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The day after the 2012 Election in the US

Wednesday November 7, 2012, The day after the 2012 Election in the US.

It is interesting in this day after the 2012 election pondering what this means for the United States and how I feel as an expatriate.  I am still a citizen of United states although am a permanent resident of my adopted country Canada and will soon be applying for citizen ship having been resident for now fives years. 

We are expatriates, my husband Mark and I, having left the United
States after the re-election of George W. Bush in 2004.  When Obama was elected four years ago so many of our friends,  family and acquaintances who knew of our “defection” asked, “Are you going to move back now?” Well if Canada and the Okanagan Valley had not embraced us so warmly and so generously, maybe I might have considered it. But it is clear that we are meant to be here in Canada, in British Columbia, and in Peachland, on this lovely little “hobby” fam.  But of course we replied that  we will wait and see.  And how prophetically this convenient answer was to this query, because how sorely disappointed we have been in the performance, the decisions and the lack of honouring promises made by this idealistic and amazing young leader.  But when Guantanamo Bay’s prison was not closed down and still detains, to this day, suspected terrorists without due process of law, I wonder, “Where is Justice?”  When the war in Afghanistan, albeit an inherited war, continues as a Quaker I ask, “Where is the peace making?” 

One cannot deny that Obama inherited a hideous situation not of his making and was challenged far beyond what any president since Roosevelt faced with war, pending economic collapse, and countless other debacles that were foisted on the American people by an ineffective and glib and ignorant president who was at the beck and call of people fueled by greed and the hunger for absolute power.

So you can see my politics.  But what are my politics?  In this time of spiritual upheaval and spiritual renewal and spiritual awakening, where are their politics. And what do I believe is the meaning of
this election in which Barack was re-elected by a hair with a country divided in their politics, their beliefs, and their values. 

It is an election where people have

  • respected people of the same sex to marry. 
  • recognized that maybe marijuana is not much different than alcohol and should be legal.  And that the
  • understood that the United states is a cultural mosaic like Canada and not a melting pot in which everyone is assimilated into one, but a country in which we have our differences of race, creed, sex, sexual preference, education and whatnot. 

In a country that is nearly evenly divided, are we “polarized” or are we coming into balance? Are we no longer giving credence and lip service to the extremists, but realizing that there is value in recognizing and respecting our differences? Maybe we are getting closer to becoming “one”.  Is it blind optimism to believe that we are witnessing a shift? We all saw how Romney went from the extreme right trying to appeal to the “Tea Party” to becoming more and more moderate to appeal to a larger electorate. There is a coming together in this balanced and evenly divided election.  I find hope in this election like I haven’t felt in a long while. 

A Letter to Friends Telling our Tale

A Letter to Friends

Dear All,

After the Bush Administration got re-elected in 2004, my husband Mark went to explore the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia as a possible place to relocate. He found this beautiful spot by googling British Columbia and cactus.  Mark and I returned in May 2005 and found, by serendipity, Alison’s dream, a small farm. She had walked into the little planning department in the town of Peachland, described what we were seeking, and a man who had walked in behind her said that he was putting that exact piece property on the market tomorrow.  We the ended up closing on the farm on Canada Day, July 1, 2005. We applied for permanent resident status, a three+ year process in September 2005.

The saga continued . . .

While I was there for the first time exploring the arts & cultural scene to be sure I would have the arts I need to be stimulated, I ended up being invited to apply for the Executive Director position at the Rotary Center for the Arts and my resume and credentials being placed in the hand of a headhunter for the Kelowna cultural community. The deal for hiring “foreign workers” is the same as stateside. You must first find a Canadian who can fill the position and only if you cannot find the right person for the job can you hire a foreign worker. I was contacted by Diane early this summer to see if I was interested in applying for Development Manager of Ballet Kelowna, the small young professional ballet company that tours throughout the interior of BC. I flew up for an interview met the artistic director and dancers and members of the Board. It was a great fit and they chose to apply for a “Fair Labour Market Opinion” from the BC Foreign Worker Office, which allows me to work and gives Mark an open work permit to move his business. There are many more mini stories about this adventure and how every time we turned around there was an invitation by the universe to walk through yet another door on our path to move to Canada and to nurture a small farm for the benefit of a greater community.

I will begin work for Ballet Kelowna September 3 after driving up with our daughter Caitlin to BC beginning September 1. We are sifting sorting cleaning packing and hosting two garage sales and learning a lot about Craig’s list. The farmhouse is half the size of our current home so we have cut back by 50% of all of our possessions. Or at least we have tried. Caitlin has convinced us to hold onto our lovely home  in Boulder for a time, so if you know anyone who wants to rent a great house in a fantastic location with great schools blocks away on a lake with great blue herons and Canada geese gracing Viele Lake, please get them in touch with us.

We are still working on our communications plan. With communications technology being what it is today. Our plan is to transfer our current phone to a cell phone on the Verizon North American Plan so you should be able to reach us at this same number.  In the meantime we will also be setting up a land line.

As I say now, “ Be careful what you ask for” because if you are intentional about giving back to the earth or your community in a meaningful way, then the universe makes it happen.  I have been blessed and expect that this is another amazing blessing. This has been a journey that is taking a great deal of courage despite the fact that there are no obstacles, still every little bit of support is much appreciated.

Alison

July 1, 2007