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Sara
Oct 26, 2020
In WILD
Change-making work is harder during a pandemic, but wow are people still doing great work via zoom etc. Would love to know how others of you are staying engaged while social distancing...
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Sara
Oct 26, 2020
In STILL
By this point, my kids are grown and out of the house, I work at home, and there's a pandemic happening - all of which means I have ample opportunity, during the day, to be Still. It hasn't always been this way, and I understand the idea of having "ample time to be Still" sounds like a crazy luxury for those of you who are currently juggling kids and insane schedules, for instance. I can remember many days, when my kids were young and I was running a theatre company (while also working to abolish the death penalty in Tennessee), that I ran from the mintue I woke up until the minute fell into bed. (To be clear, I don't recommend this; my chronic busyness, combined with some tough life experiences, precipitated a health crisis from which I'm still recovering, decades later.) How to find Stillness during the busy years? Start slowly. Start by carving out five minutes in the morning, if that's all you can manage. Eventually add five minutes at night. Wake up five minutes ealier, fall into bed five minutes later. Work up to ten minutes... Make a trade with your spouse or partner. Post-pandemic, trade Still time with a neighbor or friend. At work, slip out duirng your lunch hour to sit silently in your car for a few minutes, or work with your boss to establish a place to go at work that's quiet (imagine if every office had a "quiet room...") Finding ways to be Still duirng the day might require some creativity in the beginning; but the Stillness, especially in busy times, pays such huge dividends. Let us know how you carve out time for your practice.
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Sara
Oct 23, 2020
In S/W Home
I love everything about the dark, still months, beginning with the darkness itself. In fall/winter, the archtypal Wild Woman - near and dear to our Still/Wild hearts, obviously - ushers in the darkness (just as she sings flesh onto the bones again in springtime). She is the Life/Death/Life force as Clarissa Pinkola Estes reminds us; the incubator. As such, she encourages us, during the cold months, to create warm spaces inside that are favorable to resting/developing. The cold months, we might say, are STILL, the hot months WILD. For our part, we depend heavily on our wood burning fireplace. Honestly, we light a fire almost every night from November to April, beginning with our family's annual First Fire Night. Fires call for old friends and old stories and, of course, mulled wine, which Jimmy and I have in the crock pot all winter long. (Recipe below.) This table was set last December, when all the kids were home for the holidays. (We happen to celebrate Christmas at our house.) Those bowls would soon be full of roasted pumpkin soup... Until next year, spring/summer. Hello again fall/winter! Our favorite Mulled Wine recipe, minus the brandy. (Feel free to add it back in if you feel so led.) One bottle red wine, 4 cups apple cider/juice, 1/4 cup honey, 2 cinnamon sticks, 5 whole cloves, 4-5 cardamom pods, zest of one large orange, juice of one large orange. Put in all in the crock pot and enjoy! Warm, fragrant, comforting.
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Sara
Oct 23, 2020
In STILL/WILD Tribe
Greetings, all! So. I'm an artist, activist and contemplative from Chattanooga, TN; founder of STILL/WILD and Festive Evolution: Art and Activism in the 21st Century. I was trained as an actor, but these days I write (FAIRVIEW: An American Conversatoin & Voices of Nashville for instance) more than I practice the craft of acting. I work also as a communications consultant (mostly around issues of criminal justice reform) and, when I have time, serve very happily as a coach (communication and contemplation). The througline in my work is story; stories that connect us to each other. I live in Chatt with my husband Jimmy. I have three glorious, grown children, a darling dog and a cuddly cat. More HERE and/or HERE. This photo was taken last month at the foot of the Sangro de Cristo Mountains in Colorado. Traveling during a pandemic is interesting - and not without challenges! Can't wait to hear from all of you. Wild hope, Sara
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Sara
Oct 23, 2020
In General Discussions
I'm trying hard to move away from Facebook for myriad reasons. To that end, welcome to the STILL/WILD Forum via Wix! Post anything here in "General Discussions," or choose to post under a specific category. This forum is new to me, but I'm (very) hopeful it'll be a viable alternative. One way or another, I'm happy you've joined the conversation.
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