I read this phrase in a scholarly introduction to a philosophical translation of the Dao De Jing by Ames and Hall. It describes the situation in which we find ourselves, adjusting the myriad momentary circumstances we receive with our own creativity and passing that along to ourselves, others, the whole.
The image of a surfer comes to mind; but here the surfer modifies the wave she rides even as she rides it, which modifies other waves and other riders, and so on and so on.
We've come a long way in these last few years. Who could have guessed we would make so much progress? And from what we're hearing, Paradise is feeling it!
May we continue on our life-affirming, heart-renewing quest to "be the community we want to live in."
In the latest news:
- Guild for Civil Dialogue held its fourth meeting a few weeks ago and they're going strong. We've attracted folks from Chico and elsewhere, and there's a committed core that keeps coming back. Next meeting is June 18th, 4PM.
- The new Youth Guild held its first gathering last Tuesday evening at 6PM with about 15 youth and seven adults in attendance. The youth will continue to gather every Tuesday throughout the summer to explore a variety of activities -- which may include hip hop dance, songwriting, T'ai Chi, board and computer games, a variety of life skills, and conversation around a fire circle. They're setting the agenda, and we're supporting them every way we can.
- We've attracted a major donor who will help us complete our re-roofing project soon. Heads up -- the old shingles will be falling!
- At our last work day we beautified our campus with a much-needed mowing party. Thanks to all volunteers who put hours of labor into our service -- Dan Joseph, Jennifer Peterson, Susan Dobra, David Zink.
- The Garden Guild is doing splendid work in both gardens these days. Have a look next time you drop by the hall.
- Words On The Ridge presented the works of four area authors this past Thursday to an audience of over 40 people. Our own Brian Marshall did us proud with his reading from his new book, "Fleet." Fellow authors Cara Gubbins, Emily Gallo, and Paradise resident Ken Young also read from their works, and there followed a presentation by the North State Writers club. A lively Q&A ensued afterward. With so much local interest there is talk of establishing a new Writers Guild right here. Stay tuned!
- Paradise Garden Club has put on another Garden Tour this weekend with Norton Buffalo Hall as its epicenter. We enjoy the continued relationship with these folks, and hear their sales are even better this year than last. Let's do it again, folks!
- Open Mikeful continues to draw talents great and small from all over Butte County to their weekly Wednesday night hootenanny. All are welcome to take their turn at the mic, and our host Susan Dobra will make sure you get your chance to shine! Take a look at and listen to some of the original offerings at the new Open Mikeful Originals page on Facebook!
- Moody Little Sister (Portland, OR) is coming to perform at Norton Buffalo Hall on Friday, June 23rd at 7PM! Get your tickets now!
...and there's so much more going on.
If you're not a member already and would like to get involved in our community-positive multiplicity of cascading events, get in touch! We'd love to hear your ideas and perhaps get behind your vision to "be the community you want to live in."