Eyes on the prize

What important issues are we missing out on because of the Trump-Palin nonsense (that is sadly captivating)? Flint, Michigan’s poor and black community being poisoned by gross government negligence. Saudi Arabia and Iran in a showdown. The fact that the World Economic Forum has marked environment and climate threats the greatest problems our globalized economy … More Eyes on the prize

Bernie Sanders will be the next American President

Bernie Sanders is a democratic socialist. I am a green democratic socialist. Most of us are to some extent democratic socialists (or socialist democrats). We believe that by pooling our resources for the common good through a government that is elected by and for the people, we can accomplish great things together. People feel this deeply. The fact … More Bernie Sanders will be the next American President

A shout out to Obama on equality and cleaner energy

Two things really struck me from the State of the Union last night. One on economics and equality of opportunity and the other on climate change and innovation. I believe a thriving private sector is the lifeblood of our economy. I think there are outdated regulations that need to be changed, and there’s red tape … More A shout out to Obama on equality and cleaner energy

Heartwood featured in the Art Buyer’s Guide of Central PA

This quarter, J. Harlan Ritchey​ and I are the cover feature for The Art Buyer’s Guide to Central PA for our collaboration on Heartwood published by Mt. Nittany Press. In Heartwood, I wanted to  “observe… who and how I was in the world and the world was in itself… and put those reflections into evocative poems.” Harlan’s art certainly helps … More Heartwood featured in the Art Buyer’s Guide of Central PA

The Cersei Lannister problem with our government

By definition a “Shark Tank” is not a democracy. It’s a bidding war, an arms race, a money-based boxing match in which the fat cats and tycoons by the referee and judges to keep winning. The means of the system itself nor whether its ends are just, caring, or virtuous are irrelevant. “Power is power,” … More The Cersei Lannister problem with our government

Penn State’s Strategic Plan takes on climate change

I am so proud of my alma mater, the place where I work, and the place where my both my parents worked. Penn State administration has taken a decisive step toward publicly tackling climate change. As the co-author of the letter cited in this story, it is so gratifying to have been joined by more … More Penn State’s Strategic Plan takes on climate change