One of my fondest Easton memories is standing naked near the upper pond on a bright sunny summer day, getting spritzed down with lube by Moss Tidd, then sliding gleefully head first down a long slippy slide as naked men on each of side of me cheered. The playful, innocent, unadulterated joy that is so present at Easton coalesced for me in that moment. As I reflect on that silly memory, I also consider the world I lived in before moving to Easton, where gay men, similarly seeking joy, found it at fancy cocktail parties, elaborate vacations, and sexy dance clubs. I’m not opposed to those flavors of joy. But the beauty and simplicity of a bunch of naked men blissfully sliding down a piece of wet plastic is extraordinary, and a reflection of the magic here at Easton. I’m so grateful for all the magic I’ve gotten to experience during my time at Easton.
I’m grateful for the many incredible opportunities for challenging myself, for healing, and for growth. I’m grateful for the chance to deepen my connection to spirit, and to uncover wisdom by spending time in the beautiful nature here. I’m also grateful for all the incredible people I’ve gotten to meet who support Easton in tremendous ways. I’ve been lucky to cross paths with folks doing remarkable things in the world, who inspire me to work hard to do the same. Living and working in community is a powerful way to take a long, hard look at who you are in the world and explore who you can be. My role at Easton has given me an amazing opportunity to discover my power, and step into it. As a gentle, peace-seeking person, my relationship with power has been a complicated one. Easton provided me with the need and drive to claim it, and the wisdom and tools to claim it in a way that was comfortable and authentic for me.
I’ve learned a lot over the past few years, but the greatest learning I am leaving with is the capacity to lead with grace and love. I know my journey with Easton is not over.This place means too much to me for that to be the case. I look forward to staying connected to this beautiful community and finding ways to continue to contribute to the amazing work that happens here. I’m excited to create more Easton memories that are simple, beautiful, and full of joy! I hope you will be there with me when I do.