Transmuting Outrage Into Enlightened Action and Radical Responsibility

All that we are decrying, protesting, railing against now….we need to look at how we participate in perpetuating those same ills. Let’s take fashion for instance. I love me a good bargain, and despite working towards releasing my material impulses, I still love to shop, esp. for clothes. But if I believe in women’s equality, or at minimum, protecting women from abuses, how can I … Continue reading Transmuting Outrage Into Enlightened Action and Radical Responsibility

On Being Alone For the Holidays

Merry Christmas and Happy Chanukah to all, but especially to those of you who are spending the holiday alone, as I am this year, and in fact how I spend the holidays most years. I used to suffer from extreme loneliness, and then there were the years of trying to escape my circumstances– going to movie marathon, not because I wanted to, but to be … Continue reading On Being Alone For the Holidays

Why We Shouldn’t Be “Celebrating” Indigenous People’s Day

(note: this was originally published on Medium.com on 10/11/16) Now they’ve gone and renamed Columbus Day Indigenous People’s Day. I think that’s a mistake. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think we should continue to celebrate a man who got lost, and was responsible for the decimation and torture of 1st Nations peoples, it’s just that I don’t think replacing one meaningless day with another … Continue reading Why We Shouldn’t Be “Celebrating” Indigenous People’s Day

The Highs and Lows of Food Bank Eating and the Synergistic Benefits of Feeding the Poor Well

In Praise of Real Food~ I remember once at a professional training, a colleague who came from a lower socio-economic background, took a bite of an organic, local apple slice from the snack table and  proclaimed, “damn!  this is what an apple is supposed to taste like?  I didn’t even think I liked apples!”  He had grown up on cheap, mass-produced apples– you know the … Continue reading The Highs and Lows of Food Bank Eating and the Synergistic Benefits of Feeding the Poor Well

Before You Dump Your Racist Friends, Consider This…..

This is a response to the Huffpost article, To Every White “Ally” Who Has Racist Friends, which suggests you should draw the line and vehemently not be friends with your racist friends. I think everyone needs to decide for themselves, and certainly being a person of color has very different implications in having racist friends, but here’s the thing– Every single white person is racist to … Continue reading Before You Dump Your Racist Friends, Consider This…..

Why It’s Important to Give Your Neighbors Baskets of Garden Tomatoes With Red Checkered Cloths

People of the Pacific NW, White Salmon edition~ Why It’s Important to Give Your Neighbors Baskets of Garden Tomatoes With Red Checkered Cloths- Molly is barking her head off at someone I can’t see past the tall fence and plants. I tell her, “No es bueno!” and whoever is passing by gives a little laugh. A few seconds later the person calls at the gate … Continue reading Why It’s Important to Give Your Neighbors Baskets of Garden Tomatoes With Red Checkered Cloths

Only Love in Action Can Transform Hate

DOWNLOAD************ The knowing that came to me today while doing dishes (duh! when else does spiritual insight appear?!?), is something i think I already knew, but keep forgetting. It’s one of those ocean in a drop of water knowings, so it’s hard to explain and fully encapsulate….but I shall try. It is this: We have come to a time in evolution, where to move forward, … Continue reading Only Love in Action Can Transform Hate

Thanksgiving 2.0- Six Reasons Why I think we should still celebrate Thanksgiving…With a Twist

By now, most of us (or at least the people in my circles) know that American Thanksgiving has attached to it some egregious re-writing of history. Pilgrims and Native Americans weren’t all buddy-buddy; the settlers committed many heinous crimes and atrocities. Read Howard Zinn’s, A People’s History of the United States if you are looking for a more accurate accounting. But i still think we … Continue reading Thanksgiving 2.0- Six Reasons Why I think we should still celebrate Thanksgiving…With a Twist

Postcards from Pisac, Peru-An on-going visual and descriptive diary of my interactions with the people and places in and around Pisac

– 10/19/15~Snapshot: I meet an old man with gnarled feet and few teeth on the river path. “Buenos dias; como estas?”, I say. He tells me he’s very tired and won’t have a bed until tomorrow night. I sympathize and say, “lo siento”. He offers me some soda from his 2 liter bottle of Oro, an Inka Cola knock-off, the color of Mountain Dew   … Continue reading Postcards from Pisac, Peru-An on-going visual and descriptive diary of my interactions with the people and places in and around Pisac

Yom Kippur, The Body as Sukkah and Joy For the Upright in Heart

My Yom Kippur this year: Sitting in bed propped up with pillows, watching Sand Island turn from Pink to Golden, chanting Kol Nidre and Or Zarua la Tzadeek, ul’yish-ray lev simcha (Light is sown for the righteous and joy for the upright in heart). Recording myself singing, so i can have someone to harmonize with….yes, harmony, almost always. You say duality, I say expanding the … Continue reading Yom Kippur, The Body as Sukkah and Joy For the Upright in Heart