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HANDLE CONFLICT LIKE A COYOTE

HANDLE CONFLICT LIKE A COYOTE

Being an everyday activist means always being on the lookout for ways to deal with difficult situations.  Last week, I witnessed an act of courage in the face of conflict. I was in awe as my stereotypes were shattered and I gained a new tool for dealing with toxic situations. Now I've got in my back pocket a new way to #ShowYourGlow. Here’s how it went down. (Heads up: This post will take five minutes to read instead of the usual one. I promise, it's worth it.)   THE SCENE I was vending at a two-day craft show with my...

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If Your House Was On Fire

If Your House Was On Fire

A quiz from my new favorite person, Kathleen Dean Moore: “If your house is on fire, what should you do? A. Stare into the flames and say “This isn’t happening.” B. Loudly debate whether the fire was caused by human agency (an arsonist), or by nature (i.e. natural variation in temperature of the house). C. Write grants to study how fast the fire is advancing. D. Appoint commissions to study how to adapt to life in the burnt-out rubble of a house that once was inexpressibly beautiful. "Of course not. You put out the damn fire. You throw everything you’ve...

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Reframing Hope

Reframing Hope

  “Hope” is the thing with feathers - That perches in the soul - And sings the tune without the words - And never stops - at all - --excerpt by Emily Dickinson Hope. It is hard to feel when problems seem insurmountable, when every day feels like Monday, when each day feels grayer the the last.  Betsy DeVos’s confirmation as Education Secretary last week was a low point for me. As my mother, a teacher in the public schools, said to me (I paraphrase): it feels like this is proof that we are voiceless. That our democracy is dead. That...

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