A Birthday Gift

Dear Friends,

In just a few days, I’ll be sixty-six years old. Maybe I should be retiring—but with the Arctic melting and a climate change denier in the White House, it doesn’t seem like the moment to sit back and crochet afghans. Climate change is not just carbon—it represents massive ecosystem degeneration—and ecosystems include people, […]

Bad Hungers

In the third and final presidential debate this week, Trump spoke a line that undoubtedly cost him the last of any Latino support he might have had. Speaking of immigrants, and with his face in his usual squint of disapproval, he muttered archly, “We have some bad hombres here… and we’re gonna get ’em […]

Check Out My New Facebook Page

This page is to let everyone know about my latest novel, “The City of Refuge,” which is a sequel to “The Fifth Sacred Thing.” Please come and have a look, leave a comment and “follow” to be kept up to date on publication date of the book and information relating the real life possibilities of […]

Solidarity Statement from the Permaculture Community

Here’s a statement written jointly by Earth Activist Training and the Black Permaculture Network:

Solidarity Statement from the Permaculture Community

We, the members of the undersigned permaculture groups and organizations, wish to publicly state our support for the BlackLivesMatter movement and the ongoing fight to end all police violence against communities of color. Permaculture is […]

Why Vote?

it’s a magical law that you don’t gain more power by disdaining the power you have. If we want to call in the great powers of creation, compassion and justice to transform our world, we must use whatever avenues are open to us, even if they seem weaker than we’d like. The trickle carves a path for the stream to flow, and the stream makes the way for the river. So do a walking meditation, and walk on down to the voting booth. Make filling out your ballot an act of prayer, if you like. Take that hour, or day out of your busy life and make your small voice heard as an act of magical, political will that can open the gates to a world where we all have bigger voices. […]

Permaculture Solutions for Climate Change

The solution to both our social and ecological solutions is the same: community. Restore the community of caring and sharing, understand that community means the interconnection of people with the environment and natural communities that sustain us, restore power and resources to communities, and trust in the resilience of the community of life. We have already altered the world, and it will never be the same again. But if we take action to stop the damage and employ the solutions, if we partner with nature and our great earth-healing allies, it can still be a beautiful, thriving, life-sustaining place for ourselves, for the life around us, and for future generations. […]

Now That The Election is Over…

Organizing after an Obama victory is like bicycling with the wind at your back, instead of peddling into a stiff head wind. I’ve lived and organized through the victories of Nixon, Reagan, Bush and Bush, and believe me, this is better! And we have a lot of organizing to do. […]

Elections 2012: Lessons from Katrina

Yet there is a world of difference between the disaster response under Obama compared to that of the government-hating Republicans. Romney has explicitly proposed dismantling FEMA and turning disaster relief over to the states and to private enterprise. When we consider the prospect of Halliburton and its like profiteering on the pain and suffering of disaster victims in a world where floods and hurricanes and tornadoes are bound to increase, we should tremble with fear. […]

Elections 2012

Include in your ideals the real-life impact a Republican victory would have on a young black woman from the inner city, on an aging writer, on hundreds and thousands of other folks here and around the world for whom the nuances of difference might mean life or death. Then vote your conscience. But for Goddess sake, get off your high horse and your butts and get out there and vote! Include in your ideals the real-life impact a Republican victory would have on a young black woman from the inner city, on an aging writer, on hundreds and thousands of other folks here and around the world for whom the nuances of difference might mean life or death. Then vote your conscience. But for Goddess sake, get off your high horse and your butts and get out there and vote! Include in your ideals the real-life impact a Republican victory would have on a young black woman from the inner city, on an aging writer, on hundreds and thousands of other folks here and around the world for whom the nuances of difference might mean life or death. Then vote your conscience. But for Goddess sake, get off your high horse and your butts and get out there and vote! […]

Venus Transit and Recall Elections

So if you’re with me, let’s work on shifting the energy around all this. Why should we quietly lie down and suffer under the toxic thought-blanket the political fabricators are laying over us? What would happen if a whole lot of us used our intention and focused imaginations to shift the energies? And why not use some of the energy of this Venus transit—energies which will continue to flood in over the next weeks. […]