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The Good News about Vacuuming & Spending Money

Really. It occurred to me today, while vacuuming our house for the millionth time (with two large dogs and a farm, ideally I vacuum downstairs every day . . . in reality every few days), that having to vacuum is a really good sign. Not only is it a sign that we’re alive, we beings […]


Last weekend, we journeyed to DC to join the Forward on Climate Rally.  We were there – four among 50,000 – that’s no typo – Fifty Thousand.  What can I say about this?  We packed a suitcase of clothes and a suitcase full of organic food, and the kids were mostly great on the long […]


I’m not sure how many times I will have to relearn this lesson – that when everything feels overwhelming and impossible, I need only step outside and see the sky to know that everything is possible. We’re packing today, to head to DC for the Forward on Climate Change gathering. I have a dream, remember? […]

The People’s Will

Friends, I”m hoping you’re going to join us February 17th in Washington DC.  Officially, we’ll be there to ask the President, once again, to reject the Keystone Pipeline and prevent the exploitation of the Tar Sands.  More than that, we are showing the government the will of the people – that it is our will […]

The Master I Serve

I can’t get this photo out of my head. Doesn’t she look amazing?  This Texas grandma is one of seven who locked themselves to trucks trying to build the Keystone XL pipeline on private homeowner’s properties in Texas.  I’m not sure how they did it, but they locked themselves so effectively that it took them […]

I Have a Dream

At the recommendation of both Tonia and my mother, I’ve been reading a Philip Yancey book, which is about people who have inspired his own faith. He begins with Dr. Martin Luther King, and says that King’s greatest gift, his most important role, was keeping people’s faith, their hope, their vision of a better world, […]

Tar Sands. Again.

Are you sick of hearing about this?  Because boy am I sick of it – sick of getting petitions in my email every week about another way TransCanada is trying to ram the Keystone XL pipeline down our throats.  Trying to rip up hundreds of thousands of acres of boreal forest and soil and pump […]


Perhaps one of the greatest rewards of meditation and prayer is the sense of belonging that comes to us. We no longer live in a completely hostile world. We are no longer lost and frightened and purposeless. The moment we catch even a glimpse of God’s will, the moment we begin to see truth, justice, […]

Shaping the Future

Thank you all for your kind words about our trip!  Back at home, it has been an adjustment to come home from the White House, back to our own daily lives. To participate in such a public, huge action, and then to return to our own, mostly private, mostly small gestures.  I won’t lie when […]

Dear Ella and Baby

Dear Ella and Baby, On November 5, 2011 the four of us (Baby still in the belly) traveled 7 hours by train to Washington D.C.  We didn’t go to tour the museums or to see historic sites.  We went to make history, by joining over 12,000 of our friends to say no to the Keystone […]