— by Pamela Jay — Let me share with you……… YES YES YES …there is so much we can do every day in every way to change the world and make our existence constructive rather than destructive. I will share one for today that is utterly AWESOME…… Ellis Jones, Ph.D. reminds us that we go to the polls a few times a year to vote…….but we actually are voting every day by who and where we spend our money. The average American family spends around $25,000 every year on goods and services…. Think of it as casting 25,000 votes every year for the kind of world you want to live in. Dr. Jones has created The Better World Shopping Guide already in its fifth edition and continues to...

-- by Susan Eirich, PhD -- We are more powerful when we include all of us in our thinking; the unique energies and intelligences of humans, animals, plants and the Earth itself. An orchestra with only one overwhelming sound does not have the power of a full orchestra with all voices in harmony, focused together on one result. In this case, the result is finding a way to live together in peace and joy on our Earth. A single type of intelligence cannot give all the answers. A single perspective has serious limits. Understanding that we live in one large community – the community of life, and operating from that perspective will lead to better results than separating life into arbitrary...

Thunder, an ancient wolf, lay dying. Strong old wolf that he was, he lingered for days in the shade of his favorite pine tree. We finally called Don, our vet, to help him pass on. Thunder lay in our Wildlife Garden, far out of sight of all the other wolves. Don kneeled down, gently gave him the shot, and listened to his heart. The instant the life left his body, all fifteen of our wolves started to howl in a long, low, mournful howl in an exquisite harmony of voices. They had no way of see- ing or hearing what was going on. Yet somehow they knew. Our practical and conservative vet, still on his knees, turned pale and muttered “that’s eerie.” He stood up, looking around for...

-- by Susan Eirich, PhD -- We never really know how things will turn out. Events that appear terrible can actually be positive in the long run. I personally would classify the result of the election a terrible thing, predominantly because of climate change. We humans can survive all the various dislocations that will happen based on poor political decisions, though that is not to discount the suffering that individuals may go through. But with denying climate change we will be affecting all Life on earth. All life lies helpless before us, awaiting our decision and actions. But the good news. We can use this event to energize us to stop depending on government to take action. Yes they...

-- by Richard Landry -- A few days after the presidential election, I received an email from Marina Gorbis, executive director of the Institute for the Future. It was one of at least a dozen emails I received during the week from various nonprofit organizations, all expressing some version of despair or defiance over the election result, infused with anxiety and fear over what would come of it all in the end. But Marina’s letter was different. In it, she wrote: The future is still a safe place. It’s a place where we can imagine beyond the confusion of today to create a world that everyone can inhabit with their bodies, their hearts, and their spirit. At times like this, despair,...

-- by Deb Matlock, M.A. -- Discussing challenging topics in a community meeting.  Sharing stories around a campfire.  Entering an online chat room with people from around the world.  These are all examples of ways to engage in conversation with one another. Years ago, at the end of my time in graduate school, I found myself pacing the floor of my hotel room a couple of hours before the final presentation of my thesis work.  My topic, the rhythmic connection between people and the earth, had taken me on an extensive journey through many cultures, disciplines and time periods.  In presenting this material, I wanted to offer people a glimpse of my discoveries as well as make months of...