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
(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
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
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…..
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
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
Let’s have some Fun with Math, shall we? The challenge is called “Dare, Care, Share” and involves me, you and yours. It’s an easy but fun math problem to solve, I promise. I’m trying to raise $7000 for a year of healing and helping in Peru– that seems quite ambitious, esp. in only 2 weeks, no? Let’s say I have 175 facebook friends- if each … Continue reading “Dare, Care, Share”, aka Fun with Math
As some of you know, I’ll be moving to the Sacred Valley of Peru to volunteer for a year at Paititi Institute. I wanted to share a bit about them, the work they do and it’s importance. Paititi is a lighthouse whose work extends far beyond Peru, having a ripple effect of what is possible for humanity and future generations. Recently they acquired 4000 acres … Continue reading Who Is Paititi, What is Their Work, and Why Is It Important to Peru and the Planet?
Dear Friends, I feel compelled to share with you a transformational and healing experience I had this morning~ I decided to take a walk in the nearby woods on this gorgeous morning of birdsong and sunshine. I was happily absorbed by the new growth of shoots and buds everywhere, greening with life… ….when I happened upon a graffittied forest shelter. Only it had some new … Continue reading Radical Acts of TransformARTion and Healing