Activism Articles

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Grace To Greece

July 6th, 2015
We have a saying in our family, “fair, fair, fair, fair.” If someone is feeling a little hard-done-by and making comparisons, a light hearted “fair, fair, fair, fair” will usually get them back on track. Expecting life to be fair is something most of us never grow out of. “It’s not fair. So and so ... Continue Reading »
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Love Wins in Ireland

May 24th, 2015
I haven’t tallied them, but suspect I’ve married near a thousand couples  in my time. I think I’ve pretty much seen it all. I’ve had weddings interrupted by angry parents, dogs in wedding parties and one bride who turned up the day after the wedding to tell me she’d fallen in love with me. (I ... Continue Reading »
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Fierce Love Rules

February 12th, 2015
My daughter reminded me of the unruly nature of fierce love when she was much younger. In our home, we have one of those Ruggles (heart shapes in nature) poster with the words “Love is where you find it.” It’s a constant reminder to find love wherever you are and part of the spirit we ... Continue Reading »
Some people want legal protection  if they choose not to do business with members of the LGBT community. Or as comedian Seth Myers said, “Nice shirt, nice shoes, no service.” The bill in Arizona (Religious Freedom Bill) was vetoed, but similar moves are being discussed in other states of America. I believe the bill was ... Continue Reading »
“Everybody wants to get enlightened but nobody wants to change.” ~ Andrew Cohen Everybody wants to get enlightened but nobody wants to change. It’s a profound truth that ALL you need to do to realize enlightenment is to breathe in and out. It’s equally true that if you forget to do this, enlightenment will be ... Continue Reading »
An open letter to my 14yr old Son. Dear son. Being a boy sucks. Especially when your mother is a man-hater. So lucky for you, your mother isn’t. But, I think I may have given you the impression I am and feel the need to explain. Although I do happen to believe that many of ... Continue Reading »
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Violent Force and Non Violence

September 11th, 2013
I’m not a pacifist. I wish I lived in a world where being a pacifist was an option; a world where everyone was kind and reasonable and all problems could be solved creatively and peacefully. But I don’t, and they can’t. I like the idea of being different; of refusing to play power games and ... Continue Reading »
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Breaking the Cycle of Violence

September 10th, 2013
Conflict escalates because we think we need the upper hand to be secure. If someone shouts, we need to shout back even louder. If someone hits, we need to hit back harder. It’s a cycle that never ends well. So how do we break it? Sarah MacDonald, Australian journalist and author of Holy Cow An ... Continue Reading »
One of my favorite escapist action movies is Sword Fish. John Travolta (Gabriel) is the good baddie, the villain on a mission to change the world. Hugh Jackman (Stanley) is the bad goodie, the lovable rogue caught up in Travolta’s schemes. At one point Gabriel saves Stanley’s life but wants to keep him under his ... Continue Reading »
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Loving It Forward

April 29th, 2013
I’m a pretty mild mannered person, but do something to threaten my kids and you will unleash a lion. Among all the different motivations for living sustainably, thinking about what sort of world I’m leaving for my kids and their kids is the one that moves me most. Any action I take now to live ... Continue Reading »