Ban the Bag! My Letter to Flagstaff City Council

Below is a list of cities in the United States that have plastic bag ban ordinances. The cities in blue have links to to their ordinances. The years listed after the cities are when the plastic bag bans went into effect, not when the ordinances were drawn up.

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Friendly Forests!

When Dr. Simard starts talking about fungi, the first thing I thought of was a neural network. How cool!

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Touching the Tiger

Eckhart Tolle’s talk completely resonated with me. Always bringing myself to the present moment – it can be work sometimes. This morning the Tiger showed up, but I just allowed myself to be present with it, and it dissipated quickly. I find that when I practice reiki, I feel synched in to the person I […]

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TED – Halla Tomasdottir: A feminine response to Iceland’s financial crash

The end of Halla’s speech got cut off – she says:

The final thought I want to leave with you is that I’m fed up with this tyranny of either/or choices in life –either it’s men or it’s women. We need to start embracing the beauty of balance. So let’s move away from thinking about business here and philanthropy there, and let’s start thinking about doing good business. That’s how we change the world. That’s the only sustainable future.

Thank you.

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Sustainable Politics through Love – thoughts on Sister Giant (part 1)

Love restores the bottom line, and not the other way around. ~Marianne Williamson

The weekend after our presidential election, I had the great fortune (with some help from my friends and a fundraising site called gofundme.com – check out my site here) to go to Los Angeles for the Sister Giant Conference on Women, Non-Violence, and the Birthing of a New American Politics. “The purpose of SISTER GIANT weekend was to help create a new conversation in American politics, one in which principles of higher consciousness form a new foundation for political involvement.”

I am still trying to find the language for what I felt that weekend—and how to combine politics and spirituality (for me, spirituality boils down to common sense compassion) in a powerful way. So many healers, teachers, and artists have positive impact on individuals in our lives—and so many of us want to be part of a bigger solution, but don’t know where to begin, or, are completely turned off by politics. Most of us do charitable work, but no amount of private charity can make up for lack of social justice. Over the last few years, I have witnessed and experienced the political as personal, and I can’t lie back and close my eyes any longer. This is why I am looking for my voice, and sharing as I go.

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Sister Giant Sizzle Reel and my own weekend summary

There were moments at Sister Giant where I was incredibly uplifted, and moments where I felt myself plummet to the depths of darkness as I relived how my own life has been affected by poverty and homelessness and fear and violence and sexism and racism and invisibility—and how I am not alone, not today nor in the history of our country! I also felt the relief of light shined on those dark aspects of our collective history, the “dirty little secrets” that are not secrets (sexism, racism, poverty, genocide, hunger, classism, etc.), by the voices of courageous women and men who are taking a stand for humanity—and calling all of us to do the same! I felt myself sweat and squirm, I laughed and cried, I felt the gravity of our collective and individual situations, and I experienced the capacity to love humanity and our potential to bear witness to our struggles and to be light for one another.

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“If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be in your revolution.”

People still do not understand that violence against women is one of the central issues of our time. They think about poverty or violence or racism or global warming, but then you realize many of the people taking the lead to fight against those things are women. If the women are battered and destroyed, who will be here to fight for life? – Eve Ensler

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Beauty and the “What is Sustainability?” Question

Plato said the only real thing in the universe is Beauty. The far-eastern Vedics said the only real thing in the Universe is Brahma, and that all else is Maya, or illusion. They are talking about the bliss of realizing we are One with everything, of experiencing such completeness that we lose our Selves. It is as if the body becomes a string that sets to humming as it resonates with the vibration of life. Beauty is relational. The relationship is based on harmony that brings about a loss of ego – moments of just “be”-ing are “be”-autiful. The experience of beauty extends beyond the self and out into the world, as well as arising from the cosmos to the self (and the rest of the world).

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Are you able to “change” your mind?

“Human future will be designed on how conscious we are able to make ourselves. If we can change our minds we can take hold of this process [of our role in planetary destruction] and halt it.” – Terrence McKenna film by Dean Jeffreys sacred plant ayahuasca. “grandmother”

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