Leslie's Blog

Being in the Now

As I write this, COVID infections are spiking in our County. According to the New York Times, some days last week we had more than a 700 percent increase in cases. More concerning than any statistic is the fact that each day I talk to more people who have COVID or have had an exposure…
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Invite mystery

Twas the night before Christmas and all through the town, a new variant was spreading, called Omicron…. Bah humbug! The possibilities around this are endless. And yet, still, here we are, faced as we have been in recent years with choices and options. We can choose to smother this holiday and end of year passage…
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Always darkest before…the Solstice!

These last darkest days before the turning of the year have come to be ones I appreciate. Though in the bustle of these times it can be hard to find the time for contemplation that they invite, still we can find worth in connecting with those places within us in need of calm and dark…
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Saving the US Mail

When we think of this holiday season, we have come to think of package delivery. In the last years, we have come to picture the army of trucks with the swoosh on them controlled by one of the biggest virtual commerce companies out there. I myself still like to see the antiquated, boxy US-flag-colored mail…
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Generosity in Action

What a joyful day it has been around here. The campus has been abuzz with an amazing group of volunteers doing many things. As two worked on financial matters, a lively dozen were spread across the kitchen and the Bortin Hall doing preparation for our Community Harvest meal tomorrow.  We will be feeding about 100…
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Justice Denied

Today’s full acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse has sent waves of shock and anger throughout our larger community. “I have been feeling sick all day since I heard it,” was a response from more than one person to whom I spoke and I understood as my response was also visceral and in the body. For all…
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The Perfect Imperfection of Community

I am still celebrating that we can be together. Every time we can. Like on the bike trails where people showed up with their grandchildren and their knowledge of the trails so that our Sustainability Week Bike Event could be a success.  And in the parking lot the next day when costumed kids did round…
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