“What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal”, Albert Pike
Today is my grandmother’s birthday. She has been dead for many years, but today I remember how she laughed when I tried to show her floor exercises from gym class, how wonderful her fried pies tasted, and how stately she looked in her nurses uniform as she went off to work. Yesterday as I stopped in The Break for a meeting, I saw the community remembrance shrine that is being created as part of our Festival of Remembrance to honor loved ones and create community around grief and healing. I thought of my “Nana”, my parents and so many others who have touched my life. And even though I had nothing to leave, I was moved to remember. But even more, I was moved to see beyond my life to the stories of loved ones that others grieve and to think about the stories of people I will never know in places I have never been — those who died in wars, violence or climate disasters and all the families who grieve them. Albert Pike said, “What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal”. In the notes that adorned the shrine, I saw a glimpse of immortality. Grief connects me to my ancestors, but also to my community and to all those who suffer and die around the world.
There are many great events planned in Missoula in the next week to honor the dead and celebrate the lives they shaped and inspired. All of us will hold the memory of someone who touched us. But let us also honor the memories of our larger community.
In hope and honor, Betsy
In case you missed the PEACE PARTY, but still want to get in on the fun, we have a few dinners left that are available for purchase. To find out more, give us a call at 543-3955.
- The Flavors of Tuscany: Cuisine of the Italian Heartland by Chef Ray Risho, November 9, 2019, 1 plate at $350
- Authentic Portuguese Dinner by Sofia Reis at the home of Steve and Connie Running on Saturday, January 18, 2020, 2 plates at $225 each
- A Turkish Delight from Leslie Burgess, Serena Early and Cyndy and Ray Aten on Saturday, February 1, 2020, 2 plates at $350 each
- Taste of New Orleans Cajun and Creole Dinner by Nancy Leifer and Linda Andrus on Saturday, February 8, 2020, 2 plates at $225 each
- Authentic Indian Dinner from former Coordinating Council member Srini Mondava on Saturday, February 29, 2020, 3 plates at $375
Our thanks to all of you who contributed to make our Peace Party a success. Check out our LONG list of generous sponsors, donors and volunteers
Stop in and help us say GOODBYE and CONGRATULATIONS to Jenny Zaso as she begins an exciting new chapter at Five Valleys Land Trust
We will miss her and the amazing job she has done with the Olive Branch. We know this is a great opportunity for her and we are SO grateful for everything she gave us.
As we think about the future for JRPC, we welcome your suggestions and celebrate the many volunteers who keep us afloat. Contact Betsy if you have ideas or want to help.