October 26, 2010 - Entry #5
"If you build it, they will come."
Last month, a friend and I spoke of how our community needed a place where friends can meet for a cup of coffee or tea and socialize among kindred spirits. The place should promote sustainability by serving Fair Trade, organic, and local foods, in addition to selling or lending books.
October 8, 2010 Entry #4
A friend recently said to me, “You are a courageous woman to go to Mexico as you do.”
October 5, 2010 Entry #3
Chakra and chacra
I was recently reminded of another chacra: a garden. The fact that chakras and chacras sound identical is intriguing. Both are about a healthy lifestyle through balance and integration. The photo shows my friend Oscar Santillán in his family’s chacra at Pakarinka Sisari in Agato, Ecuador.
Mariposa means “butterfly” in Spanish and is occasionally used as a girl’s name. It comes from “María Pósate,” meaning “Mary alight!”. I imagine Mary (whether Mary Mother of Jesus or the Virgin of Guadalupe of Mexico) who alights on a flower.
October 1, 2010 Entry #1
“A tiny spider rains sunlight upon me through its web.”
I saw this spider web at Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York this summer (August 2010). The spider is so tiny that it does not show up in the picture. The web is a metaphor for my teaching, my research, my life, and the pursuit of sustainability. I like the idea that spider webs are associated with writers. During the first week of my classes, my students and I discuss the spider web and how it serves as a metaphor for the subject matter of our class and learning in general.
Copyright©2010, by Paulette L. Stenzel for text and photo.
Paulette L. Stenzel
I am Professor Emeritus of International Business Law and Sustainability at Michigan State University (MSU). I am also a mom, learner, writer, violinist, environmentalist -in -process, traveler, and avid reader. I continue to teach part time at MSU and coordinate the Broad College Ethical Leadership program Additionally, I advise Spartan Global Development Fund - a student-driven microfinance organization.