Saturday, 21 June 2014

SAWBONNA: THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF THINKING SMALL & WITH THE EYE IN YOUR HEART


YOU GOT TO LOOK AT THINGS

WITH THE EYE IN YOUR HEART,

NOT THE EYE IN YOUR HEAD.
Lame Deer

Last week as I sat on an inspiring panel of women at The Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Associations gathering in Ottawa, I listened to Willy speak about a kindred idea of small houses. I listened to Maureen share about small steps with hammer, nail, and tenacity in both building and rebuilding voice. I saw the small son of another speaker dash about with great gobs of fat hair and powerful energy; and I felt the beauty that is justice as a lived experience. The beauty that is Sawbonna. Small. Small. Small. Precious small steps. Precious small committed steps wherein justice is a space created by each and every one of us, as we make small choices that accumulate. One of my online students and I shared a conversation about how each letter in the alphabet, each word, each small poem, each small sentence, is as a raindrop. Is as accumulations of raindrops, which birth oceans. Sawbonna births oceans. Sawbonna, justice as lived experience is something else as well, it is heart speaking. The heart beats one small beat at a time. One precious beat. Beat. Beat. Beat. And each time we choose to honour each beat, each raindrop each precious step on the road of living justice, we engage in Sawbonna. We speak with the eye in our heart. And our small steps become oceans, quenching many a thirst, including our very own.


CBC Nova Scotia, Halifax: Sawbonna and Poetry and Restorative Justice
http://www.cbc.ca/informationmorningns/2014/05/30/writer-inspired-by-relationship-with-her-fathers-killer/
CBC New Brunswick, Moncton: Sawbonna/Restorative Justice, L'heure de pointe
At "access a tous les sujets" choose: 17 h 13



CBC Ontario, Ottawa: Sawbonna: On Meeting the Man Who Murdered Her Dad and How Writing Played a Role
http://www.cbc.ca/ottawamorning/2013/07/17/margot-vansluytman-on-forgiving-her-fathers-killer/


Master's Thesis: Sawbonna: Justice as Lived Experiencehttp://dtpr.lib.athabascau.ca/action/viewdtrdesc.php?cpk=308&id=48984

CBC Television Interview: (Starts at 1:12)
 
CBC Women's Words and Poetic Justice, Daybreak Alberta Today:http://www.cbc.ca/player/Radio/Local+Shows/Alberta/ID/2386112704/

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