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Water boarding, Us vs Them

I have been very confused by this ice bucket challenge, particularly while #Ferguson is going on. But today someone posted one I liked. i have to ask if the pattern of the beheading Foley by an extreme and rabbid/corrupt group reflects same pattern of the pro-violent outsiders in Ferguson — […]

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Need and circumstance

reflecting on how when the need is greater, the temptation is higher. when you have your needs met and then some, there is no need to steal or loot. it doesn’t mean you are more ethical bec you don’t, it just means you have no need to. one of the reasons i […]


Privilege and Founding Fathers

This photo is not complicated, reality is. Remembering when a homeless black man shared his anger on me — saying welcome to our world whitey, now that it affects you you care (talking to me and occupy madison as a whole, back in 2011). Thinking about going to the #ferguson vigil filled […]


Waking up

Why should you be concerned?   ALEC sets sights on local gov’t -> Former Israeli Solider talks about Gaza being a lab for making money/weapons for the globe and how US police are coming into Israel to get trained (this includes police in Ferguson.) “this [Israeli’s military in Palestine] is […]


Forward Together*

National Moment of Silence: Ferguson Vigil Madison Aug 14, 2014 i was really happy last night. i know some might have felt it inappropriate. and maybe it was. i just felt his tremendous relief of the pressure of hiding what is. we have to bring truths out into the light, […]

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Conflict as Sacred

I love this quote. It is applicable to those of us in Madison trying to bring in positive change as much as it is to those in the middle east. my guides once said that conflict was a sacred and honorable process, the apple of dischord is an alarm of sorts […]


Love and Truth

Love can only blossom when we are honest. Honesty without love creates division. Yin and yang of wholeness.  In these times we need to learn methods of deescalation. Forces everywhere want us to escalate, be afraid, be polarized and not pause enough to see each others’ perspective.


Etiquette & Humane

I ask how being polite affects your connection to others on a daily basis? I am reflecting on differences between being “polite” and real but respectful discussions. In several communities again I am struck with how being “polite” leads to a certain kind of brutality that is much more acceptable than […]