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Earth Day: Stand For What You Stand On

April 22, 2018


Today, Sunday April 22, 2018, is Earth Day.  Read more…


What’s the opposite of a gun: April 20, 2018 #NationalStudentWalkOut

April 20, 2018

What’s the opposite of a gun?

On Friday April 20, students across the United States will answer that question with a resounding answer:

a walkout.

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Earth Month, Earth Week, Earth Day 2018 and VOTE!

April 18, 2018


How has your Earth Month been so far?

While the Earth is celebrated all April and while #EarthDayIsEveryDay, this week is considered Earth Week and Sunday April 22 is the official “Earth Day.” Read more…

When are TAXES due in 2018?

April 17, 2018

Usually it’s pretty easy for you and for Hagar to figure out when taxes are due.

But this year it’s quite complicated! Read more…

Get yr grammar on: World Semicolon Day

April 16, 2018


Word Crimes: We all commit them. Srsly, theyre part of the rising process, write?!

When we are rushing to get the words out, to go with the flow, to stay with our wild minds, to get our down draft down, we need to follow the rules of writing practice as set out by Natalie Goldberg and not worry about spelling, punctuation, or grammar. But then there comes the time to revise those down drafts, and to fix them up, as Anne Lamott describes in her chapter on “Shitty First Drafts” in Bird By Bird.

So to help you get your grammar on, I have two videos, and a very important public service announcement.

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Burning Man at VC’s Diversity in Culture

April 11, 2018

As I scanned my mental files for folks who would add something amazing to Ventura College’s Diversity in Culture Festival April 11 and 12, in addition to Alice Bag, it should be no surprise that I’d think of women who go to Burning Man like:

  • Rasika Mathur, actor
  • Deniz Nicole, artist
  • Lynne Okun, artist

I know how attending Burning  Man affected me as an artist and writer and so I asked them via email a series of questions about how attending Burning Man influenced them as artists. Here are their answers. Read more…

How To Be A Shining Example: Empathy. Education. Empowerment.

April 9, 2018


“You don’t have to be anything,” reminds Tsoknyi Rinpoche. “You don’t have to teach anything. You just have to be who you are: a bright flame shining in the darkness of despair, a shining example of a person able to cross bridges by opening your heart and soul.”

How can we do this? How can we be who we are, a shining example? And can that bring more social and environmental justice to the world?

To increase justice in the world, Judy Lee Dunn suggests we practice the “3Es”: Empathy, Education, Empowerment:

Empathy is the ability to walk in the shoes of another: without empathy, we don’t know what injustice feels like and we don’t care about the injustice in the world.

Once we care, we want to learn more through Education about injustice so we understand it — the causes, the solutions and the actions people take.

Education leads to Empowerment — taking action.  If we only learn about problems, and don’t see how we can be part of the solution, we feel helpless. Taking action leads to a sense of empowerment.

Empathy. Education. Empowerment. I wrote about this a few years ago but it bears repeating.

One way to to become empathetic and to educate yourself and empower yourself is by attending events like Ventura College’s Diversity in Culture Festival and Earth Day events going on all over the world this month.

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