August 16th, 2024

There’ll be no peace without a planet

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  • “There’ll be no peace without a planet…” Ruah Swennerfelt quotes Mary Ann Percy, a Quaker from La Jolla, by way of providing background on her shift fifteen years or so ago from working on peace and social justice issues to ecological awareness and active concern. Ruah and Louis Cox, two people who do their best to support their local economy and to live lightly on the land, are interviewed by Mark Helpsmeet on his weekly Northern Spirit Radio show which originates from WHYS radio in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Mark has recorded dozens of broadcasts and they’re available as streaming media or for download here.

    Another show I heard tonight was an interview with Ina May Gaskin. Ms. Gaskin is a midwife and a prime mover in the home birth movement. She and Steve Gaskin provided a model for living from 1966 forward to today, starting with Steven’s Monday Night Class in San Francisco and continuing through all of her good work with home birthing in her community as well as the lights she lit across the world with her book on the subject. Mark’s interview was wonderful in drawing that out.

    Mark has chosen the good people among us for his interview subjects. I’ve met some of these people and their commitment to doing right stuff is totally impressive… George Watson, a world war 2 conscientious objector… Mike Boehm, a Vietnam war veteran who’s been instrumental in establishing peace parks in Vietnam and starting micro-credit loan funds, helping to heal those wounds… Chuck Fager, who runs Quaker House in North Carolina, a place where soldiers with second thoughts about war and peace can find support… J.E. McNeil, a woman who wrote the book on draft counseling.

    There’s a lot of food for thought in these podcasts, a lot of wisdom about community, peace, and living rightly on the earth.

    August 16th, 2024


    Granny, the journey continues.

    So tomorrow morning at 6 am I have to go in for another CT scan, and this time I’m going to have to butch up and drink two bottles of the fuckity-fuck chalky shit…

    …once again, I send a multitude of heartfelt thanks to everyone who’s been virtually accompanying me on this suckity-suck journey. Thanks for your comments, your stories, your advice, your PayPal contributions, your beams, your good thoughts, your your silent but concerned lurking. You have no idea, because I have no words to express, how much it means to me and how often it’s helped get me through many a crappity-crap ordeal. And knowing you’re all out there cheering for me is the ONLY damn thing on earth that’s going to get me to swallow that banana flavored ass drink tomorrow.

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