A lot of my attention lately has been on a new dream of mine: living at the Gypsy Café, an all-female collective focused on sustainability, permaculture, and active community.  Oh, and they like to have fun, too!  That's very important.  No sanctimonious monasteries for me, no matter how self-sustaining they may be.

The ladies at Gypsy Café also produce the We'Moon calendar, an astrological datebook.  Within its insightful pages, I found the following gem on transforming community, by juliett jade quail. 

No matter where you live, or what your community looks like, let this be an inspiration to you as it is to me:
how to transform a suburb into a community
break down the backyard fences and use the wood to make a big fire, burn through the isolation and light a flame of union.  the cherry trees breathe easier, stretch their branches crazy wide and shake their rusted auburn-green leaves in all directions, free.  let the children and the dogs run around and mingle, share their storybooks and trains, toy pianos and counting games.  trade your cherry tomatoes for their cucumbers and melons.  pick a hundred figs, eat 29 and give the rest away.  lose all the lawn mowers and get a herd of goats.  put all your tvs together to construct a backyard stage, where you are the star and the audience looks you in the eye and smiles.  you teach me your capoeira moves, i convert your mercedes to biodiesel.  you make dinner for us on sunday, enough couscous and lentil soup to feed an army of peace warriors.  i pit the plums and make mountains of marmalade monday night.  when i need a flathead screwdriver, i knock on your door instead of driving to the hardware store.  when you have a headache i give you energy work and a massage.  one laundry machine and 21 clotheslines.  laughter and lavender tea, telling stories late at night.  this is how we do it.  deconstructing into oneness, a new village reawakening ancient ways.
What does your dream community look like, & what can you do to create it?
7/16/2012 01:17:36 am

I've always been jealous that my husband grew up in a neighborhood where people actually knew each other. It's one of those old suburbs where most don't have fences and the neighbor with the pool becomes the hot spot to hang out during the summer.

I think for me, I've always loved the idea of having a farm animal sanctuary where volunteers can trade their time for living quarters. Where we can grow our own food, share experiences, and benefit from community. There is nothing better for me than cooking lots of food with other people and sharing that food with even more people. It's part of the reason I love FNB!

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Anna @ Patchwork Radicals
7/16/2012 11:20:59 am

That's a beautiful idea! I love the image of good food, kind people, and farm animals all converging in peace.

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8/16/2013 08:20:29 pm

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8/21/2013 05:49:18 pm

Each essay above has been written and revised several times.  The first write is a personal rough draft. 

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3/4/2015 06:18:37 pm

Great! I will tweet to my friends to get them to check it out. keep it up. Thanks for sharing!

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4/2/2015 03:01:46 pm

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