Spring/Summer Portfolio

The work I’ve been doing this summer has asked a lot of my writing and design skills. I’ve been working a lot with WordPress and a little with Canva. Here are three of my projects that I’m proud to share.

metta post 1The first is that my long-format reflection, “Walking the Barefoot World” is now live on the Metta Earth Institute blog! Well, Part 1 is live, at least. It turned out be so long (me? verbose? no!) that we split it into two parts. Please hop over and take a look!

Not only have I been writing for Metta Earth, but I have been working with their World Outreach team to coordinate their web and social media efforts. Going forward, I have lots of ideas for things I want to write about, but I’m just as excited about editing and curating content by people who are on the ground at Metta Earth in Vermont.

 

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As the founder/leader of the environmentalist group at my temple, I have also happily and busily been putting together a nonviolent direct action training that we’re hosting. This training is being facilitated by Dawn and Katie of Buddhist Peace Fellowship. Right now, we’re still in the outreach stage, but we’ve got enough people signed up to move forward with this amazing training. It will be happening on this Labor Day weekend (and if you are anywhere in the vicinity of southeast Michigan, please join us!!!)

Doing outreach for an event like this has been a learning curve, for sure. What builds community, what motivates people, what creates coalitions? Lots of lessons around listening and messaging. But I did make this awesome-if-I-don’t-say-so-myself flyer for it using Canva. I love doing stuff like this and look forward to doing more in the future.

bird center front pageFinally, I have also started working on the website of the Bird Center of Washtenaw County. This is a wonderful organization that rehabilitates and releases injured and orphaned song birds in our county. It’s really grassroots/shoestring operation where people give so much of their time to help these birds. I’m updating the website with cleaner design, more detailed information about the center, and better placement of information. In the future, once the site is to my liking, I hope to work on more content/inbound marketing for the Center, which means writing and posting social media about one of my biggest loves–birds!

With the help of another volunteer, we installed the WordPress theme Maisha, which I have to say I’m kind of in love with. Changing the Center’s web site go from a dark, out-dated, clunky design to its current design has been so, so satisfying, as has been organizing the information on the page to make it easy for people to donate, volunteer, and get help for birds.

 

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Announcing: Metta Earth Blog

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I’m happy to announce that over the past few months, I have been working with a team at the Metta Earth Institute to launch the Metta Earth Blog. If you recognize the name, it’s because I attended a leadership intensive at Metta Earth last summer and fell in love with the place and the people there. The Metta Earth Institute is a farm and budding eco-village situated on about 150 acres of land in rural Vermont. It’s a place where sustainable living, leadership training, and spirituality come together beautifully.

During a conversation this winter with Gillian Comstock, the co-director of Metta Earth, she mentioned that they were planning to launch a blog as part of their outreach strategy. I volunteered to be the “Blog Keeper,” or central point person for the blog, and have had fun working on the design and content. The MEI blog is now live at MettaEarthBlog.org. However, it will soon be a part of MettaEarth.org after the main site migrates to WordPress later this month. Please hop on over and take a look!

We don’t have much content yet, but stay tuned for posts about lambs (the little ones in Metta Earth’s flock are being born right now), recipes, and some long-format writing from yours truly. I’m very excited about this blog, not only because it supports and showcases the work of Metta Earth, but also because it will be a resource for the sustainable living community in general.