Creating Community

Kitchen Table Wisdom

by Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D.

 

"Most books try to lead you out of mystery into mastery. Rachel Ramen's book leads us to recognize and move toward the mystery that is in everyday life. Moving into the unknown is oftern where we find the healing, not by running away from it into a quick fix. She teaches that life is not broken and does not need to be fixed; it needs to be savored and celebrated."            Dean Ornish, M.D.

 

Turning to One Another

by Margaret Wheatley

 

"I believe we can change the world if we start listening to one another again. Simple, honest, human conversation. Not mediation, negotiation, problem-solving, debate, or public meetings. Simple, truthful conversation where we each have a chance to speak, we each feel heard, and we each listen well.      Meg Wheatley

 

Creating Community Anywhere

by Carolyn R Shaffer and Kristin Anundsen

 

"The requirements of real community, such as personal commitment, honesty, and vulnerability, are so alien to our culture...that it is utterly unclear whether the citizenry will be willing to meet them...So if you do choose to explore 'the less traveled road' of community, you will be embarking on a true cultural adventure."      M.Scott Peck, M.D.

   

Democracy in America

by Alexis de Tocqueville

 

Alexis de Tocqueville came to America in 1831 to see what a great republic was like. What struck him most was the country's democracy. The book he wrote on his return to France, Democracy in America, remains the most often quoted book about the United States, not only because it has something to interest and please everyone, but also because it has something to teach everyone.
 
 

Sand County Almanac

by Aldo Leopold

 

Published in 1949 by the Oxford University Press, this human exploration of the natural world and stewardship is the heart and soul of the modern conservation movement. Read Sand County Almanac again and again to stay grounded.

 

Instructions to the Cook

by Bernard Glassman and Rick Fields

 

Based on a 13th-century Japanese manual of the same title, this guide to modern-day Zen practice also details the history of Glassman's work in the world. His description of how he and others who work with and for the jobless and homeless will satisfy the appetites of readers whose interest is as much in business practice as in Zen practice.