I am an Anarcho-Pacifist

I tend to see the state as ‘organised violence’.  Anarcho-pacifism criticizes the separation between means and ends. “Means,…must not merely be consistent with ends; this principle, though preferable to ‘the end justifies the means’, is based on a misleading dichotomy. Means are ends, never merely instrumental but also always expressive of values; means are end-creating or ends-in-the making”.


AnarchoPacifism: Nonviolent Anarchism – Reddit

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Elliott and Associates


I had the great pleasure of working with Elliot and Associates Architects this summer as I was filling in for an acquaintance of mine who was on vacation.

Elliot and Associates specializes in Salvation Army projects. I did some light office work including email correspondence for them while their regular office assistant was in Ireland.

I was reminded of how I wanted to be an architect when I was a child. I enjoyed being in an office environment and commuting there each day. I was happy that it was flexible and accommodated my existing commitment to teach at Cambridge Center for Adult Education.

What impressed me most about my time there was how much research is done before a plan is even proposed. I was also unaware of how much correspondence goes back and forth before and after a project is underway.

I took Cora to the subway and then along the route home I inquired about getting the car oil changed came back and got the car to the oil change and got copies of keys made.


Boston’s Community Gardens

I have garden into community gardens here in Boston Massachusetts. having organized a community garden in my past I was quite impressed with the amount of community garden space in Boston and the number of gardeners.


just an end of season photo

Boston has 150 active community gardens. Created from vacant or unused land by residents, these gardens vary in size and use. They span from communally-maintained pocket parks to gardens of separately cultivated vegetable plots serving over 10,000 people – school children to the elderly, new comers to longtime residents, singles to families.
http://goo.gl/maps/tPcHX    to    http://goo.gl/maps/M6ibC
As a community garden owner, Boston Natural Areas Network (BNAN) preserves open space, and provides services including garden ownership, land management and open space stewardship, and serves as an information and educational clearinghouse. Boston’s community gardening system, supported with adequate garden infrastructure, volunteer garden leadership and garden support groups such as BNAN, are a proven sustainable approach to actively growing fresh and healthy food in Boston. For more information, visit www.bostonnatural.org or call 617.542.7696.