The Mockingbird Disconnect

A member of my family recently lamented the fact a long time friend of our family’s granddaughter had left her boyfriend for a black man. I blurted out that I expected better from her & the family friend, we all bleed the same and were Christians.. I had to hang up before I said something that could not be taken back.. Sad

Harper Lee’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbird”, as adapted for the stage by Aaron Sorkin, and directed by Bartlett Sher, is skillfully presented, and very well acted, but ultimately feels less like a play about racism in 1930’s Alabama, than an elaborate example of liberal white privilege. After all it’s a Broadway production of an iconic story set in the place and time of American apartheid wherein the moral center is occupied by a brave, compassionate, generous and humble white man who does the right thing, even if it requires breaking the law. Not only is this version of Atticus Finch the opposite of a racist, he’s practically an action hero. 

I am a 60 year old white American man of less rigorous virtue than the Broadway Atticus Finch, but I have been a member of a large black family for going on forty years. I have a black wife…

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Changing Rules for Funding Recreation at Veterans Homes

by David Thielker, CalVet Homes Division

Once a person’s need for food, shelter, medical care, comfort and companionship are met, the need for well-being becomes increasingly important. With anywhere from 60 to 850 aged and/or disabled veterans living in eight veterans home communities across the state, it’s essential to offer activities, celebrations, engagements, and events that allow them to stay sharp of mind and involved in spirit.

One of the hallmarks of our California Veterans Home system is the incredible community support we receive and the wide range of activities available for our veterans. Because we have veterans at varying levels of care, we work hard to ensure that there are activities available to suit all of their interests and ability levels.

Recreational and entertainment offerings range from an in-house library of books, movies and magazines to excursions to state parks, ball games and performances. While the most popular activity in…

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Important Message from Keeper of Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe. – Chief Arvol Looking Horse

“The Indigenous people warn that these destructive developments will cause havoc globally. There are many, many more indigenous teachings and knowledge about Mother Earth’s Sacred Sites, her chakras, and connections to our spirit that will surely affect our future generations.

There needs to be a fast move toward other forms of energy that are safe for all nations upon Mother Earth. We need to understand the types of minds that are continuing to destroy the spirit of our whole global community. Unless we do this, the powers of destruction will overwhelm us.”

Make No Bones About It


I, Chief Arvol Looking Horse, of the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota Nations, ask you to understand an Indigenous perspective on what has happened in America, what we call “Turtle Island.” My words seek to unite the global community through a message from our sacred ceremonies to unite spiritually, each in our own ways of beliefs in the Creator.

We have been warned from ancient prophecies of these times we live in today, but have also been given a very important message about a solution to turn these terrible times.

To understand the depth of this message you must recognize the importance of Sacred Sites and realize the interconnectedness of what is happening today, in reflection of the continued massacres that are occurring on other lands and our own Americas.

I have been learning about these important issues since the age of 12 when I received the Sacred White Buffalo Calf…

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Resignation letter



Yesterday I resigned my position in the York Township Republican Committeemen’s Organization. Below is the letter I sent to the chairman explaining my decision.


Chairman Cuzzone:

We come together in political parties to magnify our influence. An organized representative institution can give weight to our will in ways we could not accomplish on our own. Working with others gives us power, but at the cost of constant, calculated compromise. No two people will agree on everything. There is no moral purity in politics.

If compromise is the key to healthy politics, how does one respond when compromise descends into complicity? To preserve a sense of our personal moral accountability we must each define boundaries. For those boundaries to have meaning we must have the courage to protect them, even when the cost is high.

Almost thirty years ago as a teenager in Texas, I attended my first county Republican…

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Why prairies matter and lawns don’t

How much lawn is too much? 41 million acres. That figure makes lawn the most widespread plant under irrigation in the contiguous US. Three times more acreage is covered in irrigated lawn than in irrigated corn, and that’s a conservative estimate. All of that once precious water used on those 41 million acres of ridiculous, non-native turfgrass to keep it unnaturally green – how can people be so blind?

The Roaming Ecologist

Prairies – those critically endangered and complex ecosystems understood by few and misunderstood and destroyed by millions of people.

Lawns – those myopically obsessive (and evil) urban, suburban, and increasingly rural monoculture eyesores that displace native ecosystems at a rate between 5,000 and 385,000 acres per day* in favor of sterile, chemically-filled, artificial environments bloated with a tremendous European influence that provide no benefits over the long term; no food, no clean water, no wildlife habitat, and no foundation for preserving our once rich natural heritage.  And there’s the unbearable ubiquitousness of mowing associated with such a useless cultural practice, which creates a ridiculous amount of noise pollution, air and water pollution, and a bustling busyness that destroys many peaceful Saturday mornings.  The American lawn is the epitome of unsustainability.

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