Speech can help to simplify that which overwhelms.

It is heartening how frequently the Green New Deal resolution is featuring into mass news media conversations.  Despite a tendency for news outlets to court a questionable sense of balance and objectivity and therefore inevitably focus on the extent to which the prospect is a political winner or not, the fact that the resolution is…

Our definition of progress could reorient us to a vision of life.

I recently attended a parks&recreation public input session for one reason only: to firmly state my conviction that mowing large swaths of grass down to a stub is a wasted opportunity to restore a fragment of much-needed habitat to insect populations. I allowed myself to feel free to utter such phrases as “at this late…

Victory is a measure of how the many care.

Ah, America.  Our election came and went, and I just barely evaded a full fledged panic attack.  Not as good as I’d hoped, nor as bad as I’d feared.  I am sorry and disappointed that we the people seem so predictably split by “party,” while the very wealthy merrily and largely unchecked go about despoiling…

Lessons of truth ring clearest among the true.

It is a consistent relief, to plan lessons for elementary school aged children, knowing that I am permitted to foreground morality as an influential element to literature. More precisely, I need not worry and fret over whether I personally appear to be supporting a moral take-away.  I need not agonize over how not to reveal…

The heart is attuned,where so ever our hands are cast.

I cannot help but cast my wondering psyche forward to a week from now, and weigh the oddly similar possibilities of crushing despair or overwhelming pride.  Irredeemable, or redeemed.  Undeniable weight. This election marks a deep, profound reckoning.  People in America: shall we together give ourselves a chance to mend the wrongs and heal the…

Reductive thinking is another name for the inescapable fact of our utter dependency.

As per usual, I accumulate small actions aimed toward a hoped-for restoration.  Restoration of rivers, our Union, our true independence. In a public comment direct toward EPA head Andrew Wheeler: The intended beneficiaries of our Constitutional responsibility are clearly stated to include “our Posterity.” This means all future generations must be taken into account as…

We must protect our capacity to see one another among the many.

The other day in a gas station, I experienced an uncomfortably familiar deflation of hope and happiness upon reading the array of headlines at the newspaper stand.  As is often the current events case, the distressing sense of the surreal was second only to the distressing sense that this is all starting to meet expectations,…