Plukrijp Newsletter – 2021 week 7

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2021 – week 7

Upside down = instead of announcing what we plan to do
(& most often find out we do not need to do), we relate what we really did

Building communities of trust is fundamental
to healing our collective wound.
At Plukrijp, we offer spaces of transparency and solidarity.
The community allows people to encounter each other
in truth and so develop trust.
We do the garden for YOU
Plukrijp functions on your frequent visits & harvests. Take along for friends & neighbours, this way we recreate real networks between us all, breaking down the illusory restrictions that now still separate many of us from our fellow man = UBUNTU.
The updated list of vegetables & fruit that can be harvested this week is available on our website under the heading “Current Harvest” :
This week @ Plukrijp

Snow & ice & sunny days kept us inside the house(s).

We did:

The plukpots we seeded last week germinated close to the stove & were spread out on the windowsill/worktables. If (as promised) mild spring weather comes next week, they can be moved to the (slowly heating up) warm bed in glass house.


Move the potted flowers Martine decorated the yard with into the veranda. Every year now our place becomes more beautiful. Thanks Martine !


Move firewood for stoves to keep us warm day & night. Every year we receive old furniture, pallets & tree trunks from the abundance around us & keep it in boxes for winter heat. Since winters have become short & scarce, we are quite happy to eliminate now some of the stock. The ashes go to the chicken compost where they add fertility.

We shared/watched:

Two evenings on Transactional Analysis (TA). Mastering this enables us to be so much more clear in our interactions.


Joshka gave us an introduction to the (offline) Plukrijp wiki he & Amanda have been constructing from our original design + the perma-courses from 2014-7 + the many texts written since + the references we got in 2020.


The very beautiful movie “Color purple” based on the book written by Alice Walker, an American novelist, short story writer, poet, and social activist


Two Jordan Peterson interviews on the #Metoo movement.


The 4 first episodes of the “The Cuba Libre Story – Breaking The Chains” serie.


A short movie on awakening by Peter Russell.


We did spent also some evenings reading books & making resumes.

Interesting Movies & Documentaries

The Color Purple (1985)

Trailer :


The Color Purple is a 1982 epistolary novel by American author Alice Walker which won the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Award for Fiction. It was later adapted into a film and musical of the same name.


Taking place mostly in rural Georgia, the story focuses on the life of African-American women in the Southern United States in the 1930s, addressing numerous issues including their exceedingly low position in American social culture. The novel has been the frequent target of censors and appears on the American Library Association list of the 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2000–2009 at number seventeen because of the sometimes explicit content, particularly in terms of violence. In 2003 the book was listed on the BBC’s The Big Read poll of the UK’s “best-loved novels.”

Must watch!

Jordan Peterson on the #Metoo

Jordan Peterson – Men in the #MeToo

The Cuba Libre Story is an eight episode documentary series on Netflix. The documentary does not focus just on Castro, but the whole history of Cuba, from when the Spanish explorers first found the place in the 1600’s to the current day. Which is a good thing, because all we ever hear about is Castro when we talk about Cuba.

Peter Russell – Spirit of Now

Animation of section of podcast with Valeria Teles for Fit For Joy. This part focuses more on what is not our true nature – the ego-mind. What it is, Where it comes from. And the roles it plays, both to our advantage and our detriment.

Inspiring Links

5 Minute History Lesson, Episode 3: Robbers Cave

This video is about social conformism. It proves that humans need a context.

Give them a scarcity/fear context & they’ll fight.
Give them an abundance/generosity/love context & they will collaborate.

This is the eternal opposition between the “thanatos”(death) drive & the “eros” (life drive).

We as humans need a meaningful social & moral context in order to access our higher capacities. So, we do not “alter” our beliefs to suit our needs. We live different levels/dimensions according to our life situations. Environmental factors count for so much more than genetic ones.

We are one in spiritual reality when we feel we are part of something meaningful but we dream (nightmare) that we are separate when we cut off from …(whatever).

The Capital Clown Show Deconstructed


Shot in the face…no the throat…no the stomach…um somewhere


Just when I get discouraged by how pathetically weak and dishonest the news media is…


A civilian comes out with a masterpiece.


Someone had a camera and someone else had a brain.

Africa is Planting Tens of Millions of Trees in the Desert.

Here’s Why.

Written by Joseph Nightingale


In the dusty, windswept lands of Niger, there once stood a lonely acacia tree. Caravans passed beneath its spiky branches — the last stop before the endless sea of sand. Known as the Tree of Ténéré it was the only one for hundreds of miles — the loneliest tree on Earth.


But it was also a reminder of a long-forgotten time when the Sahara teemed with life. Beautifully painted prehistoric rock art tells of a panoply of hippos, rhinos, elephants, giraffes and antelopes. For millennia they thrived in a land of oceanic lakes and thundering rivers.


That was 6,000 years ago.



Inspiring Book



History also teaches us two deeper lessons about what separates successful societies from those heading toward failure. A society contains a built-in blueprint for failure if the elite insulates itself from the consequences of its actions. That’s why Maya kings, Norse Greenlanders and Easter Island chiefs made choices that eventually undermined their societies. They themselves did not begin to feel deprived until they had irreversibly destroyed their landscape.


Could this happen in the United States? It’s a thought that often occurs to me here in Los Angeles, when I drive by gated communities, guarded by private security patrols, and filled with people who drink bottled water, depend on private pensions, and send their children to private schools. By doing these things, they lose the motivation to support the police force, the municipal water supply, Social Security and public schools. If conditions deteriorate too much for poorer people, gates will not keep the rioters out. Rioters eventually burned the palaces of Maya kings and tore down the statues of Easter Island chiefs; they have also already threatened wealthy districts in Los Angeles twice in recent decades.

Inspiring Quote

Make each day your masterpiece.”

John Wooden

Inspiring Image
Inspiring Song

My ancestors – Degenerations


Your great-great-grandfather, he cleared the land

Your great-grandfather, he plowed the land

And your grandfather made the land profitable

And your father sold it to become a state employee


As for you, my boy, you don’t know what you’re gonna do

In your small one bedroom way too expensive, cold in the winter

Some wants to become an owner come over you

And you dream at night to own a small plot of land


Your great-great-grandmother, she had fourteen children

Your great-grandmother had almost as many

And your grandmother had three it was enough

And your mother didn’t want any ; you were an accident


As for you, my girl, you change partner all the time

When you do something stupid, you get out of it with an abortion

But there are mornings, you wake up crying

When you dream at night of a big table surrounded by kids


Your great-great-grandfather, lived in misery

Your great-grandfather, collected pennies

And your grandfather – miracle! – became a millionaire

And your father inherited it and put it all in his RRSPs


As for you, young one, you owe your ass to the government

No way to get a loan in a banking institution

To calm your urges to hold-up the cashier

You read books about voluntary simplicity


Your great-great-grandparents, the knew how to celebrate

Your great-grandparents were swingning hard at parties

And your grandparents saw the ye-ye period

Your parents were discos, that’s where they met


As for you my friend, what do you do with your evening ?

Just turn off your TV ; you shoudn’t stay inside

Luckily in life some things refuse to change

Put on your nicest clothes because tonight we’re going dancing…



James Baldwin once said, “not everything that is faced can be changed,

but nothing can be changed until faced.”

Humor (?)

Give a man a fish and he’ll eat for a day.

Teach a man to fish and he’ll

complain that he doesn’t have a boat and that,

really, it’s a crime to leave him to his own devices because

you’ve already done it for him so well, and

wouldn’t it be better for you to just fish for the both of you?

since he’s only a beginner and

there’s no telling what mistakes he might make! and

What if he doesn’t catch anything?

And it would really be a much better situation if you would do it.

Please do come back tomorrow~

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