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A Day of Service Honoring Sheila’s Life 9/25

Shared by Elise DeGooyer on September 10, 2021
Sheila Brown, ¡Presente! 
Our beloved Sheila was about relationship, music, the environment and service! We invite you to join us in remembering her in all of these ways.
WHEN:    Saturday, September 25, 2021
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Join us for some or all of the day (arrive when you can, and leave when you will)
WHERE: Cascade Peoples' Center - 
309 Pontius Ave N., Seattle - near REI                        
We’ll be working on an Alleycat Acres Project – part of The Common Acre. Sheila loved The Common Acre and its vision of “people living in right relationship with the earth and each other, sustaining a healthy planet and thriving, interdependent communities”, and she served on the board for years)
10 a.m.  Gathering and memorial circle - time of sharing stories, poetry, songs 
11 a.m to 3 pm - Various fall garden projects to improve the area around the People’s Center. There will be projects for all skill, energy and flexibility levels. An opportunity to spend time in community talking and working together.
12:30 Bring your own lunch or snacks; we will take time to break bread together. Water will be available; please bring a water bottle
3 p.m. Closing memorial circle

Let us know if you plan to come so we can have enough tools and projects planned. PLEASE RSVP BY 9/21 to Sheryl [Subject Line: RSVP 9/25]
-  If you have gardening gloves, please bring them 
-  Bring your own lunch, snacks, water bottle
-  Bring a mask for Covid-safety!
-  There will be some parking available nearby: we’ll let you know where the free parking is when you RSVP…
More details closer to the date, especially if you RSVP to Sheryl at by 9/21. Our dear friend Sheila, presente!
With love from the planning friends: Sheryl Shapiro, Kate Speltz, Sarah Satre, Philippa Nye, Elise DeGooyer 

Vancouver Folk Music Festival memories

Shared by Elise DeGooyer on June 22, 2021
I keep looking for a photo of meeting Sheila at Stage 2 at the annual summer festival, to get a bit of shade at the Utah Phillips stage, and continue our conversation about Joanna Macy and the Great Turning. But no photo to be found, just kept close in memory. I think one image that can capture those festival years is the final set, where the closing act sings us on our way out the gates. In 2017 that was our favorite Ferron, singing Testimony. Let this be a testimony to our friend Sheila’s life and integrity, singing her on her way:
But by my life be I spirit,
and by my heart be I woman 
and by my eyes be I open 
and by my hands be I whole…

White Owl Flies Into and Out of the Field - Mary Oliver

Shared by Carlos & Doreen Salazar on June 20, 2021
Coming down out of the freezing sky
with its depths of light,
like an angel, or a Buddha with wings,
it was beautiful, and accurate,
striking the snow and whatever was there
with a force that left the imprint
of the tips of its wings — five feet apart —
and the grabbing thrust of its feet,
and the indentation of what had been running
through the white valleys of the snow —
and then it rose, gracefully,
and flew back to the frozen marshes
to lurk there, like a little lighthouse,
in the blue shadows —
so I thought:
maybe death isn't darkness, after all,
but so much light wrapping itself around us —

as soft as feathers —
that we are instantly weary of looking, and looking,
and shut our eyes, not without amazement,
and let ourselves be carried,
as through the translucence of mica,
to the river that is without the least dapple or shadow,
that is nothing but light — scalding, aortal light —
in which we are washed and washed
out of our bones.

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