Community safety, people’s rights, and climate optimism: My legacy of service in Ferguson Township

As I’m getting ready to step down at the end of June, I will be reflecting on my three+ years on the Ferguson Township Board. I’ll start with accomplishments that I have spurred or been truly honored to be a part of. While I’ve initiated some of these, they all required work from the other board members, our (awesome) staff, and citizen volunteers. We have… … More Community safety, people’s rights, and climate optimism: My legacy of service in Ferguson Township

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Pennsylvania’s local governments can go solar…together

Local governments can go solar together. That’s what we are trying to do here in the middle of Pennsylvania. It’s environmentally sound and makes sound financial sense. It’s just common sense at this point. A couple of years ago Penn State (where I work but don’t speak for) received an unsolicited bid for a solar … More Pennsylvania’s local governments can go solar…together

Our statement to the Auditor General on the Climate Crisis

Today, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale held his first public hearing on the climate crisis. He has stated that Pennsylvania faces grave flooding risks among other problems and that we cannot rely on Washington to tackle the problem. If you didn’t know, last year the Centre Region where I live had record precipitation at about 64″. … More Our statement to the Auditor General on the Climate Crisis

Here. The Hook.

HERE. THE HOOK. I turned around to have a look at you Eying the trail for a slick rock or root Or a glancing reflection of eyes in Puddles or through long-lobed leaves. Were we in high school? I mean You weren’t asking me out to an arcade —a play land—where kids went to lose … More Here. The Hook.

GONE SILENT

GONE SILENT The bunting struck the window. The impact erased his senses, knocked out his breath, snapped his neck. Blank black eyes reflect the sun’s radiating disc, a glint on the obsidian surface. Shimmering blue feathers will fade. His arias, once sung to a mate whose company he wanted nothing more than to keep for … More GONE SILENT

Business. Another drafted poem in a set on #fracking

BUSINESS “We are open for business!” broadcast the bold letters, faux endorsements from these contemporary couples, overlooking an azure archipelago. If only it weren’t a plastic banner in Dayton, dog-whistling to coke boys, frackers, and banking bros. The brine merchants consider and smile. The aborted pregnancies from their flowback cocktails can stay off the balance … More Business. Another drafted poem in a set on #fracking

Research from South Africa shows that when we are in the forest, the forest is in us. That’s a good thing.

“Nature helps you to easily understand what’s bothering you and how to deal with it. It also helps to fill the void in your heart and helps when you feel lonely.” New research on the townships of South Africa shows something the wise and little children know: that people find “peace, calm, and perspective while … More Research from South Africa shows that when we are in the forest, the forest is in us. That’s a good thing.