Gathering Newsletter No. 23


“The creative adult is the child that has survived.”

Ursula K. Le Guin


By Creative Coordinator, Victoria Lynn Hall

In my very first post for this blog, I wrote about what a serious child I was. Recently, when I posted on Facebook the question, “what would the child you once were think about the adult you are now?”, I realized that the child I once was might be surprised that growing up didn’t make me even more serious. Instead, I have learned what is truly fun and fulfilling and rewarding for me; learning new things, being creative for its own sake and connecting with others in both silly and meaningful ways.

You could say the creative adult I have become is more child like than the serious, shy, fearful and worried child I used to be; reminding me of Dylan’s iconic lyric, “Ah, but I was so much older then I’m younger than that now.”

I’m lucky though. I had the privilege and the resources to recover from my seriousness. I had people who helped me along the way; My 1st grade teacher, therapists, family members and friends who encouraged me and supported me.

Other children may not be so lucky. I can’t help but think that there are far too many of them out there now who could be like I was; confused, worried or afraid; but without the help that I had. I find myself becoming serious again as I think of the ones who will be forced to grow up too soon or worse, will not get the chance to grow up at all.

I hope that my honoring the child that survived within me as an adult will somehow inspire others to honor the children within and around us all more – and allow them to not only survive but to thrive.

If you want to reconnect with the wisdom, creativity and curiosity of your inner child, The Wonderland Campaign by Kerri Romeo is a great place to start.

If you want to raise awareness to help millions of refugee children, please visit

If you want to help provide relief to struggling children, consider a donation to Save The Children.

And if you want a better, sustainable world for children now and in the future, listen to Ask Jesse with Jesse Crall (and check out the resources we provide in our show notes) to inform yourself about the issues and what is preventing us from having a more peaceful, egalitarian society in which no one, especially children, are made to struggle so others may profit.

As always if you have any questions, concerns or just need someone to listen, you can write me at

PS: In the spirit of being less serious, I thought to forgo the recommended reading list this time and offer some “Inspirations” in its place.

Gather With Us

Please see our Gatherings page for information about our weekly community gatherings and other upcoming events.

On the Amplifire Project YouTube Channel

For our latest Wonderland Campaign Discussion Group meeting, Kerri read her post, “You Can Call Me Alice” for us.

In Episode 39 of Ask Jesse Victoria asks Jesse a question about our intelligence agencies that was sent in from a listener which leads to a discussion of being skeptical about political and media narratives, particularly those involving withdrawing troops from Afghanistan.

In this clip, Jesse talks about the excuses that the military industrial complex make to justify war for the sake of U.S. hegemony, especially as it relates to women in Afghanistan:

Victoria provided a video tour of our blog and other online platforms:

On the Amplifire Project Blog

Jesse wrote about how capitalism can be rebranded but not reformed in Inclusive Capitalism?

Victoria talks about being sure of her facts in the show notes for Ask Jesse Episode 39: Afghanistan and Skepticism

Michael invites us all to a a virtual summit on Mother’s Day, May 8th and 9th to imagine a world without incarcerated children in for ALL Children @ ALL Borders

Kerri tells the story of the false morality that occurs in Wonderland, which is remarkably akin to the virtue signaling of our politicians, in Magical Morality

And Kerri also took a break from the world of Wonderland to write a poem about The Fear we are all experiencing to some extent these days.


The Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory is a real life Wonderland. They have live videos on Facebook in the mornings before opening (Mon thru Saturday) and also have a live webcam on their web site. Make a virtual visit and meet flamingos Scarlet and Rhett as well as all the other birds and butterflies in this wonder full place.

Another reminder of how wonderful nature is, Amanda Palmer’s reading of the Mary Oliver poem, “When I Am Among the Trees”:

And here’s a reminder of how your story can give hope to others from Rebel Thriver:

On the Amplifire Project Twitter Page

Here’s our “Featured Tweet“:

Action Items

In an effort to keep this newsletter organized and further promote ongoing action items, we have given them their own page. Please visit it often to check for updates.

Click here to learn more about our contributors and find links to their posts.

Thank you for listening.

Amplifire Project

Published by amplifireproject

Creative Coordinator of Amplifire Project.

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