So Failure Is Not an Option?

Failure is not an option. We hear that on many fronts. If you live or work in an environment saturated with that philosophy, the end result had better be worth the damage the environment is doing to you and your psyche! I’m thinking mostly now of any destination where the … Read more…

Sometimes We Need to Get Angry

As polite people who have learned the meaning of self-control, we do tend to choose our battles carefully. We try to control emotional outbursts of anger or any other negative feeling, but if we never become angry about anything, then we aren’t truly living. We’re just doormats for bullies and … Read more…

Everyone is Doing Some Good in the World

Well, almost everyone is doing some good in the world, just by being in it.  This earth needs caretakers, of its inhabitants and of their environment. The psychopaths, sociopaths, and other truly disturbed folks are the exception, of course, as with everything else. Even then the worm in the apple doesn’t … Read more…

What Do We Love Enough?

People will fight for and about a range of concerns, especially things they love. This includes family, freedom, their country or their monarch, their religion, even a cause they deem worthy or vital. We Love Our Families Any self-respecting husband or wife will fight for their spouse’s life, honor, well-being, … Read more…

Vigilante Neighbors

Always there is the temptation to pursue our own justice when a legal system is corrupt or slow but the results are usually worse than the original alleged offense. We often fear retaliation from neighbors if we tattle on them for violations of the law. Yet others go so far … Read more…

Deep in the Wave: An Informal Book Review

DEEP IN THE WAVE: A Surfing Guide to the Soul by Bear Woznick with Lou Aronica A good part of a writer’s job is to read widely. Tell me my prejudices are showing but I wouldn’t have expected a book about surfing to be spiritual, let alone as spiritual as … Read more…

Monarch Butterflies Need our Help!

As if it weren’t tragic enough that Monsanto’s herbicides (including Roundup) are contributing heavily to the destruction of our honey bees and other pollinating insects, now Dow’s latest combination weed-killer, approved by the EPA, will continue the destruction of milkweed, the only source of food for Monarch butterfly caterpillars. The … Read more…

We Can and Must Save Our Bees!

When I first mentioned bees in a June 2007 blog about grapevines, it was thought that a fungus was killing beehives and causing Colony Collapse Disorder. Since then we’ve discovered there are multiple causes, including pesticides. Oregon In June 2013, a landscape company sprayed 55 linden trees in a Wilsonville, … Read more…

Love our environment

We are expected to be good stewards of our Earth. Sadly, too many people don’t quite grasp what this means, nor do they understand the responsibility each one of us has to do many things that protect the environment. Personally, I would like to see municipalities do far more to … Read more…

Earth Hour 2008

Southern California cities made a rather miserable showing for Earth Hour 2008. None of them participated, on a municipal level, that is. In fact, had a local weathercaster not mentioned Earth Hour in his daily e-mail yesterday morning, I myself would have been totally unaware that it was happening. Fortunately, … Read more…