Archives for July 2011

Help make the Fifth Sacred Thing into a Movie

“One act of courage can change the world.” -Starhawk

How do you re-vision the future that takes us from the dark road of the ecological disaster we’ve been on, not to a yellow brick road, but into true possibility. The novel by Starhawk, The Fifth Sacred Thing, is one such vision, and now it is being made into a movie. Currently in pre-production, in order to take the next step and make it into a film, they are using kickstarter to raise funds.  This is truly a grass roots effort. You can give as little as $1, with rewards starting at $5. The deadline is August 21st. Read more about it on kickstarter.

You can also read more about it on the Fifth Sacred Thing Website or connect with the project on the social networks facebook and twitter. Do spread the word to help support it.

The Fifth Sacred Thing is being developed by San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Films and produced by Starhawk (Permaculture: The Growing Edge), Philip “Mouse” Wood (Carma), and Paradox Pollack (Thor, I Am Legend) with the assistance of many wonderfully vibrant artists, musicians, friends and supporters.

The Fifth Sacred Thing is set in 2048, where an ecotopian San Francisco defends itself from invaders using nonviolence and magic. To learn more about it, check out the movie below. It might take a minute to load.

Building a Labyrinth Temple

Can you believe it’s already been 9 months since our move?

At the time, we had hoped to have a labyrinth on the floor before we opened. But we couldn’t quite get it all done in the 45 days we had to paint, redo most of the flooring,  get the lighting installed (we worked under temporary lighting most of the time), build our cabinets and shelves, and oh yeah. Pack and move everything.  It was an ambitious timeline.  Rather too ambitious, I see in hindsight.  I thought then, okay, we’ll move, and then we’ll do the labyrinth before Winter Solstice.  The goals were fuzzy (never a good idea), and so here we are.  Our backroom makes a nice classroom/meeting room, and we’ve had meditations, rituals, and shamanic journeys, but it’s not quite what we envisioned.

The Vision

We want a space which is sacred space, where you walk in and find your full breath, your shoulders relax, and you just feel like you can close your eyes and be centered, grounded, connected to Spirit.  Then you could walk the labyrinth. The walls would have symbols of the elemental directions, there would be curtains on the windows, tapestries or flags hanging, it would be cleared of the bookshelves (this was not supposed to be a “back room” for the store) and have more room for the labyrinth to be (probably painted) on the floor.

I kept thinking I could do it alone.  I don’t know why. Our first labyrinth wasn’t a solo mission, neither was our build-out. So I again ask for those of you who are the builders, the makers, the doers. We need to put up shelving in our back hall, so we can unload the bookshelves. They need to be moved, then we need to clean and do some detailed painting. We’ll obtain and hang curtains on the windows for privacy and to block the glare of the sun. We’ll surround the space with enough plants to make it faerie friendly. None of this seems all that difficult to me, and I’m tempted to say I can still do it mostly by myself, or with Thraicie. But it hasn’t happened.

Then I remember the magic that manifested when we did the build-out. When you were there with me, weaving the web of possibilities. Once the temple is built, it will be free (donations accepted for maintenance and improvements) for anyone to walk during the hours there isn’t a class or event. Like the labyrinth garden at the old store, I hope it can be a gift to the community, and to ourselves.

Will you help me build a labyrinth temple?

Fill out this form and let me know when you are generally available, and if you have any special skills, especially with detailed painting.


Indie Retailer Month – Top 10 Reasons to Shop Local

July is independent retailer month! So we’re celebrating our independence at the Eye. This month recognizes and celebrates the importance of independent retailers in the community, the economy and, in our industry.

Indie Businesses are alive and well in our neighborhood. In fact, City pages voted Lyn-Lake the Best Neighborhood in it’s 2011 best of awards.  Here’s a bit of what they say in their article.

“While Uptown may have gone mainstream, Lyn-Lake retains its neighborhood funk. It’s easy to become a resident; there are plenty of duplexes and apartments for rent, many just rundown enough to be affordable without crossing the line into scary. Parking is pretty easy, the neighbors are mostly friendly, and the business district can’t be beat.”

We think that’s because there are almost no chain stores, like those which have invaded uptown.

Watch a preview of the acclaimed documentary “Independent America: The Two-Lane Search for Mom & Pop” It’s the story of married filmmakers Hanson Hosein and Heather Hughes as they drive 13,000 miles across America’s backroads to document the growing insurgency against corporate retail.

10 Reasons for You to Shop Locally Owned Businesses

1 You keep money in the neighborhood

A recent study showed that locally owned, independent businesses put about 70% more money back into the local community than chain stores, per square foot occupied. For every $100 you spend at a locally owned business, $68 will stay in the community. A space filled with a local business rather than a chain puts more dollars back in your neighborhood.

2 You embrace what makes our community unique

Every city is a city of neighborhoods. Where we shop, where we eat and hang out – all of it makes our neighborhoods home. All of which make us a community. Do you really want everything to look the same wherever you go, mass produced and conforming to some corporate idea of style?

3 Help out the environment

Locally owned businesses can make more local purchases, requiring less transportation, less fuel, less packaging, and merchants who take care of their home town. Small businesses generally set up shop in existing commercial corridors rather than developing on the fringe. This means less sprawl, congestion, habitat loss, and pollution.

4 You Get better service

In a local business, you know the person behind the counter, and they know you. They have a deep understanding of the products they’re selling, and they take time to serve their customers.

5 You nurture your community

Nonprofits receive an average of 350% more support from local business owners than they do from non-locally owned businesses.

6 You create and keep local jobs

Small local businesses are the largest employer nationally, and small businesses account for the vast majority of job growth. Locally owned businesses are far less likely to pull up stakes and move operations to another city or country, taking their jobs with them.

7 You conserve tax dollars

Local businesses in neighborhoods need comparatively les infrastructure investment and make more efficient use of public services as compared to nationally owned stores entering the community. This means more money to support schools and beautify the community as sales taxes are reinvested.

8 You create choice

A multitude of small businesses, each selecting products based on the needs of their local customers and not on a national sales plan, guarantees a much broader range of product choices. The decision makers are right there, and they listen to their customers and respond with smarter, better options.

9 You invest in the community

Local businesses are owned by people who live here, work here, and are invested in the community with much more than just their dollars.

10 Vote with your dollars

If each household redirected just $100 of planned holiday spending from chain stores to locally owned merchants, the local economic impact would reach approximately $3 Million.

Please share this article to spread the word! We’d also love to hear your comments on why you shop local.