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WELCOME TO THE GREEN PEN!

It's my personal soapbox, a place for me to express thoughts and feelings, musings and rants, reflections and recollections; to have fun with words -- about things spiritual, environmental, social, political, economic, and, from time to time, personal. And of course about peace. Soapboxes are in public places (as London's legendary Hyde Park) on purpose, and so I invite conversations with you, for it is through civil discourse that we can gain some perspective on the seeming chaos of these changing times and learn together how to shape a positive future for ourselves, our communities, and the generations to come.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

A Time of Profound Change



We are in a time of profound change at all levels, from the personal to the global. Not just incremental change or tremors, tweaks, and twiddling at the margins but rather epochal, systemic transformations in human consciousness and, as a result, metamorphosis of cultural, social, economic, and political values and structures. We are indeed living in interesting times!

Monday, January 30, 2017

It is time!



It is time to wake up, stand up, speak up, act up!

If not now, when? Later than now, today, this minute will be too late.

Several of President Trump’s most egregious nominees are still up for confirmation in the Senate, and the time is running short. Call now to let your senators know how you feel about this. Even if your senator is Democratic, he or she needs to hear from you, especially why you oppose a particular nominee, to bolster their case not only for delay but more so to support a “no” vote and help them convince their colleagues on the other side of the aisle. If your senator is Republican, it is even more important that he or she hears from you, particularly if among those who are perhaps wavering between party loyalty and doing what in their heart they know is right. If you don’t live in a state that has a Republican senator, pass this message on to friends and family who do.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

The Curse and Opportunity of Living in Interesting Times

The year ahead - and maybe longer - is shaping up to be one of surprises, challenges, opportunities, and tumult.

The challenge before us is to stay centered in the eye of whatever storm swirls around us, focused on the larger perspective of the evolutionary transformation we are undergoing, and proactively doing our part, in community, to nurture the consciousness of wholeness that is aborning. And, of course, in spite of all the chaos, breakdown, and attendant heartache, let’s not forget to trust, laugh, dance, sing, and love.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

The Tarot Tower Card: A Teaching for the Times

In a teaching today to students of the Nine Gates Mystery School, spiritual director Deborah Jones shared her interpretation of the tarot Tower Card. It's an eerily perfect lesson for the at once profoundly painful and profoundly hopeful transitions/transformations taking place at all levels today - from the personal to the global and in issues of local and national politics, climate change, and economic, social, racial, and environmental justice.

Deborah writes:

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Michelle and Bernie - Slavery, War, and Political Revolution

In his column today, Bob Koehler rightly lauds Michelle Obama for her forthright and public acknowledgement of the role of slavery in our history. Michelle for president!

He also laments, as do I,  the failure of Bernie to win the nomination and also the failure of even him to address the persistence of never-ending war in our nation's face to the world. I haven't yet heard today's speeches at the convention but, with today's theme of national security, am already prejudging that they will further do their best to sell war (including mounting antipathy to Russia) into our collective psyche.