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774: and you too have come into the world to do this, to be filled with light, to shine - Ed's poem

Day 774: Friday, April 29, 2022

“and you too have come

into the world to do this, to go easy, to be filled

with light, and to shine.”

When I am Among the Trees

by Mary Oliver

When I am among the trees,

especially the willows and the honey locust,

equally the beech, the oaks and the pines,

they give off such hints of gladness.

I would almost say that they save me, and daily.

I am so distant from the hope of myself,

in which I have goodness, and discernment,

and never hurry through the world

but walk slowly, and bow often.

Around me the trees stir in their leaves

and call out, “Stay awhile.”

The light flows from their branches.

And they call again, “It’s simple,” they say,

“and you too have come

into the world to do this, to go easy, to be filled

with light, and to shine.”

Announcement from JoAnn & Jim: A Must Watch Film: Youth v Gov

This weekend, April 29-30, May 1, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Netflix will debut the movie Youth v Gov. If at all possible, please watch it this weekend and invite your friends and family to do the same. A large viewing audience this weekend will draw attention to the importance of dealing seriously with Climate Change.

YOUTH v GOV is the story of the Juliana v. The United States of America constitutional lawsuit and the 21 American youth, ages 14 to 25, who are taking on the world’s most powerful government. Since 2015, the legal non-profit Our Children’s Trust, has been representing these youth in their landmark case against the U.S. government for violating their constitutional rights to life, liberty, personal safety, and property through their willful actions in creating the climate crisis they will inherit.

As leaders in the youth climate movement, the twenty-one plaintiffs of Juliana v. The United States of America represent the diversity of American youth impacted by the climate crisis. They hail from 10 states: Florida, Alaska, Hawaii, Colorado, Oregon, Washington, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Louisiana, and New York. These film characters encompass cultural, economic and geographic diversity and many come from marginalized communities, serving as beacons of hope for those who do not have a platform to share their own stories. They are African-American, Indigenous, white, bi-racial, and LGBTQ, and their diversity speaks not only to the impacts of climate change, but to the inclusion required if we are to build a better and more just future together. These young people are activists, students, artists, musicians, and farmers, and their stories are universal.

See the Trailer here:

JoAnn and Jim viewed the movie with Sharon as Moderator at Burlingame Hall in Sonoma and we will gladly watch it again this weekend in the privacy and comfort of our own home. We hope you will do the same. Sharon was also an active Board Member of OCT until 2021 and is now an Emerita Board Member.

Maybe we can host a screening: Find out How to Take Action at:

Happy Viewing,

JoAnn Consiglieri and Jim McFadden

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