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Relentlessly Human Tour: Info Sheet

When everything is awful, the best we can do is love each other. 

When it’s happening: Nov. 17, 2021-Nov. 17, 2022

What it is: Podcast, YouTube Series, Blog, possibly a book with photos, and eventually a movement

History & Inspiration: This began in conversation with Matt Crouch on the Big Island of Hawaii, and out of a desire to reconnect in person with the people we’ve missed because of the pandemic and the way Life has scattered us. 

We’ve been locked down, separated, disconnected, and often scared and lonely. We lost deep important connections with friends and family--the connections at the root of our humanity. 

As I made a list of who I wanted to see and hug, I realized most of my friends are artists. It struck me that this tour and its public-facing components could be a fitting way to honor the art, artists, and creativity that helped us all through the pandemic. (And will probably continue to help us through the next however many years we will be dealing with this disease.)

This tour’s public-facing components are a podcast, video series (YouTube and IGTV), and written blog, with the ultimate goal of creating a movement of radical acceptance, love, and kindness towards our fellow humans.


How you can support: When possible, I am traveling in my 2008 Toyota RAV4 that has almost 200,000 miles on it already and sleeping on friends’ couches. I travel with my dog, Oakley.

Your membership at Patreon helps cover costs of podcast hosting, editing, website hosting, car maintenance, and gas to keep this tour going. Visit to support the tour.

Jan 14, 2020

I've been obsessed over the past couple of weeks with Malcolm Gladwell's book, "Talking to Strangers." In processing through the information I started to think about loneliness and mental health--especially for those of us working in nonprofit and mission-driven leadership. This provided the context for an interview with Dennis Gillan. Dennis and I were speakers at TEDx Hickory this past November, and his talk on suicide prevention presented the topic with gentle humor and warmth. I've been wanting to share his story with the Virtual Executive Director audience ever since, and this was our chance.
Suicide is not a simple matter for research and curiosity, so I'm glad we were able to talk about it with openness and without the hushed tones one reserves for delivering bad news in front of strangers. That said, if you or someone you know is thinking or behaving in a way that has you worried, please call 800-273-8255. This is the number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
Links and resources for this week:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
Dennis Gillan's website:
Suicide prevention resources:
"Talking to Strangers" by Malcolm Gladwell (affiliate link):
Executive Director Mastermind Facebook group:
Dennis Gillan's TEDx Hickory talk, "Dying Alone":