Hello and thanks for such stimulating and lively
discussions! I am delighted to see so much activity, and am sorry that
those in my own life have kept me so occupied.
First of all, to Andrius, immense thanks for
checking in with me, and I'm so excited about your budding artistic talents and
increasing focus on linking "local" and "global" in creative and caring ways. I
have been primarily "local" for these past few weeks and months (as you may
have noticed :))--attending to a variety of family matters--but will be hoping
soon to focus once again more globally.
Several things on the horizon or in
1) Promoting the dissemination and use of "Blogging
Positively" for Rising Voices.
Ricardo, my greatest thanks for your very helpful
work in this regard, and apologies for not saying that sooner. I am excited
about the possibilities of converting text and docs to fit various media
formats, thus enlarging so much the scope of a wide variety
of information and communication materials! I'll broach this subject with
Rising Voices, and think abt it for other texts too!
2) Getting back more fully to ActALIVE, with World AIDS Day and then World
Community Arts Day coming up in Dec 2009 and Feb 2010, then looking ahead to the
AIDS Ride 2010 and arts activities I'll hope to be organizing for the
International AIDS Conference in Vienna, in July 2010.
3) Working to help revive the Kenyan Community Abroad (www.kenyansabroad. org
), a Diaspora
nonprofit based in the USA (now incorporated in RI by yours truly). One of the
things that is developing is a focus on the widespread hunger and
malnutrition- -even characterized now as a threat of "starvation" --in parts of
Kenya, and of course this touches members here in a direct way, too, so will be
looking to link our various forums and endeavors.
4) Being active as an adviser (among other
co-founders) in the transitional process that the Global Youth Coalition on
HIV/AIDS (www.youthaidscoalit ion.org) is now
experiencing, in which we are becoming a program of TakingITGlobal and
the Global Youth Action Network.
5) Volunteering to get the word out about the World
AIDS Marathon (www.worldaidsmarath on.com), being
organized in Kenya for the sixth year. It will take place in Kisumu,
actually, and the woman who is heading the organizing there heads SWAP (www.swapkenya. org). This would be a great
contact for Tom and others in the area, and Tom is already linked to the founder
of WAM, via the Kenyan Community Abroad.
Tom, immense thanks for your emails too, and I will
respond more soon. In the meantime, you now have funds for two water carts, and
that should greatly help this project, which can itself be a model for others.
So we look forward to documentation about the process of building one, and
results of its use.
My other comments are to people who have
1) Mark: as always, you make my day too when
you post, and I have not forgotten about the wonderful networking mail
linked to the water-cart work! I think Krishna might not have seen
that: I did not discover till more recently some unread email from
August-Sept, among that returned mail sent to Krishna at his old COL address.
His new email is krishna.alluri@ gmail.com, and I hope
we can pick up the correspondence and resend to Krishna now.
2) Fred and Barbara: I read with great dismay
about the unrest in Uganda, and how are things now, Fred, for you and your
brother? So lovely of Barbara to post about this and seek needed help, and I did
send a small contrib via E-Moneygram (9/14) to Fred, which I hope you got!
Barbara, your love and generosity of spirit are forever inspirational! I'm sorry
I have not gotten back to our conversation abt nonprofits, but I hope to do that
soon. How are Jared and Andrea doing?
Fred, on another note, how amazing it must have
been to go to Norway--for you and the team!--in what was surely the realization
of a dream! I was thrilled to read that you had achieved your goal,
through lots of hard work and great persistence, and I hope you will give us a
follow-up to this journey, including what it has meant for you and the team, and
where you might go from here. Bravo and thanks for making my own heart
3) Benoit: I have been thinking so much about
you and praying for Debbie and your family. How is she now? Your own "update"
was very moving and uplifting, and your contributions here take things to a
higher level, or reframe issues in a way that is always thought-provoking and
spirit-expanding. Keep up the great work!
4) Dorinda and Prince: it was wonderful to
correspond recently, and I look forward to updates from you both. It will be
exciting to learn more about Prince's migration work, and also your own work on
many levels, Dorinda. I hope to engage and collaborate with you more closely in
future, and Dorinda, we are definitely linked in any case in a transcendent- -and
hopefully translucent :))--way! I think you will find a kindred spirit in
Sherrie Noble too, who works (in her own words) "with indigenous populations and
finding ways to honor tradition with modern technology". That sounds a lot
like "great minds think alike"...in other words, YOU!
5) Sam: you continue to amaze with your
thoughtful letters and "growthful" ways. Very sorry about the
sustainable- development conference not working out this year, but hopefully it
will in the near future. What are your plans now?
On another note, I would like to ask--understanding
that it is a delicate matter--that you address some of the issues and situation
brought up by Dan Otedo. Thanks to Andrius and Benoit for doing the same. Both
of you are caring and wonderful people, so it is painful to see such a deep
rift. And for the rest of us to witness the struggle, without knowing more about
it or being able to help, if we can.
Dan, we are all so very sorry to hear about your
tech losses at Suba, which I know feel like more than a loss of "goods", but
also feel like a loss of hope and promise. How are things now (ie can you give
us an update)? It would be great if we can help in some way, and Sherrie Noble
has written a marvelous letter in that regard, which I hope you have seen. If
not, we will repost it.
6) Sherrie: I'm delighted that you have resolved connection issues
and are now with us once again! You bring such caring and richness to this
forum! I wonder if it would be OK if I post to HH what you wrote about
yourself to me (and cc'd to a few others) in June? It was a great
"snapshot" of your work and passions, and I'd like more people to get to know
you. It is very touching to read your heartfelt and supportive letters to Dan
and Benoit, and I know we all appreciate the encouragement and uplift! Hope you
will be encouraged yourself by this to post as often as the spirit moves!
7) Wael: I have so much enjoyed and admired reading from you, and
getting to know you! I will write a separate email about your latest
posting, on holistic design related to sustainability ("the modular cell of
the ecosystem of production") . I have just posted about Acumen fellowships
here earlier today: I think you should consider one for your
Also, I see that you posted to Globalvillages abt Architecture for
Humanity, mentioning that you would try to check with them about the idea. I
actually know the founder :)), so I can write myself and see if we get a
response. There are other individuals and orgs who would surely be interested to
comment! In any and all cases, keep up the wonderful work, and also "keep the
faith" about the importance and value of what you are doing. I hope we can apply
the results to help the Palestinian people, and all people.
8) Ken (Owino): I think of you so often, and am delighted
whenever I hear news of or from you. At the start of the year, you wrote about
your art-related dreams and hopes, and before the end of the year, I hope to
respond in kind :)). When you can, will you tell us more about what you are
doing--and James, feel free to join in too!!--and what your thoughts and
aspirations are? You are as eloquent as a poet, so your words and
deeds take us places that our souls need to go!
On that note, I will close for now with love and
blessings, and look forward to sharing, interacting, and collaborating in a
closer way soon! Janet