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A 5-step Program for What Ails us. Fourth Installment (of 5 – almost there!)

Posted by on Oct 26, 2020 in All Posts | Comments Off on A 5-step Program for What Ails us. Fourth Installment (of 5 – almost there!)

A 5-step Program for What Ails us. Fourth Installment (of 5 – almost there!)

Step 4 – Help envision and create an economy based on human well-being directly, not on growth for its own sake as a proxy for well-being. At various times, healthy living systems and individual organisms physically grow, but at other times they don’t.  In fact, physical growth in most indviduals usually slows down dramatically or comes to a complete stop after some time and total growth within an ecosystem does the same.   The great exception to this is cancer and disease organisms that ultimately destroy their host. When we insist on growth...

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Another Option for Education during the COVID Pandemic:  Thinking outside the (school) box

Posted by on Jul 24, 2020 in All Posts | Comments Off on Another Option for Education during the COVID Pandemic:  Thinking outside the (school) box

As the parent of two middle school students in the Boulder Valley School District (BVSD) in Boulder County, Colorado, I have more than just passing interest in the debates, discussions and news about how or if kids can go back to school this fall.   It’s a big deal. The options in every discussion and website I’ve seen so far seem limited to the following:  1) “Go back to school as normal” option – school starts up with normal, pre-COVID, schedules and classes;  2) “On-line option” – all schooling is done on line as was the case in Spring,...

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Outside the Box; Contemplating Nested Challenges

Posted by on Apr 16, 2020 in All Posts | Comments Off on Outside the Box; Contemplating Nested Challenges

Outside the Box; Contemplating Nested Challenges

At the beginning of March,2020, while riding the Corona chairlift at Eldora Ski area, I caught the bug.  No, not “that” bug (some joking on the lift notwithstanding).   I was re-infected with the love of wild winds, deep snow and the greens, whites, blues and greys of the Rockies.    The slopes were almost deserted, affording me a lot of solitary time to contemplate.  But the remarkable, thrilling day also energized me to think hard about matters that put us all in great peril and also to see some lights at the ends of those...

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A 5-step Program for What Ails us. Third Installment

Posted by on Jan 3, 2020 in All Posts | Comments Off on A 5-step Program for What Ails us. Third Installment

A 5-step Program for What Ails us. Third Installment

Photograph by Matthew Kowal –  Step 3 – Spend more time outside, mostly nearby, including more physical exertion and labor.   This is the third installment in a series of 5 musings under the theme of “A 5-step Program for What Ails Us.”  The first installment introduced the theme an explored Step 1: “Yes, No or Maybe “Slow down and simplify overall.” The titles of the remaining 2 installments are found at the end of this musing. There is a large and growing body of evidence that shows that as people spend more time inside...

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A 5-step Program for What Ails us. Second Installment

Posted by on Aug 22, 2019 in All Posts | Comments Off on A 5-step Program for What Ails us. Second Installment

A 5-step Program for What Ails us.  Second Installment

Step 2 – Slow down and simplify overall. This is the second installment in a series of 5 musings under the theme of “A 5-step Program for What Ails Us.”  The first installment introduced the theme an explored Step 1: “Yes, No or Maybe – be proactively honest, clear and respectful with ourselves and each other.” The titles of the remaining 3 installments are found at the end of this musing. We are hurried; driven by and to distractions. We live in an increasingly impersonal world where face-to-face human interaction is being replaced with...

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A 5-step Program for What Ails Us – First Installment

Posted by on Mar 4, 2019 in All Posts | Comments Off on A 5-step Program for What Ails Us – First Installment

A 5-step Program for What Ails Us  – First Installment

 Many people acknowledge a range of modern afflictions that ail us and challenges that face us.  Malaise, lack of meaning and dysfunction at the personal, family, community and national level.  Topsoil loss, habitat loss, even climate change.  Economic challenges.  Social injustices of all sorts.   I, personally, think most of these are real and dangerous conditions and trends.   Many already affect people all over the world and, even in the well-insulated and prosperous U.S., we are starting to feel the pain associated with ecological...

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Environmental Literacy and ALL careers

Posted by on Aug 15, 2017 in All Posts | Comments Off on Environmental Literacy and ALL careers

Environmental Literacy and ALL careers

Take a few seconds to imagine the world several decades in the future.   No matter what your background or values are, it’s very likely that the future you just pictured is quite different than our world today.   Things change . . . and these days, faster than ever before! Now, hone in on what people are doing in your envisioned world.  In almost any but the most bleak future you see, people will probably be “doing business” in some way, shape or form.   Business – the trade and commerce of ideas, goods, and services...

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Recapitalizing earth

Posted by on Aug 1, 2016 in All Posts | Comments Off on Recapitalizing earth

Recapitalizing earth

The word, “Earth,” when referring to our planet, should be capitalized.   It’s the official/correct way to write it – see Dictionary.com or any other source.   Thus, it’s long intrigued me, that while names of other planets are always capitalized, our own planet, Earth, is very commonly written as earth.  Don’t take my word for it; check it out – you’ll never see “mars” or “jupiter” but “earth” is liberally sprinkled throughout the written word! Dictionary.com also states that “It is acceptable [my emphasis] to leave earth lowercase and use...

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Another take on Efficiency

Posted by on Jul 6, 2016 in All Posts | Comments Off on Another take on Efficiency

Another take on Efficiency

Efficiency is not always a good thing.    Does this seems shocking?  If so, consider the ramifications of an efficient criminal enterprise.   Observe that a cancerous growth can be very efficient in commandeering the resources of its host body.   Ruminate on the efficient nature of many Ponzi schemes.  As the article “Insufficiency of Efficiency” reminds us, “A job not worth doing is not worth doing well.” (http://steadystate.org/wp-content/uploads/CASSE_Brief_Efficient_Allocation.pdf). Right now, efficiency has a “good rap.”  Everyone loves...

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Enough

Posted by on May 7, 2016 in All Posts | Comments Off on Enough

Enough

Over the past winter holidays, I spent some time trying to craft a coherent musing about the overemphasis on gifts and stuff during the holy season. Ironically, my ability to focus on this task fell victim to information overload. The number of well-reasoned, well-written essays and opinions that either attack and lament or that defend and promote consumerism, gift-giving and/or greed is surpassed only by the advertisements and other clutter one must wade through to view them! Immersing myself in such internet commentary, it quickly became...

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