Healing, growing, thriving, living, dying, decaying, and regenerating toward right relationship with ourselves, each other, and the rest of the natural world.
If you have come here to help me then you are wasting your time,
but if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine then
let us work together.
--early 1970s Aboriginal Rights group in Queensland, Australia, via Lilla Watson (Ganguli activist)
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I'm not on Facebook much any more,
am on Twitter reluctantly, but excited to
be on Mastodon & the fediverse at
Parts of my heart can still be found in
New England, the SF Bay Area, and Sri Lanka,
Now I'm Northwest of Normal in Eugene,
Kalapuya County (formerly Lane County), Oregon.
In the Pacific Northwest, Earth, Sol Heliosphere,
Milky Way, Local Group, Virgo Supercluster,
Pisces Cetus Supercluster Complex
I miss the web. The original, with text and links pages, and in later years, images too! The one where tons of people were getting into editing their own HTML, and when people first experienced easy publishing/blogging software it was a wonder to all.
I had a bunch of old-style HTML pages at this domain, recently found an archive and will put some back, but it's also a chance to start fresh with hand-crafted HTML and CSS, for now just this front page and my links page.==
...and ye olde plaintext periodic table.
The old OurPla.net is archived here (and the most active part, my wiki-weblog here). (Thank you, archive.org.)
It has been over six years since I wrote here. Not quite as long as the break in my WordPress.com blog, but pretty good as far as being Slow goes. And that is what I go by now with more people, slowly. Slow is faster than no go and slower than some other speeds. Maybe the important thing is to go slow enough.
I stood at Standing Rock, nearwhere the Íŋyaŋwakağapi Wakpá (Lakota) or Cannonball River (English) - joins the Missouri. Even after Standing Rock Sioux Tribe asked us to go. Their closest relatives accepted & stood behind those who left and those who stayed. [I incorrectly wrote a month ago that they urged us to stay, here is what Harold Frazier of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe actually said, "regardless of your decision, you have the full support and gratitude of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe."] A complex situation! I did less than I could have. Cleaned toilets, drove two loads of excess clothes to Rosebud Sioux Tribe (who were leasing the land I stayed on), shared food and good information and good presence when and as I could, stood watch at the gate a bit, learned what I could. The Obama administration paused the pipeline's construction. Trump won the election (with a minority of votes) and his administration allowed the pipeline to be completed. Eventually, we were evicted. The oil flows, and so do the connections made among unknown numbers of peoples and tribes. Injustices persist but new ways of resisting them were born, new relationships were formed, contact established, questions planted, skills shared, the Doctrine of Discovery decried, and the cries of many were heard.
The people I met were among the most dedicated and thoughtful I had met anywhere. There was a genuine prayer for Trump's success in being dedicated and thoughtful, and all of the good things as President. (Despite many of us, my sense was including the man who led the prayer, knowing how limited the reality of that might be.)
I'm arranging a ride, probably have one for next Tuesday.
[fundraising info removed.]
Right now I'm helping organize a local November 15 solidarity march & rally (there's probably one near you), and getting ready to go myself to Standing Rock. My intent is to go "for the duration," meaning as long as it seems I am wanted there and I feel okay there, I will stay. I'm communicating with friends on the ground about what's most important to bring. My first priority will be following indigenous leadership and doing whatever serves the pipeline resistance. I will do my best to also share news & my experience online and via KEPW, the community radio station I've been helping with here in Eugene, Oregon.