Caring for Your Community Doesn’t Make You a Communist… It Makes You an American

The Americans, on the contrary, are fond of explaining almost all the actions of their lives by the principle of interest rightly understood; they show with complacency how an enlightened regard for themselves constantly prompts them to assist each other, and inclines them willingly to sacrifice a portion of their time and property to the welfare … Continue reading Caring for Your Community Doesn’t Make You a Communist… It Makes You an American

You Can Be Someone’s Sign

The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention. ~Oscar Wilde Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time, and always start with the person nearest you. ~Mother Teresa I couldn't help but cry a little bit as I read their stories. Two women, on opposite sides of the world, … Continue reading You Can Be Someone’s Sign

What it’s like to live in a failed state

You may not always have a comfortable life, and you will not always be able to solve all of the world's problems at once, but don't ever underestimate the importance you can have. Because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own. ~Michele Obama … Continue reading What it’s like to live in a failed state

Our Politeness Could Kill People

Your silence gives consent. ~Plato Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not. ~The Lorax Folks, it's time to act like their words cost lives. Because they do. Over the weekend, a small liberal town just on the outskirts of St. Louis had their yearly community … Continue reading Our Politeness Could Kill People

Missouri: A Cautionary Tale in Two Parts

Be fast; have no regrets. ... The greatest error is not to move. ~Dr. Mike Ryan, WHO The state where I live, Missouri, is "a cautionary tale." It's not just me saying that. It's basically everyone in epidemiology. Our Republican Governor refused to issue a mask mandate, ever, instead relying upon the overwhelmingly urban areas, … Continue reading Missouri: A Cautionary Tale in Two Parts

Is This Land Made for You and Me?

America has carried on not simply because of the skill or vision of those in high office, but because we, the people, have remained faithful to the ideals of our forebears and true to our founding documents. ~Barack Obama, January 2009 Let it be said by our children's children that when we were tested we … Continue reading Is This Land Made for You and Me?

Democratic Messaging: the Need for Repetition, Emotion, Consistency, Simplicity… and Action

But if thoughts corrupt language, language can also corrupt thought. ~George Orwell, 1984 It occurred to me yesterday, when I was introduced to a new resource called The Job Quality Index. Did you yawn? Because I did when I saw "Job Quality Index." I almost skipped over the next few sentences. Then I saw it … Continue reading Democratic Messaging: the Need for Repetition, Emotion, Consistency, Simplicity… and Action

Regular Folks, Defending Democracy

This iconic image of Tank Man was captured by Jeff Widener for AP One person can make a difference, and everyone should try. ~John F. Kennedy In June 1989 – 32 years ago, now – a man became world famous. We still don’t know who he is. In the summer of 1989, pro-democracy protestors occupied Tiananmen … Continue reading Regular Folks, Defending Democracy

Right Plant, Right Place

But in the end, America chose the boy who stuttered over the bully. ~Van Jones It occurred to me as I admired the prettiest columbine in my yard, which seeded itself right behind the compost bin. It's a strange spot, frankly. I'd never have chosen to plant something there. Half-shaded, right by the supports for … Continue reading Right Plant, Right Place

Just … Do It

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now. ~Chinese proverb You'll never plow a field by turning it over in your mind. ~Irish proverb Sometimes what's standing in your way ... is you. A story. Chef Jose Andres went to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. When he … Continue reading Just … Do It