The first time I met Marshall he was crashing on a couch at my then boyfriend, now husband’s house in South Minneapolis. He was a nomad, as best I could tell, and would show up at random. When he did show up he’d have stories and thoughts that I always found very real, deeply interesting, and in touch with the spirit of the world. We clicked instantly when we began talking about Richard Rohr and the Center for Action and Contemplation. I didn’t know of anyone else in Minnesota at the time that had heard of the CAC, let alone someone who was interested in going there.
Over the years I lost track of Marshall. But one day in early 2014 my band was in Winona, Minnesota, playing a show at Midwest Music Fest. As I sang from stage I looked out into the crowd and of course, in his usual magical fashion, there was Marshall, standing there listening.
Marshall lives in Minneapolis and makes songs and trains groups in Nonviolent Communication. He has close personal relationships with Discomfort, Dissonance, Imperfection and Powerlessness. He is the admin at marshallbolin.com. He will be posting his reflection on November 23.