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Welcome to my blog, a quasi-weekly column on topics and issues that have my attention, or that are intended to inform or inspire--including the following reminder:

"Realize why you're here, and be about it!"

Breaking the silence

As all five of my faithful readers know, I've made it a practice to stand on a downtown street corner at noon every Friday to protest the war in Afghanistan.  My protests have been silent, partly because I didn't trust myself to engage in discussion that wouldn't deteriorate into debate; partly becauseI  wanted to spend the hour meditatively, "being" the change I wished to see in the world.  Last Friday I changed my strategy. 

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Organizing for change

Yesterday, 500 other progressives and I gathered at USF for an all-day conference on "Supporting Obama to BE the President We Voted For."  Sponsored primarily by Rabbi Michael Lerner's Network of Spiritual Progressives, Tikkun.org, and The Nation magazine, the conference spoke to the profound disappointment and even anger many progressives feel at the gap between Obama the Visionary Candidate and Obama the 'Realistic' President. 

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Consciousness is causal: Admitting our needs

My own weekly silent protest of the war in Afghanistan was cancelled last Friday due to rain. Instead of standing on my downtown Santa Barbara street corner, I went to a conflict management workshop based on the principles of Nonviolent Communication (NVC). NVC postulates that all attacks, complaints, and criticisms stem from an unmet need. All humans share common needs.

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