As life and death are a part of humanity's existence, so it is in the entire
animal kingdom. In two weeks this fall, we lost a horse, a cow, a goose, a duck, a dove
and a pecan tree. Yet we also planted new trees, cleared some areas of weeds so they
could be accessible and enjoyed again, saw the migration of butterflies from the
north and birds from across the country. Life, death, and life are daily activities
at REFUGIO, not only in the sense of human and animal existence, but also in the
sense of interpersonal and intrapersonal life. At REFUGIO, everything and everyone
is constantly evolving into what we can be. Persons are encouraged to explore their
limits and their capacities while at REFUGIO in an affirming environment. For those
new to this country the challenge may be to realize that life here is also hard,
and getting started all over again is difficult. Legal cases,language training,
educational demands, job training and searching are all a part of what must happen
when one comes here. For those who are already citizens, it is also difficult.
Sharing in community, teaching, learning, recovering, training and retraining
are a part of the adjustment.
In REFUGIO we depend on one another for the sustaining of the environment in
which we live. All of us are becoming ecologists, all are becoming horticulturists,
all are becoming nature lovers, and all are strugglers along the way. In this beautiful
and hard environment, new life happens every day.