Copyright: 9/20/2005
By Daniel Brady and Wendy Wolters


Community of Light's Newsletter # 27
 

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


 

The Word, Letters, Introductions

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News, Subscribers, Humor

 

The word from here:

 

We have some good information this time around. We have a number of new contacts and some have done exploration of Appalachia and of the Pacific northwest.

In the Ideas for Communities section we have links to a couple of communities that failed and one that succeeded for a long time. The articles made interesting reading, even if a bit long. Still it is a study in what to do and what not to do.

The FIC has its new catalogue out. It is an updating of all the communities in the association and as such can help you find a place nearby you . I recommend looking at places in existence so that you can inform yourself as to what a community looks like, how it runs, and best of all you find out what you really don't like, like, want, don't want and so on and so forth. A visit is worth a million words.

I hear from a couple of persons that they've notice land prices going up, well that is certainly true in California, at least in the part I live in the very expensive San Francisco Bay Area. It has been said that we need to get land before it goes out of sight. Well, right as that might be we are not a legal organization at this time. We will get there. But we are not there now.

Keep the faith. Our time will come. I believe that we are doing what we can now, this is not to say we cannot do more or that more will not be demanded of us as the circumstances in the country and the world demand.

Be at peace and look forward. The future is on the way!

 

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


New Contacts!

 

To the CommunityOfLight group

 

Anonymous .......... aworldofpeaceinfo@yahoo.com

Anonymous .......... embersglo@imaginationwebsites.com

R. McKee .......... reyca444@yahoo.com

Through the website

 

Jo ………. jo-friebel@netspace.net.au

S. Palmer ………. pikachupalmer@hotmail.com

Brett Harris .......... maize5@yahoo.com

Ipin Borgert .......... kaatwmn@sbcglobal.net

Catherine K. Hurd .......... hurdcat@adelphia.net

John Shiflet .......... vintrest@yahoo.com

Brett Harris .......... maize5@yahoo.com

I'm very interested in starting a commune with an eye toward business. I, myself, make soap and I want to find metal smiths, artisans, farmers, and dairy workers.


Letters: Received

 

From: "Earth and Sky" .......... Twoearthandsky@aol.com

Subject: Acreage for sale next to our Self-Reliant Farm

Acreage for sale next to our Self-Reliant Farm

Our Farm is a Sustainable Technologies Educational Center which has taught food & energy self-reliance skills since 1990. We're long time students of Helen & Scott Nearing and have lived and evolved applications of their examples since the 70's.

Our goal is to form a Cooperative Community to share our lifestyle and the growing, processing and storage of our mutual year around food supply, and for the further development of our educational services to help others achieve the same.  

Visitor Process: There is much we'll all need to learn about one another and make clear on our compatibilities on goals and other factors before arranging a visit. We seek people whose response to our community goal is a strong and clear YES! We need to be inspired by knowing you are inspired. Please share with us your bios and aspirations. Hope to hear from you.

Best Wishes, Daniel & Patti

PS We are located In Eastern Washington State. Please view photos of our farm at: <http://www.ofoto.com/I.jsp? c=7367si3.yj7f1or&x=0&y=xa8jr0> Or try: http://tinyurl.com/cpmvz

 

 

C Malmberg .......... cimalmberg@bellsouth.net

I am living in Florida. I am self-employed in investment real estate. My hobby is making stained glass art. My daughter and I would both like to find a community of people who are interested in living, loving and working together harmoniously. My desire has always been to build a solar-powered dome home when I was able and live off the grid as much as possible. We are currently in the process of moving to a primarily vegetarian vegan diet. I love the idea of growing most of my food, sharing communa meals, being environmentally responsible, and making community decisions by consensus. I would love to hear from others on this same quest.

 

 

 

GREAT QUOTES BY GREAT WOMEN

Inside every older lady is a younger lady -- wondering what the hell happened. -Cora Harvey Armstrong-

The hardest years in life are those between ten and seventy. -Helen Hayes (at 73)-

I refuse to think of them as chin hairs. I think of them as stray eyebrows. -Janette Barber-

Things are going to get a lot worse before they get worse. -Lily Tomlin-

A male gynecologist is like an auto mechanic who never owned a car.-Carrie Snow-

Laugh and the world laughs with you. Cry and you cry with your girlfriends. -Laurie Kuslansky-

My second favorite household chore is ironing. My first being, hitting my head on the top bunk bed until I faint. -Erma Bombeck-

Old age ain't no place for sissies. -Bette Davis-

A man's got to do what a man's got to do! A woman must do what he can't. -Rhonda Hansome-

The phrase "working mother" is redundant. -Jane Sellman-

Every time I close the door on reality, it comes in through the windows. -Jennifer Unlimited-

Whatever women must do, they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult. -Charlotte Whitton-

Thirty-five is when you finally get your head together and your body starts falling apart. -Caryn Leschen-

I try to take one day at a time -- but sometimes several days attack me at once. Jennifer Unlimited-

If you can't be a good example -- then you'll just have to be a horrible warning. Catherine

When I was young, I was put in a school for retarded kids for two years before they realized I actually had a hearing loss. And they called ME slow! -Kathy Buckley-

I'm not offended by all the dumb blonde jokes because I know I'm not dumb -- and I'm also not blonde. -Dolly Parton-

If high heels were so wonderful, men would still be wearing them. -Sue Grafton-

I'm not going to vacuum 'til Sears makes one you can ride on. -Roseanne Barr-

When women are depressed, they either eat or go shopping. Men invade another country.. -Elayne Boosler-

Behind every successful man is a surprised woman. -Maryon Pearson-

In politics, if you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman. -Margaret Thatcher-

I have yet to hear a man ask for advice on how to combine marriage and a career. -Gloria Steinem-

I am a marvelous housekeeper. Every time I leave a man, I keep his house.. -Zsa Zsa Gabor-

Nobody can make you feel inferior without your permission. -Eleanor Roosevelt-

 

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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.


Ideas for Communities

From: peace networking .......... aworldofpeaceinfo@yahoo.com

Dear friends,

I recently helped to create a new, not-for-profit website to help network peaceful and community seeking people all over the world.

All services are free and discussion forums do not require registration. Love for the people-dsame

A World of Peace Here is the website: http://www.aworldofpeace.org

 

How Two Communities Failed, and One Succeeded

Jerome Arizona, Hippies in the 1960's, here's a first hand account see the link: http://www.jerometimes.com/thegulch.html One could describe Jerome back then as being a semi-urban commune, in the Hippie sense.

Morningstar's and Wheeler Ranch's demise: for a very detailed review, here's a link to the Digger's archive with the full story. It's 25 chapters long (almost a book) and though rife with typos and some irrelevant details, is still a valuable information resource. It took me a week to read all of it in my "spare" time: http://www.diggers.org/home_free.htm

And a successful community, the Roycroft community story is http://www.arts-crafts.com/archive/hdavis.shtml


Communities Resources

New Directory of Communities!

We are happy to announce that the new print edition of the Communities Directory is back from the printer and available now. This is the first edition of the book produced based on our Online Communities Directory http://directory.ic.org and we are very happy with the results.

If you would like to purchase a copy of the book, it is available for $24 plus shipping from http://store.ic.org/directory . This is a 20% discount off our cover price available only when ordering directly from the FIC.

Communities Magazine comes out regularly and is a resource for those seeking to explore communities. 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 list of places seeking members, communities forming at the F.I.C.'s website: http://elph.anu.net/reach/reachbook-all.html

 


 
 

We have over 100 on our mailing lists!

Email: Dan Brady

 

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"

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

Votes

%

Outside the U.S. preferred

1

8

depending on country chosen

3

25

Neutral - no preference

1

8

would but not first choice

4

33

NOT consider outside U.S.

3

25

Would you consider having a membership fee of some kind?

Choices

Votes

%

Yes

3

30

No

7

70

If you think so, then what should it be based on?

Votes

%

Number of members entering

0

0

income of entering members

1

14

earning power of community

1

14

Other (explain on list)

1

14

A share buying system

4

57

What kind of climate would you want to live in?

Choices

Votes

%

Tropical

1

7

Subtropical

2

14

Forest

3

21

Woodland/meadow

8

57

Tundra

0

00

What land locations would you like?

Choices

Votes

%

Island

8

17

Peninsula

8

17

Land bound w/coast

8

17

land bound no coast

7

14

High altitude

8

17

Low altitude

8

17

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

Choices

Votes

%

Farming

13

13

Raising livestock

10

10

Raising feed crops

8

8

Hunting

4

4

Gathering

11

11

Fishing

9

9

Utilitarian crops

7

7

Fruit bearing trees

14

14

Lumber/milling

4

4

Water/solar for alt. power

14

14

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

Choices

Votes

%

Yes

12

100.0

No

0

0.0

Old Age, I decided, is a gift.

I am now, probably for the first time in my life, the person I have always wanted to be. Oh, not my body! I sometime despair over my body .. the wrinkles, the baggy eyes, and the sagging butt. And often I am taken aback by that old person that lives in my mirror, but I don't agonize over those things for long.

I would never trade my amazing friends, my wonderful life, and my loving family for less gray hair or a flatter belly. As I've aged, I've become more kind to myself, and less critical of myself. I've become my own friend. I don't chide myself for eating that extra cookie, or for not making my bed, or for buying that silly cement gecko that I didn't need, but looks so avant garde on my patio. I am entitled to overeat, to be messy, to be extravagant.

I have seen too many dear friends leave this world too soon; before they understood the great freedom that comes with aging.

Whose business is it if I choose to read or play on the computer until 4 Am., and sleep until noon?

I will dance with myself to those wonderful tunes of the 60's, and if I, at the same time, wish to weep over a lost love ... I will.

I will walk the beach in a swim suit that is stretched over a bulging body and will dive into the waves with abandon if I choose to, despite the pitying glances from the bikini set. They, too, will get old.

I know I am sometimes forgetful. But there again, some of life is just as well forgotten. I eventually remember the important things

Sure, over the years my heart has been broken. How can your heart not break when you lose a loved one, or when a child suffers, or even when a beloved pet gets hit by a car? But broken hearts are what give us strength and understanding and compassion. A heart never broken is pristine and sterile an will never know the joy of being imperfect.

I am so blessed to have lived long enough to have my hair turn gray, and to have my youthful laughs be forever etched into deep grooves on my face. So many have never laughed, and so many have died before their hair could turn silver. I can say "no," and mean it. I can say "yes." and mean it.

As you get older, it is easier to be positive. You care less about what other people think. I don't question myself anymore. I've even earned the right to be wrong.

So, to answer your question, I like being old. It has set me free. I like the person I have become. I am not going to live forever, but while I am still here, I will not waste time lamenting what could have been, or worrying about what will be. And I shall eat dessert every single day.

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