Fear, Love, Gratitude and the Election

Letter I wrote the day after the election.  Hi, I don’t know what’s going to happen – and that is a scary feeling. Currently, it feels like all is lost – my spirit feels like it’s trying to jump out of my body – but the pit in my stomach is keeping it tied down.…

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What Will The Neighbors Say . . . Op-Ed by Graham Chapman

My favorite member of the Monty Python troupe, Graham Chapman is ahead of his time in this 1984 piece that he did for a program called Opinions.

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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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“Be realistic, Ask for the Impossible” Vivian Stanshall and a bit of Sacred Folly

Thanks to Dangerous Minds for the link and some roundabout sage advice by Vivian Stanshall! “Be realistic, ask for the impossible.” and for your freaky funky listening pleasure . . .

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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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What is that strange glow in my backyard?

I have been writing a piece on sustainability (again) and politics, when I came across a time lapse map of global temperatures. After the time lapse of global temperatures, I came across a time lapse map of every nuclear explosion since 1945 to 1998. This is a disturbing video (especially since I live in the…

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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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Politics and Spirituality?

Marianne Williamson has created Sister Giant in order to “help create a new conversation in American politics, one in which principles of higher consciousness form a new foundation for political involvement.”

I want to take part in that conversation.

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