Radical Joy Revealed
June 10, 2015

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.

Orchids Survive Telecom Bulldozing

Fern bird
RadJoy Bird made of ferns and plants found by telecommunications tower. Photo by Ann Dillon

Sometimes when you go to a wounded place with the intention of making beauty there, you find that the place itself has a gotten a head start.


For their Global Earth Exchange site Fiona Murphy of Dublin, Ireland and her friend, Ann Dillon, hiked up to an area in the Dublin Mountains that had long been home to a patch of wild orchids. Recently, however, a telecommunications aerial had been installed there, and the two women were afraid that the orchids must have been destroyed.


Their hearts sank as they neared the area and saw that it had been cleared and graveled for maintenance and the patch of soil where the orchids had grown had been bulldozed into a pile. However, to their delight, the wild orchids were struggling to survive in the pile of dirt. Part of every Earth Exchange is to make a simple gift of beauty for the place. Fiona and Ann cleared the ground for the orchids and added some compost to provide nourishment for their continued survival. They also made a RadJoy bird out of plants and sticks they found nearby.


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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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