Ella and Roy have been working on the issue of insufficient shelter in the United States for a long time, but they each have a different approach. Ella is an enthusiastic activist and author who wants to bring about radical change in the housing system, whereas Roy is a longtime volunteer who devotes his time to an organization that helps low-income families build their own homes. The acquaintances haven’t seen much of each other over the past few years, but today Ella decides to drop by the construction site for a chat.
Since moving to the Woolman campus in August, I often wake up feeling excited and grateful to head to breakfast with such phenomenal people. But after spending a frightening and exhausting past few days in a hospital room with Jacob, the environmental science teacher, I feel an even more intense, deep gratitude for everyone here in the Woolman community. Perhaps the blog forum is a public space to express these feelings, but I simply wanted a venue through which to communicate a message to the whole Woolman community: thank you.
Sometimes I read a poem that sums up an experience or belief infinitely more beautifully and clearly than I ever could. For this reason I am commencing a "pertinent poem" series; anytime you read something glorious or revelatory or even just hilarious, why not post it for others to enjoy? It would be wonderful if anyone else had a poem they would like to share!
The Mad Farmer Liberation Front
by Wendell Berry
Here at Woolman we experience life together for such an intense but short amount of time. We have a multitude of rich experiences, make amazing friends, and learn from elders who shape the way we think, work, play, and live. Our community is precious, and when students finish their time here we miss them immensely and talk about them at least once every meal. The internet, however, provides a fantastic way to stay in touch and continue learning from and growing with one another.
The following is an Opinion Editorial Piece written for Marijke's local paper as a Global Issues assignment:
It's the little things throughout the day that make life so fantastic here at Woolman;
Our beloved Juna bounces through the office....
Blindfolded class was not enough for these students who kept their blindfolds on for all of lunch.
A stroll through the typical American grocery store reveals much about what it means to live in this country. Aisles stocked with instant soup, meals that boast of preparation times quicker than an average commercial break, and pre-prepared salads all represent side effects of a culture that no longer believes it has time in a day for three square meals. We feel rushed – over-stimulated to the point of anxious frenzy – and thus, helplessly unable to respond to the daily blur of messages all demanding our attention.