Monthly Archives: February 2012

Neil deGrasse Tyson for President!

Leadership is the gift of opening eyes to other, better futures, and to the paths to achieve those outcomes.  Neil deGrasse Tyson is exactly that kind of leader.  I’m sure many of you are wondering, ‘Who is Tyson?  Some amazing small-town … Continue reading

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Remembering Bobby Kennedy

I have a son in middle school, a daughter in fifth grade.  Seeing the world through their eyes returns me to that age, at least in my mind.  It was 1968, a time for me when everything–good and bad–seemed possible. … Continue reading

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Small Acts

Every great act can be broken down into smaller components.  Oftentimes, we forget that, and think that great things can only be accomplished by truly great individuals.  In fact, it is rarely if ever that any individual truly accomplishes greatness on his … Continue reading

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The Art of Big Picture Thinking

Today ‘The Conversation’ with Ross Reynolds on KUOW, Seattle’s NPR station, had State Senator Karen Keiser (D-Kent) on to discuss her idea of auctioning off the state’s art collection over time to provide ongoing funding for the Washington Arts Commission, … Continue reading

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Earth Mothers

Sometimes, oftentimes, the problems facing society seem so overwhelming as to make many of us lose hope.  Whether it’s anthropogenic climate change, or corporate power in our elections, or the ever widening gulf between the haves and have-nots, the problems … Continue reading

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Stewardship of Place

My mother grew up in the Great Depression on a homestead in eastern Alberta.  The values she learned there, she passed on to me: wasting things is wrong, hard work won’t hurt you, good eating is an essential part of living, … Continue reading

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Rippling Forward

A few posts ago, I spoke of serendipity, and the role it played in my becoming Mayor of Bellingham.  Over the past weekend serendipity struck again.  I spent the weekend in Hoquiam, Washington.  The weekend away was to take some time … Continue reading

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