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Deep breath...  Changing cycles, changing flows...  On Wednesday, at another camp, we TRANSFORMED A SMALL PATCH OF MOUNTAINSIDE COVERED IN GARBAGE INTO A COMPOST AND VEGETABLE GARDEN IN ABOUT THREE HOURS. We were about 20-30 people. MANY HANDS MAKE LIGHT WORK!  The digging team dug three trenches read more...
It is so clear to me in Haiti how interconnected all of these things are. So many of these issues are connected in self-perpetuating cycles... Approximately 98% of Haiti has been deforested (connected to farming cash crops and collecting wood for cooking fuel) = less transpiration from trees = less read more...
In French, the verbs for crying (pleurer) and raining (pleuvoir) seem pretty close - je pleure (I'm crying) and il pleut (it's raining). I've also often wondered why the weather is preceded by "il" (he) and not "elle" (she). A few weeks before our trip, I started using the verb pleuvoir, saying "je read more...
My emotions have been like big waves here in Haiti, some moments being filled with joy, Love, beauty, peace or curiosity, and other moments feeling intensely frustrated, deeply sorrowful and angry. A few moments when tears welled up in me and I felt the depths of sorrow and Love, as if my heart was read more...
We started a small garden with about 25 people at a camp today – a sunken garden bed at the bottom of a little dip, with a raised border on the lower end and an overflow trench, to catch water and allow excess water during intense rains to flow out of the garden.  We collected mulch from the shrubs read more...
Personal reflections from our journey while working in Haiti...   Seeing and living so many contrasts here.  There is so much life bustling in the streets - people selling mangos, garlic, beans, toothpaste, phone cards, belts, wooden poles and other wares beside crumbled buildings.  There are camps read more...
by Bonita Ford.  Creative Commons - Attribution, 2010. I started this blog entry at the request of a friend. We were talking about the roles of "shadow" or "darkness", and "lightness" in bringing about social and personal transformation. In the last few years, I've discovered that offering read more...
by Bonita Ford.  Creative Commons - Attribution, 2010.  I recently had the opportunity to give two workshops on Nonviolent Communication (NVC) at Power Shift Canada, a national youth conference focused on climate change and action. In these sessions, we explored some of the ways that we communicate read more...
by Bonita Ford. Creative Commons - Attribution 2010. Since much of what I write is informed by my personal practice in Nonviolent-Compassionate Communication (NVC), I feel compelled to share about my understanding of NVC and why it is so powerful and enriching for me. At its simplest, I would read more...
Last week, we attended a climate change vigil organised by a couple of local people. I was touched by the gathering and was reminded of how much I value community, caring, presence and collective contribution. We were perhaps twenty or thirty people with candles standing on the steps of Town Hall, read more...

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