Copyright: 12/31/2005
By Daniel Brady and Wendy Wolters


Community of Light's Newsletter # 24
 

Affirmation: The land we seek is first found in the heart, then in the mind, then in the world !


 

The Word, Letters, Subscribers Introductions

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News

 

The word from here:

Well, I do believe we've something of a wild ride coming down the pike as my dad used to say. I am hopefull about our venture even though activity has declined somewhat since the last newsletter.

I have found out, from a writer friend, that persons in the United States who have parents or grandparents that were born in Ireland can obtain dual citizenship with Ireland and the United States. I am researching that part of my family tree, for as far as everyone knows both my grandparents came over from Ireland near or about the turn of the century. It may be that having a passport and a new place to settle into would behoove us. The kicker for this is that Irish citizenship as a bit of a bonus, that of citizenship in the European Union.

It may be that I'll just find out where my grandparents were born and a bit of interesting history and it may be that I can find for us another venue that may be usefull.

I still prefer a location here, in the United States. I still prefer to work to keep our nation true to its ideals and founding purposes, but it also may be necessary to work from abroad, or go abroad.

As the chinese curse puts it: "May you live in interesting times" and we may just be entering into one of the most interesting times in quite a while.

Dan


An overview of what we'd like:

Community of Light

We want to co-create a community in a rural area, grow a good portion of our own food, create a profitable cottage industry, and so be self employed. We want keep well the land that we live on and engage in right livelihood. We also want to contribute to the community around us and so benefit our society. Ideally, we would want to be near enough to a good sized town maybe some 50,000 or so, a college community would be something to consider. We could each use our talents, abilities, or professions to provide for ourselves as well as whatever "cottage industry" would be.

You are all welcome to express your ideas about what our community should be. We are, after all, the persons who will make it up.

There are a lot of ideas that we've discussed but I want everyone to know that what is or has been in issues are meant as working concepts. This whole idea is a work in progress and so let us know what you think.

If you have not been to the Community of Lights web page we now have a listing of communities that are forming. It may be educational to visit some of those sites to see what's new in the community universe See the links at: Community of Light

Thanks, Dan and Wendy

Email Address: creative1@creativeideasforyou.com


Yahoo's Instant Messanger and Communications:  

From: "Lenita" neeterxxi@yahoo.com

We are encouraged to send in or post our Yahoo IM ID's so that we can chat or plan such.

Jay is registered as jay4nier@yahoo.com

Jim is registered as loteksw@yahoo.com

Dan is registered as dbrady2000@yahoo.com

Owl is registered as callmeowl@yahoo.com


New Contacts!

These are the introductions from persons that have written us since the last issue. Please go to Subscriber's Introductions if you would like to see the profiles we have on file currently. Some but not all of these people may have additional information there.

Letters: Received

We do have a call to somehow get together. See Gary's letter below, I know this time is coming and I hope that we can do so soon. Although nothing is on the horizon right now. A couple of years in a row we've talked about meeting up at the Rainbow Gathering. But this year, despite its being held in California we, Wendy and I, were unable to get out of town to go. Owl has mentioned this a few times. I want to meet up, camping style, and hope to see how we can work together.

gary garber ………. garbs0212@yahoo.com

Is there any news of all of us gathering for a meeting of hearts mind and souls? I read of all the hard work and preparation, let's "walk the walk." I hope the change of seasons find you well. Gary

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One of ours has forwarded information to us regarding a building material. While not available in or suitable for all locations, it has merits that bear looking into. Thanks Forest.

From: forest ………. forest@talk-story.net

Forest has received a note from kelpguy at kelpguy@islandseaweed.com wrote:

Here's a house was built out of mostly local unprocessed materials with machetes and a chainsaw mill: http://www.groundwork.org/

Check out the Nicaragua project and the photo section to see the projec from the ground up http://www.groundwork.org/nicaragua-en/photos5.html Cana Castilla,, a wood used in the house, looks like something you'd be interested in and I'm wondering if it's in Hawaii

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terri .......... outtahere91@hotmail.com

I would like to live communily preferably somewhere warm....I am would make a good housekeeper or assist in meal preparation, anything. I need to bring my little dog tho! Shes all I got I would require only a room iI could put my bedroom set in, please respond asap

NOTE: I replied to this person and described what we are about but have not heard back from her as of yet. D

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Joseph Ross ......... mr_pure70@msn.com

How can I get involved with your endevour? It sure sounds like what I've been looking for, for a long time. I sure could use any information you could pass on to me. I'm looking forward to hearing from you. I love agriculture, for one, and would love to contribute or impart my knowledge to all, and learn everything I could about your present and future. Please contact me, as I have been looking to fulfill this need for quite some time now. Thank You so much, Joseph Patrick Ross.

Note: I have written back, but I invite others to write him as well.

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Karen R. .......... hathayoga2003@yahoo.com

Just researching the possibility of getting involved with a community in which my husband and I can live as pioneers in a group setting,helping one another and living off of the land together!

I am a certified yoga teacher and studying to be a Swami and my hubby grows gourmet and medicinal mushrooms.

We'd be interested in getting linked with others to discuss how we may be able to be a part of this project. How can we help?

Write Soon! Namaste! Karen and Mike

NOTE: I have written them, but I invite others to do so as well, we can be welcoming as a group!

 

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Just a thought here, about Iceland!

I heard the country of iceland has a government that operates using consensus process of some kind, and that the majority of politicians are women...if that rumor is true we should perhaps be studying their system of government....also nato and united nations run on consensus, which allows me to see some degree or hope for the future....

but back to iceland in relation to transportation.....i heard that shell oil or some other huge oil company is in the process of developing a big hydrogen fuel cell operation in iceland and that iceland will most likely be the first county to go completely hydrogen fuel...it seems with geothermal power that will have the energy to get the hydrogen out of water and also some new technology that allows hydrogen to be stored in a spongelike material that will enable it to be shipped around the world....if all this is true, i see iceland as the future saudi arabia of the fuel world...

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Giving to Good Causes?

 A very easy way to give food to the hungry is to set the Hunger Site as your browser's home page. Check out the Hunger Site to see what it is about and how it works.


Communities Resources

If you want to research intentional communities this is a good place to start.

Communities Magazine comes out regularly and is a resource for those seeking to explore communities. The directory that is a great primer in the variety of the community universe. You can write them at the address given below. This is their office address.

Communities Magazine, 138 Twin Oaks Road, Louisa VA 23093 USA or call them at: Tel/Fax: 540-894-5126. Their website is at Intentional Communities

The resources on the Northwest Intentional Communities site might be valuable. There are lists of legal documents, process advice etc. They're at: http://www.ic.org/nica/resource.htm

This is a list of places seeking members, communities forming and the like. I have come across it at the F.I.C.'s website: http://elph.anu.net/reach/reachbook-all.html

It might be a place to do research, who knows there may be a place within a relatively short drive.


 
 

We have nearly 112 on our mailing lists!

Communications

My yahoo ID is available for use as a means to chat online. I am willing to schedule a time(s) during a given month where we could chat. I am thinking that a Saturday or Sunday would be the best time overall, however I am open to suggestions. Please advise.

If you are a member of our Yahoo group you can access the current polling data, or vote: this is the link to our group This is what we have at "press time" this time around:

Most of the polls have not changed, but little. However the second poll, that dealing with what we'd like to use our land for has. More votes have come in for that and there have been some shifts.

*We have more support for alternate or solar power

*We have more support for having fruit trees.

*We have some support for lumbering or mill work

*And, I believe, more support for farming.

*The poll that considers whether or not we should consider moving overseas has not changed and so some support remains for considering locatoins outside the US, but we seem to be more comfortable remaining here at this time.

What kind of climate would you want to live in?

Choices

Votes

%

Tropical

1

8

Subtropical

2

16

Forest

2

17

Woodland/meadow

7

58

Tundra

0

0

What sorts of things would you want to use the land for?

Choices

Votes

%

Farming

12

14.29

Raising livestock

9

10.71

Raising feed crops

7

8.33

Hunting

3

3.57

Gathering

10

11.90

Fishing

8

9.52

Utilitarian crops

6

7.14

Fruit bearing trees

13

15.48

Lumber/milling

3

3.57

Water/solar for alt. power

13

15.48

What land locations would you like?

Choices

Votes

%

Island

8

18

Peninsula

8

18

Land bound w/coast

8

18

land bound no coast

7

17

High altitude

7

17

Low altitude

7

17

Would you consider a buy/sell/relationship with the outside world?

Choices

Votes

%

Yes

11

100

No

0

0

Should there be a membership fee of some kind for entrance into the community?

Choices

Votes

%

Yes

3

33

No

6

66

Would you consider having the community based outside of the United States?

Votes

%

Outside the U.S. preferred

1

9

depending on country chosen

3

27

Neutral - no preference

0

0

would but not first choice

4

36

NOT consider outside U.S.

3

27

One of us writes:

Any one got some spare change on them? At $2000+ an acre, I wouldn't mind 10 to 40, but will need a few friends or a benifactor willing to invest, to throw in due to the overwhelming total cost. Its not an Island but Ill settle for a pristine waterfall out my back door.

To this letter:

Buenos Dias from Costa Rica: For all of you who where looking for a beautiful home with ocean views and LOT's of elbow room, take a look at this rare findS

Dream Retreat: 400 + acres, with new home, Dominical, South Pacific

Every so often we discover a property that gently reminds us why we live in Costa Rica. This extraordinary mountain retreat is pure fantasySyet it does exist in reality.

A half hour from the South Pacific beach town of Dominical, with absolutely private access, on a good all-weather road, providing easy access every day of the year.

Awesome ocean views, 60% primary forest and cloud forest. Two great, powerful, year-around rivers, and waterfalls! Twelve, year-around magnificent falls!

There are 30 natural pools, with swimming holes, including an incredible natural lap pool in a spectacular stone gorge.

This property is completely fenced, and has at least 10 of the most amazing natural building sites. Electricity, natural spring water. 100% Cellular Signal, and 100% Direct TV Signal.

The attractive, beautifully-done, tropical home was just completed, and is 3500 sq feet. Additionally, there is an enormous storage barn, a 600 sq ft workshop, and a two-horse corral and tack room.

Beautifully landscaped, fruit trees everywhere, vegetable gardensS Bamboo forests at the water's edge.

(Gasp)Sit is very, very difficult to describe this miraculous property without tripping over superlatives. If it is within your price parameters, you should just plan on seeing it.

Priceless, of course, but yours for $875,000 with financing.

If you need more information just contact us and feel free to call us anytime at our toll free number 1-800-407-3903S Best Regards and Happy HolidaysS

Harvey Bill Jack Maricella Toll Free (US and Canada Only) 1-800-407-3903 Tel. (506) 289-9043 Fax. (506) 288-6791 Cel. (506) 815-3636 Web Page: http://www.hot-tropics.com