Radical Joy Revealed
April 8, 2015
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Radical Joy Revealed is a weekly message of inspiration about finding and making beauty in wounded places. We hope you'll enjoy these doorways into places that are both familiar and surprising, and we welcome your suggestions, stories, and photos. Click here to subscribe.


Beauty in the Roof of a Car  

Moon and ruins reflected in roof of car
The ruins of a house, and the moon. Photo by Nancy Wisser

As she was about to post this photo on her Facebook page, Nancy Wisser almost changed her mind. The dominant presence of the car's roof seemed to counter the pastoral beauty of the rest of the scene, which showed the moon glowing behind the ruins of a crumbling stone house. But then she realized that the car, with its shiny reflective surface, actually enhanced the beauty of the image.

 

Nancy wrote: "In this part of Pennsylvania, you literally cannot take a photo that doesn't include the work of human hands. There's not a natural square inch here. The oldest accounts talk of chestnut trees and oaks six feet or more in diameter, moose, mountain lion, wood bison, and huge forests and clearings, all at least partially managed, even then, by the indigenous people here. The ridge that seems so wild to many has been logged over at least twice, and the farmlands that appear so graceful on these rolling hills do not in any way resemble the land that the Lenape lived and hunted on and that the first Europeans saw. In eastern PA, we are all loving injured places, whether we think of them that way or not."

 

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Make Beauty!
Pass It  On!

On Saturday, June 20 RadJoy's annual Global Earth Exchange soars to a whole new dimension.

Besides making visiting and making the RadJoy bird at a wounded place you love, you can you'll have the opportunity to "link" your RadJoy Bird with two others: one that sends beauty and wholeness to your place, another to whom you'll send these gifts!

For more information and to register visit our website.
Radical Joy for Hard Times is a global community dedicated to finding and making beauty in wounded places. Reconnecting with these places, sharing our stories of loss and despair, and making acts of beauty there, we transform the land, reconnect people and the places that nourish them, and empower ourselves to make a difference in the way we live on Earth.
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