under1000skies Newsletter 1.3

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“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 ♡).
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…”


‘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.



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


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 4.68

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Gems 4.68

“This past Saturday my wife, Rebecca, was taking my son Jonah and a few friends put-put golfing for his birthday party. On the way there he saw a man with a sign asking for help. Jonah, feeling concerned for the man, immediately asked Rebecca to do something. She could read between the lines that it didn’t feel right to him that he’d be off celebrating with his friends while this man seemed unsupported…”  -Ariel Nessel.  Continued here:  Jonah’s Birthday Wish by Ariel Nessel, on ServiceSpace.org

☼ Happy Birthday Jonah! ☼ Thank you for sharing from your heart on your birthday and, no doubt, every day. You are a very cool kid and an inspiration. ^_^ ♥.

☼ A “Giftivism” Initiative ☼
We are photographers,
writers, artists & advocates
serving and connecting
homeless creatives.