|"Home Again" Collage by Lani|
Another thing I saw was radical generosity. These folks were feeding themselves and the homeless and mentally ill who turned up at their kitchens. They were sharing knowledge along with their free libraries. (Unions had also been very generous with Occupy Toronto, sending over port-o-potties and hand cleaning facilities.)
Sustainable energy and a clean environment seemed to be important to both camps. I loved the bicycle powered generators. Wonder where they ended up? Probably the same place as all the books that went missing.
Dan Berggren, who recently spent an evening singing for a dozen St. Lawrence University students who live in yurts in the woods for a semester: no cell phones, iPods, computers, or TV. They spend this Adirondack Semester studying the environment and how to live sustainably, and they learn to be present, be in the moment, have real conversations and build real community. The day after Dan's visit, he finished writing a song that views the "occupy movement" through the lens of these students. Here's a link to Occupy This Moment, Occupy This World. Dan says you are welcome to share the song with others.