SOME MEN

I posted this a few days ago in a very different first draft called “CORRIDOR.” Since I have submitted this poem to a journal, I’m taking down the full draft. SOME MEN An old man is educed into the light and water corridors, He passes into being another being’s way of becoming a passage, borrowed … More SOME MEN

Fouls, Buzzer Beaters, and the Battle over Climate Change

This November I’ll be giving this talk at Penn State Great Valley outside of Philly. I’m looking forward to putting the talk together and sharing my thoughts with you as I do it. All the stuff about motivated reasoning will be REALLY fun to get into. If you’ve been following me lately then you know … More Fouls, Buzzer Beaters, and the Battle over Climate Change

Cautious optimism

Yesterday I met David Gray, Senior VP of Finance and Business at Penn State, and Steve Maruszewski, Assistant VP for the Office of Physical Plant at Penn State. It was productive, collegial, and gives me some optimism. That’s not to say it lacked tension. But I think it was creative. [Since I didn’t go in … More Cautious optimism

Dismembering hydras and cultivating a field of wildflowers. Or my thoughts on the joint meeting of the SCBWA and Ferguson Board of Supervisors

Since it’s been a couple weeks since the joint meeting of the State College Borough Water Authority and the Ferguson Township Board of Supervisors, I want to make sure some things stay in the top of our minds. [Watch the session here.] There is an interesting metaphor that board chair Dick Mascolo used regarding development. … More Dismembering hydras and cultivating a field of wildflowers. Or my thoughts on the joint meeting of the SCBWA and Ferguson Board of Supervisors

Kindness, Hope, and Fierce Love for Resilience

The worried activist’s syllogism: Prolonged intense experiences lead to burnout. Being an activist engages people in prolonged intense experiences. Activism leads to burnout. Engaging in something intense for months with little respite nearly guarantees you will burn out. It doesn’t matter if it’s training for sporting events, writing a book, non-stop parenting, or running for … More Kindness, Hope, and Fierce Love for Resilience

Resilience

What does it take to persist in the face of difficult circumstance, bounce back from a setback, or recover from a major blow? How did someone like Greg Lemond win Le Tour de France after he was shot? How do abused children become functional and contributing adults? How do communities recover from natural disasters or civic trauma? How does … More Resilience