Shoes on the Ground

December 4, 2016 § Leave a comment

shoesMaybe 4,000 veterans at Standing Rock, that’s what one of our Ithaca veterans estimates. Many of them invoke the oath they swore when they enlisted, “to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic;…” They did not forget that oath, or lose their skills, or dampen their hearts. They are now, as one veteran said, where they are meant to be. « Read the rest of this entry »

Activism Nostalgia

November 21, 2016 § Leave a comment

rotate-1566280_1920There was a reason for that slogan we had, “Never trust anyone over 30.” We were on to something. We believed the Vietnam War was wrong. We believed in civil rights and women’s rights. We believed we had to be better stewards of the earth. « Read the rest of this entry »

Normalizing

November 18, 2016 § Leave a comment

wolves-58998_1920When it comes to spirit animals, or power animals, or animal allies, I have no hierarchy. I will take whatever help I can get and look for the reason that particular help showed up. In this situation, wolves have shown up and I am grateful. « Read the rest of this entry »

Leveling Up

November 14, 2016 § 1 Comment

wolf-1341881_1920This is for those who are devastated and heart-broken by the implications of our national election. Those who are self-righteous or triumphant are way down my list of priorities right now. « Read the rest of this entry »

Give yourself three days

November 9, 2016 § 5 Comments

wolves-1400819_1920If you woke up this morning stunned and grief-stricken, here is a plan.

For three days you get to: « Read the rest of this entry »

Support and Defend …

September 14, 2016 § Leave a comment

constitutionI, _____, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; …

Several themes emerged from the conference at Chautauqua that surprised me … and should not have. At least two speakers, veterans, cited this oath as one of their motivations for enlisting. It was for them a solemn moment when they raised their hand and swore to defend the Constitution of the United States of America. But, they reminded us, one does not have to enlist to do this. Supporting and defending the Constitution is the right and responsibility of all Americans. It comes with citizenship. « Read the rest of this entry »

The Great Garage Saga, Part 2

September 6, 2016 § 2 Comments

garage2One of my loyal readers pointed out that I wrote The Great Garage Saga, Part 1, but there haven’t been any updates. That’s because we reached the stage represented in the photograph – general chaos both in front and in back of the house, stuff blowing around no matter how many times I police the area, and a big orange storage box I try to pass off as a landscape feature – but all progress on actually fixing the garage came to a halt. That was deceptive, though. In fact, I spent the summer interviewing contractors. « Read the rest of this entry »