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Lower Mississippi River Dispatch No 445
Seeking Balance
Tuesday, Dec 12, 2017

Today, Tuesday, December 12th, join us for a 12 hour fast -- seeking balance -- starting at 6am and fasting until 6pm (use your own local time).

Note: all photos in this Dispatch are from our week-long expedition with the Proctor Mountain Classroom (click on link for more about this great program with a tradition that dates back many decades

Saturday, Dec 16, is Quapaw Canoe Company's Annual Solstice Bonfire/Potluck
featuring Rivergator Exhibition II with artists Boyce Upholt, Chris Battaglia, Rory Doyle and John Ruskey. Artists will be donating half of any proceeds back to the Lower Mississippi River Foundation. Boyce Upholt chapbook Walled in Wild for sale $20 each. Chris Battglia 16x20 color photo prints $150 - $200. Rory Doyle 12x18 color photos $175. Rivergator watercolor map-posters for sale $10 - $25 each.

For more info about artists and their work:
Chris Battaglia Village Vitals
Boyce Uopholt Between the Levees
Rory Doyle Photography
John Ruskey Rivergator

Sundown Sat Dec 16: Quapaw Canoe Company Christmas Party - Winter Solstice Potluck/Bonfire - Rivergator Celebration - photos, videos, paintings, artwork, music.

BYOB. Also, bring a dish to share and celebrate community and good cheer in this season of long nights and short days.

Details: On the banks of the Sunflower River, behind the Quapaw Canoe Company building, 3rd & Sunflower in downtown Clarksdale, starting at sundown: we will be sharing photos, videos, artwork, and many adventure stories around the campfire, in celebration of the Rivergator -- and also the winter Solstice. This done in conjunction with the annual Quapaw Canoe Company Christmas Party (legendary parties!). Potluck feast, BYOB. We'll provide eatware, serving utensils, and the bonfire. Bring your guitar. All are welcome to join us on the banks for the Sunflower River. Exhibition to be set up nearby in the "Cave" location, the original home base of Quapaw Canoe Company (flooded out in 2016).

12 Hours, 12th Day, 12th Month

Today, Tuesday, December 12th, join us for a 12 hour fast -- starting at 6am and fasting until 6pm (use your own local time).

Thanks to all who joined us in Sept for 9 hours, Oct for 10 hours and Nov for 11 hours. (We were on the Rivergator expedition in November). We hope tomorrow you can make the small sacrifice to do it again... for your parents.... your kids.... your friends.... your earth, your creator. And while you're at it please go and sign our petition.

Quick reminder: Why did we start this cycle of fasting? Due to the potential trauma mother earth will suffer from the U.S. departure from the Paris Climate Accord. Already this ill-made decision has negatively affected our business in nature tourism. We link arms with the Mississippi River mayors and many other mayors, businesses and organizations nationwide.

We are all about balance, in our canoes, in our work, in our lives. Let's regain balance and rejoin the Paris Accord! Our Paddles Up and a Big River Blessing to you All!

Why Fast?

For our Children
For our Parents
For our Earth
For the Mammals
For the Fish
For the Birds
For our History
For our Culture
For Agriculture

For the Insects
For the Flowers
For the Forests

For Religion

For Well-Being
For the Future
For our Families
For our Poor
For our Rich
For Beaches
For all Peoples

For all Oceans
For Crustaceans
For our Whales

For our Rivers

For the Love of Life
For Fun
For Rejuvenation
For Community

For Peace
For Balance
For the Arctic
For Grasslands
For Wetlands
For the Largest Creatures
For the Smallest Creatures
For the Good of All