Change – Real Change

Do we really want change? The word change is bandied about a great deal these days. Yet, what do we mean when we use the word and what levels of change are we talking about and ready for? For me, I am interested in major change and I am not going to get it by […]

Alpha Males

There has been some attempt lately by Donald Trump’s son and others to excuse being disrespectful and obnoxious to women by saying it is “just Alpha Male behavior.” It is difficult for me to believe that these people are basically saying, “Oh, just ignore this behavior. They are acting like dinosaurs. It is quite normal.” […]

No Shock to Women Here

When I was active in the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960’s (my family was always active in civil rights!), and later with the second wave feminists in the 1970’s and 1980’s (we also were always feminist coming from a Cherokee line of strong women), I repeatedly noticed out loud that my observation was that […]

In Times of Upheaval

In times of political, social, and economic upheaval like those we are now going through, it is essential to remember what is important and pause with those memories. For example, last night I spent an evening with friends I have known for over forty years. If we are lucky, we see one another once a […]

Our Freedom

How often we fail to see that anything and everything that comes into our lives has the potential to be an important – even the most important – teacher. If we are open, our teachers come in every shape, color, form and species. How poverty-stricken we are when all our teachers – whether people, books, […]

Racism and All of Us

Ok. Let’s talk about racism since it is such a hot topic now thanks to so many including Hillary and Trump. I’m glad that the issue is coming up in the public conversation because it, like sexism, has never really been dealt with. First of all, I want to say that racism and discrimination are […]

Speaking Truth to Power

Recently, on several occasions, I have found myself coming to tears and something even deeper than tears in the strangest situations. These situations always seem to have something to do with these United States of America and what they were meant to be. You see, down deep I am a conservative and a progressive. I […]

Morning Symphony

This morning, I awoke early to a spectacular, if delicate, art show outside my bedroom window. It only happens in the very early hours when the sun is low enough in the sky to be temporarily “caught” in the ethereal glisten of the spider webs hanging there. (We have an agreement, the spiders and I, […]

Taking Stock

The Vespers by Sergei Rachmaninoff – written in 1915 – was first performed in Russia in 1915 to commemorate the soldiers who died in the first World War. Then communism came into power which banned sacred music and it was not again performed for 50 years. It is considered one of the world’s masterpieces. What […]