The Seeds You Plant Today

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

Stumbling Forward

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

Corporations Do See Color. Especially Green. And Maybe Red White and Blue.

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.

Freeing Democracy

The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it. ~Moliere The blocking of the Suez Canal by the Ever Given was one of the most captivating stories of the week, and for good reason. Whether we knew it before or not, we're all at the mercy of a vast shipping enterprise that's as precarious … Continue reading Freeing Democracy

Maybe You, Too, Can Lift A Car.

The trouble is, you think you have time. ~Buddha The most powerful lesson you can learn in running? You are capable of much, much more than you think. ~Amby Burfoot A quick story: In 1977, a 63-year-old woman named Laura Schultz lifted a car off of her grandson, saving his life. She was a petite … Continue reading Maybe You, Too, Can Lift A Car.

I hope everyone remembers.

Finding light in the darkness is a very American thing to do…We have seen front-line and essential workers risking their lives, sometimes losing them, to save and help others, researchers and scientists racing for a vaccine, and so many of you, as Hemingway wrote, being strong in all the broken places. ~President Joe Biden Honestly, … Continue reading I hope everyone remembers.

The last year

We do not learn from experience ... we learn from reflecting on experience. ~John Dewey No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear. ~C.S. Lewis Mostly it is loss which teaches us about the worth of things. ~Arthur Schopenhauer Here we are again. It's March. Still. In some ways it feels like … Continue reading The last year

It works. It still works.

None of us, including me, ever do great things. But we can all do small things, with great love, and together we can do something wonderful. ~Mother Teresa Last week I told you about the hearts. It was just a petition really - to vaccinate teachers. But we added a twist. Every signature was turned … Continue reading It works. It still works.

Putting a Little Heart In It

Life is going to give you just what you put into it. Put your whole heart in everything you do. ~Maya Angelou It all started as a simple petition asking our governor to follow dozens of other states (including our neighboring red, midwestern ones) and make teachers eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine now. It's ridiculous, … Continue reading Putting a Little Heart In It

The Losing Party Always Calls

Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out. ~Robert Collier I think there are two keys to success. One is to show up. The other is to keep going. Most people don't keep going. ~Dan John Just a few months into 2017, we piled into the conference room of our … Continue reading The Losing Party Always Calls