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This article about three of my intrepid students at Columbia University and what they pulled off in one semester put me in mind of Margaret Mead’s saying about changing the world:

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

Of course, it’s never that easy. This horrible disease is not cured, nor are so many other problems facing of our world.  But my student’s attitudes reminded me of another favorite, this one by Billie Holiday:


“The difficult I’ll do right now.  The impossible will take a little while.”

Carry on, friends!

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Columbia class article

Arcosanti entranceYesterday’s news of the death of Paolo Soleri — the visionary architect, builder, artist, writer and theorist — put me in mind of our family visit last month to Arcosanti, Soleri’s urban experiment in the desert of Arizona.

Sixty five miles north of Phoenix, Arcosanti was described by NEWSWEEK magazine as “…the most important urban experiment undertaken in our lifetimes.” Read the rest of this entry »

“You did not talk to her,” my 9-year-old said incredulously.

“Not only did I talk to her,” I retorted, “I asked if I could videotape her.”

I had just run into the woman my son refers to as “Goooo Vegan.”  Our local post office has incomprehensibly long lines, and those of us waiting our turn were getting pretty grumpy.  Clerks and customers were being snippy with each other, people were talking loudly on their cell phones, others were cursing the wait and the whole darned US Postal Service. Read the rest of this entry »

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