A stretch in consciousness

A Stretch in Consciousness Today is Mother’s Day. My dear mom died almost two years ago so I have no mom to call, visit or send flowers to, but nonetheless I bought flowers – light orange tulips – in honor of her spirit. Today I am also thinking of the great Mother Earth, as “she” has been called. It is our “mother earth” that is crying out for help. Recently in writing about my life since losing my mom, I ended…

Climate Change poem: Loud and Clear by Uli Nagel

Written by Guest blogger Uli Nagel   Loud and Clear I climbed the hill behind the house Slipping on years and years of leaves piled high on the steep forest floor.   I huff-puffed the winter sloth into the first breeze of spring, and reached the top of the rocky drop into a valley that belongs to maples;   a spontaneous reserve on acres of abandoned paper mill, sweet, untouched nature since the day someone had dropped a tire there.…

Climate Change poem: Perpetuity by Uli Nagel

  Written by Guest blogger Uli Nagel   Perpetuity I never had kids - never wanted to or dared to dabble with life that way. I thought that maybe this world is human enough.   30 years later, there are a lot more of us, 3 billion or so and still I envy my friends now and then, spending time with their grandkids anytime they can in between organizing against mass-extinction and climate change.   On the other hand, my…

Ice and Sky

Ice and Sky Hardly anybody knows this about me, but when I was thirteen, I fell in love with Antarctica. An unusual place to fall in love with, but it was all because of my 8th grade teacher whom I adored. I had her jointly for English and History and we did projects on topics that blended history, English, creativity, drama and even cooking. We did a whole project on Antarctica; read poems, read the journal of Robert Scott, who died…

Where there is a vision and a plan

Where there is a Vision and a Plan Recently I went to a writer’s conference in San Miguel De Allende, Mexico. It was my second time there and in addition to kick starting my writing practice, I was very inspired by listening to many of the speakers, including and most importantly Naomi Klein, Canadian author and social activist, known for her recent book "This Changes Everything" and her husband, Avi Lewis, the director of the film “This Changes Everything.” In listening both to…

A spiral of hope, possibilities and gratitude

Written by Guest blogger Uli Nagel A spiral of Hope, Possibilities and Gratitude I am travelling in Europe right now, through Germany and Switzerland, visiting friends and family as well as participating in some trainings and seminars. A lot of conversations turn towards the current trends in many countries towards a more nationalistic, less global and open society – in Poland, Hungary, France, Denmark, Holland and in the US. Often, worry, disbelief, indignation and fear are the emotions underlying these…

Whence cometh hope?

Whence Cometh Hope? In these very challenging times - I’m speaking particularly about our work with Climate change and the gigantic task of switching from fossil fuels to renewable energy and the urgency to do so - I have been thinking about hope in relationship to the actions we take. What keeps us going when it can seem rather futile in some ways; like will there be enough time to make a difference? Already the prognosis for the future is looking…

Looking into the heart of the next generation

Written by guest blogger Uli Nagel Looking into the Heart of the Next Generation Last Saturday I went to a gathering in Northampton entitled “Climate Change Action in a Time of Crisis.” As we wait to learn whether the new administration in Washington will do anything to help steer us towards a clean energy and stable climate future, more and more people are becoming engaged. The climate, unlike some other issues, does not allow us to wait out four years.…

Where have all the lizards gone?

Where have all the lizards gone? Who would have thought that I’d ever be writing about lizards? Yes, I said lizards. Of all creatures, big and small, it's not as if I've been particularly enamored of these small …and sometimes not so small beings… and yet they have entered my consciousness in a new way. Let me explain. I’ve been coming down to Florida for over 40 years as it was my mom’s home until a year and a half…

Making change happen

Written by guest blogger Uli Nagel Making Change Happen My friend Cheryl just ‘got’ a law. She told me the other day while we were out on a walk in brilliant winter sunshine, discussing what might be the right way or ways within our scope to respond to a Trump presidency. When I asked her how this came about, she told me that always being on the look out for making the world a better place, she had learned that…