human or billionaire

We’ve learned so much about the world, about plants and animals, about the oceans and sky … about our history. Yet today, we’re embracing ignorance at alarming rates.

staggering

a tiny exploration of the staggering loss of life this last year

Juneteenth

On one hand, this is big. Like, really big. Most White people in the U.S. didn’t know about Juneteenth until a few years ago … or maybe still don’t know? Sharing knowledge of history is powerful, sharing the realities of slavery and its legacies, celebrating the “end” is powerful. Particularly for our children. White kids need to know that legal…

water is also a verb

This phrase is the title of an essay in All We Can Save. It lives in the Nourish section of the book, nestled between “Black Gold” and “The Seed Underground.” “God is change,” claims Octavia Butler. “Water is in constant flux,” says Judith D. Schwartz. It’s not like we didn’t know things were changing. The land knew. The animals knew.…

An elegy

Democracy isn’t a state of being, it is a process. To be democratic, to live in democracy, is to participate boldly with our neighbors in the collaborative decision making that is governance. We’ve seen many instances in the last 40 years of anti-democratic movements gaining momentum. But we have to ask ourselves, do we truly want to be a democracy?…

The Nature of Desert Nature

Ostensibly, editor Gary Paul Nabhan’s collection of friends’ essays, The Nature of Desert Nature is about the desert. Rather … it’s human nature that we encounter delving into this collection of essays. The writers reminisce on their own beingness as they encountering one specific desert: the Sonoran. The Sonoron is the desert covers vast area in the Southwest United States…

The LEWIS Registry

The folks from the USC Safe Communities Institute stopped by to talk to me about the new LEWIS Registry. The Registry is a crowdsourced public database for police officers who have been fired or resigned during an investigation of their behavior. In addition to the front, public-facing, end there is a backend for use by Law Enforcement. The team at…

On trolling in academia

The nickname we have for persistent, consistent societal problems is wicked problems. These issues are complex. These problems are pervasive. They are a result of decades (centuries) of institutional policy build up on top of so many other forces. There was a recent opinion in Inside Higher Ed in which a Professor Jim Moore laments the unwillingness of “certain” communities…

A dismal 2049 to look forward to …

Not a week for finishing things. It was a hard week. Beginning with late night Sunday news from Las Vegas … being glued to the news all Monday, followed by a scare at USC. Everything felt on edge, a little too bright, a little to brittle. Breakable and fragile. It was a week for hugs. For discussing solutions with smart…