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movie day.

Thomas, the AmeriCorps Administrative Assistant, would like to share the following:

“When I was in school, everybody used to love movie day.  It was a relaxing break from the grind.  So, as the weather turns foul, the work piles up, and the stressful holiday season approaches, I think it’s a perfect time for a video!  Take a few minutes out of your hectic day to enjoy this live performance of one of my favorite songs, “Anthem” by Leonard Cohen:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_e39UmEnqY8&playnext=1&list=PL49D3ABA2E870B3B4&index=4

In case you’re feeling quizzical – as in “What on earth does this have to do with JVC Northwest?” – I’ll reproduce a few of the lyrics:

The birds they sing 
at the break of day 
Start again 
I heard them say 
Don’t dwell on what 
has passed away 
or what is yet to be.

You can add up the parts 
but you won’t have the sum
 

You can strike up the march, 
there is no drum 
Every heart, every heart 
to love will come 
but like a refugee.
 

Ring the bells that still can ring 
Forget your perfect offering 
There is a crack, a crack in everything 
That’s how the light gets in.

As you can see, this song touches on several ideas that reflect our core values here at JVC Northwest. In particular, Cohen urges us to live in the moment and to witness the imperfect beauty around us.  I won’t try to analyze these lyrics here (because I’m too busy looking over AmeriCorps time logs and such!) but I will invite you to reflect on their meaning. ”

Happy Almost-Thanksgiving, Everybody!

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Zayna Abusada (Ashland, MT ’17-18, Anchorage, AK ’18-19) was most recently a JV in south-central Alaska serving with immigrant and refugee English-Language learners as the Academy for Citizenship and Civics Support Specialist with the Alaska Literacy Program (ALP) in Anchorage. Zayna first served with Indigenous students on the Northern Cheyenne and Crow Reservations. Originally from Iowa City, Iowa, Zayna went on to earn her undergraduate degree in History and Theological Studies with a minor in Middle Eastern Studies at Saint Louis University.