We’ve had a student group from Berea College here for the past 2 days.  It’s a group of 19 students and 2 professors, from a class focused on studying intentional communities.   The students have been helping out with some work — onion peeling, cow herding, dinner cooking, calf feeding — and hanging out around the community and getting a sense of how we live here.  Some of them seem really interested, others seem too “cool” to enjoy it.  For the most part, it’s fun having them here.  I love sharing this way of living with people, watching them open to new ways of doing things (like not flushing toilets after every pee — or peeing outside, for goodness sake!).  On their first night here, I sat with them and talked about my journey to this place, sharing with them my conviction that collaborative living is possible and vitally necessary, and reminding myself at the same time.

A large group of Oakers are preparing to head up to the inauguration tomorrow.  My personal theme is “inaugurate yourself!”.  I’m going with the intention of celebrating the idea of self-governance and claiming responsibility for creating the reality I want, instead of complaining that other people (especially those who make up the current American government) aren’t going to do it.  It’s not just George Bush, but the entire system, that’s out of whack.  And so I’m going to the protests to invite people to find a way of living that’s not (as) dependent on the system.  This isn’t recruiting for the commune or anything like that — it’s wanting to inspire folks to consider the possibility of a radically different way of living, whatever that may be.  Off I go, with my dancing clothes on…

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