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.

Monday, November 17, 2014

It ain't over 'til it's over....

Friend Geoff Ainscow was instrumental in getting Sunnyvale, California’s, gun safety ordinance passed by voters overwhelmingly last year. Geoff’s remarkable story of citizen action, and the incident that sparked him to “get mad as hell and not take it, anymore,” is chronicled at the website of the Conscious Elders Network.

Of course, the inevitable resistance from local and national gun rights advocates continues in the courts. See the article in today’s San Jose Mercury News.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Every Three Seconds...

…someone on the planet dies of hunger or extreme poverty.

That’s the theme of the documentary film Every Three Seconds that I saw at the Awakened World International Film Festival in Santa Barbara last week. The film chronicles the actions of five ordinary people who have accomplished (are still accomplishing) extraordinary things. The five are an eight-year-old boy, two grandmothers, and two thirty-somethings. None of them set out to do something extraordinary but all saw something in the world that they just could not sit still for, started with one small action, and followed up step by step in an unplanned, organic process that lead to an effort that they would never have dared to undertake if they had seen where it would lead at the beginning.