Mid-Week Inspiration

“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.”

Mark Lakeman: Rebuilding Our Villages

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

Mid-Week Inspiration

“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.”

A prayer for these times

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

Happy In(ter)dependence day

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

Mid-Week Inspiration

There is definitely hatred in the world. But, at the end of the day, I believe there is far more love. Here is your mid-week inspiration, complete with an extra dose of hope.

Thoughts on the solstice and full moon

Hello glorious day! Today is a day to be celebrated by all! It is a day of celestial magic and wonder, a collision of two planetary cycles, two ancient rhythms of the cosmos. In the Northern hemisphere, it  is the summer solstice, a day of fullness, the longest day of the year for half the planet. It is a time of heat and warmth and juicy sensuality, a time to sleep naked and enjoy the sunshine and cover yourself in flowers. It is the day where the plants rejoice, because they have not gotten… Read More

On Orlando

I just listened to Anderson Cooper read the names of those dead from the attack in Orlando. The voice of the TV anchor, typically steady and confident, wavers as he recites name after name, including their age and a short sketch of each life now gone, sharing pieces of information about what they liked to do, where they worked or how loved ones saw them. Watching the video clip feels holy, like a ritual reading of the dead, a litany used by generations before when tragedy struck. Part of the way through, he takes a big breath… Read More

Mid Week Inspiration

It seems like there is a lot of vitriol out in the world today. Here is something to remind us of our preciousness and connection.

Why I won’t be moving to Canada

“All this Donald Trump business… I just can’t handle it, it’s too much. If he is elected President, I am just moving to Canada”, said my friend. I replied with a nervous chuckle and shifted uncomfortably in my chair.