Of Trees and Flowers

Of Trees and Flowers

It Started with a Song Over 45 years ago, I wrote a song about trees. Trees have always moved me for some reason. One summer between years at college I worked for a landscaping company in Spokane, Washington. I was fascinated by the tall, stately pine trees that...
Hope is an Active Verb

Hope is an Active Verb

The beginning of a new year is usually a time when people make resolutions and plans for the year ahead. The turning of the calendar can give one a sense of new beginning, new opportunities, new hopes. I am one such person. I am actually one of those people who not...

The Paradox of Tragedy

        Two Tragedies Over the past few weeks I have experienced two (what for me were) tragedies. In neither case was I directly affected and yet because of my relationships with the people who were affected, I have been deeply impacted by...
Paulo Freire Goes to Prison

Paulo Freire Goes to Prison

The Inside Out Program Last week ( April 1-7) I participated in a teacher training conducted by the Inside Out Prison Exchange Program. Started in 1997 by Temple University professor Lori Pompa, Inside Out  “facilitates dialogue and education across profound social...
The Green New Deal as a Vision

The Green New Deal as a Vision

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been taking a lot of heat from Republicans for proposing the Green New Deal. However, they have not really considered the vision this proposal lays out. Rather, they have chosen to mischaracterize it by saying people won’t be able fly...