I've always considered myself to be on the fringe of the interconnected mobile world. Then I counted the number of lithium-ion batteries in my home . . . dcbel on Pexels After my recent post about the new green energy economy, I was curious about my own consumption of lithium-ion batteries. My sister was also … Continue reading The Ubiquity of Lithium-Ion Batteries — Here’s the List. How Many Are In Your Home?
The New Green Energy Economy . . . Déjà vu or Even Worse?
[Note to Readers: This is a longer essay that's best read on something other than a cell phone. Thank you for taking the time to read it.] As a society (and in many ways a global one), we’re currently defaulting to a prescribed path for our collective future. As a result, we regularly face the … Continue reading The New Green Energy Economy . . . Déjà vu or Even Worse?
What Is Our Responsibility To Each Other?
Radical individualism has always been embraced as the embodiment of the American spirit. We pride ourselves on our individual self-reliance and autonomy, and we judge others who fall short on these measures. Ironically, though, this same individualism can only be experienced and understood through social and cultural patterns of meaning. We discover ourselves only through, … Continue reading What Is Our Responsibility To Each Other?
A Brief Suggestion For A Reframing, In Case You’ve Been Needing One As Much As I Have
It would be hard to miss that things don't seem to be going so well in the world right now. In fact, there's been a sustained period of "not great" for most people in most places. And for many people, times have been terribly difficult and are getting worse. A brutal war, climate crises so … Continue reading A Brief Suggestion For A Reframing, In Case You’ve Been Needing One As Much As I Have
Fusion is the Answer. Are We Asking the Right Question?
When the right answer comes out of a flawed paradigm, what outcomes can reasonably be expected? The preamplifiers of the National Ignition Facility are the first step in increasing the energy of laser beams as they make their way toward the target chamber. Photo credit: Damien Jemison/LLNL Fusion Is the Answer. When I went to … Continue reading Fusion is the Answer. Are We Asking the Right Question?
One Mississippi . . .
Some of the most important things we're losing are right before our eyes and yet it's as if we're unable to see them changing. My friend Vivek Srinivasan lives in Bangalore, India and a recent blog post of his calls attention to something we're barely talking about at all in the U.S. where the event … Continue reading One Mississippi . . .
Our Unavoidably Interconnected World
This November brings world-defining elections in several countries, a global climate summit, the 100th anniversary of a major historical discovery, and a human population milestone. Try as we might to view them separately, they're unavoidably connected as are the people circumambulating this planet. Close-up Photography of Water Drops on a Web, photo on Pixabay In … Continue reading Our Unavoidably Interconnected World
Simplicity and the True Cost of Everything
The perennial wisdom that there is no free lunch holds for all things in our daily life -- from what we eat, to how we shelter and clothe ourselves, to our education, our means of transportation, our vacations, and even how we entertain ourselves at home. But are we paying the true cost for these … Continue reading Simplicity and the True Cost of Everything
Convenience versus Importance
What do we inadvertently prioritize in our lives -- the least inconvenient thing to do or the most important thing to do? Photo by Tom Fisk on Pexels.com Much has been written about the importance of convenience in our world today. From a consumer perspective the importance of convenience has a positive connotation. From the … Continue reading Convenience versus Importance
A Continuum of Approaches to the Climate Crisis
With an array of approaches ranging from political and corporate greenwashing to going it alone with a small community of others, is there a best option for dealing with a world of drought, heat, fire, and floods? [Note to Readers: This is a long essay that is best read on something other than a cell … Continue reading A Continuum of Approaches to the Climate Crisis
What Does Matter?
(Photo by Ryan Baker on Unsplash) My beloved friend and cerebral soulmate of 34 years departed this material world today. She's no longer in pain, no longer trying with such determination to continue a life she wasn't ready yet to give up on. She's now free, light, and one with all that is. So are … Continue reading What Does Matter?
Speaking the Truth
George Carlin, democracy, and parrhēssia (an ancient form of authentic truth-telling) all challenge free-for-all cancel culture. (Alexas_Fotos on Pixabay) In the new documentary George Carlin's American Dream, Jon Stewart references Carlin's iconic sketch on "stuff" and points out that "my shit is stuff and your stuff is shit" can be understood as a summation of … Continue reading Speaking the Truth