Carol A. Hand
As I sat in the restaurant in my neighborhood Monday, waiting for a lunch meeting for my Neighborhood Project, I was gazing westward through the window. I reflected on the many places I’ve had the good fortune to live and to visit, even though I’ve never traveled abroad. Yet as I looked at the hilly ridge that rings Duluth to the west, creating a long city nestled against Lake Superior to the east, I felt I was where I should be. It felt like I was “home’” at least for now. Grounded in place, I feel it’s important to become involved, to use what I have learned from so many other places – now – here – at home.
Photo: A view of the ridge from my yard – March 31, 2015
Already I have had an opportunity to meet people who are engaged in exciting initiatives to foster social justice. But it’s not my place to describe those yet. I’m hoping others will agree to share their ideas in their own ways, in forums of their choosing, when they feel it’s time to do so. For now what I can do is keep focused on the tasks of spring, continuing my efforts to write and reclaim a little piece of land that has been neglected for many decades. It may mean that I will post less and my visits to other blogs may be less frequent.
Photo: a view of Lake Superior from downtown Duluth – April 2, 2015
As I write these words, I send my blessings to those who have lost their land and homes due to earthquakes, volcanoes, storms, warfare and corporate greed. I will keep you in my thoughts and do my best to honor you as my relations by working for peace and social justice from this place where I now stand.
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