➜ Marie Cirillo, "Stories from an Appalachian Community." October 2000 : Schumacher Center : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive
Fascinating : )
When asked by Vice President Gore what she would do if elected President, Marie Cirillo said she would introduce a program of land reform. For thirty-three years Marie Cirillo has lived and worked in Clairfield, Tennessee, located in a valley hemmed in by two big mountains, and made up of a network of twelve unincorporated communitiesmost of which are former coal camps. Her single goal has been to gain some measure of economic self-sufficiency for the Appalachian people whose land and livelihood were wasted as a consequence of the extractive practices of absentee corporate owners. Marie’s first task was to regain control of the land for human settlement and restoration by establishing theWoodland Community Land Trust. Her struggle for and with the people of the region to achieve that purpose makes her one of the true heroes in the effort to reverse the patterns of globalization.
This audio is part of the collection: Community Audio
Artist/Composer: Schumacher Center
Keywords: land reform; economic; self-sufficient; community land trust; schumacher
Creative Commons license: Attribution 3.0 United States
There is nothing to do. Just be. Do nothing. Be. No climbing mountains and sitting in caves. I do not even say: ‘be yourself’, since you do not know yourself. Just be.
➜ GANAS - New York City
GANAS - an intentional community in Staten Island, NYC. Learned about this from my friend Z. today. I may someday meet his friend who has chosen to live in this community!
From their website:
"Ganas" is a Spanish word meaning "motivation sufficient to act".
We’ve found that solving problems together gives us the “ganas”
and satisfaction that makes community living sustainable.
The result is an environment that provides personal and
interpersonal challenges, creates rich opportunities,
and truly embraces diversity.
Our purpose is to bring reason and emotion together in daily problem solving, in order to create our world, with love, the way we want it to be.
Ganas people dream of developing open minds with which to talk together and understand each other better. We want to learn how to cooperate, care, share resources, and welcome those who want to join us.
Ganas started on Staten Island in 1979. Our population has grown from 6 to about 75. Most of us think of ourselves as a bonded, caring, hard working, fun loving, extended family.
For all of us, the path of befriending our experience requires great gentleness and patience. As I recognized on my trip to the mountains in college, the deep and persistent tendency to think that something is wrong with us is a prison that prevents us from living and loving fully. Yet as we learn to meet whatever arises in our body, heart and mind with Radical Acceptance we discover a precious freedom. Rather than being identified as a defended and insufficient self, we come to trust what Buddhists call our Buddha nature—the awareness and love that are our true essence.
— Tara Brach, Radical Acceptance
Peace, Beauty, Truth, Passion, Interbeing
The world is complex, but you can approach it simply. —Tanny Burton