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Good Life Center Continues Nearings’ Monday Night Meeting Tradition

Posted July 17, 2011, at 9:50 p.m.

Harborside, Maine On July 25 at 7:00 p.m., Beth Adams will open the Good Life Center’s annual Monday Night Meeting series with a discussion of peace, creativity and social and environmental justice. This year’s series will offer five Mondays of entertaining, thought-provoking and uplifting discussions following in the Nearings’ Monday Night Meeting tradition, with speakers including Adams, Greg Joly, Tomlin Coggeshall, Kevin Campbell and Warren Berkowitz.

Adams, a former resident of Blue Hill, is a peace and environmental activist, journalist, and songwriter now residing in Western Massachusetts. Her workshop, “Imagine Peace!”, will be dynamic and interactive. Participants are encouraged to bring a work of art, story or opinion piece, song or poem, or just come and listen to a discussion of creative visions and actions toward a future predominated by peace, social and environmental justice.

For those who are curious to learn more about Helen and Scott Nearings’ life before moving to Maine, Greg Joly will host a Monday Night Meeting on August 1st, entitled, “Sugar & Stones: The Nearing’s First 20 Years of Homesteading in Vermont”. Joly will explore the philosophies and practices which transformed a run-down Depression era Vermont hill farm into a financially productive business and experimental hub for social pioneering. This talk will cover the Nearing’s Maple Sugar business, stone-house construction projects, neighborhood politics and social science concerns.

The third Monday Night Meeting of the season will be presented by Tomlin Coggeshall, the grandson of Frances Perkins and founder of the Frances Perkins Center in Newcastle, ME. Coggeshall will talk about Frances Perkins’s life history, her commitment to social justice and economic security, and her association with Helen & Scott Nearing. Though she played a central part in the New Deal as FDR’s secretary of labor, history largely passed over her contributions until recently. Coggeshall’s talk will explore some of the possible reasons for this, as well as his recent work with the Frances Perkins Center.

For more information on upcoming Monday Night Meetings, people may visit www.goodlife.org. The Good Life Center also offers tours of the Nearing home, gardens and grounds from 1:00pm to 4:00pm Thursday through Monday, or by appointment. People may contact Warren Berkowitz at 374-5386 for more information.

The Nearing home will open at 6:30 on July 25. The homestead is a half hour drive from Blue Hill. From Blue Hill village, take Routes 176, 15, and 175 through South Brooksville, turn left onto Cape Rosier and follow the signs for The Good Life Center to 372 Harborside Road.

The Good Life Center

372 Harborside Road • Harborside, Maine 04642 • (207) 326-8211 • www.goodlife.org

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