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Join us at the Deming Library!

We will have a second round of council, and a shared meal on Thursday April 27th for our Project Neighborly grant! We hope you can join us; this time there will be an opportunity to begin a quilt piece if you like. Please do let me know if you plan to attend. Since we hope for people of diverse points of view, it is wonderful if we encourage folks to come who may not share our own ideologies, and social and political perspectives. The project is really about exploring what keeps us connected and working together, in our common interests and values that help us transcend the apparent divisions of the moment.Stitching the Fabric of Difference Deming 04-2017

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Project Neighborly

Stitching the Fabric of Difference Deming 03-2017Greetings! In hopes that some of you may wish to partake of pizza and neighborliness in a conversation to be held at the Deming Library this coming Thursday on March 30th at 6:30 pm, here is a letter we sent out via email this past week. In these days of deepening divides, here is an opportunity to find community connection despite the differences.

Our conversation is part of a larger project called Stitching the Fabric of Difference: Our American Quilt for which we received a “Project Neighborly” Whatcom Community Foundation grant, just after the election and in the wake of the deepening recognition of some great divides in our very own Whatcom County community as well as in communities across the nation. The conversation will be part of the inspiration for the creation of a quilt, a tangible reflection of what binds us in a community that works and plays together, as we stand by and help each other regardless of our differences. Certainly our most recent experiences throughout the winter storms and silver thaw are evidence that we are indeed “neighborly.”
Our first gathering will feature Sheryl Fullner speaking about the significance of community quilt making throughout American history. We will engage in our conversation and share locally prepared pizza together! We look forward to a lively and engaging evening with friends and neighbors in a circle of varying opinions, respectfully noting our differences, as we simultaneously discover and honor that which connects us. Quilt squares and directions on embellishing them will also be available that evening.
PLEASE NOTE: AS THE ATTACHED FLYER INDICATES, WE DO GATHER AT 6:30 PM ON THURSDAY EVENING MARCH 30th, BUT IMAGINE WE WILL BE ENGAGED FOR A COUPLE OF HOURS; THE END TIME OF 7:30 PM IS A TYPO!
Please send an email letting Elizabeth know of your plan to come, and how many will be in your party, so we can estimate how much food we will need! elizabethkerwin@hotmail.com
Looking forward to seeing many of you at the Deming Library on the 30th!
We would appreciate you helping us to spread the word, by passing this along to others in our community.
Warmly,
Elizabeth and Jillian
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Full Dimensionality

Lois points out that I shared a condensed version of the Rabindranath Tagore quote! Here is the full quote, with gratitude to Lois.

“Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark.”

Yes, there is much added beauty in knowing the bird SINGS upon feeling the light.

Gems From Class: March 14th, 2017

I was asked to share some quotes, and am doing that here!
The first is from a few weeks back, and is a quote from Rabindranth Tagore on faith:

Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark.

The next is from the Dalai Lama on compassion, that seems especially relevant at present:

You must not hate those who do wrong or harmful things; but with compassion, you must do what you can to stop them — for they are harming themselves, as well as those who suffer from their actions.

Lois shared these words from Andrew Harvey:
A spirituality that is only private and self-absorbed, one devoid of an
authentic political and social consciousness, does little to halt the suicidal
juggernaut of history.

On the other hand, an activism that is not purified by profound spiritual
and psychological self-awareness will only perpetuate the problem it is
trying to solve, however righteous its intentions.

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Yes to Tuesday Class, February 28th

At present, at 9:48 pm I am planning to teach class tomorrow morning! I have been out of town for three days, and just returned home to see there is certainly some snow here! But having just driven the road, I can report that there is not significant accumulation on the roads themselves. If conditions change significantly overnight, I will reevaluate in the morning, and post here on my blog, and on my phone’s voicemail message for incoming calls. It is probably good to leave a few extra minutes for your drive here, to be safe and steady with the snow that is on the ground.dendrite-snowflake_9425_600x450

Schedule Updates

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Here is a revised schedule for the Winter Quarter; UPDATES ARE NOT YET ACCURATE ON THE GOOGLE CALENDAR!

PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE ARE CHANGES FROM ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED DATES, DUE TO ERROR ON MY PART, AND CANCELLATIONS FROM THIS QUARTER. THE LISTS OF DATES REFLECT CLASSES THAT HAVE ALREADY HAPPENED, AND THOSE YET TO COME THIS QUARTER. I APPRECIATE YOUR FORBEARANCE IN THIS! PLEASE DO LET ME KNOW IF YOU HAVE ANY CONCERNS.
Tuesday Classes, we had no class on 1/24 nor 2/7, so will be adding in 4/4 and 4/11

Wednesday Classes, we had no class on 2/8 and will add 4/5 at the end

ORIGINALLY, I WAS TAKING OFF WEEK AFTER NEXT, BUT WILL TEACH ON 2/28 AND 3/1

HERE IS A LIST OF ALL THE DATES FOR CLASSES THIS QUARTER:

TUESDAYS: JANUARY 17, 31 FEBRUARY 14, 21, 28 MARCH 7, 14, 28 APRIL 4, 11

WEDNESDAYS: JANUARY 18, 25 FEBRUARY 1, 15, 22 MARCH 1, 8, 15 and 29 APRIL 5th

 

 

 

 

 

Yes to Yoga on Wednesday 2/15!

The roads are clear enough for relatively easy passage to Turtle Haven. There is rain in the forecast that we hope will further melt the remaining snow and ice, perhaps completely by tomorrow’s class!  The county came and removed more snow today. Updates on make up classes coming soon. Thanks for your patience.p1000432

Yoga for February 14th, 2017

It has been a momentous week at Turtle Haven, with stories many of you have also been living this past week, of trees sadly breaking and falling with sound effects of wartimes, repeated needs for clearing new fallen trees from across our smaller access road, and a full time job of cancelling and rescheduling, calling PSE, Frontier, and CHS for propane, neighbors for giving and receiving help, and then pausing in the silent moments without phone or internet to “speak” with the outside world. We did then seek pockets of cell connectivity that sometimes allowed for short conversation or the lucky transmission of a text!

On a positive note, bridges were built between and among neighbors in certain instances, and we had more than basic comfort with cozy fires, delicious food in ample supply, and even a couple of hot baths. We feel a deep gratitude for our neighbor we met through this, who got our generator working…. wow, it would have been much different without that! A walk around the Turtle Haven lands reveals much destruction in the natural realms, but in the shrine circuit, we were blessed that not a single one sustained damage– did all the accumulated prayers help? One never knows, because certainly we are praying for much these days that has no easy resolution. But we are grateful for the prayerful places that will be accessible once again when the trails are cleared!

Here is the update for yoga this coming Tuesday, February 14th. It is my plan to teach the class. The road is not all clear, however. Jillian and I drove it all the way to the highway today in our Forester, which has AWD and good clearance. This was an especially mindful drive, but did not feel perilous. In theory, it will be better in a couple of days. Perhaps the most challenging element is in parking here, as we have had a neighbor do some clearing, but the usual number of spaces is somewhat reduced by snow and debris piles. If you are currently enrolled in the class, you have received an email and could communicate with other students about more helpful carpools, or driving with someone who has a better vehicle for current conditions!

I will be posting the new schedule soon. It will be an odd quarter of classes, extending into April. The Google calendar on my site is not currently accurate, but will be before long. Because I have already needed to cancel two classes, I am inclined to teach this coming Tuesday, and am hoping very much that this will be of benefit, and not cause undue stress for anyone. Yes, there was beauty in all of this; here is a photograph from Jillian’s collection.

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