Nobody Knew

Nobody knewthe cherry treeswould bloom today.How quietly they must havewhispered together,huddled in thedeepest ends of their roots,as winter’s death creptdown their branches.But slowly— as slowly as Earthtilts her headback toward the Sun—a chorus grew, some…

It’s in Everything

It’s in everything, this dancingof something that’s more than just life.Look at the trees near the shore,how they shimmy and wave over the bright face of the Salish Sea. Meanwhile the waters rush in—mad for…

I will live in this world

I will live in this world. I will live in this world where the growing freedom of many provokes the hateful violence of a few. I will live in this world where bigotry must raise…

10 Thoughts On My Birthday

Yesterday I turned 34. I cashed in on my free Starbucks drink and wrote down some things I’m thinking as I enter my 35th year of life. Here are 10 of them: You can furnish a…

Best Of

These are some of my favorite things I’ve written lately: While on sabbatical in Oklahoma I discovered that the state locks up more women per capita than anywhere else on the planet. The result is…

To Take Flight Every Day!

All progress towards a better world begins with internal work, spiritual work, even if you’re like me and not so sure you believe in spirits. “To take flight every day! At least for a moment,…

Modern Tribes and Battles

With the Super Bowl coming up, this description of modern tribalism from EO Wilson’s The Social Conquest of Earth seems timely: Modern groups are psychologically equivalent to the tribes of ancient history and prehistory… People…

A Marathon in Uganda

On a hot Ugandan morning last fall, face slack with exhaustion, I crossed the finish line of my first marathon, the Kampala International Marathon in the country’s hilly capital. Some smiling friends walked over to…