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A new kind of heroism is needed in facing the dire problems of the 21st century. The truth is we can’t confront any emergency, whether it’s personal, local, or global, by hoping and praying that the problem will go away or waiting for someone else to act. Trebbe Johnson suggests that we not deny our heartbreak—Rather we must give expression to our grief through tears, creative work, and sharing our lives and our stories with others. This is how we soften the grief and allow compassion and gratitude to infiltrate our being. By opening to the possibility of wonder from surprising sources, we recognize that, even in the bleakest of times, beauty is possible. She says, “I do think that somehow often in the times when we are most broken and vulnerable beauty comes through. Leonard Cohen says “there is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in.’” Although that beauty can’t permanently replace our losses, our sorrow, and the dire problems we’re facing, it can break through the walls of powerlessness and melt despair. (hosted by Justine Willis Toms)
Trebbe Johnson is the founder and director of the global community Radical Joy for Hard Times, and she’s devoted to finding and making beauty in hurt places. She has camped alone in the Arctic wilderness; studied classical Indian dance; worked as an artist’s model, has been a street sweeper in an English village, and is an award-winning multimedia producer. She’s led wilderness rites of passage and contemplative journeys in clear-cut forests, Ground Zero in New York, in EPA’s toxic Superfund sites, the Sahara Desert, and other places. She participates in Global Earth Exchange—bringing people around the world together to go to places they care about that have been damaged or endangered: share stores, listen to the land, and make a simple gift of beauty for the place out of materials the place itself offers.
Trebbe Johnson is the author of several books including:
To learn more about the work of Trebbe Johnson go to www.trebbejohnson.com.
Host: Justine Willis Toms Interview Date: 10/6/2023 Program Number: 3799
Album - RootsArtist - Laurie Z
Essay: Track 01 - Stranger in a Familiar LandMusic 1: Track 03 - In the Monterey MistMusic 2: Track 05 - The Mysterious PainterMusic 3: Track 06 - From the Ashes
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