Armistice Day

It’s the 11th of November, and I don’t know about you, but I took the traditional two minutes of silent reflection this morning at 11:00 am, local time. According to the century-old origin of this ritual silence, the first minute honors the 20 million people...

Sacred Ground

Acheewan of the Lamalcha was erroneously identified as a suspect in a murder that took place on Saturna Island. Although he was nowhere near the site of the murder at the time, he was known to oppose British expansion into his territory. Acheewan was pursued by the...

Finding Common Ground

“So… otherwise, how’re you doing?” This question, phrased by Grammy award winner Patton Oswalt in a recent NPR piece, reflects a collective weariness. As Oswalt continued, “There is just this overall gloom – political, psychological, emotional,” referencing the...

Lessons From the Fray

It is hard not to watch the drama being played out in our nation’s capital. The new administration is settling into its leadership, and is ambitiously working to chart a dramatically different course for America. Some see this shift of priorities as “the draining of...

The Psyche at the Root of Democracy

canada goose Joseph Bailey’s comment on my last post included this thought: Is a representative democracy viable in a complex system where the neurology of people can’t keep pace with the level of changes being forced upon them? This question gets at a core struggle...