Dear Friend,

Now as many of you know my Dad is relatively involved in the concept of sustainability. Here at EMU it is a HUGE theme (seriously, you hear that word everywhere.) I’d brag about my dad for awhile about everything he’s done and is currently doing, but what I really want to focus on is one of his favorite ideas. Wisdom. My dad bases his lifestyle, and his work towards sustainability towards living wisely. This idea, of living wisely has sort of always been part of my household. For a while now I’ve been interested in the idea of creating an intentional community. The problem I always find in my mind is that I can’t see how that fits in with my dream of starting a group home for “at-risk” teens. Although, now that I think about it I am reminded of the saying that it takes a village to raise a child… maybe an intentional community could be my village. but that is getting off topic. Something my dad recently introduced me to was the idea of transitional communities. Groups of people who recognize that our society can’t maintain this way of living, that something is going to have to change. They aren’t being passive and waiting around for the government, or mainstream society to “figure it out,” they’re taking matters into they’re own hands and working together to utilize innovation to “transition” towards the type of living that our society is eventually going to NEED to embrace. All of this is to say I am REALLY interested in this idea and its potential, and the potential Harrisonburg has for joining the other 300+ groups of people around the world transitioning towards a wiser way of living. Hopefully I will be learning more, hearing more, and informing you more about what IS going on. If this sounds AT ALL interesting to you, or if you just want to see what it is I’ve been talking about visit the link below:

http://www.transitionus.org/

Lots of Love, Mandi Jo