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Thankful for …

i am thankful that i live in an intentional community where i dont have to worry about crime, unemployment or headachy bosses.  Twin Oaks is also a place which supports my peculiar life style, has a tiny carbon footprint (for rich world countries) and is a model of how the world can be better.

i am thankful for the Stars and the network of intimates which support me in my adventures both heroic and absurd.

Sky, Hawina, Willow, myself – bridge in Rome – circa 2012

i am thankful for my good health and a genetic make up which appears to have me age more slowly than my chronological peers.

i am thankful for a talented and amusing set of political allies who help me fight nuclear reactors, push back on sexism, build community and hustle ideas that with some luck (and serious tenacity) might just get us out of this incredible jam.

i feel quite lucky and as one friend said “your life would not make credible fiction”, i would not have it another way and i am thankful for that.






If you are really lucky …

If you are really lucky you have have amazing friends who you have historically not made enuf time for but now are figuring out how to do that.  So it is with Sky.  My co-dad is an epic organizer, a gifted DJ, amusing and charming in the extreme and we both feel like we have not built our relationship int he way we would like to.  So now he and his partner Kassia are visiting Twin Oaks with the intention of applying for membership and joining in early 2013.  This is great news actually.  All the Star family will be in the same place at the same time for the first time in a while.

Other wonderful news is that Sky will work with me on posting on the Elephant Journal site which i did the one Wunderlust review on and have abandoned since then.  And we talked about Sky working on with me on the business plan for Chubby Squirrels, including all the various Seed business expansions, which is also exciting.  At the current moment what i am developing for affiliated business with Acorn includes:

  • A Garden Supply Company to supplement the seed catalog
  • Trail gardens of additional varieties of seeds
  • Packing and marketing of the current retail seed business
  • Marketing seeds to farmers (we now do retail and wholesale seeds, but not to farmers)
  • Creating a store front in town, for people to visit and buy community made things (including LEF produce, Twin Oaks hammocks and Tofu, Acorns seeds, etc).

If you are really lucky, when you make an impulsive choice it turns out to be very much the right thing. So in my shoot first type of style i did not consult with my closest advisers when i started talking with Acorn about dual membership and about Chubby Squirrels.  And this week i am really enjoying my time there, the differences in culture between the more institutional and slow/careful moving Twin Oaks and the more family style willing-to-take-chances style at Acorn.  Willow and i have had fun playing so big multi-player magic games.   And Acorn is more of a host of best practices than Twin Oaks is.  More on this soon.

If you are really lucky you live in a largely self sustaining community, which grows most of its own food, shares resources deeply, has almost no crime, supports itself with voluntary work and minimized hierarchy, is economically thriving, home schools its kids and is a model for how the world might be a better place.

i am really lucky.