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Tikkun Olam

November 4th, 2018 Jorma Leave a comment Go to comments
Trashbag and tongs...

Trashbag and tongs...

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

As Jews Nessa and I were encouraged to go to services this Shabbat and, among other things, show solidarity for the victims and the families of the Tree Of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh. For a number of reasons this was not in the cards for out family but it is always in the cards to perform acts of service and ours was the two mile stretch of SR 681 that we have adopted as a site to clean.

Nessa, Rick, Sarah, Justin and Me

Nessa, Rick, Sarah, Justin and Me

Selfie by Vanessa

Rick, got us involved in the highway cleanup over a decade ago and he is getting ready to leave the area but we shall carry on the tradition. Brenda and our own John Hurlbut from the Fur Peace Ranch joined us as well as Andy from Athens… who brought doughnuts. To show up on a chilly Saturday morning to help pick up the incredible detritus that people empty from their cars is amazing indeed.

Andy, a trash bag, some doughnuts and me

Andy, a trash bag, some doughnuts and me

Foto by Vanessa Kaukonen

It’s the little things we can do that really make a difference. Talk is cheap… I know, because I do plenty of it. It was more than a pleasure hanging with friends over bags of trash containing stuff you don’t even want to know about.

Nessa finds the mother of four leaf cloves amongst the debris

Nessa finds the mother of four leaf cloves amongst the debris

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

We were done by eleven… it was a Saturday morning well spent!

John Hurlbut... the man, the legend!

John Hurlbut... the man, the legend!

Foto by Jorma Kaukonen

ps Carhartts… Rugged as the men and women who wear them!

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  1. Chappy
    November 4th, 2018 at 20:29 | #1

    Sad to see/hear that people still litter. That said, thanks to you and the team for pitching in. I recall reading an interview with Pete Townsend some years back where he was reflecting on one thing or another and he said that if you see trash on the road then pick it up! Looking forward to the two final shows of the year at FPR: Magic Dick and Hot Tuna, respectively. The J. Geils Band did certainly rock the crowd back in the day and Magic Dick contributed greatly. Speaking of J. Geils Band, I was listening to one of Peter Wolf’s solo albums recently “Sleepless.” It’s a great album with FPR favorite Larry Campbell all over it!

  2. Scott
    November 4th, 2018 at 22:03 | #2

    I often think that the companies that sell “on the go” type food and drink should print a message on there items. “You bought it, you own it”….then throw your 4 dollar cup of coffee in the trash. Love your work Jorma, on and off stage. Peace

  3. Susan
    November 4th, 2018 at 22:32 | #3

    Thanks to you and all who do that! I just can’t understand why people throw stuff out of their car windows instead of simply waiting until they’re home or arrive at a place with a trash can. I see people do this and if I pull up along side them, I shake my finger and ask if they throw stuff out their windows at home. It really bothers me. So rude and pointless.

  4. John McGough
    November 5th, 2018 at 02:16 | #4

    You all are good people. Thanks for loving the world we live in!

  5. Tom Fabry
    November 5th, 2018 at 09:19 | #5

    Plastic. So much plastic. Made from oil and sometimes we fight wars and bury loved ones for oil. One step we can all make is use less ourselves. Even metal decomposes over time, but not so w plastic. The oceans are filling up w plastic. We eat fish with plastic in it. I read one statistic that w every meal we eat out, we consume plastic. Support your local organic farmers.

  6. Ham Neggd
    November 5th, 2018 at 09:55 | #6

    Gotta volunteer now!
    Peace
    Love All Ways

  7. Art
    November 5th, 2018 at 10:42 | #7

    Every couple of days when I take our trash out, I am astonished and embarrassed by the amount of waste two people produce. Plastic packaging is the worst of it. We need better solutions. And we must reduce, reuse, recycle. I’d emphasize “reduce” in particular.

  8. Tom Fabry
    November 5th, 2018 at 12:04 | #8

    @Art
    Here is a book with some ideas to consider. The author tried to go 1 year w/out negatively impacting the environment.

    No Impact Man: The Adventures of a Guilty Liberal Who Attempts to Save the Planet, and the Discoveries He Makes About Himself and Our Way of Life in the Process

  9. Mitch Spector
    November 5th, 2018 at 12:05 | #9

    God bless all of you !! What a wonderful way to give back to planet earth .!
    Had a blast at the dinner with Jorma & Brother John .Couldn’t have been a nicer experience.
    My brother and i felt the love that was being dished out at the Beatrice love kitchen .Looking forward to coming back for the shows with Jorma in 2019 ..Thank you to Brother John !! Peace and love to all !!

  10. Walt Hetfield
    November 5th, 2018 at 13:51 | #10

    There’s nothing like a morning pick-up gig. Especially when you’re done by lunch time.

  11. AndyK
    November 5th, 2018 at 13:56 | #11

    I recall a TV ad years ago wherein someone threw trash out the window of a passing car. It landed at the feet of an American Indian, who then had his eyes tear.
    Very powerful.
    The common $50 fine is not enough of a deterrent and I can’t recall hearing of someone getting a ticket. There should be a greater emphasis on this quality of life issue (along with banning spam calls!).
    In the meantime, right on Jorma and all those doing more than their part to help!

  12. carey georgas
    November 5th, 2018 at 21:27 | #12

    Fine example of rubber meeting road (pun intended). We can holler about all the polluters, fear the environmental deregulations, or do something about it. Even if it’s something as simple as composting, all the little things add up to something greater than the sum of the parts. Way to lead by example, Jorma.

  13. gregg
    November 5th, 2018 at 21:39 | #13

    Yea I believe that indian was iron eyes, g

  14. jim hitchcock
    November 5th, 2018 at 21:58 | #14

    Iron Eyes Cody. Unforgettable commercial.

  15. Richard
    November 6th, 2018 at 06:28 | #15

    jim hitchcock :
    Iron Eyes Cody. Unforgettable commercial.

    He was an actor and not even an American Indian,but powerful commercial though..
    GO OUT AND VOTE..I am on my to the polls soon..

  16. rich l
    November 6th, 2018 at 09:35 | #16

    “I don’t care if their teeth are green
    First I look at the purse…”

    I saw The J Geils Band at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago in 1974 or 75. A great show. Peter Wolf was the quintessential front man.

    (Actually, my first Hot Tuna show was at The Auditorium a couple years before that.)@Chappy

  17. carey georgas
    November 6th, 2018 at 10:19 | #17

    “Whammed Jammer, Dickie!”

  18. Mitch Spector
    November 6th, 2018 at 11:17 | #18

    Just like at the F.P.R ..Aint nothin but a house party !! #JGEILS

  19. Richard
    November 6th, 2018 at 11:29 | #19

    Seen Peter Wolf 3 times past year and a half..Great energy and gives his all..Just like a few guys we all know..

  20. carey georgas
    November 6th, 2018 at 11:39 | #20

    Whammer. Damned auto correct don’t know shit about rock ‘n roll.

  21. rich l
    November 6th, 2018 at 14:03 | #21

    As Martin Mull once said, “I used to be plastic, now I’m elastic, I’m flexible.” I say this at the grocery store when they ask me if I want paper or plastic -generally get a smile out of the check out person and bagger.@Tom Fabry

  22. Adam K
    November 7th, 2018 at 10:05 | #22

    We’re all Plastic Fantastic Lovers.

  23. crndl
    November 8th, 2018 at 15:52 | #23

    I learned what Tikkum Olam meant some years ago, nice to see it in your title. Walking your talk. Shalom.