The Symbol of 2020

It isn't always easy. Feet get tired, arms get tired, hearts and hopes get tired. Sometimes problems seem too big or complex. But we do not march alone. Ants are stronger together. Bands are louder together. People are more powerful together. ... And together, we find the courage to march. ~Tessa Allen, Sometimes People March … Continue reading The Symbol of 2020

Good Vibes Only

In the present circumstances, no one can afford to assume that someone else will solve their problems. Each one of us has a responsibility to help guide our global family in the right direction. Good wishes are not sufficient; we must become actively engaged. ~Dalai Lama Friends, we're living in a dark swirling tornado right … Continue reading Good Vibes Only

Will Love Finally Trump Hate?

I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear. ~Martin Luther King, Jr. When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace. ~Jimi Hendrix It's a jarring sight. An American president on the White House balcony, simultaneously and desperately trying to appear in … Continue reading Will Love Finally Trump Hate?

Use Your Imagination

Your imagination is your preview of life’s coming attractions. ~Albert Einstein Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine, and you create what you will. ~George Bernard Shaw There’s no sugarcoating it: right now, we’re in triage mode. Every night there’s a new death count. Every afternoon … Continue reading Use Your Imagination


Dissent speaks to a future age. It's not simply to say, ‘my colleagues are wrong and I would do it this way,’ but the greatest dissents do become court opinions. ~Ruth Bader Ginsburg Real change, enduring change, happens one step at a time. ~Ruth Bader Ginsburg I was loading groceries into the car when I … Continue reading Dissent.

The Good Kind of Plastic

We have one more chance—in Lincoln’s words, a “last best hope”—to bring our democracy back from the dead. It will be like a complex medical rescue that requires just the right interventions, in just the right sequence, at just the right speed: amputation, transfusion, multiple-organ transplant, stabilization, rehabilitation. Each step will be very hard, and … Continue reading The Good Kind of Plastic

Reaching Out and Across to Move Ahead

You've got to reach across the aisle and across philosophies in this country. ~Joe Biden I saw some numbers this week that reminded me of a conversation I had a few months ago, before COVID times, with a woman who lives in southern Missouri. She found It Starts Today-Missouri, an organization I work with that … Continue reading Reaching Out and Across to Move Ahead

The Ever Evolving Movement

Who are you? Asked the caterpillar. ... Alice replied, rather shyly, “I – I hardly know, Sir, just at present – at least I know who I was when I got up this morning, but I think I must have been changed several times since then.” ~Lewis Carroll, Alice In Wonderland Brief words today, friends … Continue reading The Ever Evolving Movement

Don’t Feed The Vultures

The nation is divided – half patriots and half traitors, and no man can tell which from which. ~Mark Twain On our drive to school (back when you had to do such a thing) my son and I used to listen to podcasts. One of our favorites was Stories Podcast. It’s chock full of original, … Continue reading Don’t Feed The Vultures

The death of empathy

“Empathy.... it’s what we teach our children... We try to instill a strong moral foundation.... but right now kids in the is country are seeing what happens when we stop requiring empathy of one another. They are looking around wondering if we’ve been lying to them this whole time about who we are and what we … Continue reading The death of empathy