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Gardening in the Asphalt, Reprised

(Photo courtesy ynefesh.com.) I borrowed the title, format and questions used in this post from Jo Bucklin's 2013 post "Gardening in the Asphalt."  The answers are mine, informed by many conversations with Sara Cromwell and Sarah Owens. …

Change Team and Same Team

This is for those who think there is something wrong with the way we live, believe it can be fixed, and are doing what they can to fix it. For these, this is something to consider. In the name of simplicity, let’s pretend there are two…

Reparations are misleading

I recently shared an idea on facebook that I thought I would share here.  There has recently been a lot more talk in the US about reparations for brown people. (Yes, I use the terms brown and peach instead of black and white as black and…

IOPS Salem Chapter Meeting #40

In attendance on March 23: Cheri Tebeau, Michael Tom, Michael Livingston, Sarah Owens, Sara Cromwell Absent: Jaqui Eicher, Elliott Lapinel Discussed: the usual plus Julia's course of study in marine biology. Dues were collected.  Next…


✂© ➽➽➽ INDIVIDUAL AND WHOLE   Freedom is not a possession or a property; it is a relation. It is not a matter of being protected from the outside world, but of intersecting in a way that maximizes the possibilities.…

Green New Deal: Radical Opening?

There is considerable momentum building here in the US around the concept of a Green New Deal. At the moment it remains vague enough to bring together liberals like Corey Booker and radicals like DSA and System Change Not Climate Change (both…


"One of the very first requirements for a man who is fit to handle pig iron as a regular occupation is that he shall be so stupid and so phlegmatic that he more nearly resembles in his mental make-up the ox than any other type. The man who…

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TO LIVE OR NOT TO LIVE... Have you ever noticed how many excuses we all find to not act in defense of the planet? Sure, we all have errands to run and e-mails to answer and we all need down time and the problems are so big and [INSERT YOUR…

A Washington family's nightmare year

My husband and I poured everything we had into nurturing an empathetic child. Then, at age 13, he became infatuated with the alt-right. ✂What Happened After My 13-Year-Old Son Joined the Alt-Right @ www.washingtonian.com [1] When my son Sam,*…

Why and How Capitalism Needs to Be Reformed (I)

by Raymond Dalio +++ Dalio is an American billionaire investor, hedge fund manager, and philanthropist*. Dalio is the founder of investment firm Bridgewater Associates, one of the world's largest hedge funds. Bloomberg ranked him as the world's…

Why and How Capitalism Needs to Be Reformed (II)

Dalio's Diagnosis of Why Capitalism Is Now Not Working Well for the Majority of People +++ I believe that reality works like a machine with cause/effect relationships that produce outcomes, and that when the outcomes fall short of the goals…


What students know that experts don't: School is all about signaling, not skill-building +++ Parents, teachers, politicians and researchers tirelessly warn today's youths about the unforgiving job market that awaits them. If they want to succeed…


✈  I. Z. Nessuno-Raskolnikov: "It's sproing!" [here] "We're so excited we wet our plants." | "We're extremely passionate about nurturing a healthy vibrant lawn." -Please do not stomp* here.


  Love:Articles and Poetry about love. A Frank AnswerLowell, Feb. 13, 1846From the Valentine OfferingDear Angelic Girl: You may be surprised that I should dare to address your angelic goodness, being almost an entire stranger to you; but…

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Radicafe and Bookstore

https://www.gofundme.com/help-make-radicafe-a-reality The idea of Radicafé and Bookstore came to me after realizing that cafés these days have gone from being places of mindful relaxation,…


code monkeys • site layout & functionality • the initial purpose of this project is to play with some ideas. yes, there is already a web team project, but it has not been all that active…


world bloc party • the purpose of this project is to explore and pursue actions that can help bring existing organizations and movements together toward more concerted, coordinated, coherent aims…

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