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Communities that Canoe Together

Announcement: This weekend, Saturday, Mar 2nd, we’ll be doing a Community Half Daytrip 9am-1pm on the Sunflower River in partnership with the Lower Mississippi River Foundation. Jump on board the big canoe and reconnect with the Sunflower River! See the Sunflower River at flood stage! Great deal ($25 each, $5 for kids accompanied by parents). The forecast calls for a 20 percent chance of rain; Mostly cloudy, with a high near 58. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph. No previous experience necessary. Contact Shannon McMulkin for signup at or call 870-228-2421. Communiy daytrips to continue every month throughout the Spring 2019! More details below.

***Note: Next Saturday, March 9th, will be a community paddle through the flooded forests of the flooding Mississippi River from Helena, Arkansas***

Add 1 Hour on the 1st Day of Each Month

Tomorrow if the first day of the month, and of the new fast!. We had to sideline our monthly cycle of fasting last year, but it’s time to get going again. Many of you have written me and expressed just how meaningful that practice was in 2017. And now the earth is calling more than ever. So it seems like a good time to restart the monthly cycle, with a new mechanism: on the 1st day of the month. Starting March 1st fast the number of hours that equals the number of months since the US left the Paris Accord (May 2017). March will be 21 months, so fast for 21 hours on Friday, March 1st. Start fast at 12 midnight tomorrow morning and stop 21 hours later at 9pm. Every month following add on one hour. So in April fast 22 hours; in May 23 hours, and etc. I will send out a simple monthly reminder, and restart the petition, but nothing more. Participation is purely voluntary of course.

Beaver, Moon (John Ruskey)

Why the 1st day? The US left the Paris Accord on June 1, 2017. So it’s an infamous date to signify. But more importantly, the 1st day opens up new opportunity: the 1st day of the year, or the 1st day of the week, or the 1st day of the month. It’s like a journey. The 1st day sets the course for what follows. The first day of the year is that day we make our resolutions for a better life. The first day of the month is a new beginning in a fresh month. It’s the day when all the doors are open, and the possibilities seem limitless. Every morning the world is remade, and every day is a new day. Every month a new month to remake the world. The 1st day is the 1st day of the rest of your life, it is the 1st step on the long journey ahead, it is the 1st paddle-stroke downstream and into the wonderful mysteries that lie waiting around the bend. And all creation is suffering, and could use a little mercy now.

Squirrel Climbing Cypress (John Ruskey)

Hint: personally I am most successful at fasting when I do it in nature. If possible include a long walk or hike, a campout, or an overnight canoe trip as part of your fast. It’s easy: don't pack any food. You’ll find you think about eating a lot less when you're surrounded by nature, and the temptation of food will be removed by not packing any. But be sure to pack plenty of water! Every time you feel a growl in your stomach take a sip of water. Write me if you need help or support. If you live anywhere close to Clarksdale, or Gulfport, join me on the water.

Map Turtle, Sunflower River (John Ruskey)

Is anyone up for this? The US left the Paris Accord on June 1, 2017. This embarrassment continues to smolder across the globe, along with smoldering forests and increasing rates of warming and carbon output. The 2018 US rate is greater than previously predicted. The polar caps are melting faster than predicted. Penguins, orcas and starfish are in dire straits, all God’s creatures are dangerously effected. We burn more fuel than any other nation except China, and yet we are the only ones not to sign the accord. You can join in on this fast to meet your own personal or religious purposes. Doing it together makes it more meaningful, both personally and communally. Besides hundreds of North Americans, We have friends from Argentina, Austria, England, Sweden, Japan, Australia and elsewhere around the globe who joined us last time we fasted. Their countries had signed, but they joined our quest anyway because they believe in us N. Americans, and the atmosphere knows no boundaries.

Rainbow Swimmers (John Ruskey)

The waters connect us all, and all we all breathe the same air. And our time is running out. The Harvard Business Review gives us 12 years to figure this out (see below for article). Fasting is a simple thing, and will help the solution, for at least 1/30th of the average month. Our president won't budge on this, but you can work with your local and state leaders to adopt carbon-cutting measures independently. If you want to make your fast even more effective, turn off the lights, your computer, your heating & cooling systems, and step outside — and don’t make any purchases. Make it a day for creation. The only way we will figure this out is when we embrace it whole-heartedly, mentally, physically, and spiritually. As recommended above, leave your house and spend a day in nature. Make it a “Date with Creation.” Bring a notebook, pens, pencils, for writing and sketching. Practice your art form, whatever it is. Explore new art forms. Pack a prayer book or other inspirational reading for when things get slow. Pack a hammock. Nap a lot. Meditate. Be prepared for visions. Record your dreams. If you cannot take a day off, incorporate fasting into your work day. Yes, it will be uncomfortable at times, but you will feel great at the end of the fast, and those temporary stomach pains will pass, and your small effort will help ease the suffering of the all.

Venus, Waning Wolf Moon, Jupiter, Canada Geese (John Ruskey)

Communities that Canoe Together:

Big Canoes on Sunflower River (John Ruskey)

Once you go paddling on the Mississippi you are part of a pretty special club. A club that knows how magical the river is and how much it needs protection. We need more people in the club! That's why we're hosting community canoe trips in Helena and Clarksdale every month. If you've never been out on the river before this is the perfect opportunity to test it out. If you've been before, come back and bring a friend! Discounts available for local youth and educators.

Sat, Mar 9
Community Half-Daytrip - Mississippi River
(Meet at 107 Perry in Helena)

Sat, April 13
Community Half-Daytrip - Sunflower River, 9am-1pm
(Meet at 289 Sunflower in Clarksdale)

Sat, May 11
Community Half-Daytrip - Mississippi River
(Meet at 107 Perry in Helena)

Sat, June 14
Community Half-Daytrip - Mississippi River
(Meet at 107 Perry in Helena)


Anyone is welcome! No experience or equipment necessary! Just meet us at our office in Helena or Clarksdale and join us for a morning canoe trip.

Trips will leave at 9 am and usually return by 1 pm. Bring a lunch and water bottle.

For trips on the Sunflower, you can also bring your own boat and paddle along with us!

50% discount for local educators!

For reservations or more information, contact:

Shannon McMulkin



Saturday, March 9, 2019

9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Meet at 107 Perry Street in Helena, AR

This will be a will be a community paddle through the flooded forests of the flooding Mississippi River from Helena, Arkansas!

$25 for adults

$5 for youth under 18

Call 870-228-2421 or email to register

Quapaw Canoe Company
Calendar, Spring 2019
February 2019

Sat, Feb 9
Community Half-Daytrip - Sunflower River, 9am-1pm

Sun Feb 10 - Mon Feb 11
"The Mighty Mississippi: A Mosaic of America's Growth"
Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock
(Live Dugout Canoe Carving Demonstration)

Sat, Feb 16
LMRF General Annual Membership Meeting
Helena Outpost, 107 Perry St, Helena
12noon - 1pm, Cleanup in Helena Harbor to follow, 2-3pm

March 2019

Sat, Mar 9
Community Half-Daytrip - Mississippi River

Mon Mar 25 - Sat Mar 30
Pearl River Expedition — Naturalist’s Retreat in Voyageur Canoe

April 2019

April 11-14
Juke Joint Festival 2019
Camping,Carving, Booksignings, Canoeing Sunflower River
And much, much more!

Sat, April 13
Community Half-Daytrip - Sunflower River, 9am-1pm

April 18 - May 18
Water, Water: A Pop Up Invitational
Walter Anderson Museum of Art

Mon April 22 - Sat 27
Horn Island Expedition — Artist’s Retreat in Voyageur Canoe

May 2019
Sat, May 11
Community Half-Daytrip - Mississippi River

Mon May 20 - Sat May 25
Pascagoula River Expedition — Naturalist’s Retreat in Voyageur Canoe

June 2019

June 3rd-7th
LMRF Summer Camp
for Mississippi and Arkansas youth!

Sat, June 14
Community Half-Daytrip - Mississippi River

June 15
Buck Island Adventure
Experience the East Arkansas Mississippi River Canoe Float
9am-5pm from Helena, Ar.
In partnership with the Mississippi River State Park

Our Dream for Quapaw Canoe Company in 2019:

"To share the raw, wild, power & beauty of the big river
with patience, balance and compassion
for our clients
for the river
for all its creatures
and for our mother earth"


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