1. draw a map of your neighborhood/town/city/county.  do some research.  find out who lived here 20 years ago.  50 years ago.  100 years ago.  200 years ago.  400 years ago.  1000 years ago.  draw all of these shifting populations on the map.  then draw where people live in your neighborhood now?  where are the lower income folk?  the upper income folk? where do the various recent immigrant groups live?  do folks with different types of jobs live in different areas?  is there a college near by?  a factory?  government buildings?  a hospital? a jail?

and now tell the story of movement in your neighborhood.  why did some folks leave?  where did they go?  who replaced them?  where did they come from?

share this story with others in your neighborhood.  see if they can tell you another piece of the story.  keep sharing the story.  keep adding.  know your history.  know the history of the place in which you live.

2.  in your hands:  by lex

Since love is not scarce, our ancestors bathe us in it every moment that we dare to receive.

I have learned that there are sources of nurturing that are older than us and swifter than our bodies. I am noticing that those who are no longer here in physical form are teachers in the wind, showing us how we must relate to each other, if we want to survive longer than our bodies and longer than a system that denies us.

I have been writing urgent letters to my ancestors since before I knew they were watching and on the cusp of this new year they whispered a suggestion to me. “How about for this new year, as a gift to yourself, you receive some letters from us, the spirits of women that love you from eternity?”

As ever, my answer was yes. These daily letters from the most beloved of my known and chosen ancestors on behalf of all of the ancestors who have sent us love with their lives and dreams without us knowing came at exactly the right time. When I was afraid to trust myself, I was not afriad to trust their guidance for me. I re-learned a shifting methodology of loving myself firstly as their vessel and secondly as their recipient