Posts Tagged by Tennessee
|June 14, 2012||Posted by Issa under Counter/Culture|
Update: I have just learned that Serendipity will be an all ages event this year, 2013. I am pleased and excited. Joshua, Dylan, and I will be there, along with other burners we know who were not allowed to attend last year and their parents. Yay!
Coming off the high of Euphoria, I’m brought low again by thoughts of Serendipity.
Serendipity is a new event in my home state of Tennessee. I was so excited when I found out a new burn was starting here. I heard about a work weekend for the event, but I couldn’t go since it was the same day I was volunteering for the Imagination Library. But more work opportunities would come, I was sure. There’s so much work that has to be done to get a burn off the ground!
And then, BAM. They declared the event ages 18 and over.
Talk about a slap in the face.
The first of the Burning Man 10 Principles is Radical Inclusion, which states, “Anyone may be a part of Burning Man. We welcome and respect the stranger. No prerequisites exist for participation in our community.”
Many of the discussions I’ve had with people about Radical Inclusion center on that “stranger” bit – questions of membership, in-group and out-group, cool kids, and whatnot.
Other discussions have centered around the various types of people who make their way in the burn community – hippies, Pagans, punks, beer guzzlers, playa bunnies. When I wrote here on LoveLiveGrow about Radical Inclusion, I also focused on all these various types and the interplay between them. I claimed that the big categories of age, race, gender, religion, and sexual orientation weren’t as interesting to talk about because they were the “easy bits” as far as inclusion goes.
Turns out I was wrong.
I wrote that post 3 years ago, and it would read much differently if I wrote it today. I no longer think any of those things are really easy bits when when it comes to including people in the burn community. Race is a huge fail, leaving burns as white people magnets teeming with unabashed cultural appropriation. There’s a lot lacking in the areas of heteronormativity, gender policing, and sexism, too.
And now Serendipity, a hoped-for burn here in my own state, has put a sign on the metaphorical door saying that a certain class of people is just not allowed. Forget making the event friendly to them, including them in the planning, reaching out to their communities, really making space for them in the burn social fabric. No. They are simply not invited.
I’m so angry about this. So impotently angry. It’s not even about my own child. Transformus, another wanna-be burn, went 18 and up a few years ago, long before I had a child, and I haven’t been back since then, even though Transformus was my first burn and is near and dear to my heart.
And it’s not about non-kid events in their entirety. Whether or not I think kids belong in bars is anther topic for another day.
But I don’t think burns are bars or dance clubs or swingers parties. They are experiments in radical community; they are about art and creation and destruction and magic and power tools.
And I refuse to participate if 20% of the population is expressly prohibited from attending.
Burns aren’t a vacation for me. They are real life.
I was really looking forward to another burn. I’m so sad that the organizers of Serendipity have decided that their event is just an adult club, instead.
|March 5, 2012||Posted by Issa under Uncategorized|
When Dylan was born, I found out about Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, an awesome program available to all children in our area. The program is simple: every month from birth to age five, the child receives a book in the mail. The program is open to kids of all incomes, and the books are tailored to the age of the child. Dylan has been getting a board book every month since he was born and will continue to get one book every month until he is five.
What an amazing program!
Dolly Parton started the Imagination Library in 1996 here in East Tennessee to help children love reading and be excited about books and to make sure that absolutely every child had books at home. Starting in 2000, the program expanded and is now available in any area that partners with the program.
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has mailed 40,000,000 books to children in the US, Canada, and UK. There are currently 1600 local communities involved and 700,000 children receiving books every single month.
If this program doesn’t operate in your area, they are ready and willing to get you started bringing it to your own community.
I like to keep my eye out for easy ways to give back to communities and programs that I think are particularly worthy. I recently got an email from my local library asking me to donate $12 to our Imagination Library program. With the donation matching available, my $12 donation provides books for a child for 1 year. Such an easy way to give! It’s a worthwhile program, quality books, and open to all children.
If you like to make charitable donations, I would love for you to give to this program. You could find the program in your area and give there, or you could just give to mine here in East Tennessee. Either way, your money goes to provide books for a child.
|April 15, 2010||Posted by Issa under Homesteading|
It’s Spring here in Tennessee, which means things have been busy here at The Wallow. Joshua bought me an awesome hammock, which I love to nap away the afternoon in. I haven’t felt much like posting, but that doesn’t mean stuff isn’t happening. I’m just less likely to want to sit down and get something down on the computer. The last few days I’ve been itching to post and trying to think of what I want to communicate with the world. All I’ve come up with is, “I love Spring!” Not very deep or original, I know, but that’s all that’s really on my mind. Here are the things I’m looking at these days:
This stick with some green on top is the tree I think is a black walnut tree. Last fall, all the leaves and stems fell off, leaving it just a stick coming out of the ground. I assumed this was supposed to happen, since another walnut at The Wallow did the same thing. Still, I’m glad to see it showing some green this spring. Now we just have to wait 15 more years for walnuts!
When we first moved in here, I immediately fell in love with this tree that sits in the front yard of the house. I’m even more overjoyed to discover that it blooms in the spring!
Joshua has tilled, composted, and mulched about 1000 square feet in our front yard, and now all kinds of things are growing there: romaine, spinach, tomatoes, corn, kohlrabi, radishes, carrots, and more. While I can’t wait to harvest (and eat!) them, I’m less involved in the growing. However, the peas are my favorite plant in the garden. They reach out little tendrils to hold onto their poles and each other, which I think is just adorable!
The pigs are happy! I recently expanded their fenced area so that they have maybe a 1/4 acre to themselves now. Back when the field was raked and planted into a pasture for them, the guy who did the bush-hogging swept a lot of the debris into a big pile. The pigs love rooting through this pile:
The little yard closest to the house is mostly crappy grass that someone planted in an effort to make a “real yard”. Slowly but surely, it’s being overtaken by clover and these awesome little purple flowers:
And, hippie that I am, I’m in love with dandelions, too. I loved it when their bright yellow was mixed in with the purple, and I love their poof tops now: