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DEFIANT ACTS OF KINDNESS
There are moments
when I realize that all that I am has come from kindness.
That is not to say
there are not difficulties; it is more to say that my perceptions have
changed and even in the hardest lessons I can find a thread of
In a recent
engagement, Prem Rawat shared what he called a "principle." I have
found it quite hopeful and food for thought, and share it here with
you: "Darkness always yields to light."
Always yields. When
I apply this to my life, it stacks the deck quite differently. Instead
of giving power to ignorance, to fear, and to confusion, I can turn to
the trump card of clarity, kindness, and knowing.
When I become angry
or sad at the destruction of the earth from greed or the slaughter of
innocent lives by my country and others, I can choose another option. I
can choose defiant kindness.
Darkness always yields to light.
Too easy? In one way
perhaps, because before I can accept the principle, I must remove my
doubt. And doubt has become my friend. I can point to ignorance and
say, "See, nothing ever changes," and put my head back in the sand. But
if darkness always yields to light and I can accept that because I have
put aside my doubts, then there can be room for light, for clarity, for
resolution. For (re)evolution.
Another insight has
come to me recently by way of Malcolm Gladwell in his recent book, David and Goliath: Underdogs,
Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants. David defeated
Goliath because he had eyes wide open. Because he KNEW something the
others were not aware of and because he trusted his skills and gifts,
and he applied them in a timely way. In Gladwell's historical telling,
David was a shepherd and he was a master with the sling. He did not
engage Goliath on his terms, or on the terms of battle as understood in
that era. David played the game his own way and he won.
This is what is
before us. As the senseless destruction of the earth and all life
continues to mount, we can recoil in helplessness or we can call upon
the greatest strengths that we each carry and allow light to do what it
does: remove darkness.
We need one another.
We need defiant acts of kindness.
Wisconsin SB 349
This video is from
the excellent video library of Wisconsin Voices
Cutting Edge Blog: Frac Sand
Check out the Frac Sand Sentinel produced by
Patricia Popple. It highlights resource links, media accounts, blog
posts and observations, as well as local actions on and impacts of the
developing frac sand mining and processing industry in our region.
Still Time to Stop the High
Imagine a world with
clean, locally provided energy. Now take a moment to turn a dream into
reality. Check out what a handful of concerned citizens are doing at SOUL
of Wisconsin, and let the PSC know how you feel.
We don't need more
transmission lines. We need to reevaluate our use of electricity and
our love of the land.
Wednesday, November 13 at 6:30 p.m. at Vernon Memorial Hospital in
St. Mary's chapter of Pax
Christi, a peace and social justice group affiliated with Pax
USA, will sponsor "Joyeux Noel," the true story of the
Christmas Eve truce declared by Scottish, French and German troops in
the trenches of World War 1 - celebrating for all of us the possibility
This event is free
and rated PG-13.
Hospital is located at
507 S. Main Street in Viroqua, Wisconsin.
OFFERINGS FROM ECHO VALLEY
December 6, 7, 8
be weaving with upright looms in the Navajo tradition. Whether you are
a beginner or you have a weaving in progress, a weaving space will be
available for all. Beginners should bring three or four colors of yarn,
any brand. Tools will be available on loan. A $5.00 donation for
materials is suggested.
This class is
offered free of charge through Echo Valley Hope, Inc., a 501(c)3
non-profit whose mission is "advancing sustainability and all
initiatives of peace."
to stay at the farm is $35/per night and $7/ per meal. Contact Jan
Kenyon at jkenyon (at) mwt (dot) net or 608-337-4578 for reservations
Echo Valley's Giving Thanks
November 28 - December 1
celebration of bounty and gratitude.
Please RSVP to
ECHO VALLEY HOPE
sustainable living and all initiatives of peace.
organization working to raise the voice
of peace, bringing people together, celebrating diversity and
respecting the Earth.
Your help is
welcomed. Thank you to all who support
our efforts. How can you help? Help us to get out the news. Share our
newsletters, Facebook page and website
with friends. The ideas we
champion are welcomed by people everywhere.
Peace is possible.
There is enough.
Live in community.
Let kindness win.
We are all indigenous.
It is our time.
Invite friends to
visit Echo Valley. Hearing about our efforts is good. First-hand
experience is better.
Skilled at social media, PR or web maintenance? We are looking to
expand our reach. Volunteers with skills in these areas are needed.
Contact Dena at 608-337-4871 or denaeakles(at)earthlink.net.
Echo Valley Farm is also welcoming people who are ready to live in
community (short or long term) with a focus on sustainability and
peace. Call 608-337-4578. Application can be found here.
the button above to make a tax-deductible one-time gift or become a
monthly supporter. Your donation of any size helps advance sustainable
living and promotes initiatives of peace.
To make a
tax-deductible donation by mail, send a check or money order to
Echo Valley Hope, Inc.
E 14604 County Rd. F
Ontario WI 54651