Sharing the Holidays

Transition Palo Alto’s last Share Faire of the year was a low-key affair, full of holiday cheer and spirit.

The Faire began with a Storytelling Circle, where everyone took there turn describing what the holiday season – no matter which holiday they were celebrating – meant to them.  We heard stories of travel and family and food – a lot of food.

And then the Faire ended with food.  Peter Ruddock taught us a seasonal recipe – cranberry-orange vinaigrette, an easy salad dressing made with winter produce.  (Peter omits the mustard and thinks it tastes just fine).


Photos courtesy of Herb Moore:



Freedom Writers

As a response to our current political, economic, and moral crises, Romola Georgia will be hosting a writing group twice a month. The goal of this group is to produce a regular barrage of written pieces that will influence decision makers and business leaders, as well as folks in media, entertainment, religion, and other fields.

If you are concerned about threats to democracy, economic inequality, climate crisis, targeting of minorities, public education and many more vital issues;
if you would like to build your writing skills in an environment of connection and support;
if you can envision becoming fearless in supporting the earth, our children, and the communities we love; join in and take action.

Some possible ideas about how we’ll use the time:

  • Review and critique a piece that a participant brings to the group.
  • A participant presents a current issue as a topic.
  • 15 minute action items.
  • Best practices for getting Letters to the Editor published.
  • Building blogs, using social media, etc.
  • Your ideas, resources.
  • Can we replicate this idea in other neighborhoods, cities?

Meetings are the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month at 7:30pm in Palo Alto. To RSVP and for the meeting location, please contact Romola at 

Local Inauguration Week Events

Events will be taking place around the country during the week of January 16-21 to bring people together and express support for values and policies that may be threatened by the new regime in Washington. Many Transitioners have expressed interest in local events, so we want to share the some with you. Thanks to Debbie Mytels for the information.

Women’s March

On January 21, the day after the Presidential Inauguration, women from all over the country (and men and children, too!) will join in a “March on Washington” to show their support for human rights, civil liberties and social justice for all. “Sister” marches are also being organized in dozens of American cities, including three in the Bay Area:  San Jose (10 am to 3 pm), Oakland (10 am to 3 pm) and San Francisco (rally from 4-6 pm and a march down Market Street, 6 to 9 pm.)  For details about where to meet, click here. If you’re planning to go to one of the Bay Area events, the organizers request that you sign up, so they will know how many to plan for.

Here’s a statement of purpose from the national organizing group:  The Women’s March is a national movement to unify and empower everyone who stands for human rights, civil liberties, and social justice for all. We gather in community to find healing and strength through tolerance, civility, and compassion. We welcome all people to join us as we unite locally and nationally.  Singer Harry Belafonte and women’s rights advocate Gloria Steinem have been named the national co-chairs of this event.

Other Events

Events are being held locally to stand in support of human rights, social justice and environmental protection:

Thursday, January 19, 7 – 8:30 pm — Multifaith Service of Concern and Commitment offered by Multifaith Voices of Peace at the Palo Alto Unitarian Universalist Church,505 E. Charleston, PA.  The website invitation states: We will come together to voice our concerns about the coming four years in our country, to pray for strength and wisdom, and to commit together to act for justice, compassion and equality for the American society and the world. We will share music, readings, prayers, silence and insights to offer guidance, inspiration and courage, and to strengthen the bonds of our beautiful diverse community.

Friday, January 20, 5 to 7 pm — “Not Our President” vigil organized by Peninsula Peace and Justice Center. At the corner of El Camino Real and Embarcadero in Palo Alto. Bring your signs and flashlights.  More info:

Celebrating Volunteers for the Holidays

The holiday party was a great opportunity to visit with friends and to share how we’re living our lives during these difficult times.

But the holidays are also for celebration. This year the TPA steering committee wanted to celebrate all fabulous volunteers who have helped with TPA events, and to learn about other work that people are doing in our community. We asked attendees to write down what they, or others, have been doing and share with the group.

What a inspiration to hear all the fine work that Transitioners have been doing! Click to learn more. And let us know if you have more people or activities to add (

We forgot to take photos this time, but Herb Moore did grab a couple of shots of people helping during clean-up, which seems appropriate for a event that celebrated volunteers!


Holiday Party – December 16


Come celebrate the holidays at our annual Holiday Party Friday December 16!  Bring a potluck dish and any friends and family to join the fun.

This year we’d like to show appreciation for all the wonderful volunteers who have helped with Transition activities and those who are working in our community at large.

  • Are you doing work in our community that you’d like to tell others about?
  • Is someone else doing good work that you’d like let people know about?

We’d also like to exchange ideas about what each of us can do in the new year.

Friday December 16
Fireside Room, Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto,
505 E. Charleston, Palo Alto



Holiday Share Faire and Decoration Swap

December 11, 2016, 1:00 – 3:00 PM, Cubberley Community Center, Room D1, 4000 Middlefield, Palo Alto

Make sharing a part of your holiday season!

This time we are asking for you to keep the Goods Share to ONLY seasonal decorations and garden (and related) items.  Our Goods Sharing has gotten a little bit out of control, with many things just left.  We do bring them to Goodwill or FOPAL, but it is a lot of work for our volunteers to find new homes for things.  We prefer to share things with a story with people we know, so that we can use the process to build community.  (This is not to say that we won’t hold a “Freecycle”-style Goods Share in the future – we will, but not every time.)

From 1:15 to 2:15 we will hold a Storytelling Circle.  We ask you to bring a story of the holidays – and there are many holidays clustered around the change of the year! – and share them with your community.  We’re looking for as much diversity as we can find – if you have something from your family’s culture, that would be particularly fine.  We’ll film the storytelling for possible inclusion on our web-site (for all of those who are willing).

From 2:30 to 3:00 we will have a seasonal food Skill Share.  Something easy to make from the produce that’s available here and now.  Stay tuned for details.

Volunteer  We would happy for you to join us. There are many opportunities:  greeting, promotion, organizing, set-up, clean-up and more?  Please send email to and let us know if you can help.

Looking forward to seeing you!

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