soundwaves, through systems of notation and a vast range of musical instruments which produce an almost unlimited range of sounds.  At one extreme is the sound of the symphony orchestra, sometimes with soloist, producing an extraordinarily complex soundworld. There are decades of practice and training behind each performance. In contrast,  we’ve all heard people sit down at a piano with no training and hammer the keys in a way that makes us want to plug our ears and hope for silence to return.  So it can be, when we are around people that haven’t tried to master relational skills. How can we develop our skills towards the relational equivalent of symphony orchestra, chorus, and solo singers and players?

If we imagine our identities as composites, developed from the many relationships that we are in, then we can think of them like we do painting or music, each composition rich with textures, and layers, and colour that give us each our own unique aesthetic and make us individuals like no other. To create our own personal masterpieces of identity we need to consider the materials and tools at our disposal. And then we need to practice and develop skills that enable us to shift our identities in ways that are unique to us and express what we might call our divine selves, an expression of ourselves that rises close to our ideal imaginings. 

The raw materials that make up our own personal masterpieces – our individual identities – are indeed the various and shifting relationships in our lives. The skills and abilities we use as we interact to create meaning in these relationships could be conceptualised as our relational aesthetic.  

I suggest that we engage in four distinct types of relations. These influence who we are in the world and can limit or enhance our ability to realize our divine selves, particularly if we are unaware of their influence.

four primary relations

We might think of these relations as: 1) people – who we know, 2) place/things – where we go, 3) activities – what we do, and 4) ideas/concepts/words – the tools we use to make meaning.

If we take the above diagrams and write in our strongest relations for each of these four types we might begin to see the underpainting, or hear the melody, of our relational aesthetic. Who we are might be just a little clearer and begin to raise questions about the importance of each relationship to our well-being and challenges.

You can read the introduction at: An identical paradigm shift. This is the second post of this series. As always I invite you to connect with me below by engaging in discussion, and by signing up for future posts at the bottom of this page.

Autumn, day 46. Completion leads to renewed energy.

I want to write today and have wanted to for the past couple of days but ‘doing’ keeps getting in the way of sharing and ‘being’. I’ve been neck-deep in accounting and catch-up mode. You’ll recall that I’ve written about how much had ‘fallen off the desk’ during my time on council, and how much catch-up there was to do. It’s this week that I’m really starting to see the progress that I’ve been working on over the past year.  

I can’t begin to tell you how excited I feel to have one of the business’s accounting completely caught up.  It’s fired me up to keep going.  This one success has given me renewed energy to carry on with the next challenge. With my accountant coaching me every week I’ve been able to tackle and sort some difficult issues. I’m onto the next of the five companies, and making great progress on it. I hope to have it mostly done by the end of the day, it is the easiest of them all. I’ve been in touch with a number of government agencies to sort out some of the government filing issues. Everyone has been so helpful. Communication has been my theme for this season and when I’m feeling anxious I’ve taken the bold step to communicate that anxiety. It’s helping me to not create bigger monsters than necessary.

A goal has formed over this past couple of weeks:

As I leave for vacation at the end of December all my accounting and reporting is up-to-date.  Accounting for all four companies can be delivered by the middle of January to the accountant. As I proceed into 2019 I am completely current and will work on the big tasks of bringing all of the debt we’ve incurred, through this past couple of years of growth and struggle, under control.

When I leave this winter I don’t want to take anything with me. Perhaps my winter theme will be creativity … creative writing, and painting and new inspiration. I’d like to refresh my greeting card line and start working on a new one to launch when we move the store.  And of course a book is rattling around in my head and it’s coming out in spurts. Tomorrow I will attempt the next piece it will explore four relational types that influence our identities.

It’s nearly official now – Sunworks will move around the corner to the Metropolitan Block in February and March, to be open in April, just in time for Spring. A new tenant is taking over the space we are currently in and we are so very happy to put a new lease in place. Everything should be confirmed by the end of the week. 

And … on top of it all, on the tip-top highest point on my head, I had a little fatty cyst under the skin that developed when I ran into a tree branch about four years ago.  It looked like I was sprouting a horn.  I finally made time to have it removed… now there are three little stitches.

An identical paradigm shift.

James Thurber said, “Don’t get it right, get it written.” And so I begin this book about identity and change. It is perhaps the very essence of my blog, conscious evolution. How do we evolve as individuals, communities, and society as a whole? Can we be conscious about how we change over time? What are the questions we need to ask of ourselves and the world around us? Are there things that we can do to help ourselves be happier, well, and more fulfilled? What factors might be a play that enhance or detract from our ability to change in the ways we’d like?

First let’s address a debilitating assumption: in much of the world, but primarily the west – although likely spreading – we hold a belief that, as individuals, we are wholly autonomous in our actions, decisions, and choices, that our identities come from some inner source that makes us unique and different from everyone else. For most people I think that this belief is held unconsciously. There is ‘us’ and then there is ‘them’. With this thinking we are solely responsible for our own success or failure.  It all rests on our shoulders, just as we believe that the problems of others rest on their shoulders.  With this assumption we are alone but we are fully free to do what we like and create ourselves as we wish.  As I write this, I think to myself, how can we possibly believe this? Yet when we watch the news or engage in conversation we use words that reinforce this assumption. Perhaps it’s time to move past this idea.

We might consider a different view. What if there is no ‘us’ and ‘them’? What if all of our actions, decisions, and choices are influenced by, and flow from the relationships we have with other people, with place, ideas, and things? What if we think of ourselves as a composite made up of those relationships? It may still hold true that we are unique and different from everyone else, but the source of that difference is derived from the relationships themselves. In this view we would not be solely responsible for our success or for our problems but we would share them with everything and everyone we are in relation with.

You can visualise those relationships as a diagram, a painting with multiple colours, shapes, and layers, or as music with various instruments working together and in harmony or dissonance. The image you construct of these relationships, their strengths, closeness and distance, volume, and texture could be thought of as your identity. How they influence you and how you influence them over time we can describe as the aesthetics of living.

By thinking of our identities as composite, made of relationships, we can begin to see how we might evolve through consciously choosing which relationships to activate, enhance, feed, develop, starve, sever or weaken. The possibilities for change are then nothing short of magical.

In this work I hope to share with you a way of inquiring about our identities, and the aesthetics of living, so that we might become more aware of the influence we have over our own happiness and well-being, and also more aware of the influence that the world has on us and we have on it.

The universe will unfold for you with the questions that you ask. Our goal here is to ask the very best questions, the ones that have the most power to invite what is good and useful for yourself and the world around you. I’d like you to discover your superpower and to put it to work in the world. I invite you to explore together how to bring it to life.

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Autumn, day 41. One boring post.

Friday morning I’m wide awake in the middle of the night thinking about all of the changes that hopefully will happen over the next few months. Snow has arrived and yesterday was the first day this season that I started the morning in the dark.

I worked hard Thursday and felt like I got nothing accomplished whatsoever. The same piles were on the desk at the end of the day as at the start of the day.  So what did I do?

  1. I wrote a newsletter to all of the customers of Sunworks and let them know that we would be having a two week clearance sale. Then, Terry and I worked with Kathryn for a bit to hang up the clearance banner and decide on the discounts to apply to everything in the store.
  2. I met a friend for coffee and offered encouragement as they find stability after some very troubling times.
  3. I set up a time to work with the realtor about the sale of the building.  That is moving so slowly. I’d just like it to be done already.
  4. We had our wrap up meeting with our new insurance broker and signed the documents to consolidate the nearly 10 policies that we have. It will save us literally thousands of dollars. Some of the policies were reduced by over half. That felt like it was a piece of work that is finally coming to a close. As I think about it, it may be the highlight of the day. The feeling of having something completed, organised, and back on track.
  5. I chatted with a possible tenant for the book room at the back of Sunworks.
  6. Oh yes, I spent a couple of hours downtown today at the media event for the RCMP. They launched a new downtown initiative with a dedicated downtown unit. I really think that will be help and I’m glad that City Council supported this change. It’s long overdue.
  7. And I guess it was the first of the month, so there was endless banking and accounting that needed to be done. Not very fun tasks to be sure.

That was Thursday in a nutshell. The task list that I wrote at the beginning of the day had only a couple of these things completed. Although the day was full of the stress of unaccomplished and urgent tasks, I handled it rather well I think. I admit that I’m concerned about the darkness and all the changes that will happen during the winter months which are just arriving. Friday, was spent almost in its entirety working on the back log of accounting and paper work, which seems never ending but surely I’m starting to make headway.

And, one last thing today. I really want to write things that are useful and inspiring here and feel like most of the posts fail to inspire. As always though, there is a spot for comments below, and also to subscribe to updates.