Blessings For Times Like These - So May It Be
Jack Manno

“Grounded in gratitude for the gifts of people and place, these blessings invite us to celebrate the moments, the passages and the relationships that make a life and a beloved community.”
-Robin Kimmerer, author, Braiding Sweetgrass

Inspiring, humorous and practical – you can use these blessings in your own celebrations – birth, passing, honoring of a teacher, etc. Illustrations by Karen Kerney.
Softcover, 5x7, 96pp., 2021.

“Jack Manno has expressed his love for those around him in his blessings. He also includes his neighbors, the Onondaga Nation and how he loves and appreciates the lessons he has learned from us. A tender and loving book it is!”
-Freida J. Jacques, Onondaga Turtle Clanmother and Teacher

“These blessings are exquisite - tender and tough, they speak to a deep place in me (the reader) and invite me to live more in that place. The flow and the context in which these blessings live is perfect…..Thank you for creating this goodness for the community - the large community hungry for these words.”
-Sally Roesch Wagner, editor of The Women’s Suffrage Movement,and author of Sisters in Spirit: Haudenosaunee Influence on Early American Feminists.

“I love this book of blessings. It's fresh, powerful, and deeply instructive. It will open hearts and wise up our minds, and it's right in key with where this country is at and what it gladly needs. Jack Manno’s words have put wind in my sails.”
-Joanna Macy, Buddhist scholar, Systems theorist, deep ecologist and author of Coming Back to Life and Active Hope.

Jack Manno is an emeritus Professor of Environmental Studies, a poet, singer and an activist. He taught at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY for over 25 years. Jack has also worked for over 20 years with the Onondaga Nation as chair of an environmental technical advisory group assisting the Council of Chiefs and the Clan Mothers with issues of groundwater contamination, sustainable forest management, water supply, hazardous waste and other issues. He has been an active member of the Syracuse Peace Council since the Viet Nam War and more recently with Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation.

In addition to Blessings, Jack is the author of Arming the Heavens: The Hidden Military Agenda for Space, 1945 – 1995, Priviledged Goods: Commoditization and its Impact on Environment and Society and co-editor of Ending The Fossil Fuel Era.