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NOVEMBER 2013

THANKS TO OUR FRIENDS AND WWOOFers
who made this such an awesome season


Friends and WWOOFers

One never really knows who you will meet at Echo Valley.



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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 good. 

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.




PAYING ATTENTION

Opposing Wisconsin SB 349

This video is from the excellent video library of Wisconsin Voices


Cutting Edge Blog: Frac Sand Sentinel

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 Transmission Lines

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.




JOYEUX NOEL
Wednesday, November 13 at 6:30 p.m. at Vernon Memorial Hospital in Viroqua, Wis.

St. Mary's chapter of Pax Christi, a peace and social justice group affiliated with Pax Christi USA, will sponsor "Joyeux Noel," the true story of the spontaneous Christmas Eve truce declared by Scottish, French and German troops in the trenches of World War 1 - celebrating for all of us the possibility of peace. 

This event is free and rated PG-13. 

Vernon Memorial Hospital is located at 507 S. Main Street in Viroqua, Wisconsin.




OFFERINGS FROM ECHO VALLEY

Weaving Weekend:
December 6, 7, 8

We will 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." 

Suggested donation 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 or questions.

Echo Valley's Giving Thanks Weekend:
November 28 - December 1

A celebration of bounty and gratitude.

Please RSVP to 608.337.4578.




ECHO VALLEY HOPE 

Advancing sustainable living and all initiatives of peace.

A volunteer 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.
Live sustainably.
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.

Click on 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



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