I just found this following random links off the Faerie Con page. Aside from the oddness of going from the indulgent fantasy world of faeries to the serious work of women, I am surprised I haven’t heard about these amazing women and their work before now.
From the website…
On October 11, 2004, 13 Indigenous Grandmothers from all over the world–the Arctic Circle, North, South and Central America, Africa, and Asia, arrived at Tibet House’s Menla Mountain Retreat amidst 340 acres of forests, fields and streams in upstate New York. Within a few days of convening, the grandmothers agreed to form a global alliance; to work together to serve both their common goals and their specific local concerns.
The first council gathering was a time of hope and inspiration. The grandmothers are both women of prayer and women of action. Their traditional ways link them with the forces of the earth. Their solidarity with one another creates a web to rebalance the injustices wrought from an imbalanced world; a world disconnected from the fundamental laws of nature and the original teachings based on a respect for all of life.
Take a look at the whole story: http://www.grandmotherscouncil.com/
I dislike flags. Can’t understand why people put all sorts of flags up all over their yards. I mean, used to be an american flag on the 4th of July and that was about all you ever saw. Now you see bunny flags, dog flags, easter egg flags, all sorts of flags from the tacky to the overly sentimental. Is this some way for people to feel connected to the world? “Hi! I live here. See my flag proclaiming ducks. I like ducks! How about you?”
anyway…I got this from a friend:
FLY THE FLAG campaign and PLEASE forward this email immediately to everyone in your address book asking them to also forward it.
We have a little less than one week and counting to get the word out all across this great land and into every community in the United States of America . If you forward this email to least 11 people and each of those people do the same…you get the idea.
/THE PROGRAM IS THIS:/
On Monday, September 11th, 2006, an American flag should be displayed outside every home, apartment, office, and store in the United States .
Every individual should make it their duty to display an American flag on this fifth anniversary of one of our country’s worst tragedies. We do this in honor of those who lost their lives on 9/11, their families, friends and loved ones who continue to endure the pain, and those who today are fighting at home and abroad to preserve our cherished freedoms.
… more, if you care to read it
Got this in the mail today. Some very good thoughts on the devastating bombing in Lebanon. Please feel free to share this with as many people as you can.
While the Bombs Fall
While the bombs fall in Lebanon, I’m teaching a two-week course in permaculture: regenerative, ecological design, with a schedule so demanding that I find it hard to check email every day, let alone watch the news. But it comes in, between lesser messages about leaks in the watering system in the garden and flight cancellations: pictures of dead children on the road. I feel horrified, angry, frustrated, powerless…all the things I’m used to feeling about the situation, but more so. I try to write something in the spare moments when my teaching partner Penny is covering rain catchment or graywater systems, but all I keep writing, over and over, is “Killing children is wrong.” That sees so self-evident and banal that I can’t quite bring myself to send it out. Or rather, it doesn’t seem to add much to a discussion in which the decision makers are so convinced that killing our children is very, very wrong, but killing their children is the Path of Righteousness.
please, read more…