Please join me…

Along with the world’s leading bread bakers for an online symposium series that will inform and inspire every level of bread enthusiast, whether you’re a professional bread maker or just want to bake like one. I’m also happy to share a discount code, good for 15% off any ticket you purchase to the symposium. The code is: SPKRdiscount

Check out the amazing lineup and purchase tickets at:

Last year I posted about Constructing Hope…

and executive director Pat Daniels, introducing folks to an organization that checks all the blanks for me. They teach people what they need to get started with a meaningful career, which is huge, because their success at placing people in construction-related apprenticeship programs is very high.

Last year, due to the virus, they were crippled because due to the inability to run their program they couldn’t get the grants they needed to survive. when I heard this, I was compelled to make a $50K loan, and then I doubled it. By the end of the year, my donation was dwarfed by corporate donations, and now CH is on fire! Watch this video from last summer and then visit the website for more info.

TalkcastPDX is the name of our newly launched podcast platform.

I’m oh-so-close to debuting my own show, Against the Grain. I’ll be interviewing successful people who got there the hard way, kinda like me.

I’m seriously considering a portion of the attached song (which I wrote in 2005 but updated in 2009 or 2010 with producer Michael Rizzo) to open the show under introductory words. Check out the song and video, and subscribe to my YouTube if you like (I would appreciate it!).

What do you think?

Great interview on our new podcast platform talkcastPDX.

I believe you’ll find Citizen Smith (Ken Smith) entertaining and educational. Check us out at and get the app!

I will have my own show, Against the Grain coming along soon. Stay tuned.

An interview with two young documentary filmmakers who journeyed to Ethiopia to document the lives of four women living on a coffee farm

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Newly transplanted to Portland, 22-year-old film director Celia Boussebaa, and 23-year-old Chris Hausler, director of photography, share their experience shooting a documentary for 3 months in the Sidama region of Ethiopia, profiling the lives of four women living in a rural village of coffee farms and washing station.

We are moving forward with our endeavor, TalkcastPDX

Which will be a free-speech (no agenda) podcast platform. My show will be called, Against the Grain, and will focus on overcomers and go-getters. I’ve actually been a little surprised at the response to my post asking for stories – there are so many good ones. So I know the show is gonna rock.

I recently was a guest on one of the other shoes that’s already featured on our platform, Citizen Smith. Check it out here:

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TalkcastPDX is here.

I’m involved and I totally believe. Doesn’t matter your political trip cuz honestly, can we just say what’s on our mind?

This ain’t FOX and it ain’t CNN. No agenda, baby. Let’s figure some shit out.

An interview with Dave Dahl, former owner of Dave’s Killer Bread, talks openly about his personal struggles of the past, and his life today, and future plans

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Prison, drug addiction, recovery and the owner of a multi-million dollar bread company, Dave Dahl has experienced it all, and discusses it all in this in-depth, no holds barred interview. Have a Happy Easter!!

I’m looking for people who have struggled mightily and have overcome.

In other words, great stories. If you feel that you can handle an interview for such a podcast (it’ll be called, Against the Grain), please contact me.

Please understand… there are a lot of us. So use the contact form on the home page or message me on facebook so I can manage the responses.