I’m in the mood for something yummy!
Totally decadent and good for my tummy
So I decided to share my cravings with you
And make an Italian dish or two
Some from the north and some from the south –
All fueled with love and sweetness for your mouth!
Many thanks to the farmers of our valley, who share their crops in all
Zuppa di Pesce – Gluten Free, Contains Shellfish & Fish
Italian Mixed Greens and Antipasti Salad: Pickled Veggies and House
Made Vinaigrette - Gluten Free & Vegan
Vegetable Stuffed Eggplant Rollatini - Vegan & Gluten Free
Zucchini Croquettes with Herbed Tahini Sauce – Vegetarian & Gluten
Free - Contains Dairy
Fresh Baked Sweet Potato Rolls – Contains Gluten & Dairy
Pork Masala – Pork with Mushrooms and Capers – Gluten Free
Chocolate & Berry Tiramisu – Contains Dairy & Gluten
Stone Soup community members practice the Way of Council every Saturday after lunch. Council is a circle practice of listening and speaking from the heart. If you want to experience this practice more deeply and especially if you want to facilitate council, this two-day training would be great for you.
The facilitators will conduct a workshop to provide an introduction to
the practice of Council for individuals interested in learning to
facilitate circle processes. The training includes establishing the
setting for Council, basic guidelines for the process, different forms
of Council, the role of the Council facilitator and witnessing. Units
alternate between presentation and discussions and experiential
activities and Councils and generally entail 16 contact hours with a
consistent group of participants. In this experiential introductory
workshop, participants will be invited to enter into the Council circle;
to set aside assumptions and expectations, and to experience creating a
cohesive and inviting container within which to share a unique and
authentic part of themselves and their communities.
Date and Time
Saturday September 13 & Sunday September 14,
9-6 each day, with an hour break for lunch.
211 North St., Northampton
Cost$250 (possibly less, depending on how many participate)
Jared Seide, Director, Center for Council Jared is a gifted and inspiring teacher of this transformative practice. He has designed, piloted and coordinated Council-based programs in prisons, assisted living facilities, youth groups and a variety of non-profit and faith-based organizations and social service agencies, including "The Co-Mentoring Project" for emancipated foster youth, the "Social Justice Council Project" in partnership with the Angell Foundation and the "Prison/Reentry Council Initiative," with the support of the Nathan Cummings Foundation. He has also coordinated, mentored and facilitated Council programs at eleven schools in Southern California and has led “Rite of Passage” retreats for a host of middle and high school youth, in addition to coordinating the LA-based “Council Collaborative Initiative.”
Jared is a member of the Zen Center of Los Angeles and is completing a course of study with Roshi Joan Halifax and the Upaya Institute, leading to his ordination as a Buddhist Chaplain.
He was interviewed by Pacifica Radio regarding his work in prisons as well as in Rwanda (Issa Higiro, for those who know him, was also interviewed):
In order to help us get a better sense of how many people are committing
to the training, we're asking people to register by sending their name,
phone number &/or email address, and a $100 deposit (refundable by
request if the person is not able to attend) by Friday, August 15th.
Checks can be made out to Windhorse IMH and can be mailed, along with
the person's name and contact information, to:
211 North St., Ste. 1
Northampton, MA 01060
If you have any further questions or if cost is a concern, please contact Ari Pliskin firstname.lastname@example.org.
We Can Do Something About Racism!
Undoing Racism Organizing Collective (UROC) of Western MA
in collaboration with Baystate Health Systems is pleased to bring you
A Workshop by the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond
We invite you to be part of our movement to advance institutional change
for racial equity. Workshop participants will engage in a comprehensive
exploration of how racism shapes American institutions, often without
our conscious understanding that it is doing so. The goal of this
workshop is to strengthen the anti-racist analysis and foster local work
groups that will continue the conversation and work toward institutional
What is the People’s Institute?
A national, multiracial, anti-racist network from New Orleans dedicated
to building a movement for justice and ending racism and other forms of
institutional oppression. Now in its 25th year, the Institute has
provided training, consultation, and leadership development to more than
110,000 people in organizations nationally and internationally.
Location: Trinity United Methodist Church
361 Sumner Avenue, Springfield, MA 01108Google map and directions
Thursday, 9/11, 5:30 - 8:30 PM
Friday, 9/12, 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday, 9/13, 8:30 AM- 4 PM
Register by September 4, 2014
We will confirm workshop participants and scholarships by Thursday September 4,2014
Tuition $300; price includes meals
PARTIAL SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE FOR THOSE WITH LIMITED RESOURCES
For more information or to register CLICK HERE
CLICK HERE IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN OBTAINING CEU’S FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION
For More Information Contact:
Judith Feinstein: email@example.com 413.733.9841
Annie Rodriguez: firstname.lastname@example.org or 904-415-0378
Register using above link or request a registration form and mail (if able, along with payment) to:
UROC of Western Mass
PO Box 81235
Make checks out to UROC of Western Mass.
All payments are due by Tuesday September 9, 2014
On June 27, a community gathered to celebrate the birthday of Rob Peck. Guests enjoyed excellent performers and a warm spirit. The evening also included a fundraiser in which community members generously raised $1,310 to support the Stone Soup Café.
Photos by Jazz Peck
Thank you to the artists who donated performances. Please check out their websites and hire one of them for your next event!
"I'm pushing sixty. That's enough exercise for me." - Mark Twain
"First you forget names, then you forget faces, then you forget to pull your zipper up, then you forget to pull your zipper down." - Leo Rosenberg
"One of the signs of passing youth is the birth of a sense of fellowship with other human beings." - Virginia Woolf
"The spiritual eyesight improves as the physical eyesight declines." - Plato
I endeavor to enter my 7th decade with a minimum of conflict and a maximum of collaboration. The first requires what some call EQ, short for Emotional Intelligence. The second relies on what I call We-Q. A term I coined to honor the interpersonal intelligence it takes to be a good team player, and the collective wisdom a good partnership creates.
I can't change the fact that I'm getting older. In hopes I'm also growing wiser, I want to mark the occasion by focusing more on giving back than receiving. So I made my 60th a Benefit Concert for the Stone Soup Café, a local non-profit that is helping low-income families eat healthier food, AND feel they are valued members of our community. Each Saturday they transform a Unitarian Universalist Church basement into the Stone Soup Café. The story ends the same way the Stone Soup Café began- with the immense excitement of sitting down to a communal feast.
For me, the real magic in the story, and the pay what you can café, is that no one feels beholden to a wealthy benefactor. Instead everything that goes into the Stone Soup is part of the collective wealth of the community. A significant portion of the food that gets eaten is locally grown, and lovingly prepared by many hands. Diners have several opportunities to drop money in various sealed cash-boxes, so no one knows whether the person sitting at their table paid, or how much. But everyone knows that their dignity is being preserved, and they belong to a caring community.
My main ally in arranging the Benefit Concert is the Stone Soup Café's Development Director, Ari Pliskin. At our first meeting we quickly discovered we had different styles and strengths (duh!) Thankfully, we also learned fast how to identify each other's assets and freely acknowledge our deficits. One of the latter for me is logistics. By happy contrast Ari is pragmatic, and highly detail oriented. Tasks that for me would be tedious like keeping the minutes of our meetings, and tracking to do lists and timelines, were right up Ari's alley.
My ally's strength as an organizer freed me to use my own as a talent scout and concert coordinator. Now there are two roles I relish. I'm guessing Ari and I aren't alone in having a mix of attention deficits and attention assets. A clear sign we're tapping the latter is when our outlook on a task shifts from obligation to opportunity. Ari's attention assets allowed him to align his passion for organization with his proficiency at setting up a web page for online donations. Mine energized me to word-smith creative press releases, and galvanize my circle of fellow performers to provide free entertainment.
Everyone I asked, who had the date free, gladly agreed to lend their talents to the Benefit. In return I told them adding their gifts to the concert line up was the best birthday present they could give me. (To which several replied "That's good Rob- because I wasn't planning on buying you one!)
Kidding aside, their generous support sparked one final insight into We-Q and Attention Assets. Both work best when partners combine a sense of purpose with a spirit of fun. I believe anytime we blend collaboration with camaraderie, our desire to contribute, and our ability to make a difference, increase. Banding together in service of something larger than us raises our We-Q, and harnesses our attention assets. Our participation simultaneously flows from, and fuels, our common aspiration. Instead of feeling like we've been assigned to a committee we feel like we belong to a team.
I don't mind being a male cheerleader. For me the best part of getting people to pool their resources is that the resulting synergy ensures the wisdom of the whole is greater than the sum of its individual smarts. Similarly, when we get to tap into our attention assets and play to our strengths, we enjoy contributing. (Hey, it's hard not to feel good about yourself, when you're sharing something you're good at!) The end result is a joyful shift from being obliged to make a donation to feeling inspired to give a "fun"dation.