under1000skies Newsletter 1.3

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Here Today Gone Tomato

 
“My muses have always been the people I love.”  -Anonymous
 
Photo, “Jelly Bean and Mommy Morning” by Niki Flow, Kenosha, WI, 1982.  (My first light-filled gem, my oldest daughter ♡ Kelly Jean ♡).
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I recently rekindled an old romance, a passion born when I was no more than a girl.  More

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Gems 5.83

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Gems 5.83a Pancho (1)

One of our ServiceSpace soulkin, Pancho Ramos Stierle (Casa de Paz, Palo Alto) was detained on Saturday at the Mexican border.

The story from Angela Oh, with a Sunday update, is here:
Earth Flag Going Up at the Mexican Border
15-16 June | 2019 Angela Oh
15jun19 (sat)
“Today Panchito was detained at the border as we tried to make entry into Mexico. In true Pancho spirit, he replied to queries about his ID and citizenship by stating he had no ID and is a citizen of the world. Jai Jagat!”*

(Emphasis mine.  See * below)

16jun19 (sun)
“We have received word that Pancho may be released back to the U.S. tonight or tomorrow.

“Pancho could get released if he has no outstanding warrants. Another factor in favor of release is that the CBP is overwhelmed with the number of persons being detained and they want to clear people who do not pose a threat.

“However, there is also a chance that Pancho will be referred to the Mexican authorities because of his citizen-of-the-world stance…”

peace

‘The most effective weapon against a system based on greed and violence is kindness.'” -Pancho Ramo Stierle

Pancho | Casa de Paz | under1000skies

Pancho’s courage has inspired me often over the years.  He was there for Occupy Oakland in 2011 and at Standing Rock during the Pipeline Crisis in 2016.  His peaceful, nonviolent way of life has created an Eden in Palo Alto at Casa de Paz in a neighborhood that is known for gang violence.  I named a character in a story for my granddaughters after Pancho two summers ago.  Pancho’s story in Nipun Mehta’s Ted Talk Designing for Generosity is one of the ways I found the courage to start under1000skies.  I know that “Worry is praying for what you don’t want” so I’m doing my best to send only peaceful thoughts.  We’re not on Facebook or Twitter anymore, so you are very welcome to share this anywhere.  Any prayers you and your friends can send for Pancho would be most welcome.

 

MORE ABOUT PANCHO

Walking with Pancho
5 June 2019 | Angela Oh

*Jai Jagat as a Way of Life
19 August 2013 | Pancho Ramos Stierle

love globally, learn locally
serve selflessly, share effortlessly”

If You Want to Be a Rebel, Be Kind
(Occupy Oakland)
9 July 2013 | Nipun Mehta

 

 

 

Gems 4.167

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Photo by Pexels generously shared on Pixabay.  Thank you!

Oak Trees

This quote in today’s Gem is from Nipun’s interview in 2014 on Awakin.org.  If you listen to about one-fourth of the way into the call, Nipun tells a story as told to him about Hurricane Katrina and the oak trees that survived.  They were able to hold on, even the face of that massive storm, because they held onto each other by their roots.  Their roots went deep into the earth and connected there.  Because they held on tight to each other, they survived together.  I created this painting after hearing this story from Nipun personally during our group Laddership call. This is now our @under1000skies Twitter profile photo:

stronger together tree roots laddershipo

Co-Creators

I met Nipun Mehta about four years ago when I signed up to be a volunteer (or as Nipun says, a “co-creator”) on ServiceSpace.org.  I was terrified to be in a new group of people, even online.  Nipun is the same with me as he is with every person he encounters — compassionate, kind and a master listener.   For that first year, especially, Nipun mentored me through emails and answered the many questions I had about service and the gift economy.  Nipun believed in me and liked my writing.  He was patient and totally compassionate about my shyness and fears.  We met face-to-face, in a way, on a video conference call with others in our “Laddership Group.”  To have the high regard of this incredible human being, to get kind notes whenever he was able to write or in an area to respond awakened something in me.  Because it wasn’t just Nipun’s kindness that was changing me.  Everyone I encountered on ServiceSpace.org is exactly like this.  This is why I say on our Twitter page that my teachers and mentors are on ServiceSpace.  In the past ten years especially, I have met some amazing and beautiful people who are now my soulkin.  I’ve written about my fitness-team friends often, but they are among those I’m thinking about too and the beginning of my journey into the light I believe began there.  I learned so much, and when I began to see myself through the eyes of people I admired, I started taking steps away from this lifetime of self-loathing.  The more time I spent in the company of these noble friends, the more light I was able to see in myself and in the way ahead.  Nipun and many others have been the Colonel Pickerings in my life:

My Fair Lady

 

What Love Awakens

It is not unimaginable that revolutionary change makers such as Mahatma Gandhi, Vinoba Bhave and our modern heroes like Nipun Mehta, or any other whom has walked a path of love and devotion for mankind, could awaken something within us.  What awakens, is the call for us to recognize our own innate goodness. The inspiration we feel by these great ones, acts as an open invitation for us to move in a spirit of love, faith and compassion.

Where Do We Find Gandhi Today?

 

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serving and connecting
homeless creatives.

Gems 4.66

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Gems 4.66 ii

Under an oak tree
a young girl heard music, a
  promise yet to be.
A chorus of songs,
one by one, they came.  She sang
  each song joyfully;
Every song engraved
deeply on her grateful heart
  for eternity.
Niki Flow
 
  

“There is a legend of a tribe in Africa where the birth date of a child is counted not from when they were born, nor even conceived but from the day that the child was a thought in its mother’s mind. When a woman decides that she will have a child, she goes off and sits under a tree, by herself, and listens until she can hear the song of the child that wants to come…”   -Nipun Mehta, -Embrace the Grace, Celebrate the Infinite-

 

 

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Gems 3.4

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under1000skies-pale-crab-ball

Today we’re featuring a sketch from Niki Flow’s #the1000dayproject on Instagram (which is accompanied by a one-minute recording there)..  Niki was invited to this project while listening to an interview on Awakin.org with Elle Luna (author of The Crossroads of Should and Must).  Every day for the past 69 days she has used a post-it note and a sharpie to do broad sketches, inspired by a story Elle told during the interview about designing for IDEO.  Today, inspired by her friend MJ’s poetry contribution yesterday, Niki decided to begin to show her poetry to a  wider audience.  As we announced last February, 2016, profits from  Elanthian Love Songs – A Bard’s Tale go to funding packs for under1000skies.   When we published it was 50 percent until we paid our artist, the fabulous Stephanie Pui-Mun Law (Shadowscapes.com) and our editor.  At the end of 2016 we did so and now we can contribute 100 percent of the profits from the sale of Elanthian Love Songs to funding artist packs.   This is part 1 of one of the poems in Elanthian Love Songs.  Parts 2 until the end will be recorded one minute at a time (the limit on Instagram) and will be illustrated there every day with Niki’s post-it sketches.   The plain text of this part of the poem is below since the type is small.  Please pass this on and let others know to support our only way to raise funds.  We don’t do fund raisers or solicit funds of any kind.  This is in line with the gift economy and Nipon Mehta’s beautiful economic vision called “Gifivism.”  Thanks so much for supporting under1000skies.

PALE CRAB BALL

(Part 1)

A long time ago, or perhaps yesterday,

I heard a sad story of lovers betrayed.

‘Twas a pity.

The story begins a short distance from here

In the time of full moon, in the Spring of the year

near our city.

For during that time you can hear a strange call,

“Come one come all to the pale crab ball!”

near the river!

“Tis a day to be merry, to dance and to sing

“So come little crabs, let your pincers ring loudly

with rhythm!”

With eyestalks that wiggled, inside eyeballs jiggled

On quick little legs, they skittered and zigged

by the dozens.

And with them came one, a shy pale-crab lass,

Shell polished and sparkling, to this her first dance

with her cousins.

Now off to the side, a band was beginning

With reed pipes and grass lutes, and shells for a’pinging.

The dance started.

The pale crabs all rose up on multiple legs

And gracefully spun with each other and swayed,

so lighthearted.

(To be continued – here – tomorrow and ongoing.  There are approximately 7 more minutes to go (49-50 stanzas or so.  )

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 Journey Notes

The theme for the month of January is “journey.”  If you have a favorite quote or poem about “journey,” or the journey of life,  please leave a comment!

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