Encouraging Signs

“Fridays for Future” core group in front of City Hall (background) next to the Truckee River.

Fasting for the Future > Fridays for Future.

WHAT BEGAN for me as solitary day-long fasts, perched by a popular pathway along the Truckee River last August has grown, moving downstream to downtown, transitioning from Saturdays to Fridays to align with Greta Thunberg’s Fridays for Future, and adding signs, displays, and most importantly, people.

Fasting has become optional, only Jeff Carlton (on left in photo) and I do, but attendance has increased. While I’d like to take all the credit for that, it’s really due to Jeff ‘s unwavering commitment to keep showing up that has allowed this to happen. Me, I would have stopped months ago, back when it was just Jeff, John Wankum (on far right) and me out there, week after week. Turns out, you just have to keep showing up.

If you’re in Reno and want to show up, we gather from 4 to 5pm every Friday at Virginia and First Streets, across from City Hall, a stone’s throw from the river. We’re the ones with all the signs (who are having all the fun).

Moral of the story: just keep showing up.


Record sets record.

GENERALLY, anything over 100 hits for a song of mine is viral. UP TO ME is up to 157 and counting. And five Likes. In just over a week. That’s an encouraging start. I still hope to move it farther out into the virtual media sphere—not many upbeat, happy-warrior climate crisis songs out there. I think we need all we can get.

So if you haven’t yet listened, please do. If you’ve listened and felt energized by it, please share. You can post the YouTube LINK or even DOWNLOAD and post the MP4 video file on any social media platform. It’s free. It’s easy. And it just might make a difference for somebody.

It’s up to me and it’s up to you…


Author: Bodhi Bill

BodhiBill.com is about sharing the songs I've been gifted with. Where did they come from? Two remarkable, life-changing events happened In 1996. First, I experienced an unexpected encounter with a friend of the family who was dying. The impact was so profound I left my career in advertising and became a board certified chaplain, working with the dying. Second, original songs began channeling through me with no warning. This was a complete surprise. Even though I'd played guitar since high school, I'd never considered myself a songwriter—or even a singer for that matter. More like a third-rate folk music plunker. But the songs came through anyway. Since I retired in 2015, I now have the time to record and share these songs. Although they are not "commercial" in style or content, I feel they are lovely little gems worth preserving and sharing.

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