I am intimidated by computers; still afraid of pushing the wrong key and erasing everything (or it will go up in smoke). I’m still unable to locate documents, find downloads or mail, and every time I get used to a program the updates throw me for a loop.

I am also acutely aware that if I don’t stay current, I will never be able to speak to anyone under the age of 30. It’s hard for old storytellers to get comfortable telling their stories around the new digital fireplace. If you can’t say what you want in a Tweet, sound bite, or brief YouTube video you lose your audience. But the important stories, those that talk about life’s meaning and purpose, or how to make sense of the trials…they don’t lend themselves to such brief, impersonal exchanges.

I think it’s possible to tell those old stories around this new digital fireplace, and I want to give it a shot. I’d like to invite participants to enter a ceremonial space, around the sacred fire, and create a safe atmosphere in which people can speak freely, listen respectfully to each other’s stories, maybe get some new insight.

So, in this New Year I’m going to face my fear and launch SchlagChats, an intimate conversation based on the traditional Native American Talking Circle. I’ll do a ceremonial introduction, then tell a story (maybe a recent SchlagByte or current event) that will serve as the basis for a meaningful dialogue. Everyone gets a chance to speak for a limited time if they want, and then passes the privilege on to someone else. This is not a debate, just a platform to share your truth and listen somebody else’s.  This inaugural launch will happen Tueday Jan. 10, 2017 at 7 PM Phoenix Arizona time in the USA.  Space is limited so go to

SchlagChat Inaugural 

Tue, Jan 10, 2017 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM MST

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone. 


You can also dial in using your phone. 

United States: +1 (408) 650-3123

Access Code: 937-914-845 

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Download the free app and join me Tuesday, Jan. 10, @ 6PM (Phoenix AZ time) and help me face my fear. We’ll see whether it’s possible to come together, listen and learn from each other.

I say Happy New Year to you all Relatives, make your dreams come true.

I say this for All My Relations…Mi Takuye Oyasin