#ListenLearnLove: Whose Land of the Free?

My summer 2020 blogs come from a variety of people commenting on the theme #ListenLearnLove. Today’s guest blog is from Phoebe Morad, the Executive Director of Lutherans Restoring Creation and a woman whose voice is worthy of a broad audience. Thank you, Phoebe for this blog and your important work.  As we head into a Fourth of July holiday, in the midst of a pandemic that precludes our usual celebrations, this is a good year […]

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#BlackLivesMatter

This week I pay my respects to #BlackLivesMatter, George Floyd, and the many other black people who have died primarily because they were not white. I lift up all who have suffered striving for justice and peace for people of all colors. I invite you to join me as I: Reflect on the gross injustices people of color continue to experience generation after generation. Read, listen, and learn the perspective of people of color. Resolve […]

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Earth Day 2020 in a COVID-19 World

April 22 marked the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day. I intended to blog about that, taking a break from anything COVID-19 related. However, as I sat down to write this blog, I learned more of my 2020 plans were cancelled, because of COVID-19. I thank all those decision-makers who have to make these unpopular announcements. Still, my plans included a once-in-a-life time opportunity to celebrate with other distant relatives the 400th anniversary of […]

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Let’s Talk About Mental Health

Let’s talk about mental health and illnesses. Seriously, let’s talk. Mental health issues run rampant in society, resulting in all sorts of problems and heart aches. One of the biggest problems society faces is that that we don’t understand mental illness.  This leads to inadequate levels of support, both for people struggling with these conditions, and their families who struggle along with them. We still experience too much shame and ignorance around mental health problems. […]

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Twelve Generations After the Mayflower

I met Beth Splaine last summer at the writer’s retreat where I was working on Mayflower Chronicles: The Tale of Two Cultures. Each evening we read portions of our work, so she was aware of my efforts to retell this famous story as a historical novel, with special emphasis on the perspective of the Natives and women. As a result of that event, I signed a contract with Green Writers Press to publish the book. […]

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