Welcome to Transition!

Help us build a vibrant and resilient society for people and the planet.

Dear Transitioners,

Transition Palo Alto stands in support of the statement released by Transition US:

As it says, “We stand with all those who call out for justice and against escalating police violence in our streets…. We at Transition US know we still have a long way to go in becoming the change we want to see in the world, but we are committed to that journey. We invite all members of our network to learn with us, grieve with us, march with us, pray with us, and share your thoughts and opinions with us during this very frightening and painful time.”

Transition Palo Alto’s Steering Committee Members sign on to this letter and share the sentiments of many of our partners who have expressed similar support.

Learn more here: https://nmaahc.si.edu/learn/talking-about-race

https://www.yesmagazine.org/opinion/2020/05/29/george-floyd-minneapolis-police-protest
https://fossilfreeca.org/2020/06/02/justice-for-george-floyd-and-black-lives/

“THE STATEMENTS OF SOLIDARITY ARE GOOD, BUT THEY’RE NOT ENOUGH,” said Havstad. “How are these groups’ statements connecting to and translating with the daily work of climate activism and climate leadership? How do they stack up against the strategic direction of the movement? How do they compare to the resources devoted to black communities? I pose these questions just to say the gears aren’t connected at this point. The statements of solidarity and support are not back up yet with significant action. And it’s the next step that has to be taken immediately.” Source.

Stay healthy and safe,
BarbaraWeinstein

Coming up:

Third Monday each month Inner Transition Hearth & Soul, Third Monday – ONLINE THIS MONTH

If you’re interested in this group, please send email to transitionpaloalto@gmail.com.

4th Sundays Sunnyvale Garden Share. Fourth Sunday 11-12, ONLINE THIS MONTH

If you’re interested in this group, please send email to transitionpaloalto@gmail.com.

To get involved, check out these links: 

How to get involved! and What you can do about climate change. And sign up for our spam-free mailing list for information about important activities and events. And want to get in touch? Send a message to transitionpaloalto@gmail.com.



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Share Faire Summer-y

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Our first ever Virtual Share Faire kicked off on Father’s Day to a small but enthusiastic set of skillsharers and eager participants.

We started with a beautiful poem by Esther Kamkar, a local poet and skillsharer in her own right: estherkamkar.com

Then, Bart Anderson gave us a round up of why e-books are wonderful, especially in these times when libraries and stores may be closed, where and how to purchase them, and some tips and tricks. resilience.org

Robin Means took us through the ins-and-outs of making scones – vegan! She shared info on making your own vegan substitutes, tips for perfect texture, and even how to make vegan pepperoni. vegandollhouse.com

William Mutch next demonstrated (along with Charlotte Day) his grain mill – showing us how it works (and works you out!), where to find – or even grow – whole grains, the many advantages, and more. Country Living Grain Mills

Next, Diane Ruddle shared a recipe from Happy Girl Kitchen‘s new book – for making a drinking vinegar or shrub. She gave lots of alternatives and also showed how to make nasturtium capers.

We ended with Roy Kornbluh‘s demo on the amazing properties of paper with regular paper circles, mobius strips, and mobius crosses – which, when cut, resulted in oohs and ahhs all around. Numberphile Mobius

Thank you to all the talented presenters and all who attended and asked great questions, participated in the discussion, and helped put the share in Share Faire. We are looking forward to seeing you at the next one!

Inner Transition – Group Continues This Month


Monday April 20, 7-9pm

Online discussion

Session 15: Train
Matthew Fox, PhD
Recovering Our Sense of the Sacred

In this session, Matthew Fox discusses the importance of reconnecting with the sacred in a technological world. Drawing on many faith traditions, Matthew shares how working with difficult emotions can awaken new energies in us and how specific practices can deepen our connection with the sacred. He also shares a newly forming movement called the Order of the Sacred Earth. Join Matthew to learn:

  • How working with anger and grief can awaken our creativity
  • How practices like gratitude can bring renewal and courage
  • The power of taking a vow to defend and protect Mother Earth
  • How to discover your unique contribution in today’s world

For Third Monday, on April 20, 2020 we will try something different. The plan is to watch the presentation of “Sounds True –  Waking Up in the World” on your own BEFORE our 7p discussion online.

RSVP to Victoria (varmigo at earthlink dot net) and she will send the mp4 presentation to you via Hightail.com so that you can view it before our discussion. Then she will send the video conferencing link to you.

All Hands on Deck for COVID Response

It’s a time of extraordinary need in our local community. Everyone’s life has been turned upside down by COVID but none more so than undocumented families who have lost work in construction, restaurants, landscaping, child care, and maintenance. These families face enormous struggles in the best of times, but now the need is much greater, especially because they can’t get unemployment benefits or stimulus checks.

As part of my work with the Kafenia Peace Collective, I helped surveyed undocumented families in our network about their needs. We learned that the overwhelming need is for rent assistance. The statewide moratorium on evictions provides a little breathing room, but that’s all. Back rent will still be due once the moratorium is over.

To pitch in and help, Kafenia is raising money with partners Live in Peace and Dreamers Roadmap in East Palo Alto. In our first round of fundraising, we were able to help a dozen families meet their rent requirements for April.

The need is much too great to be solved by any one person or organization, but it’s very rewarding to be taking action and helping ease the pain for real families in our community.

You too can help out and be part of the COVID solution, even as you shelter in place.

  • Look at the practical suggestions in this Palo Alto Weekly column that I co-authored with others on the Kafenia team.
  • Help out financially if you can. Go to the Live in Peace website. After adding your credit card information, select ‘Kafenia’ under Additional Information.
  • Help with COVID response. If you’d like to roll up your sleeves and help out with the COVID effort, please send me an email (barbaraweinstien2@gmail.com). We especially have a need for Spanish speakers who can help with phone and text outreach.

—Barbara Weinstein

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Let Them Eat Dirt – March Fourth Friday/Films of Vison and Hope

Film and conversation
Friday, March 27, 7:30-9:30 pm.
Fireside Room, Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, 505 E. Charleston, Palo Alto
FREE, donations appreciated

Let Them Eat Dirt: The Hunt for Our Kids’ Missing Microbes

Learn about how good health just might begin with kids playing in the dirt.

Allergies, obesity, asthma, diabetes, auto-immune and intestinal disorders are all on the rise, with the incidence of some diseases doubling every ten years. New research points to changes in the ecosystem of microbes that live on and inside every one of us — our microbiomes — as a major cause. But how could one’s gut microbes increase the odds of developing conditions as radically different as asthma and diabetes?

Based on the book by B. Brett Finlay, Ph.D. and Marie-Claire Arrieta, Ph.D., Let Them Eat Dirt features families, doctors, and researchers who are sleuthing out what’s harming our microbes — and what we can do to reverse this dangerous trend.
See the trailer…

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Notes from the Farm

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Razia Mianoor recently went to EcoFarm (sponsored by a few TPA members) and has this to share about her experience:

The Ecological Farming Association (EcoFarm) presented its 40th annual EcoFarm Conference January 22 – 25, 2020 in Pacific Grove, CA. Building upon its farmer-to-farmer education model, EcoFarm is an essential networking and educational hub for ecologically minded farmers, ranchers, and all who work to support their success in growing a healthy food system and world.

I attended the EcoFarm conference and had a chance to network and learn from the experience of the participants who came from various sectors who touch on our food supply. The conference was designed to give a whole perspective of past, present and future outlook and participants shared their life long journey and also how to plan the succession for continuity.

The keynote speakers were motivational leaders and emotional intelligence about their own circumstances that helped the audience relate to the topics that were very enlightening, and the discussions helped us understand the issues and find remedies to the common problems prevailing in farming. The topics ranged from

• Ecology and equity
• The past, present, and future of organic
• Successful organic farmers
• Two paths to the future of food and farming

I enjoyed the workshops and found it challenging to decide which ones to attend as there were so many good workshops offered. The conference was very intense and involved us with activities which were fun filled as well as educational, socializing and networking.

I will now strategize to implement the practices I learned from the conference on my farm (Farm View Youth Learning Center) which is a nonprofit organization 501(c)(3) tax ID# 82-1158784 located in Gilroy, CA on a 20 acres organic farm. As a member of clean carbon free energy initiative started in Mountain View, my focus will be to implement solar energy for the pump and the equipment. I am in the process of installing a 6000 sq ft metal building that will serve as classroom for the youth and have a cold room for storage.

I would highly encourage members to attend if not all 4-5 days then just one day to experience the Asilomar Conference ground and the facility and meet with the EcoFarm staff who are truly amazing to put such a magnificent event each year working from different corners of our great country.
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Once Was Water – Feb Fourth Friday/Films of Vision and Hope

Film and conversation
Friday, February 28, 7:30-9:30 pm.
Fireside Room, Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, 505 E. Charleston, Palo Alto
FREE, donations appreciated
After the film, Peter Drekmeier (water activist and former Palo Alto mayor) will lead a conversation about local water policy.

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About the film: Las Vegas, in the middle of the Mojave Desert, is the driest city in America, yet it leads the United States in sustainable water conservation. The efforts of Las Vegas, in its search for sustainability, have produced creative solutions (technological, political, and financial) and provide an interesting case study for cities that want to create their own sustainable water system.

The film follows the story of Patricia Mulroy, the controversial founder of the Southern Nevada Water Authority, whose leadership is shaping Colorado River politics. She’s espoused conservation and pioneered a list of progressive urban water programs, but also bristled at any suggestions that Las Vegas’ growth should be limited.

Everything to do with Las Vegas’s water supply and disposal is watched, measured and checked. 40% of the water is recycled for indoor use. Every drop is monitored acoustically to detect possible leaks within 6,500 miles of pipes. Southern Nevada’s conservation efforts have also generated a keen public awareness and spawned hands-on programs in the public schools to teach about food-growing and water use in the desert.

See the trailer…

 

 

Inner Transition – Group Continues This Month

Monday January 20, 6:30-9:30pm

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Session 11: Train
Leon Logothetis
I See You: The Power of Human Connection

On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day let us remember together what is possible.

In this session, Leon discusses his incredible journey around the world—one that relied solely on the kindness of others. What these Good Samaritans didn’t know is that as they gave from their hearts, they would be given life-changing gifts. From a sending a homeless man back to school to building a house for a HIV-diagnosed mom in Cambodia, these gifts were Leon’s way of giving back. Leon’s journey will inspire you to recognize your own potential and give back in any way you can. He’ll discuss his long trek out of the corporate world and into the life he was always meant to live: real, raw, rewarding. In this refreshing presentation, you’ll explore:

  • The power of helping someone feel less alone
  • How kindness can change your life forever
  • How you can change the world one kind act at a time

For Third Monday, on January 20, 2020, the plan is 6:30p potluck, 7p viewing of a session of “Sounds True –  Waking Up in the World”, 8:30p Discussion – in Sunnyvale.

To ask any questions, please contact Victoria varmigo@earthlink.net Event link. 

A Bold Peace – January Fourth Friday/Films of Vision and Hope

Friday, January 24 7:30-9:30 pm.
Fireside Room, Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, 505 E. Charleston, Palo Alto
FREE, donations appreciated

With the threat looming of the U.S. getting involved in yet another devastating war, Films of Vision and Hope will take a look at a remarkable alternative.

In 1948, Costa Rica dismantled its military establishment and intentionally cultivated security relationships with other nations through treaties, international laws, and international organizations. Free of the burden of military spending, they used the financial savings to invest in their people, creating strong public institutions including public higher education and universal health care. In short, Costa Ricans created a society committed to peace, solidarity, and international law. They have survived with safety and relative prosperity for nearly 70 years without a standing army.

‘A Bold Peace’ details the events that shook the country to its foundations, culminating in the 1948 civil war and the decision to abolish the military. Over the decades, the Costa Rican model has survived several serious crises, but the current threats may be the most formidable of all.

See the trailer…

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Inner Transition – Group Continues This Month

Monday December 16, 6:30-9:30pm


Session 10: Train
Rhonda V. Magee, MA, JD
Mindfulness and Racial Justice: A Path for All of Us

Rhonda V. Magee is an internationally recognized thought and practice leader focused on integrating mindfulness into higher education, law, and social justice. In this moving conversation and training session, Rhonda speaks with Kriste Peoples in the wake of yet another fatal mass shooting in the United States. Rhonda helps us explore ways to engage with the feelings of outrage, exhaustion, and fearfulness that often peak after such events and guides listeners through a powerful guided practice for healing. Topics include:

  • Meeting all of life with “friendly awareness”—not as bypassing or denial, but as cultivating a capacity to be with what is
  • Awareness practices as keys to personal, interpersonal, and collective transformation in the face of challenge and opportunity
  • Disrupting the harm done by our biases and building multicultural communities
  • Reckoning with the suffering caused by bias in general, and creating a pathway to healing and redemption

For Third Monday, on December 16, 2019 the plan is 6:30p potluck, 7p viewing of a session of “Sounds True –  Waking Up in the World”, 8:30p Discussion – in Sunnyvale.

To ask any questions, please contact Victoria varmigo@earthlink.net

Transition Holiday Potluck Dec 20

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December 20, 7-9pm
Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto
505 E. Charleston, Palo Alto

Come greet the holidays at the Transition Palo Alto Holiday Potluck Dec 20! Let’s hang out, enjoy good food and connect with each other.

We can recall the accomplishments, joys, and sorrows of the year, and look ahead to next year — what each of us wants to do make a difference. And you’ll hear about three TPA projects you can be a part or champion on your own.

All you need to do is:

Bring food, drink, or both to share — along with the story of the food. Did you grow or forage any of the ingredients? Is it a traditional dish, a family recipe, or your own creation? Did you shop your kitchen for ingredients or go to the farmer’s market? 

Think about a project you’d like to do next year. Creating a saner, more resilient community means all hands on deck.  What’s your plan for next year?

See you on the 20th!