Echoing Green

“We are told over and over again these days that the economy is the bottom line. But as a biologist this never made any sense to me. It is the biosphere that is the source of everything that matters because it is the health of the biosphere,including the water, soil and air we all breath,…




Earth Day

There may be no more magnificent photographs than those of Earth from outer space. Humans had to travel to space to see Earth in all of its awesome majesty and its delicate vulnerability. The venture in space for a few was an education for all. We were changed by the image of the little blue…



Earth’s Spirit

Today is a holiday that honors a blind belief for over a billion people of the planet. Wedded to a great myth about life and the reality of death, today is an attempt to obscure the end of being with hope that there is no end of life, only a transformation or transcendence from bodily…




Firearms Deaths

Arguments for gun control are not making any headway for sane policy in the United States. We don’t necessarily love our guns (sure there are exceptions where owning a gun or collection of guns is an obsession not unlike obsession over another person of the same or opposite sex) but we tolerate the presence of…



Vouchers

Is it possible that the only reason anyone has ever listened to Betsy DeVos is that she is a billionaire? I can’t imagine and certainly don’t know of any solid reason to listen to her about education. Her qualifications as Secretary of Education are almost wholly a function of her political activity in giving money…




Amy Klobuchar

I don’t know if Senator Klobuchar should be President – yet – but I do believe that someone with her intellect and values should replace the demagogue that now holds the office. Joe Biden has the combination of experience, values and knowledge that would enable a productive and successful presidency, but his age is a…




Caring Bytes

Determinism is an ages old debate in philosophy involving deep elements of freewill and morality. Now Artificial Intelligence has raised the debate to a different, if not a new, level. While we struggle to understand the human mind and the brain-body functions of ourselves and our domestic and laboratory animals, what is being done with…




Water Revisited

Water is everywhere. It is not hard to understand why water is so taken for granted. That is until there is not enough water to sustain life. Then every drop is precious.




These Perilous Times

A strategy of doing is a planetary imperative because each human being is contributing to changes in earth’s physical and political ecology. Too much of what we are doing, individually and collectively, is not sustainable. We are part of a community and that is our ecology; the place where we interact with ever changing relationships….




Your New Year!

Years end and years begin. Eternity is always just around the corner. But the exciting element of existence is that there is always another corner with new expectations. I hope that 2019 will be better for you than all the rest. The future awaits and will emerge. May it meet all of your expectations. I…