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Dangerous Isolation: Meet the Fearless Advocates Helping Rural Women Escape Abuse by Laura Michele Diener — YES! Magazine

An excellent article addressing the needs and challenges of Rural communities and domestic violence.   It highlights numerous creative and integrated programs which address the cultural and physical barriers that inhibit rural women thriving in their lives and communities.  Do you have a local shelter or solution based domestic violence advocacy group in your community?   Support them.   Volunteer, donate, get informed of your local violence challenges.   Bottom up, is what makes a difference for the long haul.   ALL LIVES MATTER!!!

Dangerous Isolation: Meet the Fearless Advocates Helping Rural Women Escape Abuse by Laura Michele Diener — YES! Magazine.

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The Top 10 Happiest Countries and What Makes Them Happy – Shareable

Caring Economic principles of prioritizing investing in healthy people and our planet results in Happiness for it’s citizens.

The Top 10 Happiest Countries and What Makes Them Happy – Shareable.

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Carlton Complex Fire 2014, fire disaster recovery, Inspirational culture!!!, methow valley fires 2014, rebuilding community, Stream of consciousness observations

Dancing her love of place, following fire and flood devastation

This beautiful dance of love, healing and place, is a hopeful sign of personal post-disaster recovery.   The artists property burned and flooded last year during the Carlton Complex Fires.   A fire which burned 350 homes and over 200,000 acres in the beautiful Methow and Okanogan River Watersheds.   This sister is an artist, homesteader, craftsperson and dancer.   My hope and wish is that this beautiful poem in movement was healing and nurturing for her.   My thoughts and hope are with her and her partner in their personal loss recovery.   May their gardens grow strong, trees and lands thrive and their hearts and home be filled with love, joy, comfort and renewal…………………………….

 

 

If you are moved to support fire/flood recovery in the Methow Valley Washington State you can go to: ccanrelief.org and donate to a community recovery organization totally devoted to helping their neighbors with the greatest recovery challenges from this disaster.   Every little bit helps.   Be apart of the Giving Circle where everyone is blessed by giving…………………

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Poverty: The argument for a basic income (Opinion) – CNN.com

I am grateful to the artist who made this, and apologize for not knowing who you are...

I am grateful to the artist who made this, and apologize for not knowing who you are…

Excellent article by John Sutter at CNN International.   Better to reduce poverty and increase possibilities for ALL, leveling the social playing field with a basic income guarantee then build multi-billion dollar killing machines or give free money to banks and corporations for private profit who are funding the degradation of our shared bio-sphere.   Read It…. Support it…. Share it.

Poverty: The argument for a basic income (Opinion) – CNN.com.

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Red Moon Evening by anonymous..self-talk, Flamethrower Blues

A local sister shared this word isness,  birthed when the full moon was rising in the midst of our community burning, summer 2014………….   I hope you are gifted by it, as I was.

Surviving your world aflame........

Surviving your world aflame……..

Red Moon Evening by anonomous
Self-Talk, Flamethrower Blues……

A song for our scorched Mother
Green in our breath
Heartsweep, heal these wounds, sweet hope

Wounded lands
Tears flow, healing waters

Camouflage hills, mystery seeds
Fireland is……..
We are

Embrace……. The journey, life’s struggle
……The possibilities, Living Change
3D……
…..the secrets of giving….. Step back…….
Look………see……..
Evolve……………..beyond Elvis

Exist…….Learn

Open your heart to Other
Red Moon Evening
Green is our song…….. Mother
Scorched Earth
Breath in……………
Be not done Brothers and Sisters

Palms out in Welcome
All world problems

Red Moon Evening…… Gaza burns
Parched Earth
Green is our song……..

Open Hearts…… Sing Out
OHMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM

Breath INNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN ash
Pick up sticks…. Do the Hokey Pokey

Water Please
Trust Love
Share

Communicate……. Fuck AT&T

Breath In…….

Airy Spirit tonight
Betrayal
Canna uhoh
No patio today…… Morphine blues

BURN til snow fall
Peyote Prayer

Mothers Wounds
Bless her
Woodinville Sweat………………HMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM

Time to Rise in Love…………….
Burn no more

Love knot………..HMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM

Binds………………….never normal summer was

In Love we Listen…….. Waken Green……..

Mushroom secrets…… Mud flow storm

Breathe……..Awareness……..Hamsa, So Ham

Look up….. Waken Green

Waken Green Love…… Bubble up, secret seeds
Hold for the Sisters
Hold for the Real…. Life is out there Together

Hear the Winds Song, see her Song in the mist trails

Peaceful Hearts……. Pleeeeeeeasellll
Sweet water…….Love
Sweet water

Acerbation Mother’s wounds

Sweet Green Song…………………breath in…………………out………………………
Peaceful hearts friends

Bound by the web of life, above and below

Caring is the new currency…………Be it……………..CARE

Breathe it in…………………………

Serious trouble Fire Town, make haste green brothers and sisters

Seas of LOVE………………..

Share it……….Sing it………………………Dance it
Healing Songs, Heart beat

Keeping it real, Eyes Open……. Hearts Open

Just step forward, and Step Together………………………………………..

Elder Song……….Great Grandfather Trees…..Life Above…..Life Below

Kiss of Breathe………………..Share…………….
Green is our song

Looters Suck…………………………Desperate Children, All of Ours

Protect our own, Shelter All…………………………… Or not

Choosing, always choosing….. Add it up…….Life is loss and carrying on……..
………………………………..Or not.

Wasted Lands…………..Cries our hearts………………EVOLVE

What to do Darkened Lands……….What first, Mother guide us
Sweet Waters
Sweet Mother
Green Hope
Breathe
Cooperate
Sweet People

Green Songs…………………..Pleeeeeeeeease…………..

Free All Beating Hearts…….Lighten loads

Don’t like Bad People, Despair not …… Hope is but a thought away…..

Summer Wave riding…………..Hope and Hopelessness ……………..Hospice

Hearts see it, Hope flickers in ashes…………Belly Breaths……….Reset………
Now Is………..

Trust and Love Hold It………….Scary reach out………Love and Trust, hold it.

Desperation Blues……… Free the Fear……….Spokane Homeless, storytelling
Poverty Blues, Home on wheels…WTF….. Outrage is, can’t ignore the outrage……

Not enough Dead They say…………Too Public…… What happened to our Sweet Quiet Ways

Divas Suffer, gardens curl…………….

Sweet Mother heal…………Stay real………….thrust love…………….puuuuurrrrrrrrs Kitty Lover………….

New day for Dan????? A song of spirit peace and healing………prayer out…………..prayer in………….

Sounds in the night………hungry critters………..critters lame……………….Shoot Out………………
Sweet Jesus
No Respect

Equal Honor……….sprinklers on please…. Just in case

Breath Easy Sweet Sister Red Moon…………….Watch it!! Dot it!!!! Xcross it!!!!!!!!!

Love it…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..What’s next friends?????

Build Spirit, Flamethrower……….Shovels out…………..Sweet Water, Savior………..Water Savior……………………….Sweet Water Love………………………

Channel on, Sweet Water Love, my heart sisters…………….Stroke Strong

G & T please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Prayer…………prayers of hope…………Desperation is
Sweet Water Rise…generate of die

Peligro rises

Red Moon Evening………………….Betrayal…………Let it go

Sisters Dharma
Mothers Duty
Breath in………………………………………we can……………………or can we?

Hope is too!!!!!!!!!!!!!……………must be crazy, Mother may I? May we?

Open Green Hearts…………..It’s so real, fear some times, the fix is daunting.

All our Ancestors………Drum Found…………Sweet Water Blues, Green wind Son……………….
The summer of losses shared………………

Red Moon Evening……….Sing our Green Song, for us All…………highest good Song………….
Ride the WAVE……………………….Breath…………………Mayii…………Mayii…………
Mother Loves
US Still.

But suffers Great Loss………….her weeping manifest………..Sweet Jesus……….

Sweet Water………….Green Song……..Wind Song Knot…………….

Flamethrower, picture this………shovels out my sisters and brothers……….heroes all………..

Homestead on Sweet Elders

Elder Song of certainty……………fear comes………… Breathe in………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..out……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………My sisters Rock…..3 D…..3 R’s Everyday Rockstars……………

I Love You……………………………………………….Tough times, First World………..No Offense…………
Bitter Words, so sorry……..Knifes edge, so sharp…..Sweet Jesus……….Sweet Water.

Heroes, Mythos Lift us……………Green Song…………Free Mind Fly off………..

Prayers out, prayers in, two way speak……………….keep it real wounded hearts………cry………………………….breath………..

What next WindStorm, locusts? Dark Humor Song……….Coyote Cry, Wolf Song……..
Sweet Water……..Sweet Shade……….Close in…………Feds in Town

Camouflage Songs………security from bad boys, strangers in town.

Beating heart……….adrenaline junkies……….Keep it Real ……………..Fear Knot…..

Free Minds
Bleeding Hearts, think it through…………………one circle………….struggle not open hearts walking …………………………………….paranoia…………who’s there, do we know you,
One heart, fear knot………….

Fear not, Spirit Rise
Phoenix Song Sisters………….Miracles out service, too much BS in the Ring

Let it go, collaborate, weeping kitten, runny noses

Red Moon Evening Song……………rising up from the belly………..thick smoke sucks………
Light Out…..new faces, who are you? What’s your name brother? Fear not …………..

Sister Song, Red Moon Evening………………Still beating………ancestor drum circle …………….

Hands off………………….circle up…………….hands off public greed……………anger now

Breath………….Let it go, this is real

Red Moon Evening
Who cares
Little people we know
Turf war Blues…………find your song, little sisters daunting tasks.

Hearst Bleed………..Keep Breathing …………….squirrels song, fears abound………….

Camouflage Mountain…………this shit is too real…………

Roll it up, gentle touch…….

Who cares…….despair…….never knew

No news is goodness, the shit is still too real……………zuzuhya………..yaaa……maaaannnaaaa…..

Brother Po

Hungry animals, paint a picture……….sweet waters…………Green Song

Hope opens hearts
Optimistic Crone Song, Sweet Mother we love you
Circle up Sisters, Green Son………

New Normal Blues……….wind songs……..words in the wind…………..Flamethrower!!!!!

Not seeking permission to exist or act!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Weeping Hearts, Desperate Days……
Sweet Jesus………….Sweet Waters……….

Fire nights……….hold that line, hold the hope…………..Flamethrower Blues

Streaming, real time………….caring is the new currency.

Scary days, Libby Creek Blues………scorched earth…….serious days…………

Sing your Story, highest good, takes the tribe………breath green song…………

Super Red Moon Rising…………………………ummmmmmmmmmmmm

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Evacuated in the middle of a Firestorm: Carlton Complex Fire Ravages Central Washington

Carlton Complex Fire Ravages Central Washington – AccuWeather.com.

Hello friends,

For the last 10 days?, the communities of the central and lower Methow Valley have been struggling to save their land and homes in the middle of a firestorm of epic proportions.   Last monday two lightening strikes started fires within 2 miles of our home on Libby Creek in north central Washington.   I drove down to see what was going on when I saw the smoke from our patio and saw one small fire in the timber just north of Gold Creek, and another fire across the river and in the hills above the old Judd Ranch.   The firefighters went in right away to put them out with hand crews, but within a short period of time the fires were raging and moving fast, gobbling up all the dry fuels and spreading as the wind blew embers into new areas.   I can not even put into words the devastation and shock which has gripped our community in the last 10 days.   This fire has become the biggest fire in known Washington state fire history, I believe the current size of the fire is over 300,000 acres.   Hundreds of homes and businesses have been destroyed, beautiful creek drainages blackened to moonscapes, and who knows how many animals domestic and wild have fallen victim to the flames.

Our entire community here in the Methow Valley has been without power or most communications for most of this time, I can’t remember exactly when the power lines were shut down due to burning transmission and distribution lines but since then it has been a challenge to have access to water, refrigeration and contact with the outside world.   Thankfully yesterday power was restored to the main towns of Twisp and Winthrop and some of the unincorporated less impacted communities, which will help normalize our shared situation.   It has been interesting to hear the roar of generators EVERYWHERE day and night, but wonderful to have night skys so dark and dramatic with the evening show of the Milky Way and hot spots glowing in the hills around us.

Currently the weather has changed and we are not in immediate danger, but remain on high alert for changing conditions.   Our community members are pulling together and with the assistance of national relief organizations we are finally getting some help from the outside world to help take care of our displaced and un or under insured fire victims.   It will be many years of pulling together with mutual assistance to fully recover from the fire destruction, but I believe this community, with the help of national and local involvement and resources will rise like a Phoenix out of the ashes with more resiliency and deeper human connections as a result.

This is the letter I am sending out to my personal network asking for support for our rural community to have a full recovery and rebuilding of our human and ecosystem community:

 

Carlton Complex Fire 2014, the meeting of the south and north fires into one fire of historical and epic proportions...

Carlton Complex Fire 2014, the meeting of the south and north fires into one fire of historical and epic proportions…

To all friends of the Methow Valley and it’s communities:

 

We have been, as a community, operating in extreme fire danger conditions.   At one point I looked around me from our friends place on the river south of Twisp (evacuation place), in the early evening, with the winds roaring and fires raging to the north, northeast, east, southeast, south and southwest.   Plumes of fire cumulonimbus clouds spiking up 30 to 50 thousand feet, homes and gardens, barns, and livestock burning as the fire moved through the creek drainages.

 

There have been so many losses, even with the heroic efforts of some fire personnel, Shout out to the ‘Libby Creek Protectors” who held the northwest fire line at our road, for 5 0r 6 days in the worst of the extreme fire conditions (and they did not lose one permanent home).   Many homeowners stayed at their properties and protected, or tried to save their homes and outbuildings, homesteads from burning, many of those homes did survive and would not have if the owners had left.   Some homes were saved the first, and second time the fire went through a drainage, but lost on the third time through…..(Robin and Yogi’s on Texas Creek for example)   Can you imagine how that was??   They seem to be okay now though even with losing everything except animals and vehicles, but thank goodness they had insurance and are planning on rebuilding and staying in the community.   Our dear friends up Cow Creek, alone and with no help in the middle of one of the really intense drainage burns, fought the fire with shovels and minimal water for 2+ days and nights, and saved most of their homestead.   If they had not stayed I am sure they would of lost everything, 30+ years of time, energy, love and investment up in smoke.   Thankfully they survived with their lives and only lost a few out buildings and half the orchard.   But they have a big job ahead, like everyone else in these burned unincorporated communities.   Cleaning up the mess, starting from scratch in some cases, restoring the land as well as the improvements, in the middle of a moonscape with blackened skeleton trees.   I can not even imagine how that must feel.

 

Unfortunately, I am saddened to say, many people lost their homes and more lost their land improvement and the beauty of their Place, for the short term.   Many people will probably give up and not rebuild in the burn zones, but more will choose to stay and rebuild their homesteads and lives, helping to care for the lands healing as well as their own and their neighbors.

 

I believe, as do many here, that is our duty, our dharma, to assist in the process of rebuilding these communities as much as we can, as caring individuals, private and public organizations.   Taking help from everywhere we can to fund and actualize a full recovery of our beautiful and LOVED communities.

 

Currently the emergency relief agencies are still in town attempting to be useful and supportive and have been effective in caring for the immediate needs of some of our people, in the towns. ( Regarding the Red Cross:   mostly I have found them to be really nice people but totally unorganized and besides offering questionable food ( mystery white substances) and a few shelter beds, ineffective.   I believe if you are financially giving to support our recovery as a community, it is best to give to a local organization, the Red Cross will take the money for here and spend it at some other place.)   Please give to our local Caring for People and Community organizations, so the money stays here and rebuilds our wracked economy as well as homes and fences.   I have found that our local service organizations and individuals have been much more effective at actually getting the stuff and support we need to the people.   The CBC group, with Pam Floyd in a leadership position has been incredible at tracking down everything we need from diapers, to pasture, to housing, to generators, showers, food, water, etc.   Shout out to all you fine folks who worked out of the CBC relief center, supporting others like The Local Church in Carlton who served an underserved population in the middle of the danger zones, day after day with love and caring.   And our women’s leadership group out of Carlton, Carlton Complex Assistance Network, www.ccanrelief.org, has been working to assess the immediate needs of our people in the unincorporated areas and fill them pronto.   We are also thinking about our common future and setting up a structure to help everyone who wants to stay and rebuild have access to the resources they need to make that happen.

 

With the weather change for a couple of days, wet and cool, we seem to be out of immanent danger for the time being.   Unfortunately, it seems we in the western shrub steppe and forest communities are going to be facing a heightened risk of devastating fires.   Hea,t and the lightening that that brings in in the summer months, increases as the oceans warm and evaporation rises, putting our communities more at risk then ever.

 

******   Many fire victims have no insurance and will need and accept help from our local and extended Methow family.   Even people with insurance will have much to do to fully recover beyond what is covered.  

 

******   This is a request for financial support for our long term community recovery to our extended Methow family/community.   Together we can rebuild our devastated drainages and valley floor affected areas, stronger and more resilient and fire safe then ever.  

 

C-CAN, based in Carlton is thinking long term and assessing and partnering with all agencies and services to get our neighbors what they need for full recovery.   Your contributions will support the short, mid and long term recovery of our community.   Visit our web page to donate funds or contact us with any questions or services or materials you have to offer for the benefit of others.   (Locals, we could sure use some help getting better organized and effective with all the data and needs we are gathering, if you can help with that or want to participate in this local activist recovery project in other ways, please call us.   This will take ALL of us who love our Place, working together to accomplish.

 

Thank you for caring and partnering in this huge project of recovery and resilience.   ( The ‘big gun’ relief agencies, who work big disasters say the thing that makes a difference in the effectiveness of recovery efforts is the strength of community action and activists, so let’s do this thing together.   All hands on deck!!!!

 

 

If you do not feel comfortable giving to a new local women’s activist group like ours, then please give to Room One or The Cove to help the folks who are their clients and been adversely affected by this firestorm.

 

We are grateful for all of our extended family and friends of the Methow, who have and will continue to support our recovery efforts……….

 

With love, and the power back on for some, let’s get to work!

 

Mich on Libby Creek

www.ccanrelief.org

 

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If you believe in and want to support a local Phoenix rising, people powered movement, please do.   And we are so grateful for everyone who has given of themselves so far.

I hope to be returning to regular posting of Highest Good News, now that the internet and power are returning.   Thank you for your patience during my summer of extremes………

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Living with Dying, a temporary life chapter which is challenging our personal sharing and caring ethos.

Living with Dying

Living with Dying

 

A dear friend has chosen to come and experience his end of life process on our little homestead here in rural eastern Washington.   It has been a much more personally impactful process then we anticipated when we said ‘Yes, come for the duration.’, but, of course, we wouldn’t want it any other way if this is where D wants to be for transcending into the Mystery.

I wanted to let this community, those interested in the highest good news know why my posts have diminished recently.   Between getting the food garden in and hosting our friend and his family caregivers during these summer days, time for interacting with my digital community and doing research and writing is secondary to the immediate needs and opportunities which are the challenge and gift of living with dying.

We all are learning to live in the present moment, now, like never before.   We never know what experience, emotion or conversation is going to happen ….. now, but as a team of supportive people we are striving to practice kindness, share appreciation, feel love and be patience.

This is not my first time in intimate connection with a loved ones end of life process, but it is the first time to live with the daily pattern of care and experience in my own home space and not be a family member.     That is all for now.    My hope is that soon I will be able to continue my search for all the goodness happening in the world and share it with YOU!!!!    May your summer days be blessed and nurturing…..

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