Woolman Blog

Giving Thanks

Jeremy Delaney-Peterson, Student
Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Some time ago, I became aware that every person that enters one’s life, if only for a moment, has something to offer. Sometimes, it’s as simple as a smile or a laugh. However, if you search for it, they often have something much deeper to give. We, too, have something to offer everyone we encounter. What each of us has to offer is different, and what another person has to learn from us often varies based upon their own needs and experiences. For this reason, I’ve come to tolerate people who I may not always care for.

A Traveler’s Treatise

Ravahn Samati, Community Intern
Friday, November 20, 2009

Travel is a necessary part of the human experience. I am prejudiced. The travel I refer to is not to beachside resorts in developing countries or posh Manahan bungalows or travel agency week-longs to Europe. I am interested in the marrow of a country’s identity. I want to hear her stories. The people are the crux of my experience.

Who Gets Water, Who Gets Sewage?

Malka Howley, Student
Thursday, November 19, 2009

If we accept that the right to life is a basic human right, which we must if we believe in any other rights, then we must also accept that the right to clean, safe water is also a basic human right. We need water to drink and to grow food, among other things. Water is a fundamental human need, that is indisputable, and to deny someone clean, safe water is to deny them life. Yet that is happening all over the world.

Border Crossing In Another’s Shoes

Jennifer Thao, Student
Monday, November 16, 2009

During our week in Mexico we crossed the border every day.  Each time I made the trip I imagined how different it would be without my American passport, as an immigrant with no papers but a wish for a better life…
Each time I cross the Border I: See footprints left behind from my brothers and sisters….
Each time I cross the Border I: Feel the scorching heat of the sun on my face….
Each time I cross the Border I: Hear the heavy breathing of the other border crossers….

Radical Social Movements and Gardening

Lily Elder, Student
Saturday, November 14, 2009

Permaculture, social movements, and capitalism.  The main focuses of this last week’s classes are some of the most important and most interrelated yet.
Now that I know the theories of permaculture such as creating an edible ecosystem, it seems everything we do here has to do with it.  Every time I walk past the garden or eat an apple from the orchard, I think about how we could incorporate more of the permaculture theories we studied in class into how we produce food and our lifestyle here in general.

The Important Lessons: Can you be graded on community?

Malka Howley student
Wednesday, November 11, 2009

I am, at the moment, preparing to take the GED in a couple of months.  The General Education Development Test, the passing of which is the equivalent to a high school diploma, is supposed to reflect “the major and lasting outcomes normally acquired in a four-year high school program.”  So, theoretically, you can acquire an entire four-year high school education by studying a 572-page book, right?  N

Service & Activism: Sides of a Coin

Hannah Rose, Student
Sunday, October 25, 2009

I believe that service and movements for social change are two manifestations of the same thing, which is ones quest to live in integrity. While service often addresses individual problems, a social movement identifies a larger pattern of problems or ideally a root cause of many problems, names a specific goal to be accomplished, and often offers a methodology for accomplishing that goal.