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

The Supreme Court Will Hear an Attack on Roe. We Dissent.

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.

Nevertheless, We Persisted: Success Often Depends on How Hard-Headed You Are

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

May the Fourth Be With Us

“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

Every Season (and Session) With a Bit More Experience

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

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.