We know that 100 questions is not many. One thousand would not be enough. But even one question can be a step toward understanding.

Joe Grimm, “‘Bias Busters’ Class Publishes Cultural Competence Guide,” Maynard Institute 5/23/13

We know that 10…

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Bike Seattle Much?

Bike Seattle Much?

Here’s to help your future commutes!

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What We Choose To Do Together

What We Choose To Do Together

Another excellent article, written by , thinking about taxes. 

 

“One taxpayer’s tax burden is another taxpayer’s chance at a job training program, a decent public education system or treatment for a deadly disease.”

 

“Let’s remind ourselves that we are all in this together and that when we all get better (financially, medically, socially), we all get better. Let’s take a look at how much we pay as a country and what we get as a country, in terms of the health, education, economic opportunities and environmental outcomes from our taxes. Let’s understand why we get so little compared to our competitors and allies in the global economy and commit ourselves to overhauling and simplifying our tax code, improving progressivity, and getting value for our expenditures. Let’s turn the rhetoric down and increase the transparency and accountability we have to strengthen our contract with each other and to promote justice and the well being of us all, including those who have the least.”

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Grateful for Dirty Dishes. And Taxes

Grateful for Dirty Dishes. And Taxes

A lovely, centering article by  Valerie Tarico on taxes.

 

“As one who has received so many benefits from this country, it pains me sometimes how much of our national conversation is about taxes. It’s like going into a department store where the merchandise is all hidden behind enormous price tags. Our representatives spend so much time quarreling about who’s going to carry what share of the tax “burden,” that there’s no time left for the dish-washing, mess-scrubbing, everyday work that it takes to keep our communities great. We get so ground down from fighting with each other that we have a hard time coming together to ask the important questions: What do we want for our children? What do we want for our community? What do we want for our country? We put so much emotional energy into nursing resentment about those so-called “burdens” that we sometimes forget how astoundingly much we have received, both from those who came before us and from this extraordinary land of purple mountains and spacious skies.”

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Until we have met the monsters in ourselves, we keep trying to slay them in the outer world. And we find that we cannot. From all the darkness in the world stems from the darkness in the heart. And it is there that we must do our work.

A quote from Marianna Williamson, who I do not actually know. I ran across this quote while looking at my partner’s tumblr. I read it and felt it, really felt it. Perhaps you will, too. 

Until we have m…

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Why is it harder to ask than give?

Why is it harder to ask than give?

My friend Byron, a co-conspiritor in changing our paradigm of relationship and relating, sent me this article. Spot on, spot on.

“But it is the unpaid obligations that are what creates the rich weave of social life. Sure, we might hate them sometimes, but without obligation, without a debt to pay, without a requirement from our community, we can never have the strength of community bonds that we desire. With meaningful connection comes vulnerability and it is this vulnerability we need to embrace.”

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How To Build A Bike Habit

How To Build A Bike Habit

Loving this so much right now.

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