Over the past six months I’ve developed and launched a new website and e-newsletter that is similar in structure to Conscious CT, but with a very different theme. From a spiritual perspective I don’t know why I did this as it took time away from holistic projects; but it felt right and events kept prodding me in that direction. So I went with the flow.
The flow in this case is literally a river, which is located across the street from where I live and passes through Vernon parallel to I-84. The river is only 5 miles long but 4 of the 5 miles are protected land with many hiking trails and parks. The river valley includes the southern half of Vernon plus a bit of Tolland, Bolton and Manchester. The river is the Tankerhoosen and in its early days was dammed in many places to provide power for early mills. Thus it is rich in history as well as nature and recreation.
Last year a local businessman attempted to put an outdoor summer concert venue in the center of our residential area; the sound stage would have been a quarter mile from where I live. Profits would have come from alcohol sales resulting in noise, litter and traffic problems for the area. Another concern was the possibility of harming the Tankerhoosen River. Neighbors came together in a flash community to fight the project and over a three month period we were able to defeat it. I was drawn into the effort and built a website and produced an e newsletter to keep people informed and provide a place to make information available.
Over the nearly 50 years I’ve lived in town I’ve largely avoided getting drawn into politics or local battles. As I was drawn into this one it felt that for me it was not just about the concerts, but that this was about something else. There was something else seeking my attention.