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Ksenija Napan shared UTLA's I am a teacher and you want to arm me? to the group: Heart Politics. ... See MoreSee Less

I am a teacher and you want to arm me? President Trump and the NRA say the answer to stop school shootings is more guns. But we say, arm us with more resources not more guns. #KidsNotProfit #SuppliesN...

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Looks like an interesting movie, screening on Tuesday March 20.

The film features conversations with grassroots activists and leading figures of the UK ecological movement, including: Satish Kumar (editor ‘The Ecologist’), Polly Higgins (ecocide lawyer), Bruce Parry (explorer and filmmaker), Martin Shaw (School of Myth), Jewels Wingfield (ecofeminist), Mac Macartney (Embercombe), Simon Fairlie (editor ‘The Land’), Peter Owen Jones (clergyman and presenter), Glennie Kindred (author and artist), and the late Patrick Whitefield (permaculturist).
“ A stunning and sensitive journey into ecology, humanity and spirituality.” The Cube Cinema, Bristol
“ Moving… Tragic… Inspiring. ” Bruce Parry, Film Maker
“Once in a while a film comes along that has profound impact – this is a delicious taste of what can be.” Polly Higgins
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Wetheuncivilised, A Life Story

March 20, 2018, 7:00pm - March 20, 2018, 10:00pm

PROCEEDS to CHILD POVERTY ACTION GROUP Disillusioned by a story of consumption and alienation, a newly married couple are called to action. Carrying with them their unborn child, they embark on a year...

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I went to see Darkest Hour this weekend. Like my bother John, whose story about about our father for the Daily Mail is here, I was in tears.
The film, together with John's book about our father, has helped me to understand better his sacrifice as one of the 3000 who fought at Calais in May 1940. It left him deeply scarred and, as John says, "his torment impacted on all of us around him, casting a shadow over my childhood." I live today with the inheritance of his trauma, which in turn affects my family and others around me.
If you'd like to know more than what John has written here about Calais, my father and the life of a prisoner-of-war you can read it in John's book Facing Fearful Odds.
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Alex Jay was a 20-year-old rifleman among 3,000 other British troops who fought courageously to hold back 25,000 German tank division soldiers so that Dunkirk could be evacuated in May 1940.

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The Co-creators Handbook: 'An experiential guide for discovering your life's purpose and building a co-creative society.

I bought this excellent book (endorsed by Jean Houston) a little while ago, when I was doing a course with Barbara Marx Hubbard, thinking I was about to do community projects. Then I went in another direction. So if anyone is interested in this brand new copy, please message or email me. It costs $45 to order & from Amazon. Any offers?
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My new project, writing about seasonal celebrations for children and families, is taking off. I have 12 collaborators, who are sending me pictures and descriptions of their rituals after I send them some tips and ideas.

Keep an eye on my Facebook page, julietbattenbooks, to stay in touch with what's happening. (You can 'like' the page and receive notifications).

Click below to read what two women in west Auckland created with their children, and pop over to my page to read what I created for my family yesterday afternoon.
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Later today I'll be doing second celebration of First Fruits, this time with my family on one of Auckland's volcanic cones (we waited for the weather & for my son to return from overseas). My focus f...

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A powerful heart felt message to humanity ... beautifully recited 🙏🏻

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Invitée du juke-box littéraire de Radio Nova, la rappeuse et poétesse anglaise Kate Tempest déclame - d'un seul souffle, les yeux fermés - les premières pages de son poème « Les Nouveaux Ancie...

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A big thanks to Siri, Gus and Jeremy for bringing some interesting poetry and clowning gifts to Heart Politics 2018. I took away with me the intention to attend 'Clown Camp' (having never done any acting nor performing before) and I recently did this at Te Henga. Pete came with me and was a huge moral support.
I would recommend Lisa's clowning workshop to anyone (it's on annually during Auckland Anniversary weekend at Aio Wira retreat) Many people were there for personal growth (rather than being determined to launch their clowning career) and what took place was wonderful...and fun!

I take away with me the ten clowning commandments;
Failing...and enjoying it
Being Present

and these thoughts...
"A clown is a professional empathizer - highly attuned to feelings - of itself and others."
"The clown ridicules social pressures (to be successful, to be in control of our emotions, to hide failure, to be beautiful, intelligent etc). In fighting for identity amidst pressure to conform the clown shows us that happiness is possible simply when we offer ourselves to be seen."
The Clown is the unrepentant optimist; she/he has all the time in the world to wait until things turn out as desired and all the flexibility to change what is desired at any moment.

Most of all I was struck by what a dear companion the clown can be. Why? Because clowns don't judge, they don't compare, they don't make attempts to intellectualize. If a problem arises the clown stays with it. Open, expressive and fragile the clown stays with whatever is happening; which makes the other 'not alone'.

When this years Heart Politics Gathering ended I missed everyone very much. When this clown camp ended I was doubly bereft; I missed every person participating, AND I missed their clowns.

Heart politics ushers in inspiration, ideas, and opportunities for the year ahead and holds them with gratitude, longing and faith. Thanks again to everyone involved in HP.

You never know what (or who) is waiting in the wings.

Love emma.
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