From the Preface to Leaves of Grass,
Love the earth and sun and the animals,
Despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks,
Stand up for the stupid and crazy,
Devote your income and labor to others,
Hate tyrants, argue not concerning God,
Have patience and indulgence toward the people.
Take off your hat to nothing known or unknown,
or to any man or number of men,
Go freely with powerful uneducated persons,
And with the young, and with the mothers or families.
Read these leaves in the open air
Every season of every year of your life
Re-examine all you have been told
in school or church or in any book,
Dismiss whatever insults your own soul;
And your very flesh shall be a great poem…
And have the richest fluency, not only in its words,
But in the silent lines of its lips and face,
And between the lashes of your eyes,
and In every motion and joint of your body.
~ Walt Whitman
(some books, these and others can often be found as free audio's through local library loans, downloaded and returned right through your computer!)
The Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh (actually ANYTHING he has written or go to Plum Village online to hear him teach too
How to Train a Wild Elephant & Other Adventures in Mindfulness by Jan Chozen Bays, MD
Pema Chodron is an American woman and Buddhist with an excellent catalog of books for working through troubling times with awareness
The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff (an oldy but a goody)
Keeping a Nature Journal (paperback) by Clare Walker Leslie & Charles E. Roth
Anam Cara: a Book of Celtic Wisdom by John O’Donahue
On Apology by Aaron Lazure
Plant Spirit Healing by Pam Montgomery
Learningherbs.com Website subscription platform, an excellent site for truly learning practical herbalism in many applications
The Healing Power of Flowers: bridging herbalism, homeopathy, flower essences, and the
human energy system by Rhonda Pallas Downey
The Big Book of Preserving the Harvest by Carol W. Costnebader
The Spirit of Jade by Sky Stephenson (Novel by local Authoress)
Painting as a Pastime by Winston Churchill
Leafy Greens: An A -Z Guide to 20 Types of Greens with Recipes (not vegetarian) by Mark Bittman
The Grace in Aging: Awaken as You Grow Older by Kathleen Dowling Singh
The Moral Lives of Animals by Dale Peterson (Local Author, hearty read)
The Whole Dog Journal (Monthly publication, also good internet articles)
(work in progress)
State Parks are beautiful places for lots of things and any budget - check them out! Museums and some other places often have passes available at libraries or maybe even special free admission times or discounts that are surprising. Look at their pages!
NH State Parks
MA State Parks
VT State Parks
Museum and Dr. Seuss Sculpture Garden
Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory
Currier Art some free times on Saturdays, also new drug addiction support program for families is starting... neat
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
(pssst... have you been outside today??)
Military Support Contacts:regardless of our political positions, most everyone has a child, sibling, parent, extended family, friend, neighbor or co-worker serving or having served in the military. We can uplift and support each other as compassionate beings, separate from other positions.
Please and Thank You
Blue Star Mothers: for all family members of all serving in any branch of the military
Resources and links: overwhelming amounts of contacts, news, you name it. wow.
American Red Cross Contact your local chapter. You will be amazed at what they do for supports for members of the military, their families, and veterans
Mondadnock Humane Society Swanzey, NH
Hundred Nights - Homeless Shelter Keene, NH
Aids Services of Monadnock Region
http://www.monadnockpsa.org/content/warm-line-0 This is a FREE Mental Health Peer Support Agency and more in our area.
Monadnock Community Market - A food coop in KEENE ! HOORAY!
Monadnock Mindfulness Practice Center “Benefits of mindfulness practice include calmness, insight, hearing your inner wisdom, a general sense of well-being, a greater resiliency towards stress, and a renewed sense of spirit...not associated with any particular religion or faith community. Rather, it is a philosophical reference that can support other belief systems or stand alone.”
UNH Cooperative Extension fantastic resource for all things gardening/agriculture...even incubators for chicks and kinder bear deterrent ideas for your bees.
Southwest Community Services need help getting back on your feet? check these guys out. They have a lot of connections for this southwest portion of NH
Is there a category you would like to see here for outreach??