On Courage, the X Factor, and Sunflowers

"We are all potential heroes waiting for a moment in life to perform a heroic deed." ~The Banality of Heroism "True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost." ~Arthur Ashe "You should put sunflower seeds in … Continue reading On Courage, the X Factor, and Sunflowers

On Giving No Ground to Bullies

Unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance. If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them. ...We should therefore claim, in the name of tolerance, … Continue reading On Giving No Ground to Bullies

On Courage, and Defiance, and Democracy

Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the assessment that something else is more important than fear. ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt. Scared is what you're feeling. Brave is what you're doing. ~ Emma Donoghue I was standing at my kitchen sink last night, rinsing dinner dishes, when I realized that someone in Ukraine … Continue reading On Courage, and Defiance, and Democracy

On Getting Out of Your Own Way, and Making Space on the Shelf

"Children are happy because they don’t have a file in their minds called 'All The Things That Could Go Wrong'” – Marianne Williamson "Above all, never let age extinguish the fire of your inner child.” – S. Ajna There's a new, highly sought-after writer in Boise. He's got a fresh voice, a unique style, and … Continue reading On Getting Out of Your Own Way, and Making Space on the Shelf

On How To Save Time, Gain Control, and Focus Your Energy – Using One Piece of Paper

The difference between those organizing at the local level to shape democracy and those raging ineffectually about democratic backsliding — myself included — reminds me of the old line about war: Amateurs talk strategy; professionals talk logistics. Right now, Trumpists are talking logistics. ~Ezra Klein, Steve Bannon Is On To Something I am the very … Continue reading On How To Save Time, Gain Control, and Focus Your Energy – Using One Piece of Paper

The Accidental Environmentalists: Just Moms

 If you are waiting for someone else to advocate for you, you’re doing it wrong. ~ Dawn Chapman, Just Moms STL “Ma’am, I’m unloading a lot of information on you," said the voice on the phone. "Do you have any questions?” She looked over at her daughter, quiet in the hush of an afternoon nap.  … Continue reading The Accidental Environmentalists: Just Moms

Small In Stature But Big In Impact: The Little Lobbyists

If you think you are too small to make a difference you haven’t spent a night with a mosquito. ~ African Proverb They hatched their plan to save the Affordable Care Act late one night over leftover birthday cake. It was June 2017. Trump was president, and the GOP held majorities in both the House … Continue reading Small In Stature But Big In Impact: The Little Lobbyists

When You Go Alone, You Lose: Lois Gibbs, the Mother of Superfund

Polite people get poisoned. ~Lois Gibbs Average people and the average community can change the world. You can do it just based on common sense, determination, persistence and patience. ~Lois Gibbs She was just a mom, really. A homemaker with a high school diploma, taking care of her two children in a working-class neighborhood in … Continue reading When You Go Alone, You Lose: Lois Gibbs, the Mother of Superfund

Transforming Tragedy Into Action: Candace Lightner

Over time, my efforts helped incite others to action. You kick a few pebbles, you turn a few stones, and eventually you have an avalanche. ~Candace Lightner In 1980, a grief-stricken mother sat down at her kitchen table and picked up her telephone. Just days before, her 13-year-old daughter had been killed by a drunk … Continue reading Transforming Tragedy Into Action: Candace Lightner

On A New Year, Soccer Mom Seditionists, and Renewed Focus

Cheers to a new year and another chance to get it right. ~Oprah The next few weeks promise to be busy. We're starting a new year (thank God), and there will be reflections to have and resolutions to make. (More on that below.) But before I introduce a month-long series of what I hope will … Continue reading On A New Year, Soccer Mom Seditionists, and Renewed Focus