Chat with Michael Franti on Mommy Chats 9/7/05

Chat with Michael Franti

“Stay human, you carry the future in your arms and in your bellies.”
–Michael Franti

This is an old transcript from back when I ran a chat website called Mommy Chats (a site that I no longer own), and hosted all sorts of topical chats, including weekly chats sponsored by Mothering Magazine. Mothering was all the rage in the natural parenting community at the time. Sadly, Mothering Magazine no longer exists anymore either…though their online community does.

This is a Mothering Magazine hosted chat with musician Michael Franti, who at the time I had never heard of.  I spent time talking to him on the phone getting him set up ahead of time, as I always do with my guests. Later, when he had a lot of technical difficulties, I ended up talking to him on the phone again, reading him the questions and typing his responses in the chat.

I learned he was a musician and activist, and after interacting with him both on the phone and in this chat, I was pretty impressed with him and decided I needed to check out his music! Of course, I promptly forgot after the chat ended (as I do), and time went by…

Fast forward to years later and I was at a Jamba Juice and a song was blasting that I was REALLY digging. This was before Siri could identify songs, but I had the Shazam app (remember that?) and asked what the song was. It was Michael Franti singing “I’m Alive.”

And I was hooked, kicking myself for not checking out his music back when I first met him! But it’s funny how life comes back around like that, eh?

Michael’s music is powerful…the message, the melodies…and what he has to say below about his life and fatherhood and all he does to try to make the world a better place is pretty awesome as well. We need more people in the world like Michael Franti.

It’s not a homeschool topic, but it’s good music and good people, and I think we can all use more of that! 

Here’s the blurb for this chat:

Mothering Magazine Sponsored Chat with Michael Franti–Visionary musician, filmmaker and human rights worker, Michael Franti brings you the 7th Annual 911 Power to the Peaceful Festival (PTTP) at Speedway Meadow in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. Power to the Peaceful has been produced as an annual series of free, outdoor community music and arts festivals since 1999. The PTTP experience blends international musicians, regional and local artists and renowned speakers in a festival atmosphere.  In addition to the main stage, the festival features an open-air art gallery of visual artists, a healing arts tent offering massage and yoga, guerrilla theater, a DJ tent, green commercial vendors (including Mothering magazine) and food booths, an eco village, kid’s zone, bicycle coalition, recycling program and a diverse array of social, environmental and political organizations tabling. Chat with Michael about the festival, his music, the issues of our times, natural parenting or green living. 

20:05:59 Webmama_Tina yaaaaaaaay’
20:06:01 Webmama_Tina he made it!
20:06:04 MOD_CelticAngel :whistling:
20:06:05 Webmama_Tina WELCOME MICHAEL!
20:06:21 Webmama_Tina let me mod you now…that will make you blue like the rest of us mods, 🙂
20:06:32 Webmama_Tina there ya go, you look nice in blue
20:06:33 Webmama_Tina 🙂
20:06:40 michaelfranti Hello y’all, thanks for having me here
20:06:41 Webmama_Tina and now you can type longer than the rest as well 🙂
20:06:48 Webmama_Tina let me start my spiel then…
20:06:59 Webmama_Tina and hopefully more will wander in now…people are often late to chats…
20:07:05 Webmama_Tina ok here i go…
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20:07:52 Webmama_Tina ok today we are so priviledged to have michael franti…michael why don’t you introduce yourself and tell us your background and expertise?
20:07:53 mama_g ?
20:08:04 Webmama_Tina and when you’re done and ready to start taking questions, just let me know
20:08:29 Webmama_Tina celtic angel will be in charge of the queue and will tell you who’s turn it is to ask michael a question 🙂
20:08:55 michaelfranti I am Michael Franti, a musician,
20:11:21 Webmama_Tina michael is having delays
20:11:48 Webmama_Tina i’m going to type for him
20:12:16 Webmama_Tina (typing for Michael, who she was on the phone with due to technical difficulties) My name is Michael Franti and I am a musician, activist, and father of 2 boys…
20:12:25 Webmama_Tina (he’s on the phone with me)
20:12:37 Webmama_Tina/Michael My music has been inspired a lot by my parenting
20:12:53 Webmama_Tina/Michael and as I’ve raised 2 children its constantly on my mind the world they live in.
20:13:07 Webmama_Tina/Michael So my music reflects my concerns about the world, my hopes, dreams for my family.
20:13:19 Webmama_Tina ready for the first question!
20:13:24 MOD_CelticAngel mama_g is up first
20:13:29 mama_g how do you manage to stay so positive in such grim times?
20:13:57 Webmama_Tina michael says…..
20:14:01 Webmama_Tina/Michael Excellent question!
20:14:08 Webmama_Tina/Michael Music really feeds my soul.
20:14:17 Webmama_Tina/Michael On days when I’m feeling stressed out,
20:14:23 Webmama_Tina/Michael I listen to music and I play my guitar.
20:14:29 Webmama_Tina/Michael I also practice yoga.
20:14:42 Webmama_Tina/Michael But I have a fundamental belief in the power of positive thinking…
20:14:52 Webmama_Tina/Michael and nature always provides us with abundance.
20:15:05 Webmama_Tina/Michael And if I’m thinking negative thoughts I get an abundance of negativity,
20:15:28 Webmama_Tina/Michael and if I’m thinking positive thoughts, positive speech, positive actions then I get an abundance of positivity
20:15:37 Webmama_Tina (typing for michael…he’s on the phone with me)
20:15:56 Webmama_Tina any more questions?
20:16:15 mama_g i had the pleasure of seeing you at Langerado-any chance you’ll come back to S. Fl?
20:16:48 rainsmom michael, what do you say to your kids, when catastrophes and other inhumanities happen in the world?
20:16:49 Webmama_Tina/Michael Michael says…Definitely!
20:16:53 Webmama_Tina/Michael Coming back in January.
20:17:06 Webmama_Tina/Michael Jam Cruise in January…Tour on a boat with a bunch of bands.
20:17:15 Webmama_Tina/Michael After that, some shows in FL.
20:17:33 intensity_too may I ask who the speaker is.
20:17:46 Webmama_Tina hold on mamas….we’re having to try something different today…
20:17:53 Webmama_Tina michael is having some delays…
20:18:45 Webmama_Tina answering rainsmom…..
20:19:05 Webmama_Tina/Michael My oldest son is 18 and my youngest just had his first grade today so I have 2 different age groups to navigate…
20:19:11 Webmama_Tina (typing for michael)…
20:19:23 Webmama_Tina/Michael I have never been shy about talking about world issues with kids…with younger one…
20:19:38 Webmama_Tina/Michael I don’t want him to feel the whole world is falling apart.
20:19:43 Webmama_Tina/Michael We don’t have tv.
20:19:58 Webmama_Tina/Michael Seeing all images over and over of catastrophes isn’t happening.
20:20:04 Webmama_Tina/Michael I talked with him yesterday…
20:20:15 Webmama_Tina/Michael I listened to what he had to say…he was concerned…
20:20:20 Webmama_Tina/Michael He wanted to know where the flooding was happening,
20:20:27 Webmama_Tina/Michael What was happening with people who lost their homes…
20:20:31 Webmama_Tina/Michael I explained best I could.
20:20:38 Webmama_Tina/Michael I talked about what we were doing as a family and as a band.
20:20:45 Webmama_Tina/Michael The band collecting money last 4 nites at shows
20:20:52 Webmama_Tina/Michael He wanted to help count money
20:20:58 Webmama_Tina/Michael made him feel like he’s helping.
20:21:05 Webmama_Tina/Michael Older son…
20:21:11 Webmama_Tina/Michael He’s very political and worries a lot.
20:21:28 Webmama_Tina/Michael With him I kind of let him vent a little about what’s happening with the slowness of the government to respond to the crisis.
20:21:31 Webmama_Tina/Michael And more listen.

20:21:59 Webmama_Tina Michael Franti is the speaker and is on the phone with webmama tina…
20:24:29 Webmama_Tina ok throw out your question marks mamas…beckie can you keep track
20:24:37 Mod_beckie I can do my best 😉
20:24:51 Webmama_Tina ok post your question marks please and we’ll let you know who’s next
20:24:56 Webmama_Tina he’s ready for another question
20:25:06 bookchambers ?
20:25:13 Webmama_Tina go for it bookchambers
20:25:15 placenta ?
20:25:17 Webmama_Tina what’s your question?
20:25:18 Mod_beckie bookchambers you can go first 🙂
20:25:24 Mod_beckie sorry, a bit slow
20:26:10 mama_g ?
20:26:37 bookchambers I want to know all about the Power to the Peaceful festival. Has the focus changed with the Hurricane disaster?
20:26:48 Webmama_Tina michael says—
20:27:07 Webmama_Tina/Michael The hurricane disaster has underscored many of the points we’ve been trying to make in the festival for a long time.
20:27:30 Webmama_Tina/Michael The biggest point is why are we spending all this money bombing other countries and neglecting what’s happening at home.
20:27:41 Webmama_Tina/Michael But it also brings up the issue of global warming,
20:27:49 Webmama_Tina/Michael education,
20:28:36 Webmama_Tina/Michael the idea that if we really want to bring peace and safety to the world, that perhaps we should be reaching out to help the poorest among our nation and the poorest around the world…
20:28:51 Webmama_Tina/Michael rather than pointing our guns into the homes of people around the world…
20:28:57 Webmama_Tina/Michael people in our cities…

20:29:05 franti test
20:29:09 Webmama_Tina it worked!
20:29:15 franti yippeeeee
20:29:26 Webmama_Tina computers, don’t ya love em
20:29:32 franti This year at the festival
20:29:38 franti we will also be collecting food
20:29:57 Webmama_Tina ok that’s michael now 🙂
20:29:59 franti and money for hurricane relief
20:30:12 franti so far at our last four shows we’ve collected ten thousand dollars
20:30:17 franti from our audience
20:30:42 franti any other questions?
20:30:53 Webmama_Tina ok i’ve turned the reins over to michael who is now “franti”
20:30:54 Mod_beckie placenta is next :).
20:31:00 Webmama_Tina they got their computer working now! woohoo!
20:31:07 franti whooo hoooo this is fun!
20:31:07 Webmama_Tina placenta, go for it
20:31:09 placenta first of all, much respect to you michael, very honored. i believe part of the solution to ALL problems is that we need to empower mothers! the world needs mama wisdom, energy, and we need mothers to unite to liberate all the world’s children
20:31:26 franti I totally agree
20:31:43 placenta (oops sorry i’m not used to the space constraint) – so how in your world of music and activism (my world too) do you try to empower mothers?
20:31:48 Webmama_Tina michael i’m going to boot off the other login that doesn’t work so it doesn’t confuse people 🙂
20:31:52 Webmama_Tina don’t be offended. 🙂
20:31:58 franti no problem

20:32:01 Webmama_Tina there we go 🙂
20:32:09 franti I try to create a safe space
20:32:11 franti for everyone
20:32:17 franti to express their emotions freely
20:32:24 franti when I first started writing songs
20:32:32 franti all my lyrics were from a place of anger
20:32:40 franti and as I started to address a wider range of issues
20:32:47 franti I began to see the importance
20:32:57 franti of expressing a full rainbow of human emotion
20:33:26 franti part of that is being able to express my own nurturing energy
20:33:59 franti in doing that I hope that mothers can find inspiration in my songs and lyrics.
20:34:27 mamamarlen hi we’re just joining in… big fans of your music and message and energy…
20:34:41 mamamarlen we sure do find inspiratoin and courage in your music
20:34:41 placenta truth! do you think there is a place for the songs and lyrics of mothers also? the industry is so discouraging…
20:34:43 franti thank you! welcome
20:34:49 Webmama_Tina mamamarlen glad you could make it….
20:34:52 Webmama_Tina we are taking turns…
20:34:57 Webmama_Tina Friendly Reminder: Please do not post unless it is your turn to ask a question. If you have a question, please post a single ?” and you’ll be added to the queue. Have your question ready when your name is called. THANKYOU! :)”
20:35:06 mamamarlen ?
20:35:18 franti I would love to answer that question
20:35:21 Webmama_Tina beckie is our queukeeper and will let ya know when its your turn
20:35:24 Webmama_Tina 🙂
20:35:28 mamamarlen thanks!
20:35:52 franti placenta, there is a place for women
20:35:55 franti in the music industry
20:36:04 Webmama_Tina no worries michael 🙂 we just try to keep it orderly since it can get crazy hectic in these chats sometimes otherwise… 🙂
20:36:08 franti unfortunately, the corporate merging of all the labels
20:36:17 franti has left smaller and smaller space
20:36:26 franti for any artist who speaks from their heart
20:36:39 franti and the roles of women in popular music have
20:36:49 franti been reduced even further to
20:37:01 franti adolescent sexual stereotypes
20:37:13 franti and it’s harder and harder each year
20:37:46 franti for new Ani DiFrancos, or Patti Smiths
20:37:53 franti to enter into music.
20:37:55 Webmama_Tina india arie 🙂
20:38:08 franti I just did a show with her – she’s awesome!
20:38:22 Webmama_Tina LOOOVE her!
20:38:30 franti Me too!
20:38:41 franti Next question?

20:38:46 Webmama_Tina who’s next beck?
20:39:00 Mod_beckie mama_g is up!
20:39:02 mama_g Could you tell us a little about your trip to Iraq last year and how that trip shaped your views on the war? and will you be at the peace march in dc
20:39:28 franti My trip to Iraq changed not only my views about the war
20:39:32 franti but about my whole life
20:39:46 franti the first thing I saw was the devastation
20:39:52 franti of Iraqi home life
20:39:59 franti no food, no water, unemployment
20:40:06 franti guns in people’s faces every day
20:40:13 franti children who lost limbs
20:40:20 franti the second thing I saw
20:40:29 franti was the stress of US soldiers
20:40:44 franti and our young men and women who are over there
20:40:58 franti are under unbelievable pressure
20:41:06 franti they’re trying to fight a war
20:41:12 franti that can’t be won.
20:41:21 franti because it’s a war for the hearts and minds
20:41:27 franti of Iraqi civilians.
20:41:35 franti and you can’t win that war with a gun
20:42:08 franti Everywhere I went I played music for people
20:42:32 franti and I saw people who were so resilient even after their homes had been destroyed
20:42:40 franti they were still willing to welcome me in their house
20:42:51 franti and feed me, smile, laugh and dance.
20:42:59 franti next?
20:43:01 Mod_beckie mamamarlen is next 🙂
20:43:08 Webmama_Tina if you have a question for michael, just throw out a single question mark and beckie will let ya know when its your turn 🙂
20:43:56 bookchambers ?
20:44:03 franti question?
20:44:17 Mod_beckie mamamarlen, are you ready?
20:44:37 Mod_beckie Okay, I’ll add her to the end 🙂
20:44:49 Mod_beckie bookchambers, go ahead 🙂
20:44:54 rainsmom ?
20:44:59 bookchambers Michael, I saw you in the Mothers Acting Up calendar
20:45:07 mamamarlen hello
20:45:09 mamamarlen sorry
20:45:11 franti I was in a calendar?!?!
20:45:18 bookchambers how did you get involved with them?
20:45:31 franti I had no idea I was in a calendar
20:45:47 mamamarlen ok to jump in now?
20:46:01 Mod_beckie as soon as bookchambers is done, you can go mamamarlen
20:46:30 franti Was I clothed in the calendar?
20:46:45 franti 🙂
20:46:49 rainsmom that was my question……was he clothed?
20:47:02 Webmama_Tina LOL rainsmom
20:47:08 bookchambers You can find it on Yes, he was clothed.
20:47:23 mama_g pity.
20:47:25 franti Thank God I had clothes on!
20:47:32 rainsmom bummer!
20:48:01 franti :censored
20:48:08 franti ha ha
20:48:32 allieoop ?
20:49:15 Webmama_Tina lol bookchambers did you have a question for michael?
20:49:44 Webmama_Tina Friendly Reminder: Please do not post unless it is your turn to ask a question. If you have a question, please post a single ?” and you’ll be added to the queue. Have your question ready when your name is called. THANKYOU! :)”
20:50:00 Mod_beckie okay, if bookchambers is finished, then mamamarlen can go 🙂
20:50:12 mamamarlen ok
20:50:57 franti *)

20:51:01 mamamarlen So I was wondering, Michael, first–are you a dad, and second, iff you could send out any advice or message to expectant first-time parents like me and my sweetie, what would that be?
20:51:22 franti yes I’m a Dad of two boys…
20:51:32 mamamarlen cool!
20:51:33 franti one is eighteen and one is six years old
20:51:41 mamamarlen ours is due in Feb
20:51:57 franti welcome to the brotherhood and sisterhood of motherhood and fatherhood!
20:51:57 placenta ?
20:52:02 mamamarlen thanks!
20:52:08 franti Each year that has gone by,
20:52:30 franti of my boy’s lives, I have relived that time in my own life
20:52:44 franti when my older son was 12,
20:52:57 Mod_beckie Upcoming Chatters: Rainsmom, Allieoop, Placenta
20:52:59 franti it was very hard for me re-living my own twelfth year
20:53:12 franti the only advice I can give…
20:53:24 franti is to follow your heart, remain playful and laugh a lot.
20:53:53 franti This week I sent my eldest son to college
20:53:59 franti and my youngest to first grade.
20:54:06 franti it was verrrry emotional
20:54:25 franti A lot of tears and a little bit of relief.
20:54:28 Webmama_Tina 6 min left in the chat!
20:54:37 franti next question?
20:54:46 mamamarlen :Dthanks… we like this!
20:54:53 franti we can go over another 15 minutes
20:55:00 placenta YAY!
20:55:23 mama_g ?
20:55:27 mamamarlen those are some big milestones for all of you… I wish you all well.
20:55:35 mamamarlen thanks for your thoughts
20:55:41 franti thank you mamamarlen
20:55:45 BunintheovenZmom ?
20:55:55 franti good luck with your new baby
20:55:59 Mod_beckie rainsmom
20:56:00 mamamarlen thanks
20:56:01 Mod_beckie your next
20:56:05 Mod_beckie sorry, toddler troubles, LOL
20:56:07 mamamarlen we’ll need a bit of that too!
20:56:16 Webmama_Tina ok thanks michael!
20:56:25 mamamarlen we’re all set….
20:56:28 franti 😀 😀
20:56:47 Mod_beckie Upcoming Chatters: Allieoop, Placenta, mama_g, BunintheOvenZmom
20:56:59 franti Rainsmom?
20:57:05 Mod_beckie rainsmom, do you have your question ready?
20:57:05 rainsmom Michael….Ive been lovin your music since seeing you many times in the bay area……what are your plans for a new cd?
20:57:07 Mod_beckie 🙂
20:57:25 franti I have just finished a film about my time in Iraq, Israel and Palestine
20:57:34 franti it is called ‘I know I’m not alone’
20:57:46 franti and in October I’ll be finishing an album of songs…
20:57:55 franti that is based on my experiences in the middle east.
20:58:02 rainsmom where can we see the film?
20:58:05 franti it will be out in the springtime.
20:58:22 franti go to for film screenings and festivals
20:58:40 franti it will also be available on DVD in November.
20:58:59 franti It is a very emotional and inspiring documentary.
20:59:17 franti I also have a new album called ‘Love Kamakaze’,
20:59:29 franti which is a compilation of songs about love and sex.
20:59:38 franti that I wrote over the last seven years
20:59:53 franti but didn’t put on any other albums.
20:59:59 franti It is a great chill out album.
21:00:11 franti you can find it on our website
21:00:16 rainsmom sounds great! is it acoustic? I loved your last acoustic record!!
21:00:34 bookchambers me too!
21:00:42 franti some acoustic, but mainly a sexy, bass heavy soulful album
21:00:52 franti I am making another acoustic album this winter
21:00:55 placenta bass!!! 🙂
21:01:16 franti :diaperbutt
21:01:23 rainsmom mmmmmmm…….same band as before? guest artists
21:01:39 franti same band, yes.
21:01:55 mama_g what music do you listen to?
21:02:42 franti bob marley,
21:02:53 franti marvin gaye, willie nelson, sly stone
21:02:59 franti lots of old reggae
21:03:12 franti and lots of people’s demo tapes that i get handed on tour

21:03:23 Mod_beckie Guys, can we get back to the queue? If rainsmom is finished, then it’s plaenta’s turn, and she has waited nicely
21:03:28 Mod_beckie 🙂
21:03:37 Mod_beckie I hate to be mod, but it is my title 😉
21:03:47 rainsmom peace michael.thanks for your consious music! we need it!
21:03:56 franti thank you rainsmom
21:04:19 Mod_beckie Okay, Placenta! Your turn 🙂
21:04:36 franti Hi Placenta
21:04:39 placenta thanks! now speaking of demo tapes… no, no, i’m trying to be good
21:04:45 placenta so here’s my questin
21:05:28 placenta how did you manage all this time to balance being on the road and parenting? nannies? help from relatives? how on earth is it supposed to work?
21:06:47 franti it’s difficult…
21:06:55 franti it’s the hardest part of my job –
21:07:05 franti there are many times where I feel like
21:07:25 franti I should be at home – we have help from relatives
21:07:36 franti but there is nothing that can replace looking into the eyes of your child
21:07:37 Mod_beckie Upcoming Chatters: mama_g, BunintheOvenZmom
21:07:49 franti one thing that I’ve tried to do is always make music
21:07:58 franti that my children can be proud of
21:08:15 franti so at least when they say, what were you doing when you were gone
21:08:34 franti I’m able to tell them about my music and my work and feel good about it.
21:08:57 franti Both of my kids have spent alot of time on the road with me.
21:09:03 franti My youngest loves the tour bus.
21:09:05 Mod_beckie Upcoming Chatters: *CORRECTION* Allieoop, mama_g, BunintheOvenZmom
21:09:28 franti Now that school has started, it’s tough for him to travel with me.
21:09:51 franti next?
21:10:04 Mod_beckie Allieoop, your up, sorry I missed oyu
21:10:07 allieoop Thanks for your beauty and inspiration. You make me smile! I will be seeing your film at leaf festival is it kid friendly my son is 5
21:10:10 placenta thanks i totally feel you. hope i get to the tourbus stage,
21:10:44 franti yes, the film is kid friendly but it’s also something that you’ll want to talk about with your children
21:10:56 franti it’s a film about the human cost of war.
21:10:56 Mod_beckie Upcoming Chatters: mama_g, BunintheOvenZmom
21:11:09 allieoop He is calling now to be snuggeled down so I must go but I thank you and look forward
21:11:26 allieoop to seeing you in October shine on!
21:11:26 franti Good night allieoop, give him a squeeze for me
21:11:41 Mod_beckie mama_g, your up!
21:11:43 mama_g what advice do you have for progressives? how do we keep the faith when it seems they are winning all the time?
21:11:45 BunintheovenZmom is it the leaf festival in asheville NC?
21:12:17 franti mama_g, I believe in the power of positive thinking
21:12:39 franti I know that the path of peace, sustainability
21:12:47 franti and love is the right path.
21:12:56 franti just because they are winning,
21:13:01 franti doesn’t mean that they are right.
21:13:15 mama_g amen
21:13:29 franti The catastrophe in New Orleans
21:13:41 franti underscores the point of how misdirected
21:13:49 franti our government is at the moment.
21:14:04 franti if there is an up-side,
21:14:14 franti to hurricane Katrina, it is that
21:14:31 franti she is waking up millions of Americans and asking us all,
21:14:36 franti to question our priorities.
21:15:28 franti who’s next?
21:15:34 BunintheovenZmom me
21:15:44 franti bun you’ve been waiting a long time!
21:15:46 Mod_beckie yep, go ahead bun!
21:15:50 BunintheovenZmom how old are you
21:15:57 franti 39 years young
21:16:09 BunintheovenZmom how old were you when you had your kids
21:16:22 franti 21 and 33
21:16:39 franti how young are you?
21:16:55 BunintheovenZmom do you have any advice for me on parenting? do you believe in god?
21:17:00 BunintheovenZmom i am 20
21:17:01 Webmama_Tina we are now at the end of the chat….
21:17:15 franti I’ll answer this last one
21:17:30 franti I do believe in god, I believe in one-ness
21:17:32 Webmama_Tina okey dokey, that was my next question. 🙂
21:17:43 mama_g peace michael-you’ve gotten me through many a day. much thanks.
21:17:43 Webmama_Tina just pointing out the time. 🙂
21:18:04 franti that every human, every animal, every plant, every stone…
21:18:11 franti are all one being.
21:18:12 BunintheovenZmom i have a 2 1/2 year old boy and one on the way
21:18:20 franti we are all manifestations of god
21:18:30 franti and the best way that we can love god
21:18:37 franti is to love ourselves and to love each other.
21:19:15 franti Being a father has made my faith stronger.
21:19:19 BunintheovenZmom well for the very first time i am living with my family alot of them and i love it
21:19:41 BunintheovenZmom we all love each other and help each other through alot of stuff
21:19:44 franti that’s awesome –
21:19:58 BunintheovenZmom we have 6 adults and 6 kids al;l living together
21:20:03 BunintheovenZmom but it is awesome
21:20:13 franti I don’t know what the meaning of life is,
21:20:25 franti but I know that we have an opportunity in life
21:20:35 franti and that is we have an entire lifetime
21:20:41 franti to learn to better relate to one another.
21:20:46 BunintheovenZmom life is so full and so awesome
21:20:51 franti sounds like you’re doing that, bun!
21:21:02 BunintheovenZmom there is so much to live for every day that i wake up
21:21:02 franti Alright, good night y’all
21:21:07 franti this was really fun for me
21:21:09 mama_g thank you!!!
21:21:12 Webmama_Tina thank you SOOOO much michael!!
21:21:17 rainsmom thanks!!!
21:21:20 Webmama_Tina transcripts will be up by sunday
21:21:22 franti and I feel grateful to have been welcomed into this chat
21:21:30 Mod_beckie 🙂
21:21:34 Mod_beckie 🙂
21:21:34 rainsmom we love you!
21:21:39 Webmama_Tina michael i really appreciate it…even with the difficulties you hung in there!
21:21:46 BunintheovenZmom thanks
21:21:50 Webmama_Tina i am seriously going to check out your music now…
21:21:57 Webmama_Tina 🙂
21:22:08 mama_g gasp-you’ve not heard his music before???
21:22:12 BunintheovenZmom don’t know who you are but you seem really cool nice talking to you
21:22:12 franti I hope it was worth all your time, thanks for spending it with me
21:22:12 Webmama_Tina you have a good nite with your family and thanks again!
21:22:19 BunintheovenZmom be safe
21:22:24 BunintheovenZmom have fun
21:22:31 Webmama_Tina yeah mama_g i don’t know what rock i was living under, LOL!!!
21:22:44 BunintheovenZmom cherish life and everyone in it
21:22:44 franti stay human, you carry the future in your arms and in your bellies
21:22:51 franti 🙂 🙂
21:22:53 BunintheovenZmom especially your kids
21:23:02 franti peace out
21:23:13 Webmama_Tina groovy 🙂
21:23:22 bookchambers PEACE
21:23:30 Mod_beckie g’night all, I have a toddler to tend to!
21:23:31 Webmama_Tina i’ll have to come to the festival in san fran sometime…i’m in fresno 🙂 night all!
21:23:38 mama_g peace-thanks for all the times you’ve gotten me through the day.

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