A pause

(Image by activist street artist Lmnopi. To view more of her amazing work, click here.) Amid all the hype and stress and overlapping political energies, I took time for an afternoon hike at L.A.’s Griffith Park. Life’s full of challenges.  If we maintain our calm center, they somehow seem less daunting.  Griffith Park is an oasis of peace in the midst of the busting metropolis. … Continue reading A pause

What Resonates

(Image by Dennis Hodges.  More on his work below) Climbing up the Gloss Mountains, I considered the plight of the Cherokee to whom the US allocated this land in 1835. We began taking it from them again within a generation. How did that feel? How did they actually stand up and face their children—by culture, the next seven generations? In 1893, thousands of settlers lined … Continue reading What Resonates

Silence would be a lie

Know much about the Maldives?  Me neither. The #FreeLucas hashtag got me curious this morning so I read up on the growing repression there and the missing journalists.  It’s an old story: * demagogue in office, any voices of opposition disappear; * Journalists looking for the missing disappear too; And back home in the United States, the Republican Party just elected a demagogue to be … Continue reading Silence would be a lie

To Rolihlahla, “the rebel”

Originally posted on Reverse Perspective:
Mandela, still the people’s lawyer, burning his passbook, a document used by the government to control the movements of black South Africans Yes, he was profoundly great. But no matter how great his words–and his deeds–one cannot see Mandela without looking in reverse perspective. You have to look at his impact on the people around him … and around the… Continue reading To Rolihlahla, “the rebel”