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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!"




The contractions of childbirth
11/19/2012

Like a lot of people, my husband and I have struggled financially for the last four years. We’ve lost jobs, clients, income, our retirement accounts, personal savings. We’ve been in an extended period of contraction.

When I look around, I see that we’re not alone. As many as 99% of us are also experiencing contraction. However, as a mother, I can say with certainty, I’ve been here before, and difficult as they may be, contractions are the good news because they mean the baby’s coming. Contraction are the earthquake of childbirth. The old world is crumbling; its time is up. A new world is being born, and we, the ones who have longed for it, are its birthing mothers.



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Fear of flying, or falling, or both
11/16/2012

I had a cool dream last night. Not sure what it meant, but I woke up feeling reassured, which has become increasingly rare in these days of climate change, coronal mass ejections (CMEs), financial “cliffs” (a crisis for the financial elite), and other foretold catastrophes. To say nothing of the fact that my own financial state has been precarious for years now…so many years that it’s in danger of becoming my “new normal.” I’ve taken to sleeping with a mouth guard so that I don’t crack my teeth as a result of night-time tension.



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Back to the future
11/10/2012

A friend writes, “I have thought long and hard about the legacy we are handing down to the kids of the world. I can't believe what they will be facing: before some of them are barely in their 30s the world as we know it will most likely be unrecognizable.

“With the thought that we must resist pessimism, when I ask kids what they think about the state of affairs of the world, there are many who are quite concerned. And many more who seem to be so afraid that they just push through the discussion and go back to ‘party mode.’ I know my own 14-year-old is very resistant to talking about it...A blanket of silence comes over him as his eyes look at the future. I know this is based on fear.



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Evaluating my contribution
11/02/2012

The national election is in four days and, like a lot of people, I don’t know whether to be sick, or just face facts: our electoral process is irrelevant. Neither Obama or Romney is talking about the issues that are most important to me—and perhaps to the other 90 million Americans who reportedly plan to sit this one out: ending drone strikes, slashing the military budget, addressing climate change in a way befitting its urgency, and building a sustainable economy—one that is not based on infinite growth on a finite planet.



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