Why are You Here?

Apr 05

Why are You Here?

WHY ARE YOU HERE? This girl looks like she knows exactly why she’s here, and is proud of it!  She would have no trouble, I’m sure, telling you and taking whatever punishment is  meted out by the principal or her parents for fighting. Most kids are not so honest with themselves. “Why are you here?” is a powerful question parents need to add...

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ECON 101

Apr 05

ECON 101

WHERE DOES YOUR MONEY GO? For that matter, where does it come from, and why don’t we have more of it? Robert Reich’s 2013 documentary, Inequality for All, explains the facts clearly. We hear a lot about the 1% and the growing gap between not just the rich and the poor, but the rich and the middle class. This one’s worth watching. Here are the...

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What We Know About Climate Change

Mar 19

What We Know About Climate Change

TEN YEARS AGO, I TOOK KIDS TO SCIENCE CAMP up in the San Bernadino mountains.  Whether we went in the Fall, Winter or Spring, it was always a rich, varied environment. Our site was surrounded by deep, green pines and cedar trees. Grey squirrels were everywhere! They scampered across our paths on the way to the dining hall,  peeked around tree trunks, and scurried...

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From Lupines to Life

Mar 14

From Lupines to Life

Watching a NOVA show on the recovery of life after Mount St Helens blew its top. No matter what happens in the second half of the show, (the volcano may win someday) I am encouraged by the ability of life to catch and hold onto the miles of lifeless, rock even after almost all life forms were blasted off the mountain.  And all of this happened in much less time than...

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Who is Our Next Mandela?

Dec 06

Who is Our Next Mandela?

EVERYONE HAS HEARD of Nelson Mandela.  His name became synonymous with peace, forgiveness, leadership, inner strength, and since he spent 27 of his 95 years in prison…endurance. We revere him because he overcame what most of us could not.  We honor him because he gives us hope.  Hope for the Middle East.  Hope for the United States.  Hope for our future as...

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Democratic Deer

Nov 05

Democratic Deer

IN THE DOCUMENTARY I AM, which is a result of one man’s spiritual awakening and exploration of his values, we learn a surprising fact:  Deer make decisions democratically.  In a herd of deer, when 51% of the group point their noses in one direction, the group starts moving in that direction. They don’t follow the leader, they each decide and then when...

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