#30DaysofGOOD — Day 9: Document Inspiration
To name just a few of the things that have inspired and continue to inspire me: my grandfather (photo from perhaps 37 years ago), the natural world, my children (from 12 years ago), beautifully and intricately written fiction like Lord of the Rings, “In Defense of Food” which became my motivation for change and a more purposeful environmentalism, and wisdom from such thinkers as The Buddha.
While in downtown Tucson today, I saw many examples of art—sculptures, murals, architecture, democracy in action… On the drive home, I captured this. My favorite from today.
#30DaysofGOOD Day 4: Document Something Old
This is the view atop Tumamoc Hill in Tucson AZ. This hill was home to the ancient Hohokam people and is the site of the earliest known trincheras village in the Southwestern US. After the Hohokam people moved on about 700 CE, the area provided resources to the Tohono O’odham, Akimel O’odham, and the Hopi. It’s possible Tumamoc is also a burial site for Apache and Papago.
30 Days of Good Challenge
Day 1: Street Style
My street, seen through the filter of last night’s Halloween decorations
My story isn’t interesting. My husband served in the military and I raised two boys, the oldest now 19 and in community college. Often we struggled, with student loans, expenses, living paycheck-to-paycheck, as so many do. We didn’t always ask for help from my family, but it was comforting to know it was available. I’ve never been without medical or dental. I’ve never gone hungry. I’ve always had a roof over my head. I’ve never been truly poor.
BUT I STAND WITH THOSE OF US WHO ARE! I stand with those who go hungry, get denied or can’t afford medical, lose their homes, can’t get hired, with those who work hard for little. I stand with those who get sent to war, risking life and limb— while corporations like Halliburton make BILLIONS off of suffering. I stand with my children, who face an uncertain future, both in terms of the ECONOMY and the ENVIRONMENT. I stand with those who have no one to turn to, andwith those who are a paycheck away from homelessness (that would be 33% of us)…
…all while 1% of our population have the wealth of 7 lifetimes or more, the average net worth being $14 MILLION! They will NEVER know hunger. They will NEVER be unable to afford medical. They will NEVER need to ask anyone for help (except perhaps the 99% for a BAILOUT!). They have the majority of the money and the power.
But WE THE PEOPLE still have our right to peaceably assemble, to free speech, and to a free and independent press. And though the powers-that-be often succeed to divide and conquer us, we have rediscovered our collective VOICE.
Let’s continue to remind the 1% that our DEMOCRACY ISN’T A QUIET ONE!