South Carolina and Oregon couldn't be farther apart. One is a military state; the other has no military base. One is sunny most days and hot and humid; the other is mostly cloudy and full of rain and wind. One is conservative; the other lives and lets live.
Or so I thought. One of the reasons I wanted to do the book tour in Oregon, in addition to the fact that Earth Joy Writing's publisher, Ashland Creek Press, is located here, was to break down the walls of separation that divide us by region.
It seems that Nature is in on the deal: Oregon is currently experiencing a heat wave of temperatures in the upper 90s and 100s. So EarthJoyWriting brought South Carolina to Oregon.
For today's book tour blog, I'd like to introduce Oregon to South Carolina through July's Earth Joy Writing workshop video.
It was filmed the weekend after the confederate flag was removed from the SC State Capitol grounds.
When I told the events coordinator at the New Renaissance Bookshop in Portland last night what a revolution of compassion that was in our state, there were tears in her eyes.
It is my intention that EarthJoyWriting becomes a tool for readers to ignite their own revolutions of compassion for themselves and others and the earth.
Here's the video: https://vimeo.com/135012934
I'm on my phone so I can't do all the fancy embedding stuff, but please watch whether you are in South Carolina or Oregon or anywhere in between.
Speaking of please: Oregon's highway signs say Please don't drink and drive. Which is so polite, isn't it, y'all?
And I haven't seen one state flag here in Oregon. But they do love their ducks and beavers.
See you this weekend, Eugene and Ashland! Click on the book tour page for deets.