Indigenous People Show All Of Us The Way To Climate Justice

Climate JusticeIn North Dakota, the Dakota indigenous people and their allies are pushing back stalwartly and nonviolently against the Dakota Access Pipeline or DAPL. They have been brutalized by attack dogs, arrested and put in jail, though they have also caused social justice victories in getting President Obama as well as a Federal Court to postpone the pipeline within twenty miles of a major lake and water source it would otherwise go through. These are temporary injunctions against the pipeline, and in other areas it is going ahead full steam. Much work is still to be done. This is why in Monterey, California on Tuesday, September 13th, I joined in one of over a hundred protests across the country to support the Dakota people and their allies’ efforts to stop this dirty fuel project. We marched through Fisherman’s Wharf to the beat of native drums while chanting for clean water in the Dakota language. It was truly inspiring to be a small part of this protest to protect our water and move away from fossil fuels.

Several months ago I went to South Dakota to stand in solidarity with the Rosebud Lakota Sioux and other indigenous people, as well as their allies, to push back against the Keystone XL pipeline (this pipeline project was ultimately quashed by President Obama). I became convinced these indigenous people, who find the Great Spirit in the land and our ecosystems as much as in people and other of God’s creatures, had the well-being of Mother Earth in their DNA sufficient to put their very lives on the line to nonviolently stop that pipeline and call for switching off of fossil fuels to wind, solar and other clean renewable energy sources. May we all get enough of this sacredness in our DNA to join in their resolve for climate justice.

Licking River Review

I often seek to perch a phoebe on my shoulder as I write creatively and, quite evidently in the cover artwork below, so do the good people at Licking River Review! Northern Kentucky University’s student-operated annual literary journal has selected my poem “Just On The Other Side Of The Candle And The Ray” for publication in… Continue Reading

“Vincent van Gogh in a Field of Wheat With David Foster Wallace”

The muse, she is within you, she is within me, and certainly she shakes our complacency, she is indeed disquieting. Without her, there would only be barren fear and hubris. So, I am overjoyed to have my poem “Vincent van Gogh in a Field of Wheat With David Foster Wallace” selected for publication by DMQ — Disquieting Muses… Continue Reading

“Mealtime, If Fortunate, Just Prior”

With gratitude and passion for creating a better future, I’m happy to announce my poem “Mealtime, If Fortunate, Just Prior” has been accepted for publication at Qwerty, a literary journal run by graduate students at New Brunswick University. This poem is about awakening our sensibility and not simply accepting the shadows rife throughout status quo.… Continue Reading

“White as Snow”

I am delighted that my short story “White as Snow” has been selected for publication in Forge’s January 2016 issue! With Forge’s tagline of being “An eclectic journal of modern story, culture, and art,” my work couldn’t have found a better home. Enjoy the cover art for Forge’s current issue: Continue Reading

Tiger’s Eye Journal

    I’m very excited that my poem, “Urban Distances”, was selected for publication in Tiger’s Eye Journal. It is a pleasure, an honor, as well as humbling to be included in a poetry journal inspired by William Blake’s poem, “The Tiger,” an ode to all people living a creative life.   The Tiger By William… Continue Reading

Climate Change Means System Change

In the Climate March in New York City I marched alongside 400,000 others willing to take to the streets to awaken people everywhere of the importance of remaking ourselves worldwide into sustainable communities. Organizers expected around 100,000 and four times as many came! The dialogue has begun, and with this kind of momentum I believe… Continue Reading

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