Building Community in Cleveland: A Story of Weaving Gifts


“What you see depends on what you are looking for.”                                                                                         – Jan Thrope, Inner Visions of Cleveland 

In my last post, I talked about extending the right kind of invitation as part of building community – and the importance of asking about people’s gifts and assets, rather than focusing solely on their needs and problems.  I shared the story of Adele from Indiana.  Through conversations that invited Adele to talk about her gifts, combined with intentional acts of connecting Adele to others in the community, Adele’s cooking skills were activated in ways that not only benefited her own quality of life, but the broader community as well.  I ended my post by talking about the inherent power of stories like Adele’s to create a new narrative for community based on hospitality, gifts, and connectedness, and so I issued an invitation for others to also share their experiences.

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Cancer now biggest killer in Australia, ahead of heart disease: WHO report – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Serious stuff but isn’t this the same advice given for avoiding heart attacks and stroke? So, is it real advice or knee jerk advice?

The report says 3.7 million cancer deaths could have been avoided by lifestyle changes, such as quitting smoking, reducing alcohol intake and maintaining a healthy weight.

\”About 5 per cent of all cancers is due to alcohol consumption – that\’s an important part of the preventable cancer story,\” said Cancer Council Australia\’s Terry Slevin.

\”Let\’s make no bones about it, alcohol is a class one known carcinogen, it\’s listed by the World Health Organisation as such.\”

Research shows women\’s risk of breast cancer can increase by having as little as one alcoholic drink a day. For men, the risk of tumours increases with two to three drinks a day.

via Cancer now biggest killer in Australia, ahead of heart disease: WHO report – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).

Afghan Women’s Writing Project | Like a Breeze

I was a child like a breeze—beautiful and fresh

I was born during war where people try to escape

I gave smiles with my small lips to other’s smiles

I was a morning breeze entering houses with happy families

I was not powerful enough to cure their pain of losing loved ones

But the wind before every rain shakes all trees

Now this little breeze is a wind

Like a child who grows into a teenager

The wind’s voice can be heard before it comes to the forests and cities

But no one knows my voice, no one clearly hears it.

I am a beautiful wind before the rain.

I do not yet have enough power to support poor people

Or help the flower buds from begging on the streets

I do not have power to bring the flower bud to the master gardener

But I am now a wind, and I will become a powerful young storm

That lifts up the innocent, like seeds growing in the dirt

The young storm is beginning

It will hug every poor and orphaned child

And paint a beautiful picture of life with all the colors of nature.

After that storm ends, will rise a beautiful rainbow.

Farida Fa., age 16

via Afghan Women’s Writing Project | Like a Breeze.

Settlers uproot more than 1,000 olive saplings near Ramallah | Maan News Agency

Jewish settlers on Sunday vandalized private Palestinian agricultural lands north of Ramallah and uprooted more than 1000 olive trees and newly planted saplings, a Palestinian official said.

Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian Authority official who monitors settlement-related activities in the northern West Bank, told Ma\’an that a group of settlers from the Shilo settlement uprooted more than 1000 saplings in the village of Sinjil north of Ramallah.

via Settlers uproot more than 1,000 olive saplings near Ramallah | Maan News Agency.

Maya in the Moment: $5 Customized Love Songs are back!

After this ended, I wanted to do more. I was hooked!

A friend mentioned a site where you can provide services for people, for $5.

The love song girl was born!

I decided to start my own service, singing $5 customized love songs for Valentine\’s day! I ended up singing over 200 love songs for complete strangers. So cool!

These personalized songs are great for any loved one, (doesn\’t have to be a spouse!) and will definitely put a smile on their face. And for $5?! Best. Gift. Ever

. Click ♥ to order!

via Maya in the Moment: $5 Customized Love Songs are back!.

Carmel’s Settlers Interpretation of the Jewish “New Year of the Trees day”

The Villages Group: Cooperation in Israel-Palestine

Had the Jewish settlers of Carmel held their Tu Bishvat (the Jewish “New Year of the Trees day”) tree-planting ceremony on January 16, within the borders of their settlement, Carmel, it would have been taken as a fait accompli by whoever has become accustomed to the fact that Carmel inhabits the lands of others. But their “New Year of the Trees” plantings took place on a range that the sheep of the Umm al-Kheir’s Palestinian shepherds pass on their way out to graze, for many years. The planting on this range was no coincidence, it was meant as a declaration – “This is ours, and so is that”.

On Friday, Saturday and Sunday (17, 18, and 19 of January, respectively) the shepherds came through as is their custom, and the army stationed on the range did not stop them. On Monday, January 20, an incident took place when Umm al-Kheir shepherds…

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An Open Letter From Dylan Farrow –

What’s your favorite Woody Allen movie? Before you answer, you should know: when I was seven years old, Woody Allen took me by the hand and led me into a dim, closet-like attic on the second floor of our house. He told me to lay on my stomach and play with my brother’s electric train set. Then he sexually assaulted me. He talked to me while he did it, whispering that I was a good girl, that this was our secret, promising that we’d go to Paris and I’d be a star in his movies. I remember staring at that toy train, focusing on it as it traveled in its circle around the attic. To this day, I find it difficult to look at toy trains.

via An Open Letter From Dylan Farrow –

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Culture War is Class War disguised. The Wealthy Elite--the "Filthy Rich"--foment Culture War in society to distract and cover their real economic motives. Culture War, Class War explores the resulting cultural divide--how it was instigated and kept alive for fifty years in America by certain elite powers and how and why they choose to benefit while tearing families in two and keeping America paralyzed.


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