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Radical joy for hard times : finding meaning and making beauty in earth's broken places

Author: Trebbe Johnson
Publisher: Berkeley, California : North Atlantic Books, [2018]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"When the latest environmental devastation--a clearcut forest, a mountaintop mining site--breaks your heart, this book provides ideas and inspiration to find joy, make art, and experience ritual, all told with a heartfelt journalistic style. Trebbe Johnson gives clear ideas and suggestions for accepting places that have been wounded by human interaction, from clearcutting and fracking to extreme weather and urban
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Johnson, Trebbe, 1948-
Radical joy for hard times.
Berkeley : North Atlantic Books, 2018
(DLC) 2018033126
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Trebbe Johnson
ISBN: 9781623172633 1623172632
OCLC Number: 1021095530
Description: xii, 231 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Foreword / by Susan Griffin --
Prologue: What can you do for a sad gray place? --
The place you love has abandoned you --
Who gets to cry? --
Waste is an orphan from the circle of life --
Befriending the gaze --
Acceptance does not mean surrender --
The shock of the beautiful --
They would always touch the earth --
Guerrilla beauty --
Something always happens --
Everything and nothing depends on the act you take --
Joy is likely.
Responsibility: Trebbe Johnson.

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"When the latest environmental devastation--a clearcut forest, a mountaintop mining site--breaks your heart, this book provides ideas and inspiration to find joy, make art, and experience ritual, all told with a heartfelt journalistic style. Trebbe Johnson gives clear ideas and suggestions for accepting places that have been wounded by human interaction, from clearcutting and fracking to extreme weather and urban sprawl. Ever had that sick feeling when you see a clearcut forest or mountain top destroyed for mining? Do you grieve for the woods or the fields you played in as a child? Often, we respond simply by abandoning these places, as if they no longer count. Or else we work so feverishly to restore them to a state somewhere between what we remember and what we long for that we fail to pay attention to how they look--and how they affect us--right now. Trebbe Johnson, after years of leading workshops, retreats, and rites of passage programs internationally, such as a retreat in an old-growth clear-cut forest, a ceremony at Ground Zero after September 11, and a walk in weapons testing grounds at Eglin Air Force Base, suggests using art and ritual to make peace with the place as it is now. She founded an organization of the same name that has an annual Global Earth Exchange Day, where communities come together in a local place that has been wounded by toxicity, greed, or simply modern progress, to make art out of the trash and found objects there. The experience encourages acceptance for the place as it has become--"ugly" and yet beautiful in its own way. In a well-crafted narrative that includes interviews with cutting-edge thinkers and doers from around the world, she reminds us that spending time in these places, finding beauty there, discovering what they can tell us about ourselves, and making simple creative gifts for them, we can discover new sources of meaning, community, creativity, and even joy"--

""When the latest environmental devastation--a clearcut forest, a mountaintop mining site--breaks your heart, this book provides ideas and inspiration to find joy, make art, and experience ritual, all told with a heartfelt journalistic style"--Provided by publisher"--

When a beloved place is decimated by physical damage-- whether extreme weather, urban sprawl, or frakking-- it is easy to feel that the problem is overwhelming, impossible to fix. Johnson argues that we need new methods for coping with these losses. She shares ideas for engaging your community-- whether local, national, or international-- through ceremony, vigil, apology, and the creation of art with on-site materials. By finding beauty in these damaged places, we can discover new sources of meaning and community. -- adapted from back cover

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