On Saturday, July 15, of last year, Michelle Basemen (63) passed away peacefully after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.
While the 2018 midterm elections gave progressives some hope, we continue to struggle with the hate, fear, bigotry and xenophobia on display in U. S. politics. For a few years these dark forces have been rumbling openly. Why? Because hate, fear, bigotry and xenophobia are politically powerful tools.
Last month the United Nations’ scientific panel on climate change warned that climate change will threaten our lives sooner than previously thought. It made me wonder again, why are developed nations pushing consumerism to the point of threatening our existence? I think we need to look to indigenous cultures to learn better ways to live, but these very cultures are being wiped out by modernity.
For the first time in years, my travel scheduled allowed me to be in Baltimore for the Martin Luther King Jr. Parade. Even though my recent hip surgery made it hard to march, I was so glad I could cheer on our BES contingent.
After 25 years of teaching I will admit that having a different routine in the summer is important to me. It’s not that I spend most of the summer doing nothing – a persistent myth that bothers hard-working teachers.
May Day, also known as International Workers Day, is officially May 1st. This year, in Maryland, it came a few days later. But then the millions of Americans who work for low wages have always had to wait for victories.
This month I want to share more existential reflections about change, a deeply paradoxical experience. In so many ways, it’s what we most strive for. Change allows for new experiences, dynamic growth, and flourishing life.
Good things sometimes require money. So, isn’t it time we begin understanding that money is not a dirty word? You will be receiving more information about what is necessary to keep BES flourishing. If you believe in our mission, in our deeds, and in our community, this is your opportunity to express your values by supporting our shared work with a generous pledge.
One of the best gifts to yourself is a healthy dose of gratitude. I am not talking about gratitude that others show you, although that is a very nice present to receive! I am speaking of the gratitude you express to others,…or to the planet, or to your pet, or just about anything. Studies have shown that feeling and expressing gratitude contributes to your mental and physical health.
Most of you know that while you see me at work in Baltimore, I live inside the Washington, D.C. beltway. As a result I felt the impact of the federal government shutdown in a number of very concrete ways. To begin with, my wife Maureen was furloughed. An analyst for the Library of Congress, she was sent home as “non-essential.”