Kassandra tries to find her rhythm in this new world, holding her breath at some news.
This weekend the United States celebrates its declaration of independence from Great Britain, made in 1776. An event that is, as all historical events are, a mix of hopefulness, exclusion, ethnocentrism, positivity and harm, progress and potential. We acknowledge this mix with humility and dedication to rise to the promises made. We can also focus … Continue reading The thing about independence
Louise catches a glimpse of herself, more disturbing than the sight of her sister in a hospital bed.
Louise gets a call from the hospital; it's not the one she feared, but it sends her to David for help.
True equality for anyone depends on true equality for everyone. We are either all equal participants in our democracy, or none of us are. Work for true equality, which intersects with all our lives.
There was a time when David would never have done such a thing: bring groceries to someone, leave before they could thank him, much less before he could plant the seed for what he wanted in return. The experience of giving freely has made David giddy with joy. He feels fifty pounds lighter, and ten … Continue reading Pine Street Episode 202: Recalibration
Let us not run from our discomfort into misplaced certainty. Discomfort is a sign of a powerful, profound opportunity, that we cannot afford to squander. In the discomfort of this moment, there is an opening for something beautiful: Change.
Summer starts, according to the calendar, the third week in June. For many North American humans, including our friends on Pine Street, the rhythms of the climate make the end of May feel like the true start of the warm season. By the end of May, the spring blossoms are fading to a delicate shade … Continue reading Pine Street Episode 201: Recalibration
If, like me, you are having a hard time focusing this week, I offer this: Focus on the love made visible around you; Focus on the birds swooping in the wind; Focus on the willingness of so many to stand for change; Focus on the first blossom on a pea vine; Focus on all the … Continue reading Focus
In 1966, Martin Luther King, Jr., said: "A riot is the language of the unheard." As my country experiences so much pain, so much injustice, so much anger, so much sorrow, and so much loss, all expressed in sweeping, massive protests, my intention is to ask: What, and who, have we refused to hear, that … Continue reading Listen