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I often have difficulty knowing what to say in a public bio. On the one hand, I probably don’t know you (the reader) very well, and am uncomfortable sharing too much intimate detail about my life. On the other hand, if I leave out what is real (and possibly embarrassing) then what remains is a sanitized biography, factual perhaps in what it says, but phony for what it omits. That said, I will do my best to present what I think will be most useful in contexting the ideas I work with in my writing and speaking. Read More →

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Two Conversations with Orland Bishop: Part 1 (E26) & Part 2 (E27)

Two Conversations with Orland Bishop:  Part 1 (E26) & Part 2 (E27)
Orland Bishop does peace work and mentoring with gang members and others in Watts, Los Angeles. He is also a mystic and philosopher with deep knowledge of African and Western esoteric traditions. In this first of two conversations, we talk about the development of consciousness, inner life and social breakdown, initiation, the death process, and more. In Part Two of this conversation, we discuss the reanimation of materiality, ritual and attention, the nature of the ancestors, and the stage of life we call middle age. And also Orland's extraordinary book, ... More →

Eivind Skjellum: Journey to the Inner Throne (E25)

Eivind Skjellum: Journey to the Inner Throne (E25)
Eivind Skjellum is the creator of Reclaim your Inner Throne, a training program for men. In this conversation, we talk about masculine and feminine archetypes, leadership, elderhood, and stories of transformation in this time when the old story of what a man is and how to be one are dissolving. The next Reclaim your Inner Throne program starts on April 2.  ... More →

Land Healing through Young Farmers (E24)

Land Healing through Young Farmers (E24)
Severine von Tscharner Fleming is a kind of farming savant and a super-dynamic agent of the revolution in agriculture reuniting us with soil, water, and life. She is the founder of the Agrarian Trust, which connects young farmers with land they otherwise couldn't afford. We talked about the evolution of farming, its planetary healing potential, issues of ownership and the commons, and how to bridge our ideals and best practices to present-day economic realities. ... More →

Gigi Coyle (E23)

Gigi Coyle (E23)
This conversation with the amazing Gigi Coyle was recorded with a small live audience on a houseboat, where Gigi was recovering from knee surgery. Gigi is a source of valuable wisdom for activists and change-agents today; a veteran of 1970's feminist and environmental movements, she has turned to deeper levels of activism. We connected on topics of ritual, surrender to a path, the importance of water, community, ambivalence and paradox, living our songlines, myth as a conveyor of truth, and more. I wish more people would have the chance to ... More →

Opposition to GMOs is Neither Unscientific nor Immoral

Opposition to GMOs is Neither Unscientific nor Immoral
Is the engineering of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) a dangerous technology posing grave risks to human and ecological health? Or are GMOs a potent new tool in the onward march of modern agricultural technology in its race to feed the world? In a recent opinion piece -- Opposition to GMOs Isn't Just Anti-Science, It's Immoral-- Purdue University president Mitch Daniels offers an impassioned plea that we embrace GMOs in agriculture. Daniels’ argument runs as follows: The health and ecological safety of GMOs (genetically modified organisms) is unquestionable “settled science.” Therefore, ... More →