This week, Democracy needs your voice. Perhaps you have heard of the US Supreme Court Decision Citizens United, perhaps not. The 2010 Citizens United Decision was another in a series of decisions made by the Supreme Court that have fundamentally altered governance in our country, shifting rights from “the people” to “corporate persons.”
After the basic needs of food, shelter, and clean water have been met, the most fundamental need for all human beings is inner peace. Without inner peace, humans often look outside themselves for it and may try to capture it wherever they can. This can lead to frustration, anger, arguing, intolerance, and even war. Continue reading
FIRE. Finally scary news not about the election! Roaring Lion fire is terrible for those affected; I can imagine nothing more frightening than being in the valley as the flames erupted. The outpouring of help is inspiring and stunning — hay, water, housing.
As I listen to the comments surrounding the political conventions and upcoming elections I find the hateful attacks and judgments disturbing. Not only Republican against Democrat and vice versa but Democrat against Democrat and vice versa. We live in a complex world and it is difficult to sum up the issues in a way that we can all agree on. And if we are looking for a perfect person, we will be disappointed. Continue reading
Every day, I look at the proclamation hanging on my wall that many of you contributed to last month naming me as “peacemaker of the decade” and my spirit is lifted. I feel such gratitude for the love and support and affirmation that you have offered me over the years and particularly by this honor. And I also feel a deep longing — if only I could think of something that would heal this broken world of ours and awaken us all to abandon violence and destruction and instead seek peace. Continue reading
In a world full of violence and tragedy it is important to celebrate and treasure the stories that unite us, that show us the way forward. Dan Gallagher and I were fortunate to meet John Noltner and be part of his project to highlight these stories from around the country in a book called, a Peace of My Mind: American Stories. His book holds up examples of people from all backgrounds who are working for positive change in the world —