Category Archives: Activism

Hope

“Hope is definitely not the same thing as optimism.  It is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out.” — Václav Havel, Disturbing the Peace I’m … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving

I’m thankful for Mocha.  I’m thankful for a body that’s in pretty good condition.  I’m thankful for my friends.  I’m grateful for food to eat and a roof over my head. A visit with a friend.  I told her I was … Continue reading

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PEACE. LOVE. JUSTICE. MERCY. TRUTH. HOPE.

PEACE.  LOVE.  JUSTICE.  MERCY.  TRUTH.  HOPE. This has been my mantra during these days of darkness.  I wanted to put a positive intention out there, and to remind myself of the things I really value.  But I have crashed really … Continue reading

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Etty Hillesum

Etty Hillesum is a Dutch Jew who died in Auschwitz in November 1943.  Before she died she wrote a journal that she started in early 1941.  Her writing shows her growing spiritual strength.  I have gone to her for help … Continue reading

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Doing the Only Thing I Can Do

Hatred will not cease by hatred, But only by love. This is an ancient and eternal law. — The Buddha I woke up this morning with a burning heart, and sat with grief and fear while trying to write.  “Mocha … Continue reading

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Vigil for Solidarity, Wednesday November 9

MoveOn and many other progressive organizations suggested gatherings on the day after the election for “Solidarity, Resistance, and Resolve.”  I signed up to have one at Neskaya at 7PM, but it was really too late (4PM) to let people know. … Continue reading

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Words to Help me Keep on Keeping On

“If he could get to the end without having thrown in his hand he would have kept his integrity.”  Paul, thinking of Charles, The Scent of Water, p273 From Mother Teresa: “People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered.  Forgive them anyway. … Continue reading

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Hope in the Dark

Hope in the Dark by Rebecca Solnit I don’t know what turned me on to her.  I refused to order the book from Amazon, just a small protest.  They forced our wonderful local bookstore to close.  I ordered from Green Arcade … Continue reading

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Vigil for the Dead

Last night I went a church in Littleton to a vigil for the killings in Orlando.  All the names of those who died were read, 49 candles were lit, the bell tolled 49 times.  The minister of the Church was … Continue reading

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The Strength of the Foundation

This post was first published in 2012.  I think it’s still timely, so here it is again: The Strength of the Foundation Posted on January 10, 2012 In February of 2004, I was feeling very discouraged about the state of the … Continue reading

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