Meatballs, the Wedding Dress, and the Manuscript

Meatballs, the Wedding Dress, and the Manuscript

It started with a simple conversation with my friend, who is an editor in Portland, over coffee. One of her clients, the editor of a new independent press, had just won a prestigious local prize. “And hey,” she shrugged, quickly checking her phone for the press’ website, “maybe you should send your novel off to … Continue reading

Nature’s Plain Language

Nature’s Plain Language

In this guest post, award-winning visual artist and author Jennifer O’Neill Pickering explores changing patterns in nature. Her writing is featured on Restore/Restory: a People’s History of the Cache Creek Nature Preserve. Her poem “I Am the Creek” was selected for the Sacramento site-specific sculpture, “Open Circle”. She blogs at Jennifer’s Art and Words. Madonna and Child This morning … Continue reading

Humility, Not Technology

Humility, Not Technology

From the Good Intentions file comes another story about well-meaning entrepreneurs in the developed world trying to “do something good” for people in the Global South. Sadly, the results are predictable. This time, the do-gooders are the team at Uncharted Play, who designed Soccket, a soccer ball that harnesses kinetic energy to power small appliances. … Continue reading

Of Rivers and Renewal

Of Rivers and Renewal

In the following post, guest blogger Wendy Williams reflects on how the destruction and renewal of nature can be a mirror to our own human experience in this excerpt from her memoir Autobiography of a Sea Creature. After days of ferrying my mother around to doctors, making order in the house, and getting my mother … Continue reading

Inequality and a Destabilizing Climate

Inequality and a Destabilizing Climate

Incredibly, “income inequality” is a buzz word this election season among Democrats and Republicans alike. It’s encouraging that this issue is finally getting attention, given that a year ago the plight of working class and poor Americans was not a topic of discussion among most politicians and the mainstream media. But few people are talking … Continue reading

The Fossil Fuel Resistance: Enter the Citizens

The Fossil Fuel Resistance: Enter the Citizens

According to the Huffington Post, the 2013 hurricane season looks just as worrisome as the 2012 season: nine hurricanes predicted, four of which will be major, and 18 named storms. Meanwhile according to Bill McKibben, people’s refusal to accept to climate destabilization is finally taking on storm proportions in the form of a fossil fuel … Continue reading

The Wind Enjoys Your Body

The Wind Enjoys Your Body

In “Fighting Time”, BK Loren describes a visit to a Chinese acupuncturist who she hoped would give her a diagnosis for the bizarre, debilitating, frightening symptoms that had suddenly overtaken her body, symptoms like intermittent speech loss, radical sleep disruption, and–strangest of all given that she had not recently given birth–lactation. “The wind enjoys your … Continue reading

Dr. King and the Power of Fierce Compassion

Dr. King and the Power of Fierce Compassion

When I think about the climate crisis, and the movement experiencing successes and setbacks in an attempt to rally the world to do something about it, I find myself thinking about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Many scholars acknowledge that King and other civil rights leaders who supported the sanitation workers’ strike in Memphis in … Continue reading

Gratitude: A List

Gratitude: A List

Thanksgiving, for all its complex and controversial history, is one of my two favorite American holidays, and the official act of giving thanks is something that I think shouldn’t be restricted to one day a year. So putting that in practice, I started free writing on gratitude. Here is a partial list of what and … Continue reading