Driving for Democracy

LaUra Schmidt and I mailed out our applications for absentee ballots on the same day, in the same sized envelopes from the same post office. Her ballot came, mine didn’t. I assumed it was on the way. Election day inched closer and still no ballot. Friday before the election, I…

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What No One Wants to Talk About (When We Talk About Celebrities)

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Chances are, you’ve already heard that pop icon Demi Lovato nearly died from a recent overdose. For how frequently we discuss celebrities, it amazes me how little we think about the human beings behind the hype. We talk about what they wear, tweet, and say. We pin our hopes, fears,…

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Natural Gratitude

After I graduated with my undergraduate degree, I lived with retired Sisters of Mercy for a year while I tried to write a book about mental illness and spirituality. The experience so radically shifted my perspective that I abandoned work on the book, because I wasn’t even sure who this person…

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Feeling: The start of a revolution.

I’m writing this hours before before a dog I love will be put to sleep. He’s not my dog – he’s my older sister’s. I love him regardless of ownership. My niece-phews will miss him and sobbed on the phone with me last night. Grief can be so heartbreaking. This,…

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5 Tips To Uncover Truth In A Post Truth World

With the abundance of information flying around each moment, how are we to know what’s true and what information is being bent for someone else’s agenda? Who can we trust when it’s been proven that Exxon and Shell knew about climate change decades ago and engaged in a campaign to…

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William Kaufman Hits the Nail On The Head

A recent article published on Counterpunch.org discusses the democratic shortcomings with regard to climate change. In “Climate Change Denial, Democratic-style,” Kaufman acknowledges the head nods that democrats give to the ecocidal culture we’re living in but responds by saying it’s not enough. Science proves it’s not enough. Activists know it’s…

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