Although it's been years since I wore Birkenstocks or patchouli oil, I still resonate with the earth-centered, dirt-digging, tree-hugging, armpit-hairy, vegetarian, "We can save the world" overthrow the patriarchy with love and compassion radical social change movement. That's why last night I found myself in a room full of flowing hemp skirts, grey beards, vegan food and white people with dreadlocks who have given up on personal hygiene products, including natural deodorant stones at the Village Building Convergence in Portland.
I came to hear Starhawk. If you don't know who Starhawk is, she's a radical writer, peace activist and witch who inspires people to believe that we can take the world back from the polluting, money-hungry corporations and power-hungry politicians. In a word, she's awesome. We all packed into the hall to hear her speak about digging in the dirt, listening to fairies and saving the planet. And them we did a circle dance, chanting about deep water and strong rapids, hope and fear.
Okay, well, the circle dance is where Dipstick draws the line. While there is a part of me that wishes I could be more like this woman, thrown into fits of ecstasy from collective energy and the beat of a drum, it's just not me. I must admit, though. The circle dance does look pretty cool when observed from above. Take a look: