Bah, Humbug: the Power of Giving

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. ~Winston Churchill I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round...as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men … Continue reading Bah, Humbug: the Power of Giving

What’s Stopping You? (And Happy Anniversary to Our Small Deeds Family)

What's stopping you? ~John Over the weekend I had one of those inspiring conversations that stick with you. A new colleague of mine told me how, over a 12-hour road trip from Texas to Santa Fe in her blue Mazda CRX, she dreamed up a new voter protection organization. And she told me how that dream … Continue reading What’s Stopping You? (And Happy Anniversary to Our Small Deeds Family)

You are the blue wall.

On the midterms, one structural take that I think has been lost. The mass politicization and grassroots organizing of the Trump years have resulted in a standing blue army of battle-ready voters, donors, organizers. It's just hard to outvote them. ~Joseph O'Neill I hope you've gotten some sleep. I'm sure you've needed it. And I … Continue reading You are the blue wall.

Here We Go!

Well here we are! I hope you got a good night's rest. It will be a busy week. Short words today because I hear there's a lot going on. *smirk* If you are feeling anxious, I recommend shutting down Twitter, turning off the t.v., navigating away from FiveThirtyEight, and taking action. There's something therapeutic about … Continue reading Here We Go!

On Speech, Boundaries, and the Danger of Tolerating the Intolerable

As you no doubt have heard, and have likely experienced, Twitter has devolved into a cess-pit of hate speech. That's all because its new owner and self-proclaimed Chief Twit claims to love free speech. After acquiring Twitter, Elon Musk gleefully announced that comedy was legal again. Of course, comedy has never been outlawed on Twitter. … Continue reading On Speech, Boundaries, and the Danger of Tolerating the Intolerable

St. Louis Joins the Long List of Cities That Have Had School Shootings. We Deserve Better.

We owe our children - the most vulnerable citizens in any society - a life free from violence and fear. ~Nelson Mandela Yesterday afternoon a shooter opened fire on a classroom at a performing arts school in St. Louis. The school doors were locked. There are metal detectors at every entrance. There are seven school … Continue reading St. Louis Joins the Long List of Cities That Have Had School Shootings. We Deserve Better.

The Time Tornado

Time is neutral. It can be used either constructively or destructively. And I’m absolutely convinced that the people of ill will in our nation – the extreme rightists – the forces committed to negative ends – have used time much more effectively than the people of good will. It may well be that we will have … Continue reading The Time Tornado

Why Focusing on Your Purpose Helps You Make a Difference

Some people get involved with politics because they want to be something, while other people get involved because they want to do something. ~David Axelrod Pete Buttigieg has a way with words. Whether it's in front of a hostile Fox News audience or a crowd of friendly conference attendees, he just has a knack for … Continue reading Why Focusing on Your Purpose Helps You Make a Difference

You Can See the Finish Line, Can’t You?

Ask yourself: Can I give more? The answer is usually yes. ~Paul Tergat, Kenyan Professional Marathoner Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose. ~Lyndon B. Johnson Do you know what a "fast finish" is? It’s a term for saving a wee bit of energy to use to during … Continue reading You Can See the Finish Line, Can’t You?

Democratic Policies Improve the Economy. Really. Pass It On.

Democrats do the most, and brag the least. And that's our problem. ~Vicente Gonzalez (D-Tx) Over the past few months I've talked a lot about our need to shake off the negative midterm juju that is seemingly pumped into our brains nonstop. Fact is, this midterm is unlike any other. We've never had an election … Continue reading Democratic Policies Improve the Economy. Really. Pass It On.