“Yea, well, you’re naive”, said my co-worker as we were weeding a patch of cauliflower. The comment came several years ago in response to my analysis that, although the world is undeniably filled with terrible things, there is great suffering and disaster and corruption, I still felt hopeful. My co-worker’s response left a bad taste in my mouth, one that I carried home and ruminated on for a while. I thought about the definition of the word, naive, having a lack of experience or knowledge, and about the course of my then short 25 year… Read More
It is undeniable: 2016 has been a terrible year. But is that all that is going on? I explore the the age-old patterns of chaos and construction, and search for hope amidst them.
“Struggling myself don’t mean a whole lot, I’ve come to realize. Teaching others to stand up and fight is the only way my struggle survives. I’m a woman who speaks in a voice, and I must be heard.”
Could re-imagining our public spaces help to weave a more connected and caring culture? Mark Lakeman, co-founder of The City Repair Project, thinks so. Lakeman has helped engaged and inspire the people of Portland, Oregon to reclaim and transform their public spaces. They are most famous for their “intersection repairs”, where neighbors redesign street intersections as public meeting places. They started with small projects, like a mobile tea house or little free libraries, but has now grown to over 18,000 intersection repairs, and has helped spur civic engagement, change city leadership and create big cultural shifts… Read More
“Do not loose heart. We were made for these times… For years, we have been learning, practicing, been in training for and just waiting to meet on this exact plain of engagement. I cannot tell you often enough that we are definitely the leaders we have been waiting for, and that we have been raised, since childhood, for this time precisely.”
There is so much I have to say about the violence of last week. So many thoughts, so many questions, so many feelings. Like so many of you reading this now, I am filled with grief and outrage that again police inflicted brutality on the citizenry they are employed to protect, again resulting in the death of two innocent black men, Philando Castile and Alton Sterling. And then there was more tragedy, more death, when a frustrated and disturbed man replicated those acts, shooting 5 Dallas police officers at the end of what had… Read More
Yesterday was July 4th. It it as day that I have always enjoyed with some degree of discomfort. While I love fireworks and a good summer time barbeque, I feel pretty uncomfortable with it’s premise. It is a holiday that seems to take only what we want and glaze over the rest. While it celebrates the beginning of our liberation from tyranny, it forgets the subtext, that those decrying tyranny benefited from slavery, perhaps the most hideous example of tyranny, and were living on land stolen from a people they genocided. We… Read More