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We've begun to have internet based chats. There are a handful of us who have met a few times now and we are currently working on our "mission statement" a set of statements which we will use to define what the Community of Light will be about, its aspirations, goals and purposes. This issue of the newsletter will include the text that we've worked out so far. It is still open to some discussion and we hope to have this finished, at least for the time being, probably over the next few meetings. We have been meeting every two weeks or so and we've been using Yahoo Instant Messenger for our communications.
To participate you will need to do the following: have Yahoo Instant Messenger installed on your computer, this is a free program. Secondly, you need to have the persons already participating listed as your "friends" on that system. I can send you what you'll need for that, it's really just a set of email addresses. Lastly, you need to know when to be online. Right now, at this writing, the next meet up will be on 3/26/06 at 5 PM Pacific Standard Time.
I was asked about constructing my own dwelling and this was my thought at that time:
My current favorite is a cement footing supporting hay bale constructed walls, rebar reinforced for stability and to "lock" them into place. Stucco or some version of that sort of thing to cover it and I would top it off with a kit form of some geodesic dome. Then there is adobe. I've worked with that before it is simple and involves "sweat equity" and I would still foot it with stone or cement and have a capstone as well. I like circular buildings; I've even thought of making one large building, in a circular shape with an interior space for gardening or some trees and everyone would have a certain portion of the circle to be used as their dwelling space.... other ideas too but much depends on our resources, where we wind up and what we decide on living arrangements.
From another I heard:
Yeah, the main factor as to what we use to build will depend on where we are and what's available. I'm leaning towards an earthen house myself. Stabilized rammed brick or stabilized adobe being on the top of my list. I'd like to integrate straw bale as well, but the more I look at papercrete for insulation, the more I like it. Paper is lightweight and insulative and can be hoisted by anybody. It's amazing looking at the research. And it's a great way to use up a resource that makes up a huge percentage of the landfills.
Earthships use old tires, if you live in a forested area cordwood building is a possibility, and if you have the patience you could build a house with aluminum cans. Sandy areas could use earthbag/superadobe techniques. There's really no limit to what you can do as long as you do your research and understand the pros and cons of your chosen system.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
To the CommunityOfLight group
anonymous .......... pacsky@hotmail.
Wendy . email@example.com
nwrfred .......... firstname.lastname@example.org
firekeeper .......... firekeeper38 email@example.com
K. H. .......... Keluarga_Marga_lub6@unhcr.umacr.net
Through the website
Sanjiv Chadha .......... firstname.lastname@example.org
Just came across your website, and am very much interested in learning more (I'm still going thru all the materials published so far), and finding information about your progress. Please add me to your mailing list.
I'll look forward to further discourse! Regards, Sanjiv Chadha
This is an interesting site. It has information about philosophy, approaches and rationales that apply to why a community is a good idea. It may also be a resource that we could contact: http://circ2.home.mindspring.com/tgbro.htm
From Lyn, Canada .......... email@example.com
Hi I saw your site. I am interested in forming a community of peace based on principles of peace. I have seen some farms example maple sugar farm with 105 acres. 2 houses etc. in Canada. and stores which could be a whole foods store with 6 apartments. Something like that might work for incomes also. I am interested in Canada because they have a reasonable health care system and gun control. These are two beliefs I am interested in in regards to cooperative living and advancement of pacivism. Thanks- Lyn
In a second letter she wrote: I have designed and built a passive Solar house. I did engineering etc. It only used 300 gallons of oil this year. In this area average for the size house is about 1200. It also cost no more to build than an average house. I am happy with this, but I would like to build structures that produce more energy than would be used. I believe this is possible with wind power, sychronis inverters, and possibly hydrogen. I would like the excess to power vehicles. I believe this is possible. I was thinking today about the idea of intentional communities, because I believe intentionality is not only something to choose, it can be a way of life. I study Zen, Ghandi etc. and it to me is part of how you live ever moment. The house took 5 years to plan, but I am happy with the results as it is earth friendly. It actually uses less fuel than expected. Thanks, Lynne
After Reading THIS, you'll NEVER look at a banana in the same way again -
Bananas. Containing three natural sugars - sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber, a banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy.
Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world's leading athletes.
But energy isn't the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.
Depression: According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier. PMS: Forget the pills - eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.
Anemia: High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.
Blood Pressure: This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it the perfect to beat blood pressure. So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit's ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.
Brain Power: 200 students at a Twickenham (Middlesex) school were helped through their exams this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.
Constipation: High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.
Hangovers: One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey. The banana calms the stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system.
Heartburn: Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.
Morning Sickness: Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.
Mosquito bites: Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.
Nerves: Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system.
Overweight and at work? Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found pressure at work leads to gorging on comfort food like chocolate and crisps. Looking at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers found the most obese were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs. The report concluded that, to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood sugar levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods every two hours to keep levels steady.
Ulcers: The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chronicler cases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.
Temperature control: Many other cultures see bananas as a "cooling" fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand, for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Bananas can help SAD sufferers because they contain the natural mood enhancer tryptophan.
Smoking: Bananas can also help people trying to give up smoking. The B6, B12 they contain, as well as the potassium and magnesium found in them, help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.
Stress: Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates your body's water balance. When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing our potassium levels. These can be rebalanced with the help of a high-potassium banana snack.
Strokes: According to research in "The New England Journal of Medicine, "eating bananas as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40%!
Warts: Those keen on natural alternatives swear that if you want to kill off a wart, take a piece of banana skin and place it on the wart, with the yellow side out. Carefully hold the skin in place with a plaster or surgical tape!
So, a banana really is a natural remedy for many ills. When you compare it to an apple, it has four times the protein, twice the carbohydrate, three times the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other vitamins and minerals.
It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods around.
So maybe its time to change that well-known phrase so that we say, "A banana a day keeps the doctor away!"
PS Bananas must be the reason monkeys are so happy all the time!
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.
The AARP recently published an article touting the advantages of a communal life style. The article is referenced in this link
My thought is that one of the social services we could offer would be a place for persons to "live on and live in peace."
Parmahansa Yogananda -- Indian Mystic
The day will come when the idea of community will spread through the world. Gather together those of you who share high ideals. Pool your resources. Buy land in the country. A simple life will bring you the inner freedom. Harmony with nature will bring you happiness and peace of mind known to few city dwellers. In the company of other seekers of the truth it will be easier for you to live in meditation and collective unity.
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
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?
the U.S. preferred 1 12 depending
on country chosen 2 18 Neutral
- no preference 2 12 would
but not first choice 5 31 NOT
consider outside U.S. 4 25
Outside the U.S. preferred
depending on country chosen
Neutral - no preference
would but not first choice
NOT consider outside U.S.
Would you consider having a membership fee of some kind?
% Yes 4 26 No 11 73
If you think so, then what should it be based on?
of members entering 0 0 income
of entering members 1 8 earning
power of community 2 16 Other
(explain on list) 2 16 A
share buying system 7 58
Number of members entering
income of entering members
earning power of community
Other (explain on list)
A share buying system
What kind of climate would you want to live in?
% Tropical 1 5 Subtropical
4 21 Forest
5 26 Woodland/meadow
9 47 Tundra 0 0
What land locations would you like?
bearing trees 18 15 Lumber/milling
4 3 Water/solar
for alt. power 18 15
Fruit bearing trees
Water/solar for alt. power
Areas or regions we'd like to consider: (See the site for details)
NM, W. Texas 0 0 Cent.
US: NB KS OK DA 0 0 G.
Lakes, AK, MO, IL, IN,WI, KY, TN 0 0 E. KY, E. TN, WVA,
W.VA, W.,PA, 1 16 G.
Coast, FL, LA, MS, AL 0 0 E. PA, NY, NH, VT,
CT, RH ME, MD 0 0 N.
Idaho 0 0 NW/W OR, W.
WA, 3 50 CA, NV, UT, E. OR,
E, WA, MT, CO, Wy 2 33
AZ, NM, W. Texas
Cent. US: NB KS OK DA
G. Lakes, AK, MO, IL, IN,WI, KY, TN
E. KY, E. TN, WVA, W.VA, W.,PA,
G. Coast, FL, LA, MS, AL
E. PA, NY, NH, VT, CT, RH ME, MD
NW/W OR, W. WA,
CA, NV, UT, E. OR, E, WA, MT, CO, Wy
Would you consider a buy/sell/relationship with the outside world?
% Yes 17 100.0 No 0 0.0
Sara Paddison, The Hidden Power of the Heart: You only hurt yourself when you're not expanding and growing. Many people can't stand the thought of aging, but it's the crystallized thought patterns and inflexible mindsets that age people before their time. You can break through and challenge your crystallized patterns and mindsets. That's what evolution and the expansion of love are really about.
Richard Needham: For the first half of your life, people tell you what you should do; for the second half, they tell you what you should have done.
Andrew Carnegie: As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do.
Maurice Chevalier: Old age isn't so bad when you consider the alternative.
Plato: The spiritual eyesight improves as the physical eyesight declines.
Tom Wilson: Wisdom doesn't necessarily come with age. Sometimes age just shows up all by itself.
San Banducci: Old age comes at a bad time.
Mignon McLaughlin: The time to begin most things is ten years ago.
François de la Rochefoucauld: Intellectual blemishes, like facial ones, grow more prominent with age.
Edith Wharton: It spite of illness, in spite even of the archenemy sorrow, one can remain alive long past the usual date of disintegration if one is unafraid of change, insatiable in intellectual curiosity, interested in big things, and happy in a small way.
Bernard Baruch: To me, old age is always fifteen years older than I am.
Mark Twain: Consider well the proportion of things. It is better to be a young June bug, than an old bird of paradise.
1651, Herbert: Life is half spent before we know what it is.
Wall Stress Journal: Middle age . . . when a man is at the peak of his yearning power.
James M. Barrie: Life is a long lesson in humility.
Soren Kierkegaard: Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forewards.
Shakespeare, 2 Henry IV 3.4.283: Is it not strange that desire should so many years outlive performance.
François de la Rochefoucauld: Few people know how to be old.
Arabic proverb: God gives nuts to those with no teeth.
Adolph Zukor, on approaching his hundredth birthday: If I'd known how old I was going to be I'd have taken better care of myself.
Josh Billings: In youth we run into difficulties; in old age difficulties run into us.
Mark Twain: The first half of life consists of the capacity to enjoy without the chance; the last half consists of the chance without the capacity.
Arnold Glasow: Find an aim in life before you run out of ammunition.
Latin proverb: Never too old to learn.
Arthur Schopenhauer, Paregra und Paralipomena: A man must have grown old and lived long in order to see how short life is.
Pennsylvania Dutch proverb: We get too soon old and too late smart.
François de la Rochefoucauld, Maximes: As we grow older we grow both more foolish and wiser at the same time.
Malcolm Forbes, The Capitalist Handbook: By the time we've made it, we've had it.
At twenty we worry about what others think of us; at forty we don't care about what others think of us; at sixty we discover they haven't been thinking about us at all.