Copyright: 6/21/2001

By Daniel Brady


Community of Light's Newsletter #9
 

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


 

Words to consider

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News, Subscribers, Humor

 

 

The word from here:

Please, this is important, if you want to receive the next issue please let us know in the next couple of months. I intend to continue to send this newsletter out but want to make sure that everyone that I send it to has a continuing interest in receiving it.

Also, we have at least 60 persons on our mailing list. We do have enough to begin talking more seriously and I would like to see us begin to talk more to each other, discussing the things that concern us via email, and, if and when possible, to meet.

I notice that many people have AOL services or Yahoo addresses. I am willing to give anyone who asks my AOL Instant Messenger user name so that we can actually voice chat over long distance. For Yahoo users I am willing to exchange user names so that we can also chat online.

Thank you, Dan and Wendy


An overview of what we'd like:

Community of Light

We want to co-create with others a community in a rural or semi-rural area, grow a good portion of our own food, create a profitable cottage industry, and thereby be self employed. We want to respect the land that we live on and engage in right livelihood. We also want to contribute to the society of the world and so our over all purpose would be to benefit our immediate community as well as our society in general. Ideally we would want to be near enough to a town of perhaps approximately 10,000 or so, so that we could barter, or provide services in exchange for income or to network with and within.

Consider yourselves welcome to email us to express your ideas about what our community should be. We, all of us, are the persons who will make it up.

I imagine there are a lot of ideas out there and I know that that what has been written in this or prior issues are meant as to be a working concept, one that is in progress, and meant to be discussed, even debated.

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: the URL is: http://www.creativeideasforyou.com/commune_land.html

If you would like to leave a telephone message for us, you can leave one at Wendy's voice mail which is 415-364-3045

Thanks, Dan and Wendy

Email Address: creative1@creativeideasforyou.com


A business proposal? Anyone interested?

I was written by some persons who have created a business selling jewelry at public events, their suggestion apparently being that if any of us were willing to work with them that this might be a way we could finance, in part, our venture, or that they and we could work together. If you are interested here is their contact information.

Email to: Joshua Bowes, and Kerstin Barber

Zenterprise Imports and Retail Company , Ph: 209 962 7601

Hello,

My name is Joshua Bowes, and have been interested for a long time in starting a co-housing project up in the Tuolome County area where we now own a home. I would like to have at the heart of this community a shared interest in meditation, music, and political activism, but time will tell whether this structure will finally gel into the reality that I've dreamed of. I was looking into the International Community Mag and found this site on intentional community co-housing. it at once excited me, and got my immediate attention. Now I know that there are other people in the world who see the need for communities that care for each other in a way that is nonsectarian and pragmatic. I have been a environmental songwriter, carpenter , handy man, Zen Buddhist, and a successful businessman as well as a political activist for many organizations for the last 25 years of my life. I have worked with the following organizations in the course of this arena. The Greenpeace Foundation, The American Indian Movement, Cesar Chavez and the Farmworkers Union, and for the past 4 years The Green Party. I am mentioning this to insure you that the sole purpose of my writing this letter is not just a capitalist one. The reason I am writing this letter to as many co-housing groups as I can is that my wife Kerstin and I have a seasonal jewelry business that is very easy to run and very profitable.

A very lucrative business deal came our way after we had gotten in with Bill Graham Presents in San Francisco . We had just started up our 4th booth space at The Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View California and were happily turning a profit of about $80,000.00 for six months work two to three days a week. Our company Bill Graham Presents was sold to another large corporation SFX Entertainment Corporation. Instead of dumping us ,they offered us a way to expand our small jewelry business into any of the other 87 venues they have in over 30 cities all over the United States. We were excited, and needless to say grabbed at the opportunity ,and that next season began a test marketing tour to five of their amphitheaters in the Southeastern part of the US. The tour proved to be as successful as the one we ran back home in California. They offered us another new venue, The Sacramento Valley Amphitheater, which we took over . Now we have seven stores operating every summer at both of these, and they are continuing to be successful.

If you, or anyone you know to be a good person and might be interested in this opportunity, please give them our email and have them contact us asap. We will be fully ready to send out a video of us operating our business's at The Shoreline and Sacramento Amphitheaters as well as the business proposal of start up costs, and all other pertinent information in October. You don't have to send any money . You wont be placed on any mailing list, and you will not be contacted again unless you contact us. My hope and prayer is that you will be interested, and that you will call us before we start advertising at the beginning of Jan 2003. I have been an environmental songwriter singing my songs to try and wake up my fellow citizens in the USA for over 20 years now, and I don't see a pleasant future for our, or the worlds children unless some very drastic measures are taken in the next ten years.


The New Contacts!

 These are the introductions from persons that have written us since the last newsletter.

From this issue on, each issue will list the new introductions here while all the older introductinos will be archived with all of the Subscriber's Introductions and this link will always be near the head of this section.

 

E. Nold ........................................................RastamamaFunk@aol.com

Hello, I am very interested in your community living. I am a seriously hard working individual with many skills I could teach, and an open mind to learn.

I find pleasure in the Earth and living among people who do also. I have a few certain skills I am quite good at, for instance cooking, I believe I am a great chef. I do love food myself and can whip up some fabulous organic meals. Next, my other favorite past time is sewing and making my own patchwork clothing.

I am teaching myself massage therapy. I am borrowing some friends for experience. I do plan to go to school one day and learn Holistic medicine and agriculture also. I also have interest in becoming a school teacher, I adore children and love helping them develop a positive lifestyle for themselves.

This is what I have to offer the group, and I would love to be considered for the mailing list. Thank you for your time, Love and Peace always, -E.

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Justin Bond ..................................................GniregnomeracS@aol.com

Hi..my name is Justin Bond...this is something that I've been looking 4 for a long time. I am 19 years old and just recently I realized the truth of this sad world in which we are forced to live in. Which has prompted to do something about it, and I know I'm not the only one....we ALL are sick of this and want something more deep down who in the right mind would want to confirm to society anyway....please put me on your mailing list and if this community ever takes of you can add one more person to your community list....take care..justin

 

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Michellle .........................................................wallflower1979@aol.com

well, my name is Michelle and I would love to come up with some innovative quotes, but I just got off of a 16 hour shift of working with kids, and I'm really tired, so I will have to get back to you on that one...bye for now :)

 

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Kristopher .............................................................VanaFreyr@aol.com

My name is Kristopher and I am 27 years old. I live near L.A. in the city of West Covina. I have been interested in communal living for awhile now. It is part of the ongoing process within me that I like to call the "Awakening". It started when I was 18 and came upon Henry David Thoureau. His work changed the way I saw the world and the way I see life. I've realized since then how much our society has become one huge cooperate juggernaut. The rampant materialism of our society leaves me hollow. I want more from living than just money and "things". I feel so strong about this that I even contemplated joining a monastery. But I realized my beliefs are too different. I am a Pagan. To me the earth is sacred and living in a commune would allow me to live on her in a sacred manner. I've even started becoming interested in the environmental movement. I recently subscribed to Earth First! Journal and I see the importance in living independently. It is better for our earth and for ourselves. I cannot say that I can bring any special skills other than the ability to work hard and learn fast. I hope you will add me to your mailing list. I really would like to contact other like-minded people. They say the hardest part of any journey is the first step. Well I suppose this is mine.

Hope to talk to soon! Bye

 

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Jim .............................................................jashrank@midsouth.rr.com

hi,my name is Jim Shrank.i am 47 single and looking for a change. I am a tool and die maker with a lot of manufacturing experience also know a lot about all phases of residential construction for the last year I have been living in memphis TN. day trading with moving back to the mountains in mind. in the 80's I owned a summer resort in Downieville ca. where I rented out my cabins and did some gold mining. I would be very interested in being part of the right community am not a pure vegetarian as I eat fish and free range chicken eggs but I don't eat meat. the idea of growing my own food has always appealed to me and when in Downieville I had a 1/3 acre garden so in know something about that too. I am not looking for religion to me that's private. I am not afraid of hard work and I would like to be part of building something self sufficient have some money to bring too. when and where does the group want to get started? Well that's enough for now is there any way I can talk with others in the group? thanks Jim

Dan, feel free to introduce me to the group and post my email address. I have never done anything like this before and since I wrote you I have thought of many things that will have to be worked out before I make a commitment. Just let me say that I am excited about the possibilities and that something like this could be truly wonderful. There is a lot to be learned in the process of organizing something this. Please send me your news letter and let me know if I can be of any help to you. thanks -Jim S

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J. E. Moxley........................................................... joymax@cwnet.com

This is a friend of mine, a fellow teacher, now enjoying the fruits of retirement and also wanted to be placed on the mailing list.

 

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Lucy and Family........................................................ Saligers@aol.com

We wrote a few letters back and forth. I chose the following letter to use by way of introducing them to everyone.

Hi Dan

Thanks for letting me know more about your ideas. They do sound similar to ours so far. I was talking to one of the home school dads in our group yesterday at park day and he was telling me about the Israeli kibbutz systems. He is from Israel and grew up on one. He said that he and his wife looked into intentional communities when they first moved back here from Israel (she's American). They went and visited some back east and he said there was one they would have joined if they could have figured out how to make a living there. It was more along the lines that we're talking about, where each person/family has and owns their own dwelling and some land around it but there is also a large amount of land held in common with community buildings, gardens, etc.

The kibbutz system when he was a kid was more egalitarian with all things owned in common by the community and all income shared. He said it is sometimes a problem if a person has lived and worked there for 30 yrs and then for some reason wants or needs to move because they leave with absolutely nothing.

With an IC, people would probably feel that they would never want to move but you never know what situations or opportunities life may present. From a practical standpoint, a person wouldn't want to end up in that situation.

I'll tell you more about us...can't remember exactly what I already told. I'm 39, Matt is 44, and we have five sons, ages almost 17, almost 13 and again (twins), 9 and 4. Matt's retired Air Force and has a small income from that which I'm always trying to figure out how to make our primary income. He has an independent tile setting business, just him. He's good at all construction type things and at this point could build his own house, though he might contract out for a few things (foundation, rough plumbing). He's interested in astronomy and gardening and just hanging out with the kids but he doesn't have much time to develop his interests or discover others. We are working toward him having more free time. My interests are reading, writing, gardening, studying various things that impact our lives (educational philosophy, politics, environment, alternative building techniques, etc.), hanging out with the kids and other people, and many other things.

Our home schooling approach leans toward the unschooling style...have you ever read any John Holt? We try to expose the kids to enough so that something will catch their individual interest and we give them a lot of free time so that the natural human love of learning can kick in. Our oldest is very seriously interested in music, plays acoustic guitar and is getting his first electric guitar in a couple of weeks. He's also a big reader of novels and is discovering Kurt Vonnegut right now.

One of our 13 yr olds loves gardening and writing and the other loves history, especially the Civil War era, and also social issues/activism. He wants to help do some volunteer work for Habitat for Humanity. The younger ones are just busy being kids and having fun.

What areas have you looked in so far? I read an article about someone who had located in Trinity County and it sounded interesting, although it might be hard to make a living. Where we are is unfortunately lacking in forest and we do miss it. We lived in Minnesota before and also in Knoxville, TN and in a small German village when Matt was in the Air Force. However, our area is actually pretty moderate in climate, though not nearly so moderate as San Francisco! It is not too hot here in the summer because of the elevation, about 2600 ft. When we go into town, Temecula or Hemet, it's much hotter there. We do have some pines on our property that were planted by the previous owner. Once they are established, they don't need any supplemental watering in this area. Our area is not the severe desert of the Mojave (I grew up in that area) but is more chaparral, foothills so it has more vegetation, is quite green in the spring, and has a lot of wild flowers right now. I don't know if there are any springs but then again, my son and his friend used to go to this rock area near here that they would walk to and it did have some kind of stream and small waterfall.

However, we are not set on this area if we find something that would work better. I'm just letting you know some info about it since I live here and can report on it. Land prices are still pretty low out here but in Temecula, things have gotten much more expensive. We're a 30 min drive to there and about an hour to hour and a half drive to various areas of San Diego County. So it does seem like a good situation, if someone has to work or wants some of the benefits of a bigger area (various groups like the home school one or whatever, colleges, wineries-a big thing in Temecula, museums-Balboa Park in San Diego, the ocean, Wild Animal Park, etc.). I don't know the price of large pieces of land, obviously less per acre, but I know there was a 4 or 5 acre piece right up the road from us and it was about $10,000. In Temecula, it would probably be $100,000. Our area is just very rural and has hardly any businesses...just a few really little things. But I think that as Temecula keeps booming, people will get further and further out this way. San Diego County has really gone crazy in prices which has driven some people to Temecula and is now driving some people onward from there. Also, Temecula itself used to be kind of rural and some people who moved there for that don't like the congestion now and are going farther out.

If you have to drill a well here, it's about $8,000 to $10,000 because they go down quite a ways. Our well does seem to be good, about 18 gpm, and hasn't given us any problem.

I think 20 or 30 members/households sounds like a good amount. Would you favor any kind of bylaws/common ground on certain things? The two things that come to my mind are guns and dogs. Even though Matt was in the Air Force before, we're pretty anti-violence and are really uncomfortable with our society's love for guns. We don't have any. Also, being in a rural area (and having a dad who's retired post office), I think more about dangerous dogs than probably the average person. There is a tendency in these areas for people to just let their dogs roam and it kind of scares me for taking walks.

The woman in the IC in Vermont who I correspond with says they make their decisions by consensus and that, while it can be a bit cumbersome at times, it seems to be very positive.

Well I know this is probably way too long but I'm sending it anyway....hope things are well with you also...

Lucy

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These persons wrote but their email bounced back, perhaps we'll hear from them again.

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Melissa ............................................................ScarletDahlila@aol.com

I guess I would like to say that my name is Melissa. I like congregating with good people. I like traveling around to different places. I have been to four rainbow gatherings and on 94 and 95 Dead summer tours. 96-99 summer Phish tours and 2000 Phil summer tour. My dream in life is to see people come together peacefully. Me and a friend of mine Al are currently saving up money to buy land in Oregon or Washington to build our earthships on. That is why I am interested in this project. =)

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Courtney/James ..............................................PiMpGiRLi613@aol.com

hi my name is Courtney (James) and I would like to be included on your mailing list. For some time now I have been discussing with my friends the possibility of starting a commune. This is my dream, the only way I can imagine living life. I am not expertly skilled in anything, although I'd like to learn a lot of things. I believe I am going to become a nurse and possibly someday a midwife. So with that I would have something besides a burning desire to offer the commune. thank you for your time, and please keep in touch.

-James

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Kris Morgan and Mark Costa ..............................Eyekandiedjs@aol.com

Hello Dan and Wendy,

My name is Kris, I am 34 years old and I have just decided I can no longer live amongst our American society as it is. I am in search of (and apparently found) a community just forming from the ground up. I am fed up with the government, the corporations that want to take over the world and all the rest of the people who are sleepwalking through life. I need to surround myself with creative, intelligent, spiritual free-thinkers. I am not looking for a religious group, nor am I looking for any rant and rave sessions about how screwed up everything is. I dream of being an activist but have found there are just too many things to act against and I find myself turning everything into a negative. So, in order to keep a healthy mind and spirit I search for communal life. I would have alot to offer to the group. I am currently putting myself through school to get an architectural degree, at the same I am a waitress to pay the bills. I love taking care of people, spiritually and physically. All I want to do is inspire people to think, to learn. I do not have the need to be rich and famous or even to "leave my mark" on the world. I am a hard working woman, tall and strong-not afraid to get a little dirty-ya know!!! My boyfriend, Mark has been given a second chance at life and truly appreciates what it means to be alive. He is now 26, he is an incredible chef. He loves cooking for people and making them happy. That is his happiness. He also is very strong and is capable of labor-totally solid. He's also extremely funny. Mark and I have been together for 4 1/2 years, and I can say it was truly love at first sight for both of us. To you, we would bring a great, energetic vibe, love and most of all a strong sense of brother and sisterhood.

We have no money (for now anyway, I await my stepfathers estate to be sorted out) but I bring allot more than money could buy. How's that? I don't care where I live, somewhere with trees is my only request. I've lived in too many cities ( all around the world) and I never seem to have enough trees around me.

I leave you in peace and hope this finds you in good health. Best wishes,

Kris Morgan and Mark Costa

 

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News

Communities Resources

A few persons wanted this information again so I am including it again in this issue.

Communities Magazine comes out regularly and it is a resource for those seeking to explore the life in a commune. The directory that they have is a great primer in understanding the variety of life out in the community universe. You can write them at the address given below. I realize this is not the same address that I have given before but 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

You might also find the resources on the Northwest Intentional Communities site to be valuable. There are lists of legal documents, process advice, how to find people, etc. They can be found 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 for some of you to do research and get a good impression of what is available in your area.

 

Dreaming of Possibilities!

Just a little motivation, take a look at the site just to get an idea of what is possible. The place described has more acreage, perhaps than we'd want. But it has facillities, and accommodations on site, rooms for 12 and a trailer park area. I do not know from what is here, how much would be good for gardening/ farming. 5 to 10 acres of good ground would be a good range. So take a look at a model of what we might consider, and dream of when we can live in a home, the URL: Spirit Ranch

 

This is the letter I received:

You have received this notice because of your interest in spirit and community. I am looking for a like-minded buyer who might be interested in a spectacular retreat ranch property in northern New Mexico that is presently home to a café/bed & breakfast. My partner and I developed the ranch over the last six years with a retreat center in mind and have built a sound foundation for this vision. Our work is taking us in a different direction and we are looking for an individual or group to acquire the major part of our property. It offers an incredible variety of terrain, a building complex with professional kitchen, 12 bedrooms, pool and spas. The ranch is rich in history with Indian ruins and homesteading heritage.

It is located only a hundred miles from either Albuquerque or Santa Fe, a short drive in southwestern terms. I have attached the sales flier on the property with different acreage possibilities. More information on the total property can be received on our website ˆ spiritranchretreat.com. Please share this information with anyone who may be interested. My phone number is 505-920-9061.

Thank you, David


Other communities forming

First:

from S.Bergeron......................Email: S. Bergeron

Can I ask where you are considering your community? I live in the Columbia Gorge of Washington Oregon area, and this is where I would like to stay for now. My wife and I are looking for land for a community right now but are looking for more members.

Second:

I recieved this and thought that I'd pass the word on. It may be interesting to write them to see how another group is going about this task, and maybe some of you could then get some ideas from them. This is the letter we received from Niel Hornish:

Myself and a few other folks are purchasing a large home to start a new life in. We are looking for some examples of commune agreements and/or resources for "How to Start Your Commune" information.

Any help would be grand, also feel free to pass this address onto anyone who you think may be able to help.

Thanks.

Kirk Loe, Neil Hornish, Jenny Bessler.............Email Neil Hornish


Food for thought:

This is from Donald Riggs, a visitor to the web site. First a radical suggestion and then something worth thinking about.

The suggestion is that we could buy a huge container ship for the level of assets we are considering and that this would be big enough for over a hundred people to live on, do hydroponics gardening, fishing, and such, sell food to oil rigs. My thoughts went on to consider the following possibilities: that we could engage in trade, become a free agent and run businesses from onboard via wireless internet connections.

The First Freedom

Self-ownership is the only right. The cost of its exercise makes warriors of us all, for whatever we own must be defended, maintained, cared for and cherished if we are to continue ownership.

Self-ownership is sharply different from any dominion over others, for if I own, or enslave, others, I admit others to the possibility of owning me, and that casts grave doubt on the clarity of my title to me.

Self-ownership admits no possibility of owning or coercing another. We may choose to own ourselves alone. Any other choice enslaves us all.

 


Anyone going to the Rainbow Gathering?

We have two corespondents going to the gathering: Mike whose email address is: nortonblk@aol.com And we have the following letter from Jerry, however the email is not working at the moment. Hopefully as soon as we hear from him we will update his contact information.

From Jerry: platzjerryj1@yahoo.com

He is interested in a tract of land in Mexico near the US. border. I invite anyone to write him about it. He is however traveling this summer to the Rainbow Gathering and may not get your email for some time. He has photos he can send to you via email.

The Rainbow Gathering is a happening in the truest sense of that term. Jerry is going there and is willing to meet up with others who may be going and talk things over face to face He wrote me:

"Hello, every body!

Just want you to know that Teresa, Unica, Kimmy, & myself are leaving for the Rainbow Gathering (if we can find out where it is this year, still no word). So, I will most likely NOT have access to the internet for a while...meaning if I do not respond to your e-mail you will know why. I will be on The Land until probably the second week of July."

For those of you who are interested in getting included in the commune & will be going to the Gathering...I will have a post on the bulletin board at Rainbow Central as to my where-abouts, (or you can look for the big, fluorescent yellow & orange tent). i will possibly be "NEAR"...not "IN" A-Camp."


A word from Robert Redford?

I received this letter, I do not know if it originated with Mr. Redford, but the site that it talks about exists and may be a way of making your voice heard concerning the preservation of ecological gems. It is worth visiting the site, and we might be able to help. The letter was as follows:

"Dear Friend,

I've never circulated this kind of email before. But I am so appalled by President Bush's plan to open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to massive oil development that I feel I must do whatever I can to help stop it."

To me, the Arctic Refuge represents everything spectacular and everything endangered about America's natural heritage: a million years of ecological serenity vast expanses of untouched wilderness . . . an irreplaceable sanctuary for polar bears, white wolves and 130,000 caribou that return here each year to give birth and rear their young. For 20,000 years -- literally hundreds of generations -- the native Gwich'in people have inhabited this sacred place, following the caribou herd and leaving the awe-inspiring landscape just as they found it. Our own presidents going back to Eisenhower have kept a bipartisan promise to safeguard this world-class natural treasure. But not THIS president. It is a sad day indeed when our president and congressional leaders would sacrifice America's largest wildlife refuge for the sake of a possible six-month supply of national energy. A six-month supply! We could save that little oil by improving the fuel efficiency of cars and light trucks by a mere one mile per gallon."

Only one group of Americans will benefit from the destruction of the Arctic Wildlife Refuge: the oil giants. Everyone else loses. Arctic wildlife populations will decline, the Gwich'in people will see their land marred by pipelines and poisoned by oil spills, you and I will become even more dependent on oil, and the planet will suffer catastrophic global warming from the burning of even more fossil fuel."

Unless we get millions of Americans to lodge a protest right now, this nightmarish scenario may well come to pass in the next two months. The republican energy bill, which would fulfill the president's promise to drill the Arctic Refuge, is moving through Congress today. House and Senate leaders may also try to sneak through the Arctic drilling provision by attaching it to a "must-pass" appropriations bill. These votes will be decided by the moderates in both parties. We must reach those moderates and hold them accountable."

Here's what you can do: go to http://www.savebiogems.org/arctic

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has set up this new website to make it extremely easy for you to send messages of protest to your Senators and representative. It will take you only a minute."

I've been on NRDC's board for 25 years, so I know how effective they are at waging and winning environmental campaigns. Last year, NRDC used web activism to help generate a million messages of protest to Mitsubishi and stopped the company from destroying the last unspoiled birthing ground of the Pacific gray whale."

We'll win this time too if each of us does our part for the Arctic Refuge. Please visit. And forward my message to your family, friends and colleagues. Congress cannot ignore millions of us."

If we let them plunder our greatest wildlife refuge for the sake of oil company profits, then no piece of our natural heritage is safe from destruction. Please go to http://www.savebiogems.org/arctic and help keep the Arctic wild and free."

Sincerely Yours, Robert Redford

 

 

NEARLY 60 PEOPLE ON OUR LISTS!

I have ordered these first by using a persons last name, if I did not have that I used a first name, or nickname to put the listing in some kind of order. Keep in mind that sometimes people change email addresses and do not advise me. If you find one is not correct let me know.

Some of the addresses represent more than one person.

If there is a (P) after a name that indicates that there is a little introduction at the following page: Subscriber's Introductions . If you want to add an introduction or change what is there, let me know. I usually use an excerpt from your emails to create them.

Email: Dan Brady

 

RAdams/C......................... ROBINADAMSLOVE@aol.com

Basha ............................. acubasha@adnc.com (P)

SBergeron.........................scot@whitesalmon.net (P)

JBingaman.........................july4fun@jdweb.com

LFlorida/......................... LLLflorida@aol.com

JFornier .........................mnjay@fone.net (P)

JGates.............................sirius987@hotmail.com (P)

Geeta..............................bhakti15@hotmail.com (P)

CHatherly......................... fernando@tenex.com.au

SHawley1......................... lhawley6@home.com

SHawley2 ......................... ekeko@mailcity.com (P)

HHicks ............................ thestork13@hotmail.com (P)

JDL.................................. JDLCapt@aol.com

Jeff ................................Thinx2much_2000@yahoo.com (P)

Jerry................................ platzjerryj1@yahoo.com

B.J.................................. BrndJffrs@aol.com (P)

John1............................ tablewood@hotmail.com

John2 ............................ kasich@earthlink.com (P)

Julie.............................. JBA5540@prodigy.net (P)

AlvinK ............................ earthen@cheerful.com (P)

Kim .............................. parkerB@academy20.edisonproject.com

CKing............................Cybaddest@aol.com

JKing.............................jayvking@hotmail.com (P)

Marcia............................ cruzgirl@bananaslugs.com (P)

MBecchio......................... becks@affinities.net

Monica1......................... monicahi@netzero.net

Monica2 ......................... Pacooee@aol.com

TMorgan......................... tmorgan71@geotec.net (P)

JMoxley........................... joymax@cwnet.com

BNewman ......................... Bnnewman@aol.com (P)

Nikki............................... NNflutterby14@aol.com (P)

Rebekah..............................Atelier27@aol.com

ShirleyS ............................ shirleyvidhya@hotmail.com

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Humor

A couple of items from our humorous contributor, Jaybear:

To all of my brothers and sisters ....oh..and cuzzin's .... it is very important to start each day with some simple words of wisdom...I share these with you which have been passed onto me by my guru Q and may peace be with you!

(1)

. The journey of a thousand miles begins with a broken fan belt and a leaky tire.

. It's always darkest before dawn. So if you're going to steal the neighbor's newspaper, that's the time to do it.

. It's a small world. So you gotta use your elbows a lot.

. Sex is like air; it's not important unless you aren't getting any.

. We are born naked, wet, and hungry. Then things get worse.

. No one is listening...until you make a mistake.

. Always remember you're special and unique...just like everyone else.

. Never test the depth of the water...with both feet.

. It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.

. It is more impressive when others discover your good qualities - without your help.

. If you think nobody cares if you're alive.... try missing a couple of car payments.

. When someone says, "Do you want my opinion?" - you can bet it's one you don't.

When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by and listen....The word listen contains the same letters as the word silent.

The trouble with work is ... it's so daily!

Scientists say 1 out of every 4 people is crazy..... Check 3 friends, if they are OK...... you're it!

Have a blissful day!!!!

(2)

Words from the past: Mahatma Gandhi, as you may know, walked barefoot most of the time, which produced an impressive set of calluses on his feet. He also ate very little, which made him rather frail, and with his odd diet, he suffered from bad breath. This made him . . . what?

A super callused fragile mystic hexed by halitosis.


Words of Wisdom:

 WHEN YOU THOUGHT I WASN'T LOOKING

(written by a child)

(A message everyone should read, because the children in your life are watching you and doing as you do, not as you say.)

"When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw you hang my first painting on the refrigerator, and I immediately wanted to paint another one.

When you thought I wasn't looking I saw you feed a stray cat, and I learned that it was good to be kind to animals.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw you make my favorite cake for me and I learned that the little things can be the special things in life.

When you thought I wasn't looking I heard you say a prayer, and I knew there is a God I could always talk to and I learned to trust in God.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw you make a meal and take it to a friend who was sick, and I learned that we all have to help take care of each other.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw you give of your time and money to help people who had nothing and I learned that those who have something should give to those who don't.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I felt you kiss me good night and I felt loved and safe.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw you take care of our house and everyone in it, and I learned we have to take care of what we are given.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw how you handled your responsibilities even when you didn't feel good, and I learned that I would have to be responsible when I grow up.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw tears come from your eyes and I learned that sometimes things hurt, but it's all right to cry.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw that you cared, and I wanted to become everything that I could be.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I learned most of life's lessons that I need to know to be a good and productive person when I grow up.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I looked at you and wanted to say, "Thanks for all the things I saw when you thought I wasn't looking."

Each of us, parent or friend, influence the life of a child. Today I said a prayer for you. How will you touch the life of someone today?