I was sitting in a class on how to build support for making social change, and one of the discussions we had is a comparison of the differences between the civil rights era environment and today’s civic environment. This made my mind leap into making a list of a score of dozen ways to be an empowered citizen and an empowered consumer.
Writing this post, I realized that this list is a micro version of Gandhi’s Constructive Program. In the period between civil Disobedience Campaigns, Gandhi kept his followers engaged and progressing by building a sustainable community-based economy to replace the imperial system which oppressed them.
I admit that I do like the fancy Balsamic Vinegar that come in wine bottle shapes and make awesome dressings and marinades. This post is not about that vinegar.
This post is about the white vinegar that you can find in the clear plastic gallon jug in the bottom shelf of the supermarket. Even better is the extra-cheap store or generic brand. We usually have at least two jugs of it around the house at a time.
No, we don’t use that much by putting it on our breakfast cereal every morning.
The idea of this site is to help bring a little more love into the world. We have been working to create a community space to share the way to a more peaceful life. Our definition of a peaceful life encompasses all areas of our lives.
TWL will focus us on exploring what more of what peace means in the rest of our lives, such as what it means to freecycle; to be a vegetarian; a locavore; a community member; to use nonviolent communication; and to clean with vinegar. And more. But first,
OnTheWilderSide had a free-flowing chat with Jen Chapin about her new album, Reckoning. We covered topics ranging from Occupy to parenthood.
We started our discussion with Chapin by asking her about the balance between the intimate and the political on the new album, Reckoning. The album includes songs on both ends of the spectrum, such as Insatiable about never-ending war and “Don’t Talk” which praises making love as a needed form of marital communication.
Chapin described the intimate and the political as “a balance I am always trying to strike.” She saw it as something stretching back through her life:
The world view envisioned in the anthology of essays, Share or Die!, Voices of the Get Lost Generation in the Age of Crisis, is one in which human interaction is re-shaped by Generation Y (the Millennials). This new kind of interaction is to be based upon sharing, using a mixture of high-tech and high-touch. Serendipitously, about the same time as our review copy of the book appeared in the mail, an example of what the book was hoping to achieve also arrived in the mail.
By joining a CSA, you pay for a share which entitles you to a portion of the vegetables harvested during a season. Many CSA’s, including the one we joined, are organic. It is a way to support local farmers directly and get fresh produce.
Many CSA’s take the “community” part very seriously by having events throughout the growing season for the members to participate. At Biophilia, we helped out at the opening of the greenhouse by planting seed flats.
The farmer had mentioned that the name Biophilia was taken from a book by Edward O. Wilson, but Susannna had noticed that the farm’s name had the farmer’s name in the middle of it. Coincidence?