Stronger. Together.

It is not in numbers, but in unity, that our great strength lies; yet our present numbers are sufficient to repel the force of all the world. ~Thomas Paine, Common Sense (1776) Have you ever seen a redwood tree? With the wildfires that currently threaten the redwoods and sequoias, they've been on my mind a lot lately. … Continue reading Stronger. Together.

Will America Invest in America Again?

I am worried about our tendency to over invest in things and under invest in people. ~John Kenneth Galbraith When I was a kid, things felt different. They were different. It was a long time ago. I painted my nails Electric Yellow, drank Tab, and wore my favorite blue jelly shoes everywhere. And I remember … Continue reading Will America Invest in America Again?

Here We Go Again: Drawing inspiration from 1969

I wish we weren't fighting all the time to protect women's rights, to protect women's health. ~Hillary Rodham Clinton The most difficult thing is the decision to act. The rest is merely tenacity. ~Amelia Earhart Friends, I honestly don't know what to say. It's been a tough week. Since Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away last … Continue reading Here We Go Again: Drawing inspiration from 1969

Putting the Puzzle Pieces Together

There are no extra pieces in the universe. Everyone is here because he or she has a place to fill, and every piece must fit itself into the big jigsaw puzzle. ~Deepak Chopra I've been doing a lot of puzzles lately. There's something soothing about them. Maybe it's the almost meditative search for the right … Continue reading Putting the Puzzle Pieces Together

Just Kick the Football, Charlie Brown

Lucy van Pelt:Oh, Charlie Brown, I'll hold the football and you kick it. Charlie Brown:You *say* you'll hold it, but what you really mean is you'll pull it away and I'll land flat on my back and I'll kill myself. Lucy van Pelt:But I feel I have really come to know you. I now understand … Continue reading Just Kick the Football, Charlie Brown

Our Moral Responsibility

We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop. ~Mother Teresa The images we're seeing from Afghanistan are gutting. There's just no other way to describe them. I stayed up late last night, unable to sleep as I … Continue reading Our Moral Responsibility

Who Represents Us Matters

The more you are motivated by love, the more fearless and free your action will be. ~Dalai Lama XIV We’re building a politics of love. Because I love you, I care that you have food to eat. I care that you have a roof over your head. I care that you have what you need to thrive. That’s … Continue reading Who Represents Us Matters

The Story of the Sunshine Mayor and the Woman Who Inspired Him

Big things are often just small things that are noticed. ~Marcus Zusak About seven years ago, Al Nixon started going to the beach every morning to watch the sun rise over the ocean. He lives in St. Petersburg, Florida, and watching the sunrise each morning grounded him before his day began. He thought nothing of … Continue reading The Story of the Sunshine Mayor and the Woman Who Inspired Him

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