I re-remembered, as she got out of the hot tub at absurd o’clock last night, why i have such a wild crush both personally and politically on Teagan. It is in part because she is fiercely pro-active. Disguised as a suburban housewife, she is actually a full partner and founder of the Catalyst Community project, which is raging forward at stunning speed. “We already have 10 of the 20 units spoken for.” The project has been going on in earnest for less than 3 months.
Teagan and i met nearly a decade ago when she came to do a visitor period at Twin Oaks. She understood the importance of community, from her earlier experience living in one. She was also charismatic, clever and quick to jump in and make things happen. I really wanted her to become a member, but quickly realized the chances of this were quite small.
Teagan is perhaps the only person to ever fail the Twin Oaks membership process during the interview. When asked by Shal what she thought of compromise, she replied shortly, “compromise is not part of my vocabulary” and with this sentence her path to our commune vanished.
And it was for the best, the rural communes never could have contained her. Teagan is one of those high impact personalities that needs all the space of a really big metropolis like NYC to cast her networking and social agenda upon. During the wee hours of the morning as we were sitting in her hot tub in the shadow of Manhattan, she shared several philanthropic leads she had discovered in her work building her own eco-village, which look like they might be excellent sources for Point A.
As the night wore on she shared her story about doing local organizing that successfully stopped a new Walmart. She also shared a story of how friends approached her only hours before the application deadline to get Hurricane Sandy relief money. How her crafting of the grant application netted her colleagues’ school $35K. They were thankful and appreciative, but for Teagan there was no question – this is what she does: Help friends out of their last minute jam and make good things happen for good people.
Generally upbeat, fiery, and committed to helping craft a better world, i am always pleased to be in her company. She only comes in her special intense flavor. The communities movement desperately needs a dozen more Teagans; just don’t put them all in the same room.
[Edited by Judy Youngquest]
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