COVID-19 and kids… What if we cared this much about the environment?

I had a disturbing thought yesterday: what if people care more about this than the world we’re leaving for our kids because, unlike global warming, this impacts older decision makers and the economy and the lives of the elderly. I’m glad that we’re having the response that we’re having – this is, indeed, an emergency.Continue reading “COVID-19 and kids… What if we cared this much about the environment?”

A Best Read of 2019: “Ethnographic Thinking: From Method to Mindset,” by Jay Hasbrouck

This book was written for business by a local author and it was at my favorite local bookstore (Three Trees Books in Seahurst, WA) and it really helped me navigate difficult conversations around race, ethnicity and organizational change in 2019 (the book itself was published in 2018). A lot of the challenge for me overContinue reading “A Best Read of 2019: “Ethnographic Thinking: From Method to Mindset,” by Jay Hasbrouck”

In Defense of Mothers

The mother cult in Western culture. The thing is that this “cult” is damaging to so many women and it places a great burden on all of society. Not only are mothers put down as responsible for everything that their children do or say, and thereby a huge burden is being placed on mothers andContinue reading “In Defense of Mothers”

Teaching Race? Consider the Poetry of John Beecher

Fire by Night -John Beecher This is one of my favorite poems, and I first read it a little more than a year ago now at a poetry conference on Vashon Island in Washington State. There is a lot that my literary training taught me that I could bring to bear on this short poem,Continue reading “Teaching Race? Consider the Poetry of John Beecher”

Equity Training: “It was like being told I was naked and not being offered clothes.”

Part 1: The Problem The hardest thing I am finding is the pain of being misunderstood when people have not studied race and gender as much as advocates have. I remember when people would say something I did or said was racist or heterosexist and I positively knew that it wasn’t my intention and IContinue reading “Equity Training: “It was like being told I was naked and not being offered clothes.””

Restorative Justice: Pain is Our Teacher

Our pain teaches us. In the case of mental or physical illness, once a person is stabilized with medication and a therapeutic relationship, a patient can learn to rearrange their mental furniture in a way that greatly alleviates their suffering and their relationship to their suffering. If we are not allowed to feel our pain,Continue reading “Restorative Justice: Pain is Our Teacher”

6 Months No Facebook?!? A Love Story

Six months ago I got off Facebook. Good riddance! “Great job, Erin!” said a friend. “Facebook is horrible for our mental health.” Little did I know HOW greatly my world view would shift. You see, with Facebook I had judged a person’s whole being based on the articles they posted or their stance on aContinue reading “6 Months No Facebook?!? A Love Story”

Storytelling Brings Empathy: Humans are Storytellers and Meaning Makers

It was in watching the beauty of conversation in sign language that I realized that language is first and foremost a vehicle for story. It was a Sunday afternoon and the sun was setting in Roseville, California, when I walked into a packed and yet silent Starbucks. It was eerie to hear the rustle ofContinue reading “Storytelling Brings Empathy: Humans are Storytellers and Meaning Makers”