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and letters from a Northwest prospective. We wish the community of readers all over
the world peaceful and renewing holy days and a hopeful New Year.
Voices for the World
A Holiday Blessing for our Readers by Teresa de Avila.
Caroline Williams tells of her family's amazing Tour of Middle East ...by Bike!
Voices of Peace
Visit our Special Update
Section, with articles and graphics. New works by Norman
Solomon, David Harrison, Madeleine Bunting, & Dr. Andreas Toupadakis. Peace
Section Updated 12-24-01
Voices of the Nation
Steve Elliot and Fran Odom Remember The Tevis Cup: A Horse Named Raven Flies Over Mountains and Through
Norman Solomon wonders
at A Sweet Message For Americans —
"We Are Family".
Michael Lundblad asks whether we can Save the Planet at the Movies?
Powell's Dave Wiech Interview
Is Ann Brashes the American R.J. Rawlings?
Voices of the Northwest
Mary DeDanan is Holding the Light -- Solstice through time and place.
Barbara S.Thompson's My Life -- Introduction & History of this year's series of her autobiography
Paula Sanders McCarron considers Reflections: To Live with Abandon.
Voices of Spencer Creek Valley
Norm Maxwell reports on the rural preservation legal struggle - now a kind of "Victory" of Fire Road.
Lois Barton shares Some Christmas
Ryan Ramon ruminates about Life
at the 45th Parallel
Best of the Web
A Buddhist Enviromental
Network is established
American Friends Service Committee Links
to "Understanding Islam" Sites.
Karen Joy Warton introduces AlterNet.org - a news site with insight.
Art & Photography and Poems
New Fiction -- The Bum by Ryan Ramon: What would Jesus do if he came to our town?
The Mermaid and the Dolphin -- The final chapter of an eco-adventure by Maura McGoorty.
That Photo Guy,
Guy Wesse, gives a gift of imagery with a poem, A High Wind, by Barbara S. Thompson
A-run Lee and Jai Daemion present A
Gift from Wellsprings Friends School.
Michael Kemp salutes the Solstice in Grandmother
Carolyn S. Scarr cooks up A Recipe
for Water for the children of Iraq -- with link to the
Sydney Morning Herald's great article.
serves up delight with Three Poems.
Lois Barton's Wild Trees, a Christmas treat.
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Our range of emphasis corresponds to the historic bio-region of the Pacific Northwest
which stretches from the coast of Big Sur, California to Southern Alaska and points
in-between. This is the area of the world we shall look at through the lens of our
own 'observatory' based in Spencer Creek Valley, Oregon. Spencer Creek Valley is
not on the maps but is a very real place whose people face many of the issues of
people all over the world including the challenge of change and preservation.
To give voice to "ordinary" people .
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