Forget The Fork

Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter what fork you use.

--Emily Post, born on this day in 1873


A Spot of Hope

America did not invent human rights. In a very real way, human rights invented America.

--President Jimmy Carter, born on this day in 1924


Lately, I've been considering the connection between our country's current upheaval and how this country was formed -- through genocide, colonization, slavery, destruction of families and civilizations. Sometimes I wonder if America was doomed from the beginning, and what possible future we could create with such a birth.

But this quote gives me space for a gentle breath. As we know better, we do better. Perhaps human rights and its champions will carve a future America based in peace, interconnectedness, and respect for the earth.


When You Hang Your Flowers Up to Dry

It's time for another photo post, because words can't effectively sum up where I've been since I last posted in April 2015.


photo by Vu Gandin Le, Gandin + Le Studios

(photo by Vu Gandin Le)





Two-step approach to preventing the next Germanwings disaster - Reuters

Chris and I have an op-ed up about the Germanwings disaster and mental health screenings at Reuters.

It's also been chosen as The Aspen Institute's best idea of the day for April 1st. (And it's not an April Fools' joke.)



Even the Red Sun

It is a delicious thing to write, to be no longer yourself but to move in an entire universe of your own creating. Today, for instance, as man and woman, both lover and mistress, I rode in a forest on an autumn afternoon under the yellow leaves, and I was also the horses, the leaves, the wind, the words my people uttered, even the red sun that made them almost close their love-drowned eyes.

--Gustave Flaubert, born today in 1821