You may have heard me talk about watersheds, before. In this post on Resilient, I share how to identify a watershed, and propose a thought experiment of considering watersheds as our political unit.

    Sunday Quote

    Be like Bedford:

    β€œWhile we are relieved that our church home mostly survived the inferno in the lot next door, we affirm that we would rather lose 100 buildings than one more life to police violence.”

    Resilient: Landlord Tech Watch

    The little joys of CSAs: I was excited about getting pears, today. He told me how the tree is over 100 years old and his great-grandmother planted it. Today’s recipe sheet also had instructions for his Grandma’s pear butter!

    Canada’s last intact ice shelf breaks up

    “Since 2007 the mean temperature in summer has flipped from below freezing to above it. The consequences will be felt far beyond the north.”

    β€œI’m so sorry, but I’m avoiding shared indoor spaces unless it’s an emergency."

    There are two kinds of preppers:

    1. Those who hoard guns and gold
    2. Those who plant seeds and share

    Be the second kind.

    Yet another good reason to wear a mask: β€œHomeland Security fears widespread mask-wearing will break facial recognition software”. Help your fellow humans.

    Added How to Invent Everything to my #Resilient booklist. πŸ“š I love this book so much. Informative and hilarious. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

    As someone with an interest in insect protein (for issues of sustainability and ethics) this talk from the Long Now was very interesting to me. πŸŽ™

    I still have a ways to go, but did some good work on my Resilient booklist this morning.

    Another great one from James Clear

    "Be forgiving with your past self.&10;Be strict with your present self.&10;Be flexible with your future self.”

    Here’s a great podcast intro to Restorative Justice, includes shoutouts to Howard Zehr and Mennonites, which is, unsurprisingly, how I got introduced to the concept in a more concrete way.

    Got my first CSA pickup, today. They said it started admittedly light so they are going to add a week at the end. Had peas, a couple types of onions, some greens, and a whole (pieced) chicken.

    Questions to ask after finishing media:

    • What is this work saying?
    • How do I now feel?
    • What will stick with me?
    • What am I moved to do?

    βœοΈπŸ•ŠπŸ΄πŸŒΉ, in that order

    Let me share some of my labels, or identities. Let me share some of my beliefs.

    You’ll note that I say “in that order”. That is because these have a priority ranking, since each flows from, and is beholden to, the above. Our means ultimately determine our ends.


    I’m a Christian, specifically, an Anabaptist Christian.

    I believe that Jesus is the clearest revelation of the nature of God, and that the actions and sayings of Jesus in the synoptic gospels, as well as the testimony of the early church in Acts & Epistles, are relevant to us today. I believe that they help reveal God’s love for humanity and the rest of creation.

    I believe in creating hope, overcoming fear, and experiencing joy. I believe in looking for the image of God in everybody. I believe in second chances, healing, and liberation.

    I believe that faith is not just a personal matter, but something to be wrestled with in a loving and supportive community. I believe group discernment, mutual aid, spiritual formation, grace, and consensus-based decision making are parts of a healthy faith community.

    I understand that we don’t know it all. I believe we should watch & listen for God anyway, and be graceful to others along the way.


    I believe in pursuing peace. I believe in pursuing reconciliation, restoration, and redemption. I believe in caring for our communities, our watersheds, and the earth.

    I believe Jesus was serious about loving our neighbors, laying down our weapons, and not returning evil for evil. I believe in Jesus’s call to use subversive tactics to upend violent power without becoming like those we are opposing. I believe Jesus’s calls to creative nonviolence are relevant to all who follow the Way.

    I understand that peace does not always seem practical. I believe we should pursue it anyway, while also strategically working on the upstream problems that make peace seem impossible: economic & racial injustice, environmental exploitation, miseducation, fearmongering & scapegoating, criminalization, and war.


    I believe in decentralizing and democratizing power. I believe in respecting negative liberties.

    I believe in undoing the still-echoing harms of chattel slavery and abolishing forms of modern day slavery. I believe in dismantling kyriarchy. I believe in dismantling empire, colonization, occupation, borders, and racism. I believe in abolishing the school-to-prison pipeline, the prison-industrial complex, and in changing justice systems to focus on restoration rather than revenge. I believe in abolishing intellectual “property”, planned obsolescence, and restrictions on innovation, alteration, maintenance, and repair. I believe in dismantling CAFO farming, the “nutritional industrial complex”, food subsidies, and monocultures.

    I understand that these goals are not accomplished overnight or maybe even in my lifetime. I believe we should pursue them anyway, building fair and just alternatives along the way.


    I believe in equity and fairness. I believe in listening to and amplifying the voices of the oppressed and marginalized.

    I believe you can tell a lot about a person based on whether they defend the powerful or the powerless. I believe in sharing, cooperatives, mutual aid societies, unions, partnerships, and common purses. I believe in resisting advertising, addiction, and the attention economy. I believe in supporting underdogs and resisting monopolies. I believe that those who extract from people and the earth should pay their share of costs (e.g. for protection, legal, and infrastructure), and not be subsidized by the ones they are extracting from. I believe that abandoned properties may justly be reclaimed and restored by those willing to care for them. I believe in helping our neighbors. I believe in sharing over hoarding. I believe in working together.

    I understand that equity is difficult when injustices still exist. I believe people with privilege should share that privilege, anyway, working towards a better future for all.

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