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walnut boxes

“Hey, dear.  I think we should make some walnut boxes.  It would be a great way to use less plastic…  Just put a hinge on the whole walnut shells.  Yeah!  Walnut boxes would be so cute!” I said. We were in Ojai.  Ming was driving us from the farm toward town.  He seemed open to… Read More »

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exciting things

“What exciting things do you like to do for fun?” the man asked me.  He was a new friend in community, giving me the chance to speak about myself. My mind was a blank, trying to see my life in terms of this new friend and his values.  Survival, I thought.  That was all that… Read More »

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farm news

Hello, I wanted to share some farm news with you, as we are about to leave.  The big farm news is they bought a pretty green tractor. Isn’t it a cute little tractor?  I heard they paid $9000.  They used to rent one, sometimes.  But now it’s a functional toy, owned. Another farm news item… Read More »

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ableism is eugenics

“Ableism is eugenics,” I told Ming.  “Ableism is eugenics-lite.  Ableism is eugenics in a Halloween costume.  How does everyone not understand that?” Eugenics is Hitler trying to design a master race, experimenting on twins, and treating human beings as a means to an end.  Eugenics is sterilizing people who are Indigenous, Black, disabled, in prison,… Read More »

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farm beauty

Hello, I would like to share more farm beauty with you.  We are about to leave this place.  But I wish we could stay. community It’s not about us–it’s about them.  Ming has tended the chickens devotedly.  I’ve prepped some good veg meals.  Ming helped two community members with bike repair, set some rat traps,… Read More »

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amazing things

Hello, some amazing things have been happening lately.  Day after day, I feel like they’re getting buried in the pile of amazing things, as more amazing things happen, undocumented.  Many will be forgotten. So I would like list some here, for you and for me. amazing things list We swam in the salt water pool… Read More »

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racism

Hello, how are you doing?  Thinking a lot about racism lately.  Racism in everyday life, disability, and in community. medication Recently Ming needed some medication picked up for him in Las Vegas while we were traveling.  The medication has little to no street value.  But it’s a controlled substance because of repressive Drug War laws… Read More »

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chickens

Hello, we are caring for the chickens now, at this Ojai permaculture farm.  Ming is the main person.  I think he is the Chicken Monarch.  Some roosters may not agree!  Isn’t this a pretty pic?  He’s glowing in the late afternoon light, having just thrown the compost out of the bucket. We’re doing the thing:… Read More »

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how old I was when I learned about bodily autonomy

Recently I was asked an important question during a healing circle led by a friend.  My friend asked how old I was when I learned about bodily autonomy. Hmm, what a question.  I remember when I was a kid, my dad had bodily autonomy.  People were allowed to touch him only in certain ways, at… Read More »

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how I learned to respect everyone

Hello, how are you doing?  I’ve been thinking about how I learned to respect everyone.  Ming and I had a cool conversation about it the other day in the car. why “Why are you so respectful?” I asked Ming.  It seems too rare.  “Did something happen, or has the respectfulness just always been inside of… Read More »