An Update on our Urban Permaculture Project from Tyler Doucette, 2013 Verge Permaculture Intern
A write up I submitted for my internship.
As Tom Athanasiou observes in his recent book Slow Reckoning, the 1984–85 Ethiopian famine which claimed over one million lives didn’t interrupt the export of green beans to UK supermarkets (Athanasiou, 1996)
We think you should know.
It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing.
It doesn’t interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love, for your dream, for the adventure of being alive.
It doesn’t interest me what planets are squaring your moon. I want to know if you have touched the centre of your own sorrow, if you have been opened by life’s betrayals or have become shrivelled and closed from fear of further pain.
I want to know if you can sit with pain, mine or your own, without moving to hide it, or fade it, or fix it.
I want to know if you can be with joy, mine or your own; if you can dance with wildness and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes without cautioning us to be careful, be realistic, remember the limitations of being human.
It doesn’t interest me if the story you are telling me is true. I want to know if you can disappoint another to be true to yourself. If you can bear the accusation of betrayal and not betray your own soul. If you can be faithless and therefore trustworthy.
I want to know if you can see Beauty even when it is not pretty every day. And if you can source your own life from its presence.
I want to know if you can live with failure, yours and mine, and still stand at the edge of the lake and shout to the silver of the full moon, ‘Yes.’
It doesn’t interest me to know where you live or how much money you have. I want to know if you can get up after the night of grief and despair, weary and bruised to the bone and do what needs to be done to feed the children.
It doesn’t interest me who you know or how you came to be here. I want to know if you will stand in the centre of the fire with me and not shrink back.
It doesn’t interest me where or what or with whom you have studied. I want to know what sustains you from the inside when all else falls away.
I want to know if you can be alone with yourself and if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments.
|—||Oriah (via thelittlephilosopher)|
So I made a thing because I hadn’t seen one made yet.If one was made I’ll just delete this one.
If there is one thing tumblr is really good at it is tumblr bombing petitions and polls.
So let’s tumblr bomb this for ourselves and our fellow users.
After winning a Supreme Court judgment that allows same-sex marriage and asks the government to make laws to protect their rights, the burgeoning LGBT community in Nepal has another cause to celebrate – getting their own “national anthem”.
The nine-minute-long song, now being shot as a music video, will be released commercially next month when the Himalayan nation observes its traditional Teej festival.
Regarded as a feminine festival during which women, young and old, dress up in red and dance and feast together in an act of solidarity, the event became open to transgenders after Nepal’s political parties and a former prime minister’s wife began to include members of the community in their invitations.
The song, written by a third-gender in her 20s, who calls herself Samikshya, combines the style of folk songs with modern elements that focus on the rising gay rights movement in the once conservative kingdom.
“It’s a powerful song that talks about the sufferings of the sexual and gender minorities in Nepal, their marginalization, stigmatization, lack of protection by law and lack of opportunity,” says Sunil Pant, the founder of the movement in Nepal as well as the Blue Diamond Society, the pioneering gay rights organization.
“It demands respect, identity, rights, dignity and opportunity.”- See more at: http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/lgbts-get-their-%E2%80%98national-anthem%E2%80%99-nepal210713#sthash.LoGZOnAV.dpuf
At first I was like “oh some guy being a really awesome athlete” AND THEN I REALIZED WHAT I WAS ACTUALLY LOOKING AT
|—||Peter Gelderloos (those who have ever condemned the violent resistance of people who have grown up in more oppressive circumstances than themselves should think about this the next time they eat a banana or drink a cup of coffee)|