Don’t Feed the Fear Monster

Does it seem to you that we are collectively on the edge of panic and in a state of fear? The impact of this on our daily lives and our ability to make reasonable short-term and long-term decisions is not good. When in a heightened or prolonged state of fear, the upper (or conscious) brainContinue reading “Don’t Feed the Fear Monster”

Thinking About Being a Liberal

I participated in the Democratic caucus yesterday. In Minnesota it’s the Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL) party. Because Minnesota now has a presidential primary in addition to the caucus the primary function was to select delegates for the next level of party nomination and platform-setting business and to solicit resolutions for the party platform. This has prompted meContinue reading “Thinking About Being a Liberal”

Water is Life

Water is life. Yet, the EPA, under the direction of the current administration is changing the interpretation and implementation of the Clean Water Act. This will result in up to 6 million miles of streams (half of the total in the U.S.) and 42 million acres of wetlands (again, about half) no longer being protectedContinue reading “Water is Life”

Well, That Was Unexpected

Twenty-two years ago, I stumbled into the house after a day of teaching and when my wife asked what was wrong, I collapsed onto the bed and tearfully let go of concealing the intense abdominal pain that had been building all day. After a few days of diagnoses and testing, they used a scope toContinue reading “Well, That Was Unexpected”

Otherizing and Futilizing

Are you stuck “otherizing” and “futilizing?” Don’t know those words? They are words I’ve invented to mean the act of holding others distant and different resulting in a lack of empathy or concern (otherizing) and continuing to take no action believing one’s individual action cannot make a difference (futilizing). I was attending an MLK dayContinue reading “Otherizing and Futilizing”

Blessings

Snow crunches beneath my feetand I think of you.I wonder where our livesconverged, diverged, got lostand found again.Crisp winter air fills my lungs and clearsmy head of thoughts of myselfand my worries.In the space freed of worry, I realizeI am blessed.Then, I think of you.Those who loved me into being,teaching me grace, mercy, empathy, andContinue reading “Blessings”

Art has Superpowers

Have you seen the video of President Trump as Thanos released on the Trump campaign twitter account, @TrumpWarRoom? My first reaction was this was created by a team only after the simplest comparison between the two–he is powerful and victory is inevitable (disregarding Thanos is a villian so ultimately is defeated). But, actually, I fearContinue reading “Art has Superpowers”