Category Archives: Being Human

speaking of the devil

Steve Bannon…?  as chief white house strategist…?

He is the hero of the alt right…darling of the KKK.

You can check it out.

http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2016-election/trump-s-pick-steve-bannon-chief-strategist-sparks-backlash-n683386

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Those of you I know and love who voted for Donald Trump…

I understand your frustrations…I get that you feel ignored by Washington…I get that you don’t like Hillary.

I don’t want to know who you are.

…but you have elected someone totally unfit to be president…who has said unacceptable & hateful things.  Whatever made you vote for the guy…you can’t have that without the other.

Already bullies have been empowered to abuse the most vulnerable among us…& while I adamantly oppose any violence in the anti-Trump protests…I look at those crowds & see young, confused, angry people who have just been shown…in spades…that bad behavior & me-firstness…makes you a winner.  That is the role model you have chosen.

Believe me, I’ve been on the losing side before…

…but for the first time in my 40 years as an American voter…I truly fear for our democracy.  I am scared…and I am angry.

And I am worried for those around me…who are not white and privileged as I am and have even more reason to be upset and afraid.

Last week, a black, disabled friend came to our art center in tears of fear…a Jewish friend signed up for the women’s march in Washington…& our country is brimming with similar stories.

Obama, as ever, has taken the high road…calling on us all to give the President-elect a chance…and so I will.

But be vigilant…

I am holding you…us all…accountable.

 

Why Rachel Carson still matters

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Rachel Carson’s birthday was last week…

….and so…it has been 43  years…since she laid aside the book she longed to write…that would have capped her lifelong career as a biologist and nature writer with a special love for the  sea…

…to take up instead the book she HAD to write…in response to the devastating damage she was witnessing around her…due to the overuse of pesticides.

That book was SILENT SPRING…published in 1962.

In it Rachel Carson writes:

“By there very nature chemical controls are self-defeating, for they have been devised and applied without taking into account the complex biological systems against which they have been blindly hurled.”

“The chemicals may have been pretested against a few individual species, but not against living communities.”

Today DDT has been banned…but we continue as a species to act in ways that threaten the rest of life.  Reading about nature…once a joyful thing for…

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