*Image Ann Popkin, Boston Globe Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has. ~Margaret Mead First, a message: Friends, we're all trying to get through this time in our own ways. It's not easy for any of us. I've been telling … Continue reading Never Underestimate the Power of a Small Group of Dedicated People
Out of adversity, comes opportunity. ~Benjamin Franklin Over the past month, many of us have worked from home. Many others have sacrificed their health and safety to keep the wheels of our society turning, however slowly. We've learned some surprising and valuable lessons. Our actions really are killing the environment, after all. Our healthcare system … Continue reading A Glimmer of Light?
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 Every Tuesday over the last three years, I've sat down at this computer to put to words what's in my heart. Sometimes it's cathartic. Sometimes it's just reflective … Continue reading We’ll Be Alright. We Aren’t Now. That’s Okay.
If in our daily life we can smile, if we can be peaceful and happy, not only we, but everyone will profit from it. This is the most basic kind of peace work. ~Thich Nhat Hanh Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow … Continue reading Choosing What We Can
[C]ourage can be contagious, and hope can take on a life of its own. ~Michelle Obama There's ... a lot going on these days. But, as has become commonplace in this era, our community of do-ers has risen to the moment. Sewers craft face masks for themselves and for health care providers. Teachers host class … Continue reading Standing Together – Six Feet Apart
Normal is an illusion. What is normal for the spider is chaos for the fly. ~Charles Addams Where to begin? After three years of living in chaos, it's hard to imagine having to endure anything more unsettling. But now we're not imagining it. We're living it, watching as the country literally shuts down to stave … Continue reading What We Do Now Matters
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 … Continue reading How we all do better: (Re)Learning the hard way
Strange how nearsighted being invisible can make you. ~JK Rowling, Harry Potter Last month I finally started reading Harry Potter with my son. It's been a long time. I still remember being a newly minted lawyer, wondering what all the fuss was about with this children's book - and then devouring the first of the … Continue reading Uncovering Your Hidden Greatness
Change is hard. And if you don’t fight for it, you can’t win. But change can happen. ~Elizabeth Warren Democrats win when we figure out what is right and we get out there and fight for it. I am not afraid, and for Democrats to win, you can’t be afraid either.~Elizabeth Warren I hung on … Continue reading Wonky Warriors Unite: The Case for Liz
To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow. ~Audrey Hepburn Gardeners are some of the most optimistic people I know. And this is one of the dreamiest times of year, if you're a gardener. There's no heat to contend with. No plague of grasshoppers or aphids. No drought, no flooding rains. There are just … Continue reading Being As Hopeful As a Gardener