THE WISE-AGER IS IN

THE WISE-AGER IS IN
(a.k.a. “office hours”)

You’re invited to make a date for a conversation with a wise-ager. That’s me. I’m one of them.

With partners Artist Trust and the Jini Dellaccio Project, I reserve two Wednesday afternoons a month for conversations with anyone who wants to sign up to talk about whatever’s on your mind. We usually meet in person, but I’ve also had great conversations with people in other parts of the country by phone.

All “wise-agers” (accent on the first syllable) stand on at least seven decades of experience. They exhibit traits of both teenager and wiseacre, with splashes of wisdom and wizardry. Wise-agers love to listen and talk about and puzzle over almost anything. You can check the “about me” page on this website to learn more about what I’ve done with my seven plus decades.

Dates and times.  I’m available any time listed below that’s not marked “FILLED.” Future dates will be posted.

1:30     November 7  FILLED
3:30     November 7  FILLED
1:30     November 14  FILLED
3:30     November 14  FILLED
1:30     December 5  FILLED
3:30     December 5
1:30     December 19
3:30.    December 19

To sign up just send an email to me at <aafocke@gmail.com> and note the date and time you’d like. If you want, add a phone number and a quick note about what’s on your mind. It would be helpful if you put “wise-ager” in the subject line. I’d love to talk with you!

Connecting.  We usually meet at Artist Trust, though sometimes we’ve met by phone. We often walk down the street to a nearby coffee shop, or we simply walk and talk. Occasionally, I’ve met at someone’s home on Capitol Hill, and I’ve had conversations with groups of two or more and, a couple of times, with groups of students.

A little background. The idea is based on memorable conversations I’ve had in recent years with people who wanted advice or just wanted to talk. Artist Trust and I started this experiment a year or so ago without knowing exactly where it would go. Since then I’ve learned that it gives me the opportunity both to meet extraordinary people I hadn’t known before and also to spend time with old friends. The conversations seem to matter to each of us. It allows for the kind of focused time that feels luxurious but that we seldom give ourselves. Each one takes its own course, and the form remains as open-ended as it started.

So, come use me as a sounding board, pick my brain, catch up on our lives, or try out new ideas. These chats are open to anyone.  Let’s talk!

These conversations are possible because of support from the Jini Dellaccio Project, a fiscally-sponsored project of Artist Trust.