Category: Inspiration

The Small Book of Miracles

“I want to share with you what I have learned about miracles.” Amnon Buchbinder is neither a theologian nor a cleric. He’s a filmmaker and professor, with a keen interest in the wonders of story. Miracles, to him, were always a kind of story device. Now, he thinks differently. “The Small Book of Miracles,” a...

Jim Bell, Ecological Designer

Ecological Life Systems Institute (ELSI) and the ecological designer Jim Bell can both be found at the coolest house in San Diego, at 4862 Voltaire Street, in the magnificent hippie-surfer-consciousness enclave of Ocean Beach. There you’ll find a kind of storefront painted in myriad colors and inscribed with dozens of remarkable and necessary quotes, many of...

Kasher in the Rye

Onstage, the celebrated stand-up comic Moshe Kasher is self-assured, commanding, and blazing with intelligence. So accomplished (and justly celebrated) is he as a comedian that it’s sometimes hard to reconcile the juvenile delinquent author-narrator of Kasher in the Rye, his 2012 recovery memoir, with the smooth-talking raconteur in performance. Can this really be Kasher’s childhood? Two...

A Tale of Two Sillies

We have two friends who don’t know each other and couldn’t be more unlike. One identifies as a “progressive” concerned with social, economic and environmental justice. The other identifies as a capitalist-libertarian concerned with immigration and security. The second friend, call him “S,” has been  a vocal supporter of Donald Trump from the start of...

Homeless Problem Fantasia

What if – and we know this is far-fetched and vaguely absurd – what if every person in Los Angeles who has the means and the space were to “adopt” a non-violent, non-alcoholic, perfectly harmless homeless person, giving that man or woman (or family?) a place to sleep and bathe that’s not a freeway underpass? What...

A Very Short Thought About Labor

We live in an oligarchy and call it “democracy.” We organize ourselves in a gaffed system of corrupted socialism and call it “free market capitalism.” We send poorly educated victims overseas to die for our war-making industry and call them “heroes.” So it probably should come as no surprise that one day a year we “celebrate”...

Chareze

We knew her for a month before she died in a terrible accident, but Chareze Clamor touched us so profoundly that she may have well spent 15-or-more years, a whole doggie life, as part of our family. She was only five-months. A puppy. She weighed maybe seven pounds, much of it hair. A pure Shih-Tzu,...

#WeAreOne. Really?

You’ve seen the trending hashtags: #NotMeUs; #StrongerTogether; #WeAreOne. They’re all useful shorthand for complex ideas. On a “normal” day of “normal” news, the concept of Unity strikes most of us as reasonable, a thoroughly un-controversial acclamation of cooperation and fellowship. Great. Sure. What happens, though, when someone drives a truck into dozens of families? What...

Thank You, Bernie Sanders

Thank you, Bernie Sanders, for your leadership. Thank you, Bernie Sanders, for your courage, your authenticity, your compassion. Thank you, Bernie Sanders, for speaking truth to power. Thank you for rousing the sleeping giant. Thank you for proving conclusively that progressive ideas aren’t frivolous and “out there” but mainstream and sensible. America is awakening. America...