Faith+Art+Love+Life by Amy Peterson en-us Take Action! ***I've applied for over 2,000 jobs and had two job offers which were rescinded -- until now. It's true. Ever since the call center closed down, I've been attempting to get us by with freelance writing and whatever I could get while looking for real employment. It's been an exhausting road and I've finally reached the end of that and beginning of something great. ***The Voluntary Action Center -- Spirit Lake Yes, it's way up in Dickinson County, but that doesn't mean our good work... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:42:26 -0500 We won! Let's make Spencer Shareable! ***The international Shareable organization chose a project in Spencer for a seed grant! If you scroll down, you will see the project proposal is quite ambitious to get together in six weeks. The seed grant is $300 when I was going for $1,000. But many projects were rejected. ***Wait -- you may wonder what this is all about. Meet the timebankers in the Spencer-Okoboji Time Bank.... Mon, 07 Jul 2014 16:27:34 -0500 We did it -- a Clay County play went up in NYC! Video This is a montage of the production photos from "The Feast of Jovi Bono," which went up at Manhattan Rep Theatre in New York City December 18-20. Thanks to your donations, I was able to be there for the production. Notice the props -- the crowd fund paid for most of those; others were brought in by the incredibly resourceful, hard-working cast and crew. Many good things happened: Manhattan Rep says we're a class act and I'm invited back... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 01:25:01 -0600 You made this play great. Now it's going on stage on 42nd Street, New York City! ***No one stepped up, so I cast a New York bunch. Apparently this wasn't the right time to allow northwest Iowans the opportunity to act on 42nd Street, New York City. That's all right. I knew it was short notice because we were a last minute addition to the Manhattan Rep festival. Maybe after helping some very talented aspiring actors in New York have a shot with these memorable roles, we can put it up in Iowa. My Great Aunt Marcella, who was not only my Grandmother's baby sister, but... Fri, 29 Nov 2013 15:49:04 -0600 Want to act, assistant direct, do tech in NYC the week before Christmas? Read below! ***It's true. I can't believe it myself. Pinch pinch. Ow. I have had this play I've shopped around here in Iowa and outside, that I tried to mount last summer, on the 25th anniversary of the day my mother left this earth. I guess I was hoping I would still have a chance to make her proud. Logistics became too much of a barrier. UPDATE! We could have backing to get us there! Never shrink back from asking when you believe with all of your heart. Someone I knew a little, who was cofounder of... Tue, 12 Nov 2013 20:35:52 -0600 Vote starting Tuesday - be part of an economic revolution! ***Vote beginning October 29 to create an economic revolution See the new video here: The Spencer-Okoboji Time Bank is the entry in the 2013 Dream Big Grow Here Competition with the potential to affect every member of our greater Spencer/Lakes community. If you vote once per day, every day, let us know and you will earn a time credit for your time and effort. The Spencer-Okoboji Time Bank is a part of the national... Tue, 08 Oct 2013 13:39:11 -0500 A great new play and generative economy -- and YOU? I've made a shorter, sweeter (more shareable?) video to explain how time banking, co-ops and barter can create a generative economy to run alongside the money economy that's leaving so many of us without. If we work together we can all have what we need, without forcible redistribution of assets, or any "takers." Tell me what you think. Fri, 05 Apr 2013 12:26:48 -0500 Job rejection 1,256 1,256 job rejections I've noted since November, 2011. I wish I was kidding. I'm not. I'm told I need to woman up and do what it takes to grow my freelance writing business, operated from here: I also have my eyes and ears open to find a consumer need in this community, so I can jump on and fulfill that need. Nothing has become obvious. I have ruled out another place to buy a sandwich on Grand Avenue, another hair salon, another coffee shop, and another fitness... Tue, 02 Apr 2013 11:50:58 -0500 Could a time bank here be an economic revolution? The fact that I'm launching this social enterprise has nothing to do with the fact that I need a job or a way to provide a steady income for my family. Having said that, TFOJB by Ash Sanborn ( is happening, July 21, 2013 at 7:00 pm at the Sami Bedell Center in Spirit Lake. All I need is a cast of about a dozen, rehearsal space and time through June and part of July, and a host of other things. What I do have? Faith. Faith in myself. And faith that I don't... Tue, 19 Mar 2013 23:07:10 -0500 Time Dollars, Third Economy - get through Sequester together! I wrote a play called TFOJB under my playwriting pen name, Ash Sanborn -- starting back in November, 2008 when I participated in National Playwriting Month for the first time. I knew TFOJB (The Feast of Jovi Bono) was a great opportunity to also launch an event and a way for all of us to help each other through the economy. I had no idea then that it would all go this far downhill in four years. I cannot put it off any longer. We have to put this together. This summer. The... Sun, 10 Mar 2013 10:59:47 -0500 What if I told you there was a third economy? ***Twentieth Century Education Those of us educated in the 20th century know that there are two economies: capitalism - private ownership and enterprise, and socialism/ communism -- public ownership and controlled enterprise. While there are great divides between those on one side or the other, and some who are on one side are accused of being on the other, what both of these have in common is that in practice, they concentrate wealth and power in the hands of a few. What if I told you... Thu, 21 Feb 2013 20:58:45 -0600 Time Dollars -- your time and talent is worth it! Last summer, I wiped out my entire collection of blogs in response to someone who accused me of using a tragedy in our community to gain attention. At the time, I felt certain I would no longer blog here. Now I realize it was an overreaction to an emotional situation, and the person was out of line for suggesting such a thing. Sending three years of ideas, creativity and innovation into the cyber graveyard was tough on me, and it's made me not want to blog my usual fare of community... Mon, 11 Feb 2013 10:22:17 -0600 Another massacre. This cannot stand. We must take action now. ***Connecticut is beautiful I spent many childhood Christmases and summer vacations in Connecticut. Mostly in a town called Darien where my mother's brother and his family lived. From the nicely tended streets of gracious Colonial homes that ooze early American history, to fresh lobsters chosen from the market at Mystic Seaport, to picnics on Long Island Sound, it's an exceptionally beautiful state, less than an hour away, yet a world apart from huge, noisy, legendary New York City. I... Sun, 16 Dec 2012 15:44:27 -0600 We're thankful to you all. Where: American Legion club, Highway Blvd just north of People for Pets in Spencer. First, a plug for the American Legion: We are so Thankful to the Spencer post of the American Legion for the use of their beautiful facility at a reasonable cost, the donation of some party goods, and their general graciousness and belief in our passion to action. We hope everyone will support them as they provide a holiday celebration meal to Veterans and their spouses on December 15. When: 2:00 pm on... Wed, 21 Nov 2012 16:09:07 -0600 Save the Curiel-Reynolds School ***School Board Meeting July 19 This is the latest: we can use any and all support at the school board meeting on July 19. Please read the rest of this blog and decide for yourself if you support the district throwing away $3 million potentially coming into Spencer in the next few years. If their policy is to kick out the Curiel school, then the $3 million will probably go to Plymouth County or somewhere else instead. ***Why should I care about an art school? You've heard the rumors,... Fri, 06 Jul 2012 00:14:44 -0500 One of our own fights for life. Let this unite us Because I want no part of any negativity or vitriol that has surrounded this situation, or really any need in our community, I have removed each and every previous post of my blog, dating back as far as 2009. I hope that gesture eases the sadness and anger of those who thought I had posted the Caring Bridge link maliciously or irresponsibly. I hope those individuals now find peace and patience in their hearts and realize I could not have wiped out three years of material lightly. That's... Fri, 08 Jun 2012 20:41:37 -0500