New Green Acres Post: The Uncanny Project Report

If you appreciate news about what’s going on here, “on the ground,” in my Green Acres Neighborhood, re: sustainability, regeneration, community, recycling, sharing, working together, relocalizing, food sovereignty, etc., you might want to check out the latest post I just put up on the Green Acres Neighborhood Association website, with a link to our neighborhood e-mail list:

Bi-Weekly Uncanny Project Report (and personal confession)

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Georgia gathers the cans Rebekka gathered to add to the ones she gathered for the first trip to J.B. Salvage: Result? $7.89 for neighborhood projects! YES!

BTW: Though $7.89 may seem like a tiddly amount of money for a lot of work gathering cans, just think about the numbers of relationships established and renewed as the project begins to gain steam. I’m used to “slow starts.” When this blog started I had very few readers, and now it’s upwards of 1000 viewers a day, from all around the world. When I started Crone Chronicles: A Journal of Conscious Aging, in 1989, I sent a 4-page xeroxed pamphlet to 100 women across the United States, asked if anyone wanted to join me, said I’d continue if they “subscribed” for $15. Fifteen women did. Keep in mind that this was before the word “crone” had come into common usage as anything but a “hag with no teeth in her” (OED). Indeed, that was the starting point of the magazine: to revalue the gift of aging. And for that we’d need to reactivate the Crone archetype sociologically. Crone Chronicles, which ran for 12 years, went on to become a national niche magazine that won several Utne Reader awards, and was featured on Good Morning America, the BBC, and a number of big city dailies.

The keys to any good work: Start small, as small as necessary. Pay close attention to initial conditions. Be focused, patient and persistent. Like starting a fire with a single match. You’ve got to make sure the wind won’t blow it out, and you’ve got to have the right mix of kindling.

One more key: the more important it is, the harder it is to get going. This business of reigniting neighborly feeling in a land of scattered, way too “busy,” device-distracted strangers who live separate (often desperate) lives and wonder why they’re so lonely while standing in line at CVS for pills? Truly! — coming together again as people-who-live-together-in-a-place is THE HARDEST JOB OF ALL. When the dynamic of centrifugal energy has been rolling for so long, imagine what it takes to shift to centripedal energy! REQUIRES GREAT FOCUS, PATIENCE AND PERSISTENCE.

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