About Me  

I'm joining Service Space because ... It is a reminder of who I am when I am at my best. The community encourages me to be more than I could be alone.

A good day to me is when ... I remember that love wins

My hero in life is ...You are my hero!!!!

My favorite book is ...Jesus wants to save Christians

One thing I'm grateful for is ... Empowering contexts


Reflections On The Awakin Call With Thomas Ponce

Jul 11, 2015, 3 comments, 9 smiles Just ending the Awakin call today with Thomas Ponce, I was beyond humbled to be able to interview him today! At 14 years old, Thomas holds so much wisdom. He shared about how it is to be a compassion warrior and animal rights activist in school. Teenage kids say stupid things, they are mean and cruel. Yet Tomas has insight and presence that allows him to both be in the moment, in a harsh junior/high school environment while also being able to see it with perspective far beyond his years. He shared about how compassion is the thread that weaves through all he does- whether it is advocating for animals, the environment, or other humans. He lives his life through his heart. I could hear the urgency and fierce edge of his words, while also hearing the profound capacity for love. The story that brought me to tears is his share about going ... Read Full Story

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May 12, 2015, 3 comments, 6 smiles The True Wealth Experiment: What happened when we gave 24 people $100 each to create wealth | Ari Nessel Three weeks ago, we gave away $2400 in $100 increments to people who showed up on a conference call about the meaning of "true wealth." And so began a week-long experiment in creating wealth

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May 01, 2015, 1 smiles This Foundation Is Using Meditation To Bring Baltimore Together Amid Riots For the past 13 years, the Holistic Life Foundation has focused on bringing mindfulness meditation and self-regulation techniques to their headquarters in Baltimore and beyond. As this week's riots hit extremely close to home, the team behind the org...

Beautiful Report From Friends At Movement ...

Feb 24, 2015, 2 comments, 9 smiles Beautiful report from friends at Movement Strategy Center: Love is Power, Practicing Transformation for Social Justice. It is a reflection about how transformational practice is informing today's social justice movements. There are examples such as unpacking #blacklivesmatter and how it is a movement based in love and transformational practice. "Now is the time that we see that love is a more powerful force than anger. Time that changing ourselves individually and collectively will change the world." I'm curious how people on this feed relate to social justice movements. This is a "pre-release" copy for all to enjoy!

Panhandling Thoughts

Dec 29, 2014, 1 comments, 11 smiles I just saw this wonderful reflection on the challenge of how to interact with "panhandlers" (defined as people who ask for money in public spaces.) I have my own set of experiments in how I engage with people on the street- and i thought this article (see below) did a good job summarizing key ideas. One thing that I've resolved in the past year is that the question of whether to give cash or not (what if they spend it on alcohol or drugs is the prevailing fear i've heard)., The more I take the time to talk to and learn from people who are panhandling, I've realized that by giving cash (when I have it/when I can), I am giving the person the choice of how they want to spend that money. By making the choice myself and just purchasing what I assume they might need, I have taken away ... Read Full Story

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Dec 23, 2014, 2 comments, 9 smiles How does a homeless man spend $100? - Imgur The most viral images on the internet, curated in real time by a dedicated community through commenting, voting and sharing.

Because It We Rarely Toot Our ...

Sep 08, 2014, 3 comments, 11 smiles Because it we rarely toot our own horns, I wanted to share about something magical that was created by Bela this summer in her "spare" time. My friend Anjani ,whose daughters are participating in the Eucalyptus Fairy magic, wrote this blog about it.  If you have a child under the age of 7, check this out!  

In My Home There's Been Some ...

Jul 18, 2014, 1 comments, 7 smiles In my home there's been some discussion (ok, heated debate) about the horrible situation in Israel/Palestine. Everywhere I look, people take self righteous sides that end up dividing people further into their camps of hate and intolerance. I've been trying to look for the places of empathy in the situation- all the human beings who are suffering and at the impact of a world full of so much intolerance, violence and hate. This article "We Aren't Gonna Change the World" by Kazu Haga, of the East Point Peace Academy, really put it in perspective for me. I think it is the very best thing I've read about this situation, and really anything that overwhelms me in hopelessness.  Kazu talks a lot about the future- and using his life now to build frameworks for the future. The humility it takes to not fix it now, but to be patient and work towards the long goal. Here's a beautiful video that Kazu shows about a nature and community based version of this -- The Living Bridge -- which reminds us that it isn't and is never about us, but about laddering the future:

Broken Hearted

Jul 13, 2014, 1 comments, 6 smiles This weekend I was at the National Animal Rights conference meeting up with some great activists, hearing about amazing, brave and strategic work being done for animals. But by far the thing that haunted me and broke my heart wide open was hearing two undercover animal investigators share their stories of working in factory farms in order to get footage of animal abuse. A young woman shared stories of working at a farm where cows were kept in tiny tiny crates. When babies were born they were dragged by their legs, stepped on, screaming and flailing, thrown into the back of trucks with their mothers howling for mercy and being helpless to do anything from the confines of their tiny crates. I learned how the factory farming industry and meat producers collude with local governments to ensure we never learn of these atrocities, and in fact, are finding more and ... Read Full Story

Matching The Violence With Nonviolence, Matching The

Jul 01, 2014, 15 smiles Last Saturday evening, The Pollination Project hosted Pancho Ramos Stierle for our bi-monthly salon series. It was a great evening among friends, sharing silent reflection, vegan dinner made from local vegan food mostly gathered from neighbors gardens, and then hearing Pancho talk about his recent arrest and some lessons he learned. The big takeaway for me was: The more the violence escalates, the more we have to escalate the love. We have to match the level of fear/violence with a similar level of love/nonviolence. Pancho spoke about the BART attendant who was new and who he struggled to reach at a heart level. He spoke about his "bazooka of love" that he chose not to blast at her in order to respect and stand up for the african american youth who were listening to the conversation. I hadn't given much thought to modulating the amount of kindness and love I am ... Read Full Story