August 31, 2015

The hero of this comic book is a single, black mother raising her super-powered son

YEs YEs YEs!

Fusion

In the comic book Raising Dion, Nicole, a widowed, black single mother, dedicates her energy to raising and chronicling the life of her son, Dion, a seven-year-old boy with a bevy of inexplicable superpowers. With Dion, getting dressed in the morning turns into a frantic chase as he teleports around the apartment, playtime involves bouts of uncontrolled telekinesis, and timeouts are thwarted by the boy’s ability to render himself invisible.

Though she loves her son to death, Nicole realizes that unless she guides him properly, his abilities could easily overwhelm her and expose their secret to the world. Rather than freak out, Nicole does what she can to teach Dion about what she means when she says that he could be a superhero one day.

“How do you protect him from the world?” Nicole asks in the cinematic trailer for the comic book. “First, never take your eyes off of him…

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August 14, 2015

Not in Wisconsin Anymore

This post is about friends being proud of friends. When it comes to living a life of adventure with grand purpose, my friend Amy is doing it big. She has packed her life up and moved to one the most isolated, most beautiful and mysterious places: Alaska. Good luck Amy! I am so proud of you.

BushVillageTeacher

Hello everybody!  It is good to get back here and update my shenanigans from over the last week. It feels as if I have been absent for over a month! Time is almost non-existant….the sun is at odds with my psyche, and the world is much larger than before.

But let me go back to where we left off:

Lets see…during our last episode, I was packing things up and learning how to suck the air out of my clothing bags.

I want to thank my hardcore sister Elizabeth for helping me organize, pack, and ship my entire life up to Nulato.  Her guidance and instruction helped me to be efficient while expiditing the hardest move I have had throughout the last 25 years.

20150801_100430 Look at how sweet my sister Libby is. I on the other hand, am stressed beyond belief at this point.

Once all of my stuff was…

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July 29, 2015

Matthew Cooke’s ” How to be an Officer of the Peace” Provides Solutions

Civil unrest is a condition that cannot be diagnosed for just the civilian. It can be applied to those subject to power in which responsibility cannot be handled. This condition cannot be diagnosed for just the victim. It can also be applied to those subject to the absolutes of military custom without the consideration for life. Civil unrest is a cry for a societal shift; a collective evolution; a cry for a cultural renaissance. This cultural renaissance must first be established within ourselves. In this clip, Matthew Cooke beautifully explains how community members, especially community officials, can work together to provide the space necessary for this renaissance to happen. Stand by for a review of his book: The Four Agreements.

July 27, 2015

Report Back From Kingian Nonviolence Training in Rochester New York: School 17

Work continues to be done in the around the nation in effort to promote peace and solidarity. Jonathan Lewis aka. “GLOBE”, organizes with activists to train on how to brake the cycle of violence that dwells in our vulnerable communities. This kind of work is essential if we are to influence the necessary changes in our world. This page is a link to just one of the many stories of success in our mission to empower the beloved community lead by GLOBE and many others.

Renaissance

When Jonathan “GLOBE” Lewis invited Cynthia Wanjiku and I to join him in Rochester, New York for a Kingian Nonviolence training of the administration, teachers, and students of school “17,” I was both skeptical and nervous because I have never conducted a training like this before. I questioned what it is that I have to offer given that I had not completed the training myself nor had I read all the material. However, as I completed the readings I began to see why Globe selected me; it was because I am an activist and I also practice many of the principles that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. proposed, and I also share many of his thoughts—though less developed. I was full of fear about how helpful I could be to the students, but I was also excited to work with a group of youth who were interested in solving the…

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July 27, 2015

Saying Hellos and Goodbyes.

This article follows a friend, an alumni, and teacher Amy Graham as she brings the magic of experiential learning to Nulato, Alaska. Follow her to see how she makes the transition and donate to her cause!

BushVillageTeacher

If you really know me, you will know that my life is a musical, and for the next 14 days, I will have “Con Te Partiro” performed by Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman stuck in my head. As a matter of fact, while reading this, you can click the play button on that YouTube video and listen as you read my story.

The time has come for many goodbyes down here in Wisconsin. However, the next two weeks will be filled with both hellos and goodbyes.

Just the other night, I was fortunate enough to meet and say hello to former Wisconsin US Senator Russ Feingold. He is running again in 2016.

At a political function in River Falls, WI with Russ Feingold At a political function in River Falls, WI with Russ Feingold Photo taken by Art Juchno

Russ is telling me that I will make a difference in Alaska. He hopes I will return to Wisconsin someday. Russ is telling me that I will make a difference in Alaska. He hopes I will return to Wisconsin someday. Photo taken…

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November 11, 2014

Food Preservation: Let’s Talk Methods

These are good ways to save money and be more independent. I would find hands on workshops first.

Rural Spin

In our two-part series on food preservation basics, we talk about methods, which include the ingredients discussed in our ‘Spin, “Food Preservation, Let’s Talk Ingredients.” Make sure you read that as well; it’s just as important to understand the food preservation ingredients at your disposal as it is important to understand methods.

This is an overview of all of the traditional food preservation methods that are available to the homeowner. People can be surprised when they learn about all of the available methods and how they work. It’s beneficial to know the landscape before planning how you’re going to preserve surplus food.

BURIAL

Most people don’t immediately associate food and burial, but it just goes to show you that assumptions don’t get you anywhere useful in life. The constant temperatures, darkness, and humidity levels associated with burial are ideal for preventing spoilage of root crops in particular, but…

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November 3, 2014

D.C. Search Resumes For Relisha Rudd On 9th Birthday

HELP FIND THIS GIRL!

November 3, 2014

Spring Greens at Allsun Farm

Always inspiring to see people growing as an established entity. I hope to get back to the community as soon as I’m done sailing. Thank you for your contribution to the world Steward Warriors!

March 13, 2014

Study: Both Public, Police View Black Kids As Older, Less Innocent Than Whites

This article speaks volumes to the culture to which we are conditioned. Subconcious racism and prejudice reside in just about all members of a society. True change can only happen when an individual in a society can accept that side of themselves. This article helps us sovle how we can create a new culture that is inclusive to all members of society by expressing this very idea.

March 8, 2014

Grafting Polycultures?

Grafting Polycultures?

The innovative task of grafting tomatoes and potatoes provides a beautiful potential of unifying plants that can grow together because they are in the same family. Is there a potential here to post 3, 4, and 5 different kinds of fruits on one plant? This process reminds me of the apple tree grafted with the pear and the rose. I will definitely be researching more of these combinations in the future!