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Reverb10 (#reverb10) is an annual event… It’s an open online initiative that encourages participants to reflect on this year and manifest what’s next. It’s an opportunity to retreat and consider the reverberations of your year past, and those that you’d like to create in the year ahead. We’re connected by the belief that sharing our stories has the power to change us. We look forward to reading yours. – from reverb10.com/thestory

December 7: Where have you discovered community, online or otherwise, in 2010? What community would you like to join, create or more deeply connect with in 2011?

from Flickr Creative Commons By Patrick Q

I am on the edges of many communities. I love knowing different kinds and sets of people, so I feel as if I am “part” of many but not essential to any. And that is fine with me right now. I’m in a transitional place in life – if any part of life is not transitional – and I don’t need too many things demanding more than I can give as I chart my course.

I am happy to say I’ve discovered a much healthier work community at my new job. While there were many people I liked at my last job, some who will stay good friends for years I think, I never felt part of the community of my co-workers, nor do I know if any such community existed among them. There is that sense here, and I’m grateful to enjoy the company of my co-workers as we celebrate organizational successes, personal advancements, holidays and momentous events like weddings and babies. (more…)


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When I opted to take a job that was not directly within the food movement, I knew I needed to find another outlet for my desire to affect change. I want to share what I’m learning about good food and sustainability with others.  This blog is clearly becoming a platform for that, but I aim to keep my “activism” bounded by the context of my life and experiences. I’d like something a little more direct. My thoughts went back to the things that had made an impact on my food choices – books, of course, but also, films. The Food Films Club was born.

Would you like to watch a moooooovie?

My Food, Inc. viewing was the model for my plan. The potluck and viewing of PBS’s airing of the acclaimed documentary was a hit – good food  and a chance to watch and discuss the film with a great set of interested people. This was an activism I could lead.

The first Food Films Club night featured the documentary FRESH! with a simple meal of bread and cheese, black-eyed peas and brown rice, and fresh watermelon. In the future, I’ll post the group’s review of the film for One/Week readers. If you’ve seen it too, feel free to comment.

I’m forming a list of upcoming food films for Club nights. Do you have any recommendations?

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Jeff is a good friend whom I met when we worked together at Capital City Public Charter School. He and his partner Bruce live in a charming Cape Cod which they’re restoring, in Takoma Park, just the other side of the District boundary. He writes about their little urban homestead at The Prolific Sunchoke. He shares his food story, which centers around his flourishing garden.

Early summer abundance.

Most of my mid-mornings these days allow for time to inspect the daily growth of the garden and think about how happy I am at this house because of the amount (although still small at 40′ x 25′ and another track of 5′ x 15′) of full-sun, productive garden space….and, honestly, it truly fuels getting a bunch of other things done the rest of the day. Today, in preparing for contributing to my friend Katie’s enjoyable blog that often highlights her apartment’s balcony garden space, I remembered how I had just enough space at my rented houses in DC to have a nice herb garden – and only after much work on the soil. Fortunately, I had plenty of produce for most of those years since I operated a CSA program that grew into a health food store; however, I remember still having the urge to get into the soil every Spring beyond my tiny space and to be part of a community doing the same. (more…)

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I had been needing a weekend away – and Manhattan hit the spot this weekend. We took an early bus from DC to NYC on Friday morning, and spent the afternoon wandering, first in Central Park – I wanted to see Strawberry Fields, and just sit in the park – then in “DUMBO” (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass, an artsy/parky area in Brooklyn that required a walk over the Brooklyn Bridge, which was really cool) I can’t say how great it is to have friends living in the East Village, especially friends as gracious and laid back as Jordan and Amanda. Being able to stay with them means getting to experience the city in a very different way – as if their neighborhood, too, is a friend we get to know a little better each time we go. I only carried my phone, so my photos are grainy and entirely unedited – gritty, like the East Village. Wonderful things not pictured below include: two cats on leashes in Central Park, eating grass and lying in the sun; sightings of Frances McDormand and Bill Heder in the West Village; Improvised Shakespeare; puppies playing with a balloon; bagels from Russ & Daughters with names like the Fancy Delancy and the Heebster; the huge pigeon poop that landed in my hair; my cool t-shirt purchases.

Saxophone under a bridge in Central Park - moody acoustics, lovely.

Under another Central Park bridge, on our way to Strawberry Fields.

You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one.

This is a *WAFFLE TRUCK* from which one can buy, at ungodly hours of night, warm crispy waffles topped with all manner of decadent things. I may or may not have had a waffle topped with Nutella and powdered sugar.

In Soho, the work of famous graffiti artist, Banksy.

In Soho, the New York City Earth Room. An art installation: a small loft filled two feet with rich, damp dirt. Photos were prohibited. This soil has been in this room since 1977.

This is Kay, and she merits a post of her own later this week.

Baubles for sale from street vendors in Soho. It was as if Etsy had set up shop on the sidewalks.

Amanda (writer of Tastee Pudding) and our table of afternoon sustinence.

Monkey and Dragon refueling after an afternoon of roaming.

We all took some time to take pictures, tweet and check email - of course!

The Brooklyn Bridge, from the walking path.

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Capital City Public Charter School in Washington, DC, is one of the most amazing schools I’ve ever been privileged to know. Earlier this week the PreK and Kindergarten students presented their semester of work on plants and nutrition – a study that included regular work in a City Blossoms community garden down the street from the school (and from my house). I enjoyed every minute!

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I enjoyed reading and sharing Amanda’s guest post on her personal food politics earlier this week, and her story reminded me of my friend Becca’s story. I got to know Becca, a talented teacher at the school where I work, through discussing food. Cross-Pollanation? In contrast to Amanda’s story, Becca’s journey lead her back to meat. She posted her story on her own blog as well.

So, I’m co-leading a book club after school for 4 5th/6th grade girls.  We’re braving the Young Reader’s Edition of Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma, and so far the girls are taking it all in with an amazing level of maturity and critical thinking.  I love my school for fostering students like this :)

But, back to the subject.  My co-sponsor and I talk about food… a lot.  And she asked me to write a guest-post on her blog about my own personal food politics.  So, here goes:

Becca dreams of hunting a wild boar, which is purportedly as blurry as it is delicious.

In 2004, working full time at an environmental non-profit AND managing 3 bands, I met a music producer who became my best friend.  In mid-conversation one day (appropo of nothing) he asked me if I was a vegetarian.  “No… why do you ask?”  “Well, most of my friends who are as compassionate as you cite that reason for going veg.”  Huh.  He was writing a book – a collection of peoples’ stories of why/how they went veg.  I read the forward to the book, his own story.  It was hilarious, anchored on the imagery of a bunch of punks teasing him for eating McDonald’s, his 30-day vegetarian challenge, and his epiphany that “Hamburgers don’t grow on trees!  McDonald’s is using the Hamburglar to brainwash the youth of America to think that their food doesn’t come from animals!”

I didn’t quite harbor his conspiracy theory, but I did come away thinking “Huh… there are a lot of good reasons not to eat meat.  Do I have any good reasons to keep doing it?”  And the answer was, “Nope.”  My 30-day vegetarian challenge turned into 5 years of a strict veg diet – no dead animals in my body, ever.  I never went vegan (ok, ok – except those 3 days in Portland… but I ate cheese the minute I got back to San Francisco).  (more…)

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As I commented on in my post on Window Shopping, internet interactions look different than “real life” but have similar themes. I have had a great time reading new blogs by the many blogathon participcants. I intend to make a visit to each of the blogs participating in the 2010 WordCount Blogathon. (See a full list here.) So many varied voices and styles – pleasure to meet you all. But today I want to nod at a handful that have already kept me coming back and earned comments because what you’re writing resonates with me. Cheers, new friends! (more…)

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