It has been an awe-inspiring week. The Pope visited the US and spread a message of humility, service, and human connectedness to each other and the planet. The total eclipse of the moon was spectacular here in Maine, with a clear sky full of stars and the moon turing red as the eclipse progressed. The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association Common Ground Fair celebrated rural, organic farming practices and food over its 3 day celebration of healthy living. I felt privileged to participate in these events – they seemed to change the fabric of our lives for the better, at least for a few days.
What struck me about this past week was that the events, activities, and messages were not only inspirational but delivered by people who were passionate about what they were doing. The Pope demonstrated his passion for people, especially marginalized people, by visiting a soup kitchen instead of schmoozing with politicians. Friends were abuzz for days about the eclipse, posting factoids and other details on social media. The farmers and gardeners at the Common Ground Fair gave lectures, demonstrations, and advice freely (and free) to attendees and peers. Read more