This week we’ve linked in a TED Talk given by Ron Finley. Ron Finley is an activist in South Central Los Angeles. He started an organization comprised of volunteers that plant gardens in vacant lots across South Central Los Angeles. His passion rests in educating kids and community members about food and a healthy way of eating. His philosophy is beautiful, simple, real and impactful. Take the time to watch this ten minute talk. Have a great week everyone!
Last night, Jody and I sat down and watched the next movie in our Netflix envelope. We often don’t know what it is, though we set the list ourselves, it is usually a surprise which title arrives. The movie was “Searching For Sugar Man”, a film recommended to me by a friend who viewed it at a film festival. Over the course of the next 90 minutes an evolution of emotions rolled over me like a Zamboni smoothing the ice of a hockey arena. This story set me at peace. Continue reading →
The genesis of Come In From The Cold came from the yearning to reflect on how we, as people living in a community, can live a practice of welcoming. Last month, I had the pleasure of meeting a gentlemen by the name of Bruce Anderson, who has made it his life’s work to explore this very idea. Bruce lives in Washington, in a place called Vashon Island, where he is immersed in living a practice of welcoming. I immediately invited him to share some time to chat with me and he graciously accepted. So I invite you to have a glimpse into our conversation…
Before we introduce this week’s blog link, we have AMAZING news! Co-author and co-creator of this here blog, Linda Keys, along with her partner Alan MacFarlane, welcomed their son Findlay into the world on Saturday evening, May 4. In a text she wrote, “Our beautiful wonderful son Findlay Keys MacFarlane, was born last night, May 4 at 8:21pm at home in water. Weight 8 lbs, 11 ounces. It was the most perfect home birth I could have ever imagined. His transition to the outside world was gentle and calm. Auntie Jenny made it here in time. We are all incredibly well and happy.” Congratulations Linda and Alan on the birth of Findlay!! Findlay is blessed to have you as parents! Now on with the show…
This week we are honored to provide you with a link to a dear friend’s blog, April Doner. Continue reading →
A friend, and recent guest blogger, Chris Lee, recently shared this video about a project coordinated by Christina MacLeod. She organized a group of community members to transform a “dull and lifeless street, into a public place that encourages activity, community and health.” It is a beautiful piece about a beautiful idea. Take the time to watch this 6 minute video. Be well friends!
Seven days removed from the Boston Marathon bombings, we wish to extend our thoughts and prayers to those affected by the incidents. Acts of violence are unnecessary. They leave us empty and searching for answers. As we committed to upon partnering to bring you this blog, Linda and I vowed to be relentlessly positive.
I saw a quote from Mr. Rogers yesterday and it read: “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’” Continue reading →
This week we’ve linked in a TED talk given by Shane Koyczan. I don’t know much about him, other than he is a master with spoken word and that his message is beyond powerful. I first saw this video a month or two ago, it was all over the place for a weekend. I’ve watched it several times since. Take the time to watch this clip. Really. Take the time. Truly. We wouldn’t lead you astray intentionally. Big love to you all from the Come In From The Cold blog!!!
My good friend Beth Gallagher hipped me to this video produced by a group called Soul Pancake. They constructed a ball-pit in the middle of a busy city and put up a sign reading, “Take a seat, Make a friend”, and filmed interactions between people brave enough to participate. What ensues is beautiful.
For me this video speaks to the simplicity of human interaction. It speaks to the genesis of any relationship…the invitation. In this video, the ball-pit acts as the invitation. Fun, innovative, clever and probably a bit impractical. However, we can all be fun, innovative and clever. We all have this invitation inside of us. We all have the capacity to invite others into our lives. To ask someone “What’s you story?” Continue reading →
This week we share an interview facilitated by Janis Foster Richardson with De’Amon Harges. Janis Foster Richardson is the executive director of Grassroots Grantmakers, a non-profit group that strives to “strengthen and resource the work of everyday people and citizen-led groups”. De’Amon Harges, the original Roving Listener, shares his wisdom with Janis about the work he is doing in Indianapolis with Broadway United Methodist Church, and neighborhoods across North America. Thanks to Janis for originally posting this interview via podcast. Thanks to De’Amon for sharing his stories…
Take the time to listen to this podcast. You’ll find it by following the link below. You may have to cut and paste it into your address bar. I tried embedding it into the post, but it is in a format I’m unfamiliar with embedding. We are working on being as tech-savvy as possible. Bear with us, but in the meantime, follow the link and enjoy the conversation between Janis and De’Amon. http://www.grassrootsgrantmakers.org/2013/03/roving-listening-a-strategy-for-building-community/
Come In From The Cold · WELCOME… How can we make sure we invite everybody in, leaving nobody out in the cold? SIT… How do we get to know one another better? To start to care? STAY… How can we deepen our connections and dream together about a beloved community? This blog is a space of observations, questions and reflection about community. From San Diego and Scotland, we discovered that we needed to embark on a joint learning journey. We invite you to join us. – Kirk Hinkleman and Linda Keys