Monday, January 17, 2011

Light, Love, and Community on MLK Day

Whenever I'm running an errand out at Food Finders,* I always like to stop by the office of my friend Katy Bunder and read the poster that she has hanging on her wall. If you haven't decided on your New Year's Resolutions yet, you'll find some good ones here:

The Building Community Poster reads:

Turn Off Your TV
Leave Your House
Know Your Neighbors * Greet People
Look Up When You Are Walking
Sit On Your Stoop * Plant Flowers
Use Your Library * Play Together
Buy From Local Merchants
Share What You Have * Help A Lost Dog
Take Children To The Park * Honor Elders
Support Neighborhood Schools
Fix It Even If You Didn't Break It
Have Pot Lucks * Garden Together
Pick Up Litter * Read Stories Aloud
Dance In The Street
Talk To The Mail Carrier
Listen To The Birds * Put Up A Swing
Help Carry Something Heavy
Barter For Your Goods
Start A Tradition * Ask A Question
Hire Young People for Odd Jobs
Organize A Block Party
Bake Extra And Share
Ask For Help When You Need It
Open Your Shades * Sing Together
Share Your Skills
Take Back the Night
Turn Up The Music * Turn Down The Music
Listen Before You React To Anger
Mediate A Conflict * Seek To Understand
Learn From New & Uncomfortable Angles
Know That No One is Silent --
Though Many Are Not Heard
Work To Change This

by The Syracuse Cultural Workers
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful,
committed citizens can change the world.
Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

~Margaret Mead (1901 - 1978)
American cultural anthropologist

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness;
only light can do that.

Hate cannot drive out hate;
only love can do that. . . .

Let no one pull you low enough to hate. . . . ."

~Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929 - April 4, 1968)
American Civil Rights Leader
Winner of Nobel Peace Prize, 1964


*Click on this Food Finders link, and you will see a picture of my son Sam, walking in the local Hunger Hike, Fall 2008.

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