At 94 years old, John Goodenough is at the age where many of his peers would either be pushing up daisies or sitting at home or an assisted living facility, doing their best to hold onto their lives.
But not John Goodenough. He's never taken no for an answer, never settled for the status quo. When he was 23, he was an Army veteran who, with the help of the G.I. bill, enrolled at the University of Chicago with the dream of studying … [Read more...]
"A house divided against itself cannot stand."
So said Abraham Lincoln in an address he gave on June 16, 1858. Within a couple of years after he spoke those words, the American civil war began, creating a house divided that certainly did not stand.
In this day and age, 158 years after Lincoln's remarks, we again find ourselves a house divided. The level of partisan rancor is toxic, with citizens pitted against one … [Read more...]
Sister Giant was a conference that integrated politics, activism and spirituality, with its aim … [Read more...]
Prologue: This post is not meant to be a purely political one, although I will be mentioning the political landscape and Donald Trump.
Instead, this post is meant to take the long view and look at the big picture. It is meant to map out what exactly is going on here, as to many people it feels unsettling and like pure chaos.
Furthermore, I am not a supporter of Donald Trump, but my intention in writing this post is not meant to … [Read more...]
With all the tumult going on in the U.S. and world right now, what we we can't lose sight of is the reality that what we all want, what truly unites us, is a world in which we all can thrive.
This is a world in which we can respect our differences and understand our common bonds. This is also a world in which we all work together, to help everyone do well.
In that regard, I will be going to the [Read more...]
"Please allow me to introduce myself
I'm a man of wealth and taste
I've been around for a long, long year
Stole many a man's soul to waste"
And so sang Mick Jagger in the Rolling Stones song "Sympathy for the Devil."
Many a person's soul has been laid to waste by the taste of money, power and/or fame. Sometimes it is obvious when a person has been seduced by these. But … [Read more...]
As we enter into the season of light, the time of the solstice and the holidays, and as we enter into a new year, I give you my gift - the above short music video, entitled "Imagine/Vision." I encourage you to watch it with an open heart and an open mind - it may just inspire you.
The solstice is the darkest day of the year. Now that we are past the solstice, more light is present in our world. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, … [Read more...]
With the presidential election behind us, we as a people are at a precipice. The popular vote went one way and the electoral college another, and as a result Donald Trump will be the next president of the U.S.
People are hurting on both sides of the equation: those who voted for Trump feel the sting of an economy and world that is leaving them behind, and feel that they live in an America they no longer recognize. People who … [Read more...]