|What We Believe
|We begin with a very basic and simple assumption:
that the purpose in our life is to experience our
living with the utmost awareness, aliveness, and
|Whatever other cosmic intentions may lie behind this universe, we don't pretend
to know. But at the very least — since we are living conscious beings — it does
not make sense to us to spend our lives in that state of half-alive, semi-
conscious, robot-like existence into which we can easily be lulled. We want to be
fully alive, wide-awake, and vividly aware in every moment of our experience. And
we want that experience to be rich and full and joyous. Moreover, we believe that
to experience living in this way is the normal state of a human being.
--James N. Farr
|The things that will destroy us are: politics without
principle; pleasure without conscience; wealth without
work; knowledge without character; business without
morality; science without humanity; and worship
without sacrifice. - Mahatma Gandhi
|being, not having
|giving, not getting
|needs, not wants
|better, not richer
|community, not individual
|other, not self
|connected, not seperate
|ecology, not economy
|part of nature, not apart from nature
|dependent, not transcendent
|tomorrow, not today
|"An ethic of conservation would embrace a sense of responsibilty, a sense of stewardship, for the natural world. An ethic of conservation is an
ethic of restraint that says we have a responsibilty to preserve the earth's resources and natural wonders in and of themselves," because they
constitute the very web of life on which all living creature on this planet depend. - Michael J. Sandel, Harvard political philosopher as quoted
in Thomas Friedman's book, "Hot, Flat and Crowded"
|Vivian along with hundreds of volunteers from across the country flocked to Nashville January 4-6, 2007 as part of a grass-roots
training effort to spread the word on global warming. Vivian took part in Al Gore's The Climate Project, which mushroomed from his
documentary, An Inconvenient Truth.
Al Gore and Vivian
Fulk of Medley
|The goal of the training was to train 1,000 climate project presenters to show slides of melting glaciers and charts of climbing temperatures to raise awareness
of the issue of global warming and to tell everyone that it's not too late to do something about it! But we must ALL get involved!
|During the 7 hour training session, Al Gore was very generous with his time. He is a true orator. He made this fiery quote to inspire us which it succeeded in
|"The dogmas of the quiet past, are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the
occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. We must disenthrall our selves, and then we shall save our country. Fellow-
citizens, we cannot escape history. We of this Congress and this administration, will be remembered in spite of ourselves. No personal
significance, or insignificance, can spare one or another of us. The fiery trial through which we pass, will light us down, in honor or dishonor, to
the latest generation."
|Vivian, after seeing the movie “An Inconvenient Truth” opening week in Philadelphia, the political home of Thomas Jefferson, then submited to
The Climate Project to be a presenter.
|"A little patience, and we shall see the reign of witches pass over, their spells dissolve, and the people, recovering their true sight,
restore their government to its true principles. It is true that in the meantime we are suffering deeply in spirit, and incurring the
horrors of a war and long oppressions of enormous public debt. If the game runs sometimes against us at home we must have patience
till luck turns, and then we shall have the opportunity of winning back the principles we have lost, for this is a game where principles
are at stake. Better luck, therefore, to us all; and health, happiness, & friendly salutations to yourself.
|P. S. It is hardly necessary to caution you to let nothing of mine get before the public. A single sentence, got hold of by the
Porcupines, will suffice to abuse & persecute me in their papers for months.
|- letter to John Taylor, Philadelphia, June 4, 1798
|Above: House Party December 16, 2006 screening An Inconvenient Truth presented as part of 1800+ national house parties organized by
|1998: Joe Fulk with
Pilot Mountain in the
background with the
last slides of tobacco
at the Fulk Farm.
Tobacco had been
planted here since the
|1998 Last tobacco
priming at Fulk Farm-
Joe Fulk, Estella Fulk
Bodenheimer and the
late Bessie Fulk priming
tobacco getting it
ready to put in tobacco
barns to cure.
|Above: 1998 Louise Fulk Pratt,
Estella Fulk Bodenhimer, Joe Fulk
and his late wife, Bessie Fulk with
a full slide of tobacco ready to go
to the curing barn.
|Instead of tobacco, the fields are now vineyards ---this is a summer picture.....wonder how the wines will be this year?
|The Climate Project Summit May 2009
|Dr. David Suzuki at The Climate Project
|Vice President Al
Gore and Dr. Rajendra
Pachauri of the IPCC
at the Climate
Project Summit May
2009 in Nashville.
Someone pinch me! ;-}
|Randy and Vivian