Category Archives: United States

Borrowed Time and Gratitude

Tomorrow, March 13, I turn 55.  Not a huge milestone, but it makes me eligible for a number of ‘senior’ discounts, and to move into the trailer park down the hill.  It also means that likely I’m pretty well into the second half … Continue reading

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Learning from the Past, Leading for the Future

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it“–George Satayana When Deborah Cheetham was a young girl, her family was torn apart. They were torn apart for the crime of being Yorta Yorta Aboriginals in Australia in the mid-20th century.  Taken … Continue reading

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A New Unit of Time

When I was Mayor, I was asked once if I considered my words every time I spoke.  My answer was, yes, every time, or very, very nearly so.  When I heard Mitt Romney take two completely different positions on the … Continue reading

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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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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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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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