COMMON GOOD

When one of our resources is at stake, all of our resources are at stake.

All of our resources are at stake, which means we have to learn new ways to steward what remains…

Interesting that after all of the work we have done to “progress”… our true progression will be to shed the notion that progress means moving away from the earth, apparently those of us to thrive on this planet will have to learn to live with, and on, and for the Earth. Animals adapt in the wild, finding new ways to survive when their environment is damaged by our negligence. They are using Us now.

Crows have learned how to open up a squirrel––by creating their roadkill––Using us to do it… Have you ever seen a crow chase a squirrel into the road?

Adaptation.

Today we celebrate the end of this very intense and suspenseful chapter, as we got the news that Niagara Bottling Company has decided to retreat from their plan to tap 1.75 million gallons a day from our sacred little lake, and abandon plans for a bottling plant in a nearby town…

Woodstock, a Colony who have touted ourselves as an artist Community, long before the Woodstock Festival, is filled with artists who have their hearts vested in the soothing, awakening and sharing of our collective voices…

“What’s the weapon of choice – what’s the voice of your heart – what’s the best way to be useful right away without running out astray”

For me, that is making music, listening to music, painting, making good food to nourish those around me… And lately, standing up to call my elected officials into account.

What fortifies you? What strengthens you so that you can focus on the needs of  yourself and our global family?  


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“Humans like to predict things but we live on this unpredictable planet. But it’s always been a really fun planet to live on, for me anyway. I hope it’s been a pretty fun ride for you so far.”

What’s the worry what’s the hurry what’s the balance between what we see/know needs to be needs to happen and our own limitations imperfections nearsightedness and cruelty?

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“Governance is an important piece in our community: how we make decisions. It’s not Government, but Governance.”

What’s the deal with ideals and visions and plans and decisions hardly ever ending up the way we thought they’d, the way we’d dreamed they’d, just the way we’d planned they’d be – to have to compromise

“The biggest struggle everywhere is how we, collectively, as humans make decisions. And we just have not gotten very good at it for a while. But, luckily, the women are on it.”

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What’s the weapon of choice – what’s the voice of your heart – what’s the best way to be useful right away without running out astray – What’s the problem with good intentions Love in action A healing economy – Our plans went askew Our loss is here too We’re here in the flesh and blood and then our lives are up for review
I’m glad I ran into you
I’m glad I ran into you

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“I mean, if you- we don’t even know how many species are on the planet… we haven’t got a clue… 100 million, 200 million? We are never going to understand this, in terms of like trying to control it, manage it, keep it the way we want to keep it. We have to live with it and be like nature. And it’s fun to be that way! You know? Why would we not? We’ve been struggling to be something else for so long it’s becoming, you know – a crisis. So let’s just leave that world. When we’re in a community, we can do amazing things. We can even keep ourself alive.”

Great Lakes Bioneers Conference – Bob Russell’s Keynote from Robert Russell on Vimeo.

This song has inspired the direction thesameboat.us has taken. Thank you Seth & May and the Whole Northern Michigan EarthWork Collective. 

 

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