Happy Birthday To Us

The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any. ~Alice Walker A year from now you may wish you started today. ~Karen Lamb I still remember where I was sitting. It was a table close to the corner, right by the big front window. The sunlight was coming … Continue reading Happy Birthday To Us


There was always just enough virtue in this republic to save it; sometimes none to spare, but still enough to meet the emergency. ~President Abraham Lincoln, quoting his Secretary of State William Seward I ugly cried on the beach on Friday. The kind of heaving sobs that just roll out so quickly you can't catch … Continue reading Exhale

Here we are. Is it really here?

We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already; we have the power to imagine better. ~J.K. Rowling You get in life what you have the courage to ask for. ~Oprah Friend, how on earth do we talk about a day that we've spent four … Continue reading Here we are. Is it really here?

You Can See The Finish Line

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 If you’ve ever trained for a marathon, you probably know what a “fast finish” is. It’s a term for saving a wee … Continue reading You Can See The Finish Line

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