Dear Friends & Neighbors,
Are you feeling the call to attention?
The norm has shifted and as we’re all reorganizing I’m asking myself — what is my duty as a sister, auntie, friend, professional, citizen, human?
I believe all of us have a responsibility to listen, not just to ourselves in our wonderful Sonoma County, but to those in our country who we don’t understand. There are many opposing views alive in our country today and they’ve been alive for a long time. When folks can come together and dialogue with open ears and open hearts, when we can find true compassion for those we don’t understand and engage with a curiosity for where our common ground is, we can be a part of creative solutions in a time that asks nothing less of us.
If you want peace, you don’t talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies. – Desmond Tutu
I am hearing a loud message — that we need to be positive participants. This time is calling for us to be far more engaged and educated in our civic duties and vigilant to our values of peace and upholding the sanctity of all life.
I’ve been observing my own reactions to these recent events and what’s coming up for me especially is the question of how to engage with the younger ones in my own family. I’m feeling needed to support them with the lessons and wisdom that comes with age and hope to be a creative contributor to the big conversations of our time.
No doubt this initiation asks more of us as a people. The way forward can not be “what do I need?” but rather “what is needed of me?”.
It’s with an open and sincere heart that I say thank you for being a meaningful part of my life.
Sharing expressions of thanks with you this holiday season.
Grateful for the opportunity to work in a capacity that has heart and meaning for me and my clients while working with folks who I adore!
Grateful to all my friends & family and the memory of my mother, who passed away this year ~ her incredibly creative talents, keen sense of humor and ability to bring beauty everywhere she went ~ this is my favorite self portrait of her.
Grateful to the Historical Society of West Sonoma County ~ the story keepers and storytellers of this place we call home. I am proud to support this effort of cultural seed saving.
Grateful for the Grange, the generations of folks who come together around agriculture and all of the abundance that it brings to our people.
Grateful for the Senior Center, a vibrant center of activity and support for our elders and the humor that goes along with getting old. I’m becoming ever more familiar…haha
Grateful for the Ceres Project and all the multigenerational learning that happens in the kitchen for the sake of those in need.
Grateful for the Sebastopol Arts Center holding down the place where folks can come to learn and experience the arts through classes, performances, exhibits and events like the award winning Documentary Film Festival!
Grateful for all the houses of faith that provide a place for spiritual grounding & growth for our community.
…to name just a few…
May I take this opportunity to wish you & yours a warm and joyous winter season full of holiday gatherings