Sunday, August 31, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

He’ll spread his passion for compassion far and wide

Breaux2w

David Breaux rubs linseed oil on the Compassion Earthbench built last year by hundreds of community volunteers at Compassion Corner, Third and C streets. Sue Cockrell/Enterprise file photo

By
From page A5 | May 23, 2014 |

You can help

What: Compassion Tour fundraising dinner

When: 5:30-8 p.m. Wednesday

Where: Davis Community Church Fellowship Hall, 421 D St.

Tickets: $20 for adults, $10 for students and children, available at Farmer’s Kitchen, the Style Lounge Hair Salon, Boheme Used Hip Clothing, Ali Baba’s Restaurant, Newsbeat and Vini Wine Bar

Info: http://compassionguy.ning.com

David H. Breaux has been standing quietly at the corner of Third and C streets in downtown Davis since 2009. Five years ago, after some tumult in his own life, he looked inward and, after some soul-wrenching inquiry, dedicated himself to compassion, to the simple task of asking people to share their written concept of the word.

He came to Davis, pen and notebook in hand, and has stood on the downtown corner ever since. He has been listening …listening to the thousands of people who have stopped and talked, shared and opened their hearts.

Breaux has heard many stories, and those stories have deepened his commitment to compassion and moved him forward in his journey. In 2011, he published a book, “Compassion: Davis, CA,” that presented the unedited definitions of thousands of people.

In 2013, he worked with local artists Mark Rivera, Brennan Blazer Bird and a few hundred community volunteers to build the Compassion Corner Earthbench, an ongoing monument to compassion in Davis.

Where will the journey take David Breaux next?

Breaux has been listening to his own heart, and his heart continues to speak clearly to the simple idea of spreading the word of compassion. How? In the past year, he and a small group of friends have been meeting and talking about how, and out of those conversations has come the idea of Breaux going to other cities and doing there what he does here … standing quietly, inviting people to share.

And that idea has grown into the “Compassion Tour.”

This fall, Breaux will leave his post at Third and C and embark on a yearlong compassion tour. He plans to travel around the country and stay for a month in each of 12 cities, which are being chosen based on their commitment to compassion. Keen, New York, and Louisville, Kentucky, are confirmed, and two dozen others are under consideration.

Breaux will document his experiences along the way via his blog and at the end of the year, he plans to publish another book.

Friends are organizing a fundraising dinner from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 28, at the Davis Community Church Fellowship Hall, 421 D St. Robb Davis, a friend and longtime supporter of Breaux’s work, will emcee the evening, which will include a silent auction and raffle. Breaux also will speak about his journey and provide an overview of the Compassion Tour.

Local chef Mary Philip and her volunteer crew have offered to prepare and serve an authentic Indian buffet, and local jazz artist Packard Slim will provide musical entertainment.

Says Kristin Stoneking, a member of the planning team, “David’s work is to create spaces where compassion can flourish; he’s done that through his work at the Compassion Corner. All of Davis, especially the Core Area, has benefited.

“The Compassion Tour Dinner is a way to help David further his work to other communities so that spaces for compassion can multiply. This is a chance to pay it forward. I’m delighted with the way our community has gotten behind this project.”

The entire community is invited to attend the dinner. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students and children, and are available at Farmer’s Kitchen, the Style Lounge Hair Salon, Boheme Used Hip Clothing, Ali Baba’s Restaurant, Newsbeat and Vini Wine Bar.

More information about the tour and Breaux’s work can be found at http://compassionguy.ning.com. For further information about the dinner, contact Breaux at thecompassiontour@gmail.com.

Comments

comments

.

News

Davis audience hears from civil-rights hero

By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
 
Legislators wrap up with water, ethics, guns bills

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2 | Gallery

 
Bob Dunning: This new kid might have a future

By Bob Dunning | From Page: A2

Five U.S. airstrikes target Islamic State fighters

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
EU threatens Russia with more sanctions

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

Robbery, pursuit in Central Davis lead to one arrest

By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A3

 
Rotary clubs offer Davis High students some life lessons

By Evan Arnold-Gordon | From Page: A3 | Gallery

Beamer Park featured at Stroll Through History

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
Yolo Federal to hold photo contest

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

Katehi will speak at Chamber’s community luncheon

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
Bean Feed supports for Yolo Democrats’ activities

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4 | Gallery

 
Bauer garden marks one year

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

Dinner will raise funds to help farmers in Burkina Faso

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
Walkers welcome to join Sierra Club outings

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

Tuleyome Tales: Be safe on wilderness trails

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5 | Gallery

 
Small wineries suffer big losses in quake

By San Francisco Chronicle | From Page: A6 | Gallery

Grande site has been a convoluted saga

By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A7

 
Say goodbye to summer with a ‘Final Blast’ at Explorit

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9 | Gallery

 
Bay Bridge project’s rainy-day money is nearly gone

By San Francisco Chronicle | From Page: A15 | Gallery

.

Forum

Already made herself at home

By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

 
Keep our green waste piles

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

How to make a good living

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

 
Nate Beeler cartoon

By Debbie Davis | From Page: A10

Changing local election dates benefits Democrats

By Tom Elias | From Page: A10

 
Ad-free email? You can still find it at Davis Community Network

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A10

Speak out

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

 
City panel working to tighten scrutiny of taxpayer dollars

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A11

Try round-robin storytelling at crafts fair

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A11

 
This epidemic should scare us

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A14

Marriage doesn’t mean we agree on everything

By Marion Franck | From Page: A14

 
.

Sports

Coach likes what she sees from Devil field hockey squad

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
UCD notebook: Coaches positive about FCS schools ‘playing up’

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Devils open with an impressive volleyball victory

By Spencer Ault | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Stanford scores early, often in opener versus UCD

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

New coach, new tougher league for DHS football

By Thomas Oide | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Sports briefs: Aggie harriers secure season-opening sweep

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2 | Gallery

Baseball roundup: Cats win late to pull even with Aces

By Staff and wire reports | From Page: B8

 
.

Features

.

Arts

.

Business

Comings and Goings: Is fro-yo craze melting?

By Wendy Weitzel | From Page: A13 | Gallery

 
Sutter Davis Hospital honored again as a ‘best place to work’

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A13

Engage3 attracts investment for shopping app

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A20

 
California growers can use MBI’s new bioinsecticide

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A20

Sudwerk, Davis Food Co-op join for ‘co-hop-eration’ brew

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A20 | Gallery

 
Community pools its purchasing power to reduce the cost of solar

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A20

.

Obituaries

Wanda P. Daley

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

 
.

Comics

Comics: Sunday, August 31, 2014

By Creator | From Page: B8