What’s Love Got to Do With It?

LOVE or FEAR. Spiritual masters, philosophers, and psychologists concur that all of our feelings, both positive and negative, fundamentally emanate from these two emotions. And right now, I’m sure you will agree, we are living in a time of tremendous FEAR. Fear isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Feeling fear, when attached to physical danger is Read more about What’s Love Got to Do With It?[…]

Can We Please Just Walk Our Talk?

  In all of our actions, we must seek to be living examples of the changes we wish to see in the world. By walking the path, we make the path visible. ~Chief Phil Lane, Jr.   Have you read the story of Becky Crabtree,  the courageous 64 year old science teacher who chained herself Read more about Can We Please Just Walk Our Talk?[…]

Where Is Our Collective Voice?

When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful. – Malala Yousafzai   These are crazy, confusing, uncertain times. The very institutions dedicated to protecting us are being systematically dismantled. We watch children as young as 18 months , ripped from the arms of their asylum seeking parents, only to be carted off to Read more about Where Is Our Collective Voice?[…]

Do You Believe in Magic?

It’s important to Remember that we all have Magic inside us. ~J.K. Rowling   When was the last time you experienced Magic? I’m not talking about the pulling-a-quarter-from-your-ear slight of hand that Uncle Bill uses to entertain at family gatherings.  Or that read-your-card trick that amuses and delights at a street fair. I’m talking about Read more about Do You Believe in Magic?[…]

How Often Do You Leave Your Comfort Zone?

  If we can be brutally honest:  probably not very often. Who among us wants to encounter additional fear, stress and discomfort on purpose?. It’s much easier to stay in our own bubble of safety, security and certainty. Where life is predictable. Where we know what’s expected of us. Day after day, we drive the Read more about How Often Do You Leave Your Comfort Zone?[…]

What’s on Your Plate?

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”  ~Hippocrates You value your health and that of your family but have a limited grocery budget and perhaps even more limited time for meal prep. News stories are filled with the latest on GMOs, pesticides, antibiotics, growth hormones and most recently, PLASTIC, all part of Read more about What’s on Your Plate?[…]

Shouldn’t Every Day be “Earth Day”?

  The Earth is what we all have in common. ~Wendell Berry    This Sunday, April 22, marks the 48th celebration of Earth Day. In 1969, a devastating oil spill in Santa Barbara brought together the unlikely alliance of farmers and city dwellers,  land owners and migrant workers, Republicans and Democrats. With the shared goal Read more about Shouldn’t Every Day be “Earth Day”?[…]

Addressing The Elephant in the Room

  The question is, are we happy to suppose that our grandchildren may never be able to see an elephant except in a picture book? ~ David Attenborough   Do you remember the first time you saw an elephant? Perhaps it was in a picture book like Babar, or Horton Hears a Who? Or in Read more about Addressing The Elephant in the Room[…]

Plastic: The Last Straw

  As I recovering Catholic, I am quite familiar with the tradition of giving up something for Lent.  Swear words, chocolate and alcohol are just a few of the items I’ve renounced over the years. This year I am giving up Plastic STRAWS. Statistics note some 500 million plastic straws are used in the USA, one Read more about Plastic: The Last Straw[…]

Confessions of a Tree Hugger

How do you connect with Nature? Yesterday, my cousin Carrie treated me to some time in Muir Woods, a 295 acre spot just north of San Francisco, home to a spectacular old growth redwood forest. With trees towering over 200 feet and girths a family can barely get their arms around, this 110 year old National Read more about Confessions of a Tree Hugger[…]