What it Really Means to be Green

It seems that these days, “green” is right up there with “thin” and “anti-aging” as top advertising buzz words. However, the true essence of green is not a marketing ploy; it is about conservation, sustainability, and ultimately peace.

One of the best things you can do to be green is to live a bit more simply. It’s not to say that we should not be grateful and accepting of abundance in our lives. But maybe we need to change our sense of abundance. Read More

Fierce Light

Fierce Light illuminates stories of spiritual activism – from well known activists such as American Civil Rights Leader, Congressman John Lewis and Buddhist peace activist and monk Thich Nhat Hanh, to lesser known causes like the movement to save South Central Farm, led in part by one of my personal sheroes, Julia Butterfly Hill.

The strand that weaves these stories together is that the protestors are committed to non-violence and are compelled to action by what Gandhi called “soul force.” While watching Fierce Light, I was reminded of the quote by Mother Teresa: “I was once asked why I don’t participate in anti-war demonstrations. I said that I will never do that, but as soon as you have a pro-peace rally, I’ll be there.” Read More

Food Inc.

On Monday night I went to the movie theater to see Food Inc.  Many of us think of a trip to the movies as an escape from reality, but this movie pulls back the curtain on our food system to show us the truth behind what it takes to get food from the “farm” to the “table,” or sadly, in most cases, from the CAFOs (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations) to our front seat.

Walking in, I was nervous about the inevitable images of slaughterhouses. There were a few of these scenes, and yes, my eyes were closed, but it was not gratuitous. I think the film makers gave us just enough information to Read More