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A Chance for the Future

This week I overheard the most amazing words from my teenage daughter as she talked on the phone about President Obama’s inaugural speech. I heard her say, “now I feel like there is the chance for a future.” I’m a little teary just writing that. It is a hard thing to know that your child has felt for some time (8 years is more than half her life) that there is no hope for a future and nothing to live for, so why bother? To hear that turned around is a huge relief and deeply moving. I feel inspired in a whole new way. I’m not saying the fear is gone. I’m not saying it’s easy sailing from here on. It is scary times. And it is going to be a lot of work. But I feel hopeful and my thinking has opened up in a new way. I think this sort of fundamental shift in our unconscious minds is going to motivate hundreds of thousands of people to take action to improve their basic health, the health of the planet and the health and security of the generations to come. I think this is an exciting time to live.

For my immediate future I will keep blogging and connecting with people who are creating change, whether with a pen, a shovel, a hammer, a voice, a shout, dollars, laboratories, or an organic dinner. My goal is to instigate positive change, and promote it. And have fun doing it!

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I’ve had an interesting week (as always!). There is a lot of buzz about the upcoming Bedford Environmental Summit, and I’m really looking forward to it. Cynthia Brennan of TABLE and Mimi Lines from the Environmental Summit have done a fantastic job of organizing local foods for the breakfast and lunch at the Summit. I’m especially looking forward to trying Johnny Boy’s organic eggs for the breakfast, a cup of organic, shade-grown coffee from Birds and Beans, tea from Equal Exchange and products from some of the area’s sustainable farms like Rainbeau Ridge, Hemlock Hill, Stone Barns Center and Cabbage Hill.

This week I got to meet with holistic practitioner and organic gardener Dr. Michael Finkelstein of SunRaven to talk about his Mindful Gardening project. Details are on the new KatonahGreen Calendar –look for links on the left hand column of the blog. Don’t miss the upcoming 2009 Garden meetings.

Karla Booth-Diamond has been working with me to talk with local businesses about Greening their events and we’ll be announcing some more exciting developments soon! Our first ‘greened’ event is Stillpoints: A Special Exhibit, coming up Feb. 6 & 7th at Dharma Yoga and Wellness. The organic refreshments and eco-friendly service will be organized by KatonahGreen. Details here.

I will see many of you at the Summit. Stay tuned for upcoming video interviews as spring unfolds!

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About Heather Flournoy

I am a writer, social media connoisseur, environmentalist and professional marketer. My personal blog is KatonahGreen.com and my professional website is ReallySocialStrategies.com. I love people's stories, and a passionate cultivator of connections, both for myself and helping others to connect. Tell me who you are, what your story is, and I'll tell you who you should talk to. In my own view, I know some of the most interesting, colorful and profound people in the world. You know who you are. Besides all the above, I am proud to say I am a working class single mother who raised a beautiful daughter. I connect deeply with animals, especially horses. I love music, coffee shops, farmer's markets, growing my own food, sustainable agriculture, broad thinkers, the healing arts, and dive diners.

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