Yearly Archives: 2017

Talking About 2018…

Talking About 2018…

It was a hard year last year, but that’s over. Now it’s time to think about the future we actually want. What’s that for you? Let’s focus there.

To get to the big dream of world peace, we all know we have to think global and act local. What needs to be done in your neighborhood? I’ve got a couple ideas about mine.

2018 is the year to build on some strong foundations being laid in Northwest Arkansas. The foundations are laid on community values of empathy and care for people and the Earth. And OMNI people share those values in spades.

The challenges that face us are pretty huge. It seems to me that if we want to address them, the quest for this year is to step out of our comfort zones to put our values to work in the places where we live.

How prepared is Washington County for climate change? How can we support efforts to move that direction?

Where are the struggles in our neighborhoods? What can we do to be part of the solutions?

What solutions are already emerging around us? Let’s help there! Fayetteville has unveiled its master plan for going fossil-fuel-free. How can we do our part? Citizens Climate Lobby is branching out to wider and more exciting efforts. How can you help? A network of groups is working to help good, hard-working immigrant neighbors threatened by deportation. What can you do? Welcoming NWA is building a network of support for newcomers throughout our region. What can OMNI folks do to make our neighborhoods more welcoming? These are only a few of the solutions emerging around here.

Washington County is becoming magnificently diverse it so many ways. Helping it become a more welcoming place will pay huge dividends for all of us.

OMNI and many local nonprofits are addressing social issues that demand strong answers based on our true values. You can be an active part of this community that cares. Step out into the action and find your place this year. This is your invitation.

Sending out our holiday longing

Sending out our holiday longing
Peace… and no climate change or environmental destruction … and dignity and respect for everybody… and healthy families and lands…. and more politicians who care about their constituents… and billionaires who defend the public good… and comfy homes for all.. and thriving local businesses… and jobs that pay good wages… and schools that empower children…. and…

Open Mic for Peace

Sunday January 7 — 7:00 pm at OMNI

Start the new year with a zing by joining this exciting and rowdy bunch of Creatives for an Open Mic Night that will warm your heart no matter how cold it is outside.

Bring your instrument if you’re of a mind, and share songs with old and new friends. We’ll face a new year with courage and resilience as long as we hang together. Don’t miss this sweet time.

JANUARY READING for Climate Change Book Forum

Climate Change Book Forum
Conversation on Climate and Agriculture
Sun Jan 7 – 1:30 pm – Fayetteville Library Board Room

Hi All,
For January 7th we are reading The ELEPHANT IN THE CORNFIELD by Chris Clayton. The Elephant in the Cornfield

Apparently it is only available on Kindle, and is only $5.99, but also samples of the book can be downloaded for free on your Kindle or iPad.

Kent Bonar’s book signing of “An Arkansas Florilegium”

An Arkansas FlorilegiumKent Bonar’s book signing of
“An Arkansas Florilegium”
Dec. 14 – 7:00-9:00 pm – Botanical Gardens, Hiway 265
Illustrator Bonar himself will be at the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks in Fayetteville (Hiway 265) on Dec. 14 (Thursday) from 7-9pm to sign his book. He’s one-of-a-kind, perhaps as close to Thoreau as any of us will ever come, and a walking miracle (literally). I knew him back in the days we lived in Nail in Newton County 32 yrs ago.
Kent walks all over the Ozark mountains, has no car, lives with about 20 dogs in a very small house, has one eye, and has produced a masterpiece of invaluable information that we and generations to come will treasure. If you have a botanist bone in your body, come check out his book (and maybe buy it too!).
Please share this information with all your friends that may have an interest.
Thanks! Fran Alexander
“An Arkansas Florilegium: The Atlas of Botanist Edwin Smith Illustrated by Naturalist Kent Bonar”

People Power Campaign

People Power CampaignPeople Power Campaign
Thurs Dec 14 – 6:30 pm at OMNI
Tonight’s meeting is a workshop with information on structuring and running a petition campaign. Media team is planning to present on the framework and education plan. Come find out how you can help protect ourselves and our neighbors under threat.