LENT

Tonight is the beginning of Lent. I’m going to give up writing this blog for Lent. I don’t know for how long. Sometime the things that I have given up for Lent I’ve not begun again. I’ll let you know one way or another. Until then have a wonderful season. And stop by toMake™ studio to share a cappuccino chat with me.

The River Awakens at Night

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WE WILL NO LONGER ACCEPT THIS INJUSTICE

“We will no longer accept this injustice. We demand justice for all past, current and future victims of the climate crisis, and so we are rising up. Thousands of us have taken to the streets in the past weeks all around the world. Now we will make our voices heard. On 15 March, we will protest on every continent.

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WE THE YOUNG WILL MAKE CHANGE HAPPEN

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BEAUTY & AN ETHICAL LIFE

“The hierarchical arrangement of occupations, with people who work with their hands gathered mostly at the bottom, results simply from the exercise of power. It’s the result of a deep historical process, based in class conflict, and also involving prejudices based on gender and ethnicity. For the same reason, painting and architecture, historically practised by well-to-do white men, enjoy higher cultural status as ‘art’ compared to creative pursuits practised by pretty much everyone else, which sit lower on the status ladder as ‘craft’. Measuring intelligence itself is part of the story: its quantitative and presumptively objective rendering preoccupied the eugenics movement. The overrating of technical and linguistic aptitude and the undervaluation of manual skills – the fact that we apply the word ‘smart’ to phones and appliances more readily than to our fellow humans – is not natural or right. It’s an inheritance from past injustice.”

Glenn Adamson in Aeon, Material intelligence, The chasm between producers and consumers leaves many of us estranged from beauty and a vital part of an ethical life

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We must not let fear silence and control our voices, we must act now to “keep the world round”

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BE LIKE THE FOX

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Love the quick profit, the annual raise,
vacation with pay. Want more
of everything ready-made. Be afraid
to know your neighbors and to die.

And you will have a window in your head.
Not even your future will be a mystery
any more. Your mind will be punched in a card
and shut away in a little drawer.

When they want you to buy something
they will call you. When they want you
to die for profit they will let you know.
So, friends, every day do something
that won't compute. Love the Lord.
Love the world. Work for nothing.
Take all that you have and be poor.
Love someone who does not deserve it.

Denounce the government and embrace
the flag. Hope to live in that free
republic for which it stands.
Give your approval to all you cannot
understand. Praise ignorance, for what man
has not encountered he has not destroyed.

Ask the questions that have no answers.
Invest in the millenium. Plant sequoias.
Say that your main crop is the forest
that you did not plant,
that you will not live to harvest.

Say that the leaves are harvested
when they have rotted into the mold.
Call that profit. Prophesy such returns.
Put your faith in the two inches of humus
that will build under the trees
every thousand years.

Listen to carrion -- put your ear
close, and hear the faint chattering
of the songs that are to come.
Expect the end of the world. Laugh.
Laughter is immeasurable. Be joyful
though you have considered all the facts.
So long as women do not go cheap
for power, please women more than men.

Ask yourself: Will this satisfy
a woman satisfied to bear a child?
Will this disturb the sleep
of a woman near to giving birth?

Go with your love to the fields.
Lie down in the shade. Rest your head
in her lap. Swear allegiance
to what is nighest your thoughts.

As soon as the generals and the politicos
can predict the motions of your mind,
lose it. Leave it as a sign
to mark the false trail, the way
you didn't go.

Be like the fox
who makes more tracks than necessary,
some in the wrong direction.
Practice resurrection.

Wendell Berry Manifesto The Mad Farmer Liberation Front

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I AM HERE BECAUSE

"I am here as an artist because of other people's generosity. Because of choices that they made to give to me out of the bounty of their heart... to make a way and a space for me.”

Daniel Alexander Jones, Alliance of Artists Communities

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Put Earth First a toMake™ Press letterpress broadside.

Put Earth First is a 18.5” by 25” letterpress broadside on Sakamoto kozo, hand-rubbed, ©Steven R Holloway, and designed & produced by toMake™ Press & Editions.
Suitable for framing and making a statement about your priorities. Shipped domestic USPS Priority in a tube.

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