During service yesterday at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship where I attend regularly, a visiting minister read some words by Mark Nepo from The Book of Awakening. I don’t know anything about Nepo other than he survived a wicked bout with cancer and must have learned great patience and a deep appreciation for his life and … More A sense of urgency is a terrible illusion
I’ve just restarted The Shape of the River by former Princeton and Harvard presidents, William Bowen and Derek Bok. It’s an excellent treatment of race as a factor in college admissions. A statement jumped out from page xxiii of the Preface: Our country respects individual achievement, but it also recognizes that what people have achieved … More Education, Equality and Race
Today, I am going to pick up my first copies of Heartwood, published by Mt. Nittany Press, an imprint of Eifrig Publishing. Heartwood considers what it means to be human in the Anthropocene—the age of humans. By rapidly reconstituting the atmosphere, oceans, soils, and the living world, are we cutting and shuffling ourselves and our … More HEARTWOOD HAS ARRIVED & OTHER NEWS
The League of Women Voters of Centre County is compiling their Voter Guide to be published in the Centre Daily Times. I have always been glad for this service and happy to have my views included in it. We get 100 words with which to state our platform. Quite a challenge. Here’s mine: I will … More League of Women Voters Guide Statement
Why don’t metal bands “do” climate change the way they did nuclear war in the 80s? Source: Moshing for the environment: Heavy metal and climate change.
You can watch the League of Women Voters Meet the Candidates event from last week. The Ferguson Township section begins at about 68 minutes in. You can read my reflections on the event in “A lot of talk about growth sprinkled with love for the library.”
The tragedy at Umqua Community College is no accident. The fact that 10 more people were murdered by a young man with a handgun happened because of our collective choices. Yes. He was likely deranged. But that he and so many others can murder so easily happened because we have chosen a culture that values … More We must stop sacrificing one another on the altar of false freedom