Police Report

Well, it’s Valentines Day, and boy am I feeling the love! Thanks to everyone who prayed for me/held me in the Light during my recent civil disobedience action. I felt so well supported by everyone—especially my family, Chestnut Hill Meeting, and Earth Quaker Action Team. You can see the greeting I got on my release [...]

2019-01-29T17:55:33+00:00February 14th, 2013|Climate Change, Nonviolent Direct Action|

Thoughts from South Africa

I've been traveling in Southern Africa for the past week and a half--my first time back to the region in over twenty-five years since serving in Botswana as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Between visiting old friends and interviewing people about the effects of climate change, I have way too many stories to report in a [...]

2019-01-29T17:55:34+00:00August 7th, 2012|Climate Change|

How to Stop Abuse

Quiz: Which of these things happened yesterday? A famous football coach was convicted of sexually abusing 10 boys. A Roman Catholic official was convicted of endangering children by covering up priest sexual abuse under his watch. A summit of global leaders failed to agree on meaningful action to stop corporations and governments from continuing to [...]

2019-01-29T17:55:34+00:00June 23rd, 2012|Climate Change|

45 Degrees

Last week a friend of mine from Botswana called to say hello. Some of you may know the story—that I served there in the Peace Corps in the mid-1980s then lost touch with a dear friend and miraculously reconnected with her a few years ago. Anyway, she calls from time to time for a brief [...]

2019-01-29T17:55:34+00:00December 15th, 2011|Climate Change|


I’m breaking my self-imposed blogging break because I’ve been inspired by a new book, Hot: Living through the Next Fifty Years on Earth by Mark Hertsgaard, a reporter who has covered climate change for decades but didn’t really “get it” in a gut way until he had a daughter and started to imagine her future. [...]

2019-01-29T17:55:45+00:00February 2nd, 2011|Climate Change|

Katrina, Five Years Later

When I first started to write The Wisdom to Know the Difference, Hurricane Katrina was still fresh in my mind. Though the following outtake didn't make it into the book, this seems like a good week to remember some of the lessons from that sad chapter in US history: Blaming human caused misfortunes on God [...]

2019-01-29T17:55:46+00:00August 26th, 2010|Climate Change, Racism, Writing|

Another Inspiration

Wangari Maathai is another influential Kenyan. The 2004 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Maathai angered many of the same people as Richard Leakey and received death threats from the regime of Daniel arap Moy (dictator from 1978 to 2002). Writer Alexandra Fuller describes Maathai as “a human-rights activist and environmentalist who ingeniously used an environmental campaign [...]

2019-01-29T17:55:46+00:00August 12th, 2010|Climate Change, Nonviolent Direct Action|

Earth Day Diet

Image shamelessly borrowed from the Environmental CenterAlthough it’s ridiculous that the Earth only gets a lot of mainstream media attention one day a year, Earth Day still seems like something I want to mark. I took a walk in the woods with two friends this morning, but that was about nourishing myself more than about [...]

2019-01-29T17:55:47+00:00April 22nd, 2010|Climate Change|

Life’s Fragility

Yesterday, after running into a woman whose husband is in remission from brain cancer, I realized how many reminders I’ve been getting lately of life’s fragility. A member of our meeting has entered hospice after many months of treatment for brain cancer. Another member’s ALS has progressed to the point where, for the first time [...]

2019-01-29T17:55:48+00:00February 4th, 2010|Climate Change, Spirituality|


I haven’t blogged in over a week, and the kids’ school break starts in four hours and seven minutes (less by the time I post). I still have some Christmas shopping to do without my little helpers, I have to drop the family calendar I just finished at Staples, so it can be copied and [...]

2019-01-29T17:55:49+00:00December 18th, 2009|Climate Change|