Getting a Kickstart

May 26th, 2011

Email This Blog Post Email This Blog Post Filed under: New Village Commons— Lynne Elizabeth @ 11:48 am

Yesterday we launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for the development of New Village e-books. We’re ready to go digital and make our existing titles e-reader-friendly, but it’s a transition that’s going to take time and money.

Kickstarter e-books cover

Kickstarter is a threshold pledge system for funding creative projects. This means that we don’t receive the donation unless we meet our goal–$10,000–before the deadline, which is June 24th. Visit the New Village Kickstarter page to learn more.

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Podcast: James Jiler Interviewed on Green Building News

May 11th, 2011

Email This Blog Post Email This Blog Post Filed under: New Village Commons— Laura Leone @ 1:53 pm

“Things occur in the garden that you’re never going to get inside the barren, sterile facilities [of prison] where nature is something of the abstract.” – James Jiler

DoingTimeFrontCover_RGBforWOn April 20, James Jiler, author of Doing Time in the Garden: Life Lessons through Prison Horticulture, visited Green Building News to discuss what impact organic gardening can have on prisons and the challenges these programs face. James focuses on the behavioral impacts and benefits to society outside the prison by emphasizing the importance of prison horticultural programs that not only serve to educate and provide necessary job skills for those returning to society, but are also sources for therapeutic and meditative activities to address issues that keep them from staying out of prison. The simple act of gardening, James says, gives “people a total release from their daily rigors and confines of being incarcerated,” and the opportunity to work outside and with nature, “really does gentle the spirit and it can change behaviors so… we have people less likely to return to prison.” James believes that every prison program should give individuals the opportunity to change their lives while they are incarcerated and that society must see to this.

Not only does James illustrate how the horticultural programs in prisons have been successful, but is also adamant to point out that “it is called the Department of Corrections, not the Department of Punishment.” (more…)

Arise, all women who have hearts!

May 8th, 2011

Email This Blog Post Email This Blog Post Filed under: New Village Commons— Lynne Elizabeth @ 10:31 pm

Mother’s Day Proclamation
by Julia Ward Howe*, 1870

Mother’s Day for Peace

The First Mother’s Day proclaimed in 1870 by Julia Ward Howe
was a passionate demand for disarmament and peace.

Arise, then, women of this day! Arise, all women who have hearts, whether your baptism be that of water or tears!

Say firmly: “We will not have great questions decided by irrelevant agencies. Our husbands shall not come to us, reeking with carnage, for caresses and applause. Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn all that we have taught them of charity, mercy and patience. We women of one country will be too tender of those of another to allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs.” (more…)

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