Dozer, the bulldog

Dozer, the bulldog
Dozer: He was the best dog on the planet.

Bonding

Bonding
The author of Mark's Work with Ellie Mae

Guess who's coming for dinner

Guess who's coming for dinner
Blue heron, sitting on the dock of our pond

HappyDay Farms bees are happy bees.

HappyDay Farms bees are happy bees.
Air-borne bees

BFF's forever

BFF's forever
Margie and Ellie Mae

Tomatoes and peppers are us.

Tomatoes and peppers are us.
Spicy salsa with roasted peppers, here at HappyDay Farms

Much love, John-Bryan

Much love, John-Bryan
Eric at 26 on the left, and John-Bryan in January of 1973.

Halloween fun

Halloween fun
SmallBoy and Dancing Girl

Our house

Our house
The snow season approaches...

Mahlon Masling Blue

Mahlon Masling Blue
My friend and brother.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

What's Next?

What's Next?

We traveled; we marched; we have returned.

What’s next?

The first Women’s Roundtable will convene at the Laytonville Grange, Tuesday January 31st, at 4:30. As Diane Schankin phrased it, “There are so many ways we could affect our community in a positive way. Please bring your thoughts and your ideas to share.”


Some suggestions included in Diane’s post are:

a seminar for girls on setting boundaries and learning to say no

supporting a wo(man) for political office

an environmental cause

working on a campaign to eliminate the electoral college

health care issues

reproductive rights

“Let’s be at the cause and not the effect of change,” Diane said, concluding with, “Thank you again for the inspiration of yesterday’s Women’s March across the world."

"Power of the people.”

When I saw the post on face/book, I included an idea that popped into my head: A concerted effort to address bullying at all levels in our school district. Small group, across the table dialogue, designed and led by students. "Let's make America kind again" should be more than just a slogan, and it has to start where kids are gathered together, especially if they don't want to be there.

This type of community effort supersedes politics. It does not matter for whom you voted; it matters that you see the need to address issues arising from the new administration.

Enjoying the fruits of victory from the protest last Saturday, is grand, but when we've emptied the bowl, the work must begin. We need to take the torch that has been ignited, and carry it forth. Our ray of light in Northern Mendocino County, may not extend as far as more populated areas, but then there are fewer lights on the ground to obscure, that which we do create.

United, we make forward progress, which is better than remaining complacent.

Sitting around at work or home, bitching about the injustice of it all, doesn’t get anything accomplished. Even if you cannot make it to this meeting, or other meetings, does not mean you cannot be involved, right?

Using social media, we can sift through information, suggestions, agendas, time-frames, surveys, questions, ideas, and we can provide links. We can use social media to organize. All of these options are available. There are so “many ways that we can affect our community in a positive way.”

I agree, Diane. Thanks!





2 comments:

  1. I believe what you are seeing in Laytonville is playing out in many cities and towns around the country. A friend just told me this morning about a local group which is part of the bigger Indivisible movement https://www.indivisibleguide.com
    I very much appreciated your suggestion about a way to highlight and suppress bullying behaviors in schools. I know we have actively worked towards that in my school and I think it is paying off. Kids now have a bully for a national leader. It is possible to cite examples of belittling and bullying behavior and show kids that they can do better than that.

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    1. I agree. Raising awareness and having continuity from one grade level to the next, is a key component. Thank you for your input. xoxo

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