How much more could we be if we stopped building walls and started to reach out to one another? How much more could we do if we fed our more curious nature rather than our more craven one?
According to The Guardian magazine, “Poor Little Snowflake” is the defining insult of 2016. The term emerged out of Brexit and the US election and is mainly lobbed by the right at what they consider to be the thin-skinned behavior and comments of the left. In September, the Guardian article… Read More
What I learned from watching Trump’s press conference today is that our president would not have made Russian prostitutes pee on his bed because he is a “germaphobe.” That’s right. Still, if the allegations are true, the 36-page report detailing his relationship with Putin and as well as Trump’s kinky sexual… Read More
On Inauguration day I am not having a party.
Looking through the window at the trees and the fog. The flush of new grass that comes when these Pacific rains return. Peaceful rains. Feeding the thin strip of green which clings to the western coast. An eyebrow of green. A parenthesis. A lover spooned against a mountain range and… Read More
One year ago. Middle of a month long journey. 290 miles on the Colorado River’s cold, red-silt water. 290 miles of a canyon spanning back 1.8 billion years. 30 days of wonder and delight. 30 nights of watching the moon grow full and then wane. Falling stars, shooting rapids, climbing… Read More
There is a place in the Grand Canyon called Red Wall Cavern. It is this place, featured in these pictures taken early on in my trip through the Grand Canyon last winter. When John Wesley Powell first saw the cavern on his expedition down the river, the one-armed explorer thought… Read More
Dear President Elect Donald Trump, I know how you can become one of the greatest presidents in US history. It is simple. It is straightforward, and it is something only YOU can do. Not Hillary Clinton. Not Paul Ryan. Not Mike Pence. YOU. Here’s how. 1) Forget about making friends…. Read More
By standing against what is wrong and saying it is wrong with firmness and kindness.
By honoring facts, not distorting them.
By holding hands.
These are hard times. In the United States, and around the world, people are turning toward their darker selves, shoring up their own walls—metaphorical and real. In the United States and around the world, people are letting themselves be guided by fear. As a result, people are becoming more extreme… Read More