The Democratic convention begins tonight.  We watch in our homes as I’ve done since I was a child but this year feels different.  More is at stake as today the Trump administration finalizes plans to open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling.  

This is the home of caribou, bears, birds, foxes, and so much more.  It’s an ecosystem, as are we all.  

Being sheltered-in-place has given me even more opportunity to connect with the land on which I live and to see the changes.  The nest where eggs were laid is empty now but the birds are still here.  The plants look in the windows as I look out.  Many of us are rarely in a car these days.  Where would we go?  We work from home, and honor shelter-in-place.  

When I was a child, we took many driving trips, and I loved them, but as traffic increased, I drove less and less.  The change began when Steve and I began bicycling, and continued with my return from Nepal in 1993.  Today, I don’t feel a need to drive unless it is a necessity.

Now, what I love is on-line.  A few years ago I participated in a women’s silent retreat on Mount Tam.  I loved my tent and camping spot, our gathering by a constantly well-attended campfire.  This year the retreat is virtual.  I can do it from my home as I do the Sensory Awareness workshops I love and book and meditation groups.

We don’t need to drill in pristine land.  We do need to ensure quality of life for all.

Years ago, I knew I lived in a country with the financial resources to educate every child in the way that best challenged and encouraged how they learn.  We need that now, education for all.

I’m reading a book, Hieroglyph, Stories & Visions for a Better Future.  

I’m inspired by this quote by the visionary and inventor Buckminster Fuller.  It comes from his lectures in 1983 titled Only Integrity is Going to Count.  

“When humanity is primarily illiterate, it needs leaders to understand and get the information and deal with it. When we are at the point where the majority of humans them-selves are literate, able to get the information, we’re in an entirely new relationship to Universe.  We are at the point where the integrity of the individual counts and now what the political leadership or the religious leadership says to do.”

Today, of course, it’s a challenge to sort through all the information, literally at our fingertips, but we’re challenged to do so if we want a better world for our children, and for all children to come.  

This weekend I participated in a Sensory Awareness workshop.  Michael Atkinson ended with a story you may know.  In the story “Stone Soup”, weary travelers come to a village where no one will feed them.  They proceed to heat water in a pot and add a stone.  “Delicious,” they exclaim, and soon curious villagers come to add what they can, and the most delicious soup is made and shared.

We gather now, knowing the value each of us contributes as we add to the cauldron, this earth, we share.  

Here’s one version of the story of Stone Soup:

Here’s another way to make Stone Soup though travel is required unless you want to carve a cooking rock of your own:

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