A Lovely Palm Tree Is Being Killed!

If you’re new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting!Right now the local utility company is chainsawing a lovely palm tree down at the edge of the canyon view lot I live on. They’re killing it because it’s beginning to interfere with the utility pole. That pole holds my […]

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Life Imprisonment For Juveniles? How Could That Make Sense?

Today the U.S. Supreme Court began to, as the Wall Street Journal put it, “mull” over life sentences for juveniles. What’s to mull? How in the world can putting juveniles in prison for life make any sense at all? Even if they’ve murdered someone? In 2010 the court decided that putting them to death was indeed a bad […]

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Commitment Power – That’s What It Takes To Change The World

Anthropologist Margaret Mead said “A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” (I looked for and found that quote at Brainy Quote.) What isn’t clear, of course, is exactly how many a small group of thoughtful people might be. We’re watching what might become the right […]

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Occupy, Dual Incomes and Charity

The Occupy movement has started a conversation here in the United States that’s perhaps overdue. Although often accused of not having an agenda, they do have a unifying agreement on their home page which says in part: The one thing we all have in common is that We Are The 99% that will no longer tolerate the […]

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Joanna Macy

Years ago I was fortunate enough to do a workshop with Joanna Macy. Sometimes referred to as an Eco-philosopher with a PhD, she put me in touch with the grief I feel over the continuing destruction of the planet. That grief, which many, even most share, consciously or unconsciously, has informed at least some of what I […]

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Women, Girls and Education

I’ve set my browsers (yes, I use both Google’s Chrome and FireFox) to open on TheHungerSite. I can click on a link and 1.1 cups of food are donated, totally free to me. I also occasionally buy t-shirts and such from the site and each purchase donates as well. Good way to start the day […]

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U.S. Prison Population – We’re Doing Something Wrong

I’ve been aware that we lead the world in percentage of citizens incarcerated, but it didn’t hit home until I saw the picture associated with an article about how the State of California will reduce it’s prison population by filtering many of them into the regular population and to county jails. Somehow that picture, which I could […]

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Honoring Those We Disagree With Without Giving Up Our Values

I’ve recently discovered the radio broadcast OnBeing. It’s one of those great broadcasts that makes you glad we support American Public Media and Public Radio. Hosted and produced by Krista Tippett, it’s an absolutely amazing series of conversations about key issues we, as a society, face today. So far my favorite has been the discussion Tippett […]

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What Might A New Dream Be Like?

If what is needed is to change the dream of western civilization as the Pachamama Alliance in deep cooperation with the Achuar People war tell us and as Awakening The Dreamer Symposiums work for and as Four Years Go and The Shift Network, Barbara Marx Hubbard and a multitude of others point toward, what might that new […]

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Thinking About Food & Hunger

What I’m reading: The Vegetarian Myth: Food, Justice, and Sustainability My friend Ellie, who blogs at Minding The Middle Aged Middle, suggested I read The Vegetarian Myth. It’s turned out to be one of those books I wish I hadn’t read but I’m glad I did. It’s distressing, to say the least. First of all, I’m not […]

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