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
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
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
This is something central to a woman's life, to her dignity. It's a decision that she must make for herself. And when government controls that decision for her, she's being treated as less than a fully adult human responsible for her own choices. ~Ruth Bader Ginsburg Dissent speaks to a future age. It’s not simply … Continue reading The Supreme Court Will Hear an Attack on Roe. We Dissent.
Persistence can grind an iron beam into a needle. ~Chinese proverb Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination … Continue reading Nevertheless, We Persisted: Success Often Depends on How Hard-Headed You Are
“We must keep our faith in the Republic. The day we stop believing democracy can work is the day we lose it.” — Queen Jamillia “So this is how liberty dies. With thunderous applause.” — Padmé Amidala “Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger; anger leads to hate; hate leads … Continue reading May the Fourth Be With Us
Experience is the hardest kind of teacher. It gives you the test first, and the lesson afterward. ~Oscar Wilde The only source of knowledge is experience. ~Albert Einstein Last week - weeks after our "last frost date" - we got snow. Big, fluffy, wet flakes that bent over the bright green new foliage they landed … Continue reading Every Season (and Session) With a Bit More Experience
Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago. ~Warren Buffett The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. ~Eleanor Roosevelt About 20 years ago, they decided to do something. The land was dead. Brown, used up, dusty and gray. But it once … Continue reading The Seeds You Plant Today
Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by discomforts. ~Arnold Bennett Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. ~Martin Luther King, JR. It's hard to know how to feel this week. On the one hand, we had corporations showing real signs that they … Continue reading Stumbling Forward
We who engage in nonviolent direct action are not the creators of tension. We merely bring to the surface the hidden tension that is already alive. ~Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We hit a nerve. In response to Georgia's new Jim Crow-esque voter suppression laws, activists called for a boycott of Georgia companies. And wouldn't … Continue reading Corporations Do See Color. Especially Green. And Maybe Red White and Blue.