Richie Havens passed away April 22, 2013. Rest in peace, Richie Havens.
The loss of your bright shining heart and soul from our world is a shock. I realized that that I had seen you perform four times. More than I have seen any other nationally touring performer.
I first saw you at the Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett, NY when I was barely out of college. My best friend had gotten concert tickets from his older brother. His brother decided he didn’t want to go to see some oldies acts. We were psyched to see Country Joe and the Fish. We reveled in his famous anti-war song. Joe was fun. We stayed to see the next act that — in our ignorance — we had never heard of. We figured we were there anyway. Why not give you a listen?
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?
Walt Whitman is one of my favorite poets. I like to remember his birthday, which is on May 31st, and falls on a Thursday this year. There are some events and celebrations around this time at the Walt Whitman Birthplace in Long Island. And, my idea for a holiday to this beloved, transcendentalist, nature poet is to set aside 15 minutes on his birthday to celebrate silence.
More about a silent celebration of Walt Whitman’s birthday:
It’s the last day of “Sonny Meadows Week” at Peace Couple! (If you have not headed over to CD Baby to check out his work, and get copies for yourself and as gifts, you should do so now, while you remember.)
On this last day: What song should we pick?…
“Drums of War” by Sonny Meadows is the Peace Song of the Day for December 11th. You can find this song on the album Bibles, Guns & Flags. In the liner notes, Sonny Meadows comments on his inspiration for this song:
Written in response to Kosovo and my own personal experiences in Viet Nam, but applies to the Mid-East, Africa and everywhere we let vengeance take the place of common sense.
You can find a sample of this song, or buy the album or MP3,
at CD Baby: here.
(Drums of War is Track 4)
“The Last Church On The Left” by Sonny Meadows is the Peace Song of the day for December 9th. You can find this song on the album Tolerance.
There are many reasons why we love this song! Besides our admiration for Sonny Meadows, this song is also a tribute to one of our heroes. The song describes a favorite memory: Susan Blake, welcoming people to the PeaceSmiths Cofffeehouse. Susan June Blake, who passed away in 2007, was the long time Coordinator of PeaceSmiths, and a dear friend of Ian and Kimberly.