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Sunday, March 15th, 2009
6:27 pm
ATTN: Ladies of the Tri-Cities
In Praise of Mountain Women
Home Circles

Kingsport, TN

In Praise of Mountain Women is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing together mountain women to share stories, trade skills, celebrate themselves and each other, and to energize their minds and spirits. About every two years In Praise hosts a weekend long gathering so this can happen.

In Praise also hosts Home Circles in between the gatherings, which are meetings of local women to begin or extend friendships with other mountain women.

Come be a part of the new Kingsport Home Circle. Join us and meet new friends, share your story with others, and talk about issues that matter to you with other women who understand what you're going through.

Meetings will be held in the Community Room of the Model City Apartments two Fridays a month from 5:30pm to 6:30 pm. Children are welcome, and refreshments are provided.

Please contact Winnie at astacia_m@yahoo.com with the subject "Home Circle" for more information.

We look forward to seeing you there!

For more information about In Praise of Mountain Women please visit http://inpraise.info/


Current Mood: hopeful
Friday, October 17th, 2008
8:40 am
I found the most wonderful book
I was at the Dollar Tree yesterday and found The Great Silent Grandmother Gathering. It looked interesting so I went ahead and bought it, and last night before bed I read the entire thing. Not only the story, but the story behind the story.

This is one of the most beautiful books I have ever read!

It's the story of how two grandmothers decide to change the world by going to the park and "Not speaking. Not looking at squirrels. Not munching on coconut candy. In actual point of fact, not anything at all." Soon the whole town is talking about them, then the nation, and soon the world.

It's an excellent book filled with a powerful message and I really feel that everyone should read it and share it with their children, friends, and family.

Cross posted

Current Mood: peaceful
Saturday, August 16th, 2008
6:31 pm
Here's a tip
Take an old t-shirt and cut off the sleeves and collar. Turn it inside out and hem down where you just cut and use a secure zig zag stich the bottom closed. Turn it right side out and you have an eco-friendly shopping bag.

You can also use an old tank top, and depending on the size of the neck hole you may only have to sew up the bottom.

It's a great way to reuse old clothes you'd rather not get rid of completely and reduce your plastic consumption.

Current Mood: cheerful
Sunday, October 21st, 2007
9:49 pm
It's high time we revive this community and make it the awsome thing it was envisioned to be. But how will we do this? I'll start by advertising it in a couple of other communities of relevance. And maybe we can all make reference to it in our own journals? Word of mouth people! Works every time. :)

Current Mood: excited
Tuesday, May 9th, 2006
8:48 pm
I'm pretty sure I don't even really qualify for this community since I am for peace but when I think about it I am sort of just an anti-war college student and you guys are a lot more hardcore than me about the whole enlightenment and understanding thing... I'm willing to help out with the cause but uh I don't want to taint what you guys have going on with any immature anti-war stuff... However if you guys ever organize anything I'd love to attend a protest? I'll but out now...
Thursday, May 4th, 2006
6:52 am
A Spiritual Covenant With America
Greetings and Felicitations,

I am stunned. I found a group which shares a great deal in common with my own beliefs and wishes. The group is called the Network of Spiritual Progressives. They have something called a Spiritual Covenant with America. It is an amazing piece of work and I found it most enlightening.

A Spiritual Covenant With America

Network of Spiritual Progressives: An Interfaith Movement

Please look at this group I think it is great.

Sincerely Yours,
C. David Neely
Sunday, April 30th, 2006
8:30 am
50 Ways to Promote Peace: Ben and Jerry's Website
Greetings and Felicitations,

The people at Ben and Jerry's have a wonderful list of ways to promote peace. I think everyone can find something useful here.

50 Ways to Promote Peace

Sincerely Yours,
C. David Neely
Friday, April 28th, 2006
10:01 pm
Hi, I think my wake up call came when I read and seen the movie " On The Beach" it is about what happened after the Nuclear War and it is done in Australia, and to me people should not take their life for granted that they should enjoy every minute of every day cause we will never know what tomorrow could be.

Current Mood: sleepy
8:45 am

My name is Winnie, and I thought I should introduce myself to this group.

My family has always been very anti-violence- to the point of joining peaceful protests- as well as being very pro peace.

At the age of 13 I began participating with non-profit organizations. Among others were:

In Praise of Mountain Women
Appalachian People's Service Organization (APSO)

I was also, at age 16, the youngest licensed and practicing adult basic education tutor in the region. At age 18 I was the youngest board member in the history of the DDC.

I continue to work with In Praise of Mountain Women, and to work in my own way toward a more peaceful world.

I teach my children love and tolerance. I exercise tolerance and love, thereby teaching others by example. I continue to participate in peaceful protest.

I look forward to the dialogue this community will generate. This should be fun.

Thursday, April 27th, 2006
2:33 pm
C. David Neely's Introduction
Greetings and Felicitations,

My name is David Neely. I am in my early 40's. I have an extended family that includes several children both by birth and by inclusion. I currently work at Walmart.

I used to be a somewhat violent person. I used to study various martial arts and sought to be very pro-military and pro-violence. I was very much infatuated with the martial culture which seeks to promote conflict as a way of life.

In the spring of 2001 I found a book. That book was called Ethics for a New Millenium by the Dalai Lama. Having been interested in Oriental Philosophy I thought it would be a good read. Little did I know how much this book would change my life. After finishing the book I found myself drawn to taking the Bodhissatva Vow. For those who do not know this vow involves giving up one own's perfection in order to help other people on their path. Shortly after taking the vow I lost my job when the plant where I worked closed. I took advantage of the opportunity to enroll in school.

Of course, everything changed for everyone on September 11, 2001. I saw quite clearly what my old style thinking was capable of producing. It has taken some time for my path to come to fruition. Many things have happened since then.

I am divorced from my second wife.
I am engaged to Astacia.
I am seeking to learn more about my path.

Earlier this week I had a flash of enlightenment where I saw what I needed to do. In keeping with this vision I have started several groups.

I hope this has helped show people about me.

Sincerely Yours,
C. David Neely
2:22 pm
Why this Group?
Greetings and Felicitations,

I would like to say thank you to anyone who joins the group. I am seeking to start a conversation for creating a peace group in the Tri-Cities. I am looking forward to talking to everyone who joins.

I started this group because there doesn't seem to be an active peace group for the tricities area. I hope to bring together like-minded people to talk and work towards the growth of peace in our cities, our nations and our world.


Sincerely Yours,
C. David Neely
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