Re: Paul Ray at the last Boulder Convention
From: lcamundsen (
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2010 18:10:02 -0800 (PST)
I am inspired to reply to Sally's email across the barriers of national organizational differences. Our federal government in Canada is so forward looking that the prime minister has prorogued parliament just to give us all a rest. while he does the difficult job of deciding what is good for us.I wonder if he thinks he's saving money? I appreciate the term "Cultural Progressives" . Thanks Sally for your passion. I find cohousing is a very nurturing place for creative people-and isn't everyone creative?
Camilla Amundsen.

----- Original Message ----- From: "Sally Thompson" <cohousinggroups [at]>
To: <cohousing-l [at]>
Sent: Sunday, February 07, 2010 5:04 PM
Subject: [C-L]_ Paul Ray at the last Boulder Convention

I think I owe you an explanation of why, clear out of the blue, earlier today I sent you a copy of an e-mail I wrote with great passion to Paul Ray, our Keynote Speaker in Boulder, who talked about all of us great people into Cohousing that could be called "Cultural Creatives", and if we Cohousing people who are doing great things got together with others with different causes that share our dedication to doing good, we, together, could change Washington & the World. I was inspired by him in Boulder, never forgetting his message as I continued to struggle for years and years against political powerfuls at the local level who wanted to preserve the property values of mega-mansions by zoning our clustered communities right out of Pennsylvania and Delaware--at least so far.

Then I went to a symposium called "Awaken the Dreamer", trying to inspire those attending to bring forth "an Environmentally Sustainable, Spiritually Fulfilling and Socially Just Human Presence on the Planet as the Guiding Principle of our Time"! I got fired up to first, not give up on our Cohousing dream in spite of local politicians who have made it feel absolutely impossible to fulfill, but second, making me want all the more to change our Government and Judicial System at the local level all the way up to the National Level. While at this recent symposium, Paul Ray's words kept echoing in my mind, encouraging us to work with other Cultural Creatives who are trying to make it a better world. I wanted to tie the two groups together -- Paul Ray who is talking about forming a Progressive Party on his Cultural Creatives' website and the group "The Pachamama Alliance" whose symposium, "Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream" Symposium, agreed so often with what Paul Ray w
as saying to the Cohousing Convention all those years ago.

At last I saw a "ray of hope" (pun intended) for changing the self-centered, materialistic, inflexible Governments we have right here in PA/DE on down to Washington, DC. And so I sent a copy to you, knowing that most of you think like me, and would want our Government to be a functioning Government for and by the people by reaching a consensus of all viewpoints without the political special interests and entrenched politicians (& Judges) taking the entire Democracy over. So PLEASE FORGIVE ME for bringing politics onto our website if you found me offensive in any way. My social conscience made me do it!

I hope I am forgiven & perhaps some of you might want to march on Washington from the Capitol to the Supreme Court along with me someday! Any suggestions on what to do with local politicians???!!! Sally Thompson, Harmony Green Village, PA/DE.
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