So two Buddhists and a Lutheran walk into a forest...
Bret Clanton sends photos of his encounter with Buddhist monk Shodo Spring and her Compassionate Earth Walk team. Spring's group is protesting our alienation and environmental predations and offering "a prayer for all earth's children" by walking the proposed route of the Keystone XL pipeline. They started walking in Hardisty, Alberta, in April; they're thinking they will reach Steele City, Nebraska, the first week of October.
Yesterday, they walked in Harding County. Local rancher and Keystone XL opponent Bret Clanton walked with them.
Says Clanton of Spring and company's visit:
If there is something good that has come about of this whole pipeline thing, it is that I have been exposed to different lifestyles and cultures that I would have never ever EVER had the opportunity to experience otherwise. This group had the entire community on edge mostly because of their appearance. It helped them community wise to be seen with me but I am not sure it helped me [Bret Clanton, e-mail, 2013.08.27].
Funny that peace activists would set a community on edge more than a foreign company willing to take their land through eminent domain and subject their land, their cattle, and their families to ongoing risk of harm. And funny that a South Dakotan's hospitality toward peaceable visitors might put him in worse stead with his neighbors.
The Compassionate Earth Walk continues southeast across West River. Their tentative schedule puts them in Midland September 8–9, Murdo Sep. 11–12, Winner Sep. 14 (Shodo! Go see Doug Wiken!), and Colome Sep. 15 (go see John Harter!).