Temporarily Insane a Night of Genorosity


Over 320 people showed up to Temple Emek Shalom last Thursday night for our summer Hearth event. Many walked, biked, and carpooled in order to reduce our carbon footprint.  There were homemade cookies, brownies, and congo bars made by eight different volunteers and wine, ice tea, and lemonade provided by the Ashland Co-op (our sponsor for the evening). Over $1500 was collected at the door for Community Works and their crisis helpline. Generous audience members also gave $400 directly in support of The Hearth.

The evening began with a “Ain’t We Crazy” by blues duo Joe Seamons and Ben Hunter. Then Mary Landberg took the stage and told a strange tale of trying to find a man dying of AIDs in a train car, surrounded by bikers. Mary was followed by Steve Scholl who found himself stuck in a demilitarized zone between Canada and the United States with a buick full of 800 books. Kevin Carr shared the Alice-and-Wonderland tale of  living in an abandoned office complex in Santa Monica with Deaf Pete, Dr. White, and the Blue Man. Tedi Tate finally found home after hopping a fence and riding a horse bare back between nude modeling gigs on the outskirts of Los Angeles.  Before our break Ava DeRosier and Kim Starkey performed a powerful vocal and piano duo that left the audience speechless. The second half of the show included Renee Miereanu finding freedom in a men’s maximum security prison, Fred Grewe discovering his frailty in a hospital morgue, and the dynamic Eduardo Placer closed the show with a raucous tale of seeking to live life as a musical. The highlight of the evening may have been when all 320 audience members joined Eduardo in singing “Tomorrow” from Annie

We are so lucky to be in such a gifted, honest, and generous community. Next Hearth event is in October. The theme is “Change” and proceeds will benefit Rogue Climate.

Storytellers Lined Up for Summer Hearth


Our summer Hearth event is June 19, from 7 to 9pm at Temple Emek Shalom in Ashland, OR (1800 E. Main). Our theme is “Temporarily Insane.” Tellers include Steve Scholl, Neil Mangicaro, Renee Miereanu, Tedi Tate, Mary Landberg, Fred Grewe. Proceeds from this event will benefit the crisis hotline at  Community Works in Medford, Oregon.  Ashland Co-op is our sponsor for this summer storytelling event. Mark it on your calendar and see you there.

“Temporarily Insane” Theme for June 19th Hearth Event


Our next Hearth event will benefit Community Works in Medford, Oregon. The theme is “Temporarily Insane.” Ashland Co-op is a sponsor for our summer storytelling event will take place June 19th from 7 to 9pm at Temple Emek Shalom in Ashland, Oregon. If you have a story to share contact Mark Yaconelli at yaconelli@msn.com.

The Hearth Salon Tonight

The Hearth will host an evening of tale swapping on this month’s theme, “Love Actually,” from 7 to 8:30, Sunday February 16 at 717 Siskiyou blvd in Ashland, Oregon. Mark Yaconelli will lead exercises to help people remember and share experiences of love from their own life. There is no cost for this program.

“Love Actually” on Wednesday February 12

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Our Winter Hearth event will be from 7 to 9pm on Wednesday, February 12, at Temple Emek Shalom. Hear true tales of love by George Cook, Debra Zaslow, John Fisher-Smith, Heidi Gottlieb, Leslie Becknell-Marx, and Peter Spring.  Hosted by Mark Yaconelli with music by Duane Whitcomb, Ava DeRosier, Kim Starkey, Susannah Cole, and Nick Chouard. The cost is $5 and all proceeds will go to Options for Homeless Residents of Ashland and their new Community Resource Center. Save the date.


It’s Stories that Kids Need Most

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My new friend, writer Katherine Ozment sent me a link about the power of stories in the development and resiliency of children and youth. Check out the New York Times article on “The Stories that Bind Us” and the new research on the power of stories in families.

The Hearth is busy creating new program for families and children. This April we will have a weekend retreat for families (as well as others) with morning workshops, evening stories around the fire, silence and wisdom stories, hiking, games, and other activities. The planning is still in the works but the date and location are set for April 11-13, 2014 at the Oregon Extension in Lincoln, Oregon (20 minutes north of Ashland). Save the date.

This fall we will lead a four part series for families with children on “Origin Stories.” We’ll help families uncover, explore, and learn how to tell the the primary stories of their family (overcoming suffering, adventure tales, stories of origin, etc.). That program will begin in mid-October.

In the next few days we hope to post all the events through June.

Christmas Radio Broadcast of the Hearth!


Hearth regular Michael Niemann from KSKQ has made a recording of our Holiday Hearth event which will be broadcast at 1pm on Christmas day with stories from Matt Damon, Jennifer Margulis, Mark Yaconelli and music from Lisa Spencer, Isabel Enns, Karen Wennlund, Wendi Stanek, Garret Baxter, Joseph Yaconelli, Kayla Fennel, Sara Bester, and Tejas.  Here’s how you can hear the show.

1. Tune into KSKQ at 1pm Christmas day (on the air at 89.5 FM)

2. Streaming over the internet with the following options:

a. at the website http://kskq.org, just click the play button under “Listen Now”

b. on your iPhone using the free KSKQ app

c. on your Android phone using the tunein.com app

d. on the web at TuneIn.com (http://tunein.com/radio/KSKQ-895-s140494/)

Through Sleet and Snow, Holiday Event is a Go

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe sun is out, the ice is melting and we will host The Hearth’s first holiday event on Sunday, December 15th from 7 to 9pm at Temple Emek Shalom at 1800 E. Main in Ashland.  This is a special fundraiser event for The Hearth Community. The theme is “There’s No Place Like Home” and we have three musical groups, stories from Tonya Graham, Jennifer Margulis, and Matt Damon and a special holiday story and presentation on the new Hearth Community by Mark Yaconelli. Mulled wine and hot cider will be at the ready as well as homemade treats.

WE HAVE ONLY 12 DAYS LEFT IN OUR INDIEGOGO FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN FOR THE HEARTH. If you have not donated click on the following link, (http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-hearth-community) and claim your perk, and help create a new approach to community-building in Southern Oregon.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Hearth Holiday Event

We will host our first holiday Hearth event on Sunday December 15 from 7 to 9pm at Temple Emek Shalom. This will be a special fundraiser for The Hearth Community and the new programs we are developing for the new year. The theme for the event is “There is No Place Like Home.” We’ll have mulled wine and hot cider and lots of holiday treats. If you have a story to share in ten minutes or less email yaconelli@msn.com. Cost for the event is $10 and all proceeds will go to The Hearth.

If you have not joined your neighbors in donating to The Hearth’s fundraising campaign please do at Indiegogo Campaign. You will find videos, photos, and information about the new Hearth Community at the Indiegogo link, PLUS you might be the one who helps us get to the halfway point in our campaign to raise $12,000.