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Walking toward the dawn

Posted on December 16, 2014 at 1:00 am by

Hmmm, I think I’ll hit the snooze button just one more time …
I’ve never been a morning person but, this time of year, I really struggle with rallying my brain from slumber and climbing out of my warm, comfy bed. I know I’m not alone.
As available daylight dwindles with the tilting of Earth, most of us descend along with it into lower energy and diminished spirits. Continue reading

We throw really good parties

Posted on December 5, 2014 at 2:37 pm by

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at White Violet Center! Our elves, otherwise known as interns, spent the afternoon decorating the place and it looks festive, indeed.

Our resident kitties, Hazel and Sage, are beside themselves with awe, wonder and mischief as they behold all the new shining things put here for their playtime pleasure. I predicted that the Christmas tree would be horizontal this morning but, at least so far, my prediction was unfounded. Continue reading

Much work to be done

Posted on November 8, 2014 at 5:00 am by

What can be the rootless, vocational race to nowhere is met and matched for me presently by this: the crickets sing their constant love songs, slowing in step with the fading warmth of fall, and bees work long, laboring hours to prepare a hive and protect a queen through a winter they will never live to experience. I join in this movement of life, grounded in cellular memory, in a rhythm that includes me and yet lays millennia outside of me in all directions. Continue reading

Looking for a change

Posted on November 4, 2014 at 4:30 am by

Alanna Norman came to White Violet Center (WVC) as an intern looking for a change. After studying studio art and art history with the intention of going into museum administration, she began to realize she was being pulled in a different direction. Continue reading

Unique internship experience

Posted on October 24, 2014 at 3:21 am by

Former White Violet Center for Eco-Justice (WVC) intern Tyler Brenes, from Wayne, New Jersey, reflects on his three months working in the WVC chemical-free garden. “…at the end of it all, you will have a unique experience that you will cherish forever. Your perspective on life might change, as well.” Continue reading

A living Land Ethic

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 4:30 am by

True confessions of a former White Violet Center intern: staff meetings were sometimes a chance to daydream … but when we met to hear more about the Sisters of Providence Land Ethic I quickly found that this would not be that kind of staff meeting. This was big. Continue reading

Welcome back Tracey Horan!

Posted on October 21, 2014 at 4:00 am by

Introducing blogger Tracey Horan. “I was initially attracted to the mission and ministry of the White Violet Center, but as Sisters welcomed me into conversations at meals, prayer groups, and even to participate and learn about other ministries, I came to know them in a deeper way to get a sense for their passions and what their charism means.” Continue reading

Garden happenings

Posted on October 15, 2014 at 1:32 pm by

It’s a good time for an update from the garden.
Lettuce is growing! Spinach is being stubborn and slow this fall. The radishes look perky and so do the delicious Hakurei turnips. The warm weather crops like tomatoes, eggplant, and peppers are pretty well over. Continue reading

Steph Bell says au revoir

Posted on August 28, 2014 at 6:20 am by

All of the work that we did this summer was punctuated with so much healing laughter. I leave White Violet Center filled with gratitude for so many things, but mostly for the sense of community that came from working everyday with people who care so much and work so hard to heal our world. Continue reading

Celebration of harvest — a kick off to an amazing year

Posted on August 26, 2014 at 5:05 am by

October is shaping up to be a month full of celebration here at the Woods culminating with the grand celebration of the Shrine of Saint Mother Theodore Guerin on Oct. 25 and the start of the Sisters of Providence 175th anniversary celebration. White Violet Center is delighted to kick things off with our 4th annual Harvest Dinner on Saturday, Oct. 4. Continue reading

A passion for seed saving

Posted on August 12, 2014 at 8:56 pm by

Learning how to grow your own food and save your own seed is a handy skill that will repay you for years to come. And at the end of the day, it’s just fun. Continue reading

National Farmers’ Market Week

Posted on August 5, 2014 at 5:10 am by

To celebrate National Farmers’ Market Week, White Violet Center is hosting a Garden Walk on Saturday, Aug. 9 from 2 to 4 p.m. Guests are welcome to wander the garden, meet some of the people who grow the produce, and enjoy a variety of foods made with our harvests. Visitors can even meet some of our alpacas and chickens, too. Continue reading

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