Hi Babblers -
(This is actually my second attempt at posting. My first post was witty and clever - you would have loved it. Amongst other failings, I find technology challenging.)
I've been reading the threads here for some time and learn a tonne from them. So, to start, thanks to all the regular posters and especially to the moderators. I generally read the active topics, and also check in at the international news, feminism, anti-racism and aboriginal forums. And any thread about gardening.
A bit about me ... I have been actively involved in the antiwar movement - peripherally involved in women's rights, poverty and housing, and addiction issues - in Vancouver for about 10 years. I've been less involved these last couple of years as I parent two young children. I think I'm strong on commitment and practical effort, not so much on theory. I'm not sure how much I'll post (I'm out of my league - wow, you're a smart bunch), but thought I should say hi at least.
When posting, I'll try to remember that, while I may think I know some of you, you don't know me at all. I'd like to just say, though, that from my perspective on the outside, it does feel like you've built a great community - notwithstanding various difficulties. That, and I think Maysie, oldgoat, and Michelle are rockstars.