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SOFT FOCUS ART a soothing way to see

SOFT FOCUS ART a soothing way to see

The Art of Soft Focus

by Jenna Martin in Medium 2018

I like to forage for wild mushrooms and collect edible wildfood. It is a gentle way to sink into a place and learn local ecology.

It also provides us with some really delicious mushrooms and herbs as well as knowledge of local poisonous plants; for example, our front yard is abundant in snakeweed, which was what killed Abraham Lincoln’s Mother.

Cows can digest the plant but the poison will leak into her milk and kill people! Interesting, no? CLICK FOR MORE

Fine Art in America – Soft Focus 

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SOME WAYS TO GET TRACTION On This Journey Back to Who We Really Are

SOME WAYS TO GET TRACTION On This Journey Back to Who We Really Are

BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS believes that in each child there is a special spark that, when provided with inspiration and encouragement, will lead them to become a positive, productive citizen of our community and the world.

With just a few hours each month as a volunteer Big Brother or Big Sister, you’ll become a role model and a friend and provide your Little with the support they need to reach their full potential.

And … it’s rewarding and fun!

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LET’S “COME TO THE LIGHT, THE BEAUTIFUL LIGHT”  Yes, I agree, it’s way past time…

LET’S “COME TO THE LIGHT, THE BEAUTIFUL LIGHT” Yes, I agree, it’s way past time…

11th-grade girls talked about Kamala Harris in history class. They have their own expectations for her.

They go to school in Atlanta’s majority-Black DeKalb County

By Caroline Kitchener November 10 in The Lily

Brittney Caldwell couldn’t wait to celebrate. Wearing a bright orange Howard University sweatshirt, she logged into Zoom to teach an extra-credit class with 10 of her female students from AP U.S. history. It was the first school day since Joe Biden won the presidential election, and Caldwell — a Howard alumna, like Vice President-elect Kamala D. Harris — had come ready to discuss the history at hand.

“Kamala Harris,” she’d written on her presentation’s opening slide. “First female Vice President.”  CLICK FOR MORE

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Re-inventing Work: An Interview with Matthew Fox

by Leslee Goodman, syndicated from moonmagazine.org, Nov 12, 2020 in Daily Good – News that inspires

An Episcopalian priest and theologian, Matthew Fox began his career as a member of the Dominican Order of the Catholic Church but was expelled in 1993 by Cardinal Ratzinger, who later became Pope Benedict XVI. Among Fox’s teachings the Catholic hierarchy found most objectionable was his belief in “original blessing,” which became the title of one of his most popular books. The concept was in direct contravention of the Roman Catholic doctrine that people are born into “original sin.” Fox was also criticized for his embrace of the divine feminine and his acceptance of homosexuality.

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Children, Anger Control and Inuit Wisdom

By Michaeleen D0ucleff and  Jane Greenhalgh in Goats and Soda

 

For more than 30 years, the Inuit welcomed anthropologist Jean Briggs into their lives so she could study how they raise their children. Briggs is pictured during a 1974 visit to Baffin Island.

Jean Briggs Collection / American Philosophical Society

Back in the 1960s, a Harvard graduate student made a landmark discovery about the nature of human anger.

At age 34, Jean Briggs traveled above the Arctic Circle and lived out on the tundra for 17 months. There were no roads, no heating systems, no grocery stores. Winter temperatures could easily dip below minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

Briggs persuaded an Inuit family to “adopt” her and “try to keep her alive,” as the anthropologist wrote in 1970.  CLICK TO CONTINUE

 

Photo Credit: Liz Preyer   Asheville, North Carolina

 

 

 

 

 

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SHEVILLE.ORG Has New Owners!

SHEVILLE.ORG Has New Owners!

It is with great pleasure that we announce that new ownership has come to SheVille! This team of experienced & passionate women will begin managing SheVille.org effective immediately.

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THE IMPACT OF ART

THE IMPACT OF ART

“We Will Breathe” by Sheila Pree Bright

This week, we have a new photo essay to share from Atlanta-based, award-winning photographer Sheila Pree Bright. “We Will Breathe”, a collection of ten photographs, capture intimate moments of mourning and inspiration in the Black Lives Matter movement, images that evoke and make connections to the civil rights movement and its leaders.

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CLIMATE, CLIMATE, CLIMATE and What’s Affected By It

CLIMATE, CLIMATE, CLIMATE and What’s Affected By It

in AVL Today a part of The City Council’s making moves

Building upon their Climate Emergency Resolution from January of this year, City Council also approved a decision establishing a zero-net loss tree canopy policy. Its goal? To establish tree canopy coverage of 50% by 2040 in order to fight canopy loss and ensuing “heat islands,” which can disproportionately affect minority communities. This resolution supports the establishment of a Comprehensive Urban Forestry Program in the future.

Want to dig in further? Check out the video of the meeting here.

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WOMEN: What We Have to Say…

WOMEN: What We Have to Say…

Four Adrian Dominican Attorneys Reflect on Legacy of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

October 3, 2020, Adrian, Michigan – As the United States is engaged in controversy over President Trump’s nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, four Adrian Dominican Sisters who are attorneys continued to reflect on the impact of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

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A DAY TO REFLECT ON STOLEN LANDS

A DAY TO REFLECT ON STOLEN LANDS

This Indigenous Peoples’ Day Couldn’t Be More Important in Native Organizers Alliance

Today is Indigenous Peoples’ Day – October 12
 
It is a day to reflect on the history of Native peoples in the U.S. and the world. It is also a day to remind everyone that in the 21st Century Native peoples remain a vibrant part of political and cultural life.

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GUIDE: How to repair a family rift

GUIDE: How to repair a family rift

by Pam Weintraub In PSYCHE

Healing an estrangement can be deeply rewarding. Acknowledge your role in what happened, then look ahead to brighter days.

Family estrangements are fundamental to the human story, starting the day that God tossed Adam and Eve from the garden. Likewise, in Greek mythology, there’s Electra, who murdered her mother to avenge her father, and Tantalus, who cooked his son and fed him to Olympian gods. The trope continues: just look at the brutal enemies Tywin and Tyrion Lannister, father and son power players in the TV series Game of ThronesCLICK TO CONTINUE

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CREATED 150 YEARS AGO, the Justice Department’s First Mission Was to Protect Black Rights

CREATED 150 YEARS AGO, the Justice Department’s First Mission Was to Protect Black Rights

By Bryan Greene in SMITHSONIANMAGAZINE.COM

Amos T. Akerman was an unlikely figure to head the newly formed Department of Justice. In 1870, the United States was still working to bind up the nation’s wounds torn open by the Civil War. During this period of Reconstruction, the federal government committed itself to guaranteeing full citizenship rights to all Americans, regardless of race. At the forefront of that effort was Akerman, a former Democrat and enslaver from Georgia, and a former officer in the Confederate Army.

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