What is crime? Today I am considering this question. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines crime as: 1. an illegal act for which someone can be punished by the government 2. a grave offense especially against morality 3. criminal activity 4. something reprehensible, foolish, or disgraceful. While … Continue reading What is crime?
As we untangle and examine the pieces of policy and practice that led us to racial inequities today, here are two very informative locally relevant videos to watch, and a timely call to action related to (you guessed it) the … Continue reading Policy, Practice, Praxis
In 1998, I made a decision that would greatly shape my life – I bought a small bungalow in the Montford neighborhood. Fast forward to 2021 where I am writing this in that same house, my home for literally half … Continue reading History, accountability, and home
As we build towards the future we want, we witness it manifesting around us right now. Here are a few local things I am celebrating at the moment: Different Wrld On the day before the Vance Monument starting coming down … Continue reading The Future is Now
Normal was the crisis. You know that. Which is why, instead of trying to “get back to normal,” we’re cultivating more life affirming alternatives. As I prepare to present the next topic, believe me I know it is one of … Continue reading normal was the crisis
Amidst the many reasons for grief and anger I am grateful for wildness and nature. I’m grateful for humans who are steadily moving towards being in right relationship with each other and the more than human world. That phrase – … Continue reading What could we be?
Here are four essays/articles I have read or re-read recently which I hope will spark revelations – and revolution. Onward. Reading for revelations White Danger: Double-Mindedness, Violence, and the Confusion of Whiteness by Autumn Brown for AORTA. The critical, uncomfortable … Continue reading Reading for revelations
It is a particular kind of vulnerability to learn in public. Related: I was nauseous as I watched the Asheville City Council hotel guidelines discussion and votes last Tuesday. In the moment, the letter I sent to council (and shared … Continue reading Learning in Public
And again I return to the practice of hope. We are tangled in threads of intersecting systems and situations that cause unnecessary suffering, pain, and death. Yet many of us keep pulling on those threads, untangling them, focused on freedom. … Continue reading Of Hope and Hotels
Like you, I watched with horror as a violent mob stormed the Capitol building last Wednesday. Inflamed by white supremacy, misogyny, antisemitism, and homophobia, the rioters erupted like pus oozing from the infection that has been raging on this continent … Continue reading the whiteness within me