On Tuesday evening, we held our regular one-hour weekly work party here in the Green Acres Village. Six podmates were able to participate, and we worked on two projects: fixing the gate to the chicken yard (Dan and John),
and pulling up unwanted plants (“weeds”) from the street edge of the garden at the (new, third house) 2615 E. DeKist (Rebecca, Dario, Andreas, me).
At some point a new neighbor stopped by, Wyatt James, just three weeks old, with his dad Logan.
A little while later, Wyatt’s mom Carissa and brother Ollie stopped by too. Ollie wanted to give some treats to puppy Shadow.
Soon another new neighbor approached, the father of yet another young family. I’ve not met him before (and didn’t get a pic), and even now can’t remember his name. But I will let them know about our weekly dinners open to neighbors and friends, starting up again next week, on September 14, Thursday evenings, 6:30 p.m.
Despite all the visiting, we managed to complete both projects, hauling three very full wheelbarrels away from the front site.
This morning I took a pic of the completed project with house behind (where a reconstruction of garage into common space is ongoing).
And talked with Rebecca about what I might do for my second (official) hour of work this week. Pointed to a clump of “weeds” on the other side of the driveway that now stick out glaringly, since we finished street-side cleanup on the rest of that yard. She agreed. So I’ll tackle that late this afternoon.
Meanwhile, last night I attended a City Council meeting, hoping to be one of those encouraging the Council to approve a pilot project for ADLs (Accessory Dwelling Units) in Bloomington. Sure hope it goes through, as we so much need more affordable housing, plus there are lots of other reasons why ADLs make sense. For an overview and details, see accessorydwellings.org.
The place was packed. A good sign. Lots of people in our community care about this issue, both pro and con, and from what I saw in the local paper this morning, the comment period (which didn’t begin until I was so tired I had to leave, after two hours waiting) was still going on after midnight when the reporter also had to leave to get the story in.
Before that, during the initial open public comment period having to do with other issues, two women got up to speak about some kind of Compassion Project, which they obviously care much about, and which certainly is needed in this time of global chaos and uncertainty. Plus, one of the Council members also made an impassioned improvised talk at the beginning about the significance of just past Labor Day, how it commemorates decades of efforts by labor unions and others to improve working conditions for those who make sure everything that we still take for granted gets done.
Also before the public comment for the ADLs began, the Council approved another proposal for affordable housing that, while more industrial looking than quirky, individual ADLs tend to be, is still very needed and welcome in this town.
Sitting there, in our very civil but spirited local City Council meeting, listening to various folks both on the council and in the audience, seriously, and often with welcome humor, articulate their sometimes opposing concerns in both big picture and detail, I was as usual impressed with the level of community engagement in all aspects of what makes this city work.
In fact, all in all, it’s hard to believe we live in the same world as that blaring in the headlines: alt-right vs. alt-left hatred shading into violence, plus all the historic fires, historic floods, historic hurricane winds, possible radiation leaks, EMP attacks, nuclear posturing, and then last night, a new concern: a giant “X” class solar flare that might cause a CME, taking out the electric grid . . .
Let us continue to be aware of the natural, engineered, and geopolitical storms swirling around us; and since, for now, we are fortunate to live inside some kind of bubble protecting us from most of it, let us lend our hearts and minds and bodies to compassion for all who suffer as we continue to build our tiny decentralized islands of peace and multidimensional prosperity on and for this good earth and all other sentient beings.
And BTW: want to be part of a group meditation to dissolve Hurricane Irma, even if it is geo-engineered (see Dane Wigington posts )? I have no doubt that this is possible. Tune in each day at noon EDT. Here’s one way to do this:
1. Use your own technique to bring you to a relaxed state of consciousness.
2. State your intent to use this meditation as a tool to speed up the process of dissolving hurricane Irma.
3. Visualize a pillar of Light emanating from the Galactic Central Sun, then going through all beings of Light inside our Solar System and then through your body to the center of the Earth. Visualize another pillar of Light rising from the center of the Earth, then up through your body and upwards into the sky towards all beings of Light in our Solar System and our galaxy. You are now sitting in two pillars of Light, the Light flowing both upwards and downwards simultaneously. Keep these pillars of Light active for a few minutes.
4. Now visualize a soft pink light dissolving hurricane Irma, making it harmless. Visualize this soft pink light protecting all people and their property in the hurricane path. Visualize this situation resolving in the most positive way possible.